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Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Bram Stoker's Dracula
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Needless to say, Bram Stoker's rolling on the coffin with his character being reduced to a miserable Castlevania knock-off.
Genre(s): Action
Platform(s): Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Sega Genesis
Release: September 1993
Developer(s): Psygnosis
Traveller's Tales
Publisher(s): Sony Imagesoft

Bram Stoker's Dracula was a Genesis and SNES game developed by Traveller's Tales and Psygnosis, and published by Sony Imagesoft. It is based on the 1992 film adaptation of the classic novel. There were also versions for the NES, Game Boy, and SEGA CD among others. However, those other versions are almost completely different.

Why It Sucks

  1. Making an E-rated game based on an R-rated movie is an unusual decision.
  2. The game is a blatant Castlevania rip-off, and does almost offers nothing to stand out from Castlevania.
  3. It barely follows the movie at all. To name a few inconsistencies, Renfield and Dracula are incredibly tall and Jonathan Harker is a total badass.
  4. There are enemies everywhere. Some are fairly fast and small and can only be killed with a crouch attack.
  5. The level structure is often confusing, and the method of reaching the goal, finding Van Helsing, and getting a special item only compounds this issue.
  6. Platforming is mindless and requires barely any skill at all.
  7. In the SNES version, your life counter is beakers with a black liquid that go clear when you get hit. This makes some areas, particularly ones with a black background, pretty frustrating, as it's hard to tell how much life you have. The liquid in the beakers is brown in the Genesis version.
  8. The difficulty is very inconsistent. For example, Dracula, the final boss, is pretty much the easiest boss in the entire game.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The bosses do require some strategy and skill to defeat, though they are considerably easier in the SNES version.
  2. The music is pretty good. It's atmospheric yet sort of catchy, especially the Genesis' boss theme.
  3. The graphics are great.
  4. It has some decent replay value.
  5. There are some hidden areas in most levels where you can find health, weapon items, and extra lives.
  6. Although the game is bad, it can be ridiculously hilarious.


AVGN Enraged.jpg "What were they thinking?"
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