Dark Romance 1: Vampire in Love
Options include separate sliders for Music, SFX, Environment and Voice Overs, Full-screen, Widescreen (NOT the default), Special Effects and Custom Cursor. Choice of three pre-set difficulties, or you can go with Custom mode. Can be changed at any time during gameplay.Story
Enron the vampire has fallen in love with a human and renounced both his vampire heritage and his father, Dracula. There are just two problems... His fiancée, Emily, has no idea about Enron's past, and Dracula -- angry at his son -- has kidnapped Emily on the eve of their wedding!
l contains extra story, and not only that, you have TWO journals -- one for Enron, and one for Emily!Gameplay
Be on the lookout for three types of collectibles during gameplay: Bats, cloves of garlic and vampire-related lore items.
Like the journal, we also have an interactive, insta-transport MAP
for each of our characters. You can switch back and forth at any time, and you will find ways for the characters to interact with each other throughout the game. Directional HINTS
are available.Hidden Object Scenes
were all interactive lists of items to find, with some items requiring two actions before you could find them. ie. Move a leaf to find an item, then move that item to where it belongs. HOS will each repeat once.
You can switch to a Match-3
game instead of finding objects, but I personally thought that their pieces felt draggy when you moved them, and that the match-3 design was uninspired (no bonuses for making 4+ or even 5+ matches).
The Mini-games were pretty much standard fare for this type of game, and ranged from too-easy to not-hard-but-time-consuming. Something I really liked is that one of the early puzzles had a hint in the room, but that hint wasn't recorded in your journal. The puzzle is still solvable via trial and error, of course, but it was still a nice gesture.
There is a lot of game logic in this one, and while I found some of the tasks ridiculous, they didn't aggravate me the way these things usually do.Sights and Sounds
The visuals are nice, though nothing stunning, and the music -- while suited the atmosphere -- felt a little repetitive.CE Content
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- Bonus Chapter
- 15 Collectible vampire-related lore items
- Collectible Bats (used to purchase decorations for your castle) and Cloves of Garlic (used to purchase cosmetic interface upgrades)
- 20 Steam & in-game Achievements
- 15 Wallpapers
- 15 Concept Art
- 5 Music Tracks (saveable)
- "Free Search" of all of the hidden object scenes in the game (14 scenes that repeat once each)
- 24 Replayable Puzzles
Rewind the final scene a few seconds, pause and that's when the extra chapter takes place. You will play as Emily only for the bonus. Although it's interesting, we never do find out why the village featured in this part of the game was having troubles, making it feel like a piece of the story is missing.
The chapter ends with a choice that will affect the outcome of the game. The achievements do not require you to replay the game on different difficulties, but there are separate achievements for each of the two possible endings, so if you're an achievement-hunter, you'll only have to replay the bonus to get your final 'cheevo.Verdict
If I had to describe the game in one word, I would say "pleasant". I did enjoy the character-switching mechanic, but there's nothing truly outstanding about this title. The HOS are junky, the alternative Match-3 pretty-but-plain, the graphics are nice and the music repetitive. Recommended for a zen afternoon.