A Vampyre Story PC

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Vampyre Story is truly a brainchild of professional artists, which is evident not only in excellent graphics at anachronistic resolution and quirky characters, but also in rather bland game design.
  2. PC Zone UK
    73
    Puzzles aren't too hard, but they aren't too easy. [Feb 2009, p.80]
  3. Overall A Vampyre Story is a decent game. Some may find it slow paced, some may not see the humour in the conversations, but as a call back to classic adventure games there is little else available.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Resurrection of the pre-dinosaur adventure era. Wonderful graphics and original story line can’t hide the problematic engine and “delicately” chopped-off ending. [Issue#173]
  5. It is tough to fulfill six years of expectations and hope, but ultimately I liked and occasionally admired A Vampyre Story—and can't wait to see the improvements that can be made by this developer the second time around.
  6. A Vampyre Story creates a wonderful atmosphere, looks good and is very detailed, but the open end and the riddles change the picture a lot. There are not enough hints, but far too many pointless interactions. The game requires a lot of patience, which kills the fun playing it.
  7. And so my guess is, if you play A Vampyre Story exactly the way the developer intended, and if you don’t encounter any bugs or sloppiness, then you’ll have a lot of fun. But if you keep having problems, and if you keep struggling with puzzles, not because you can’t figure them out, but because the engine isn’t working properly, then each bug / mistake / badly designed puzzle will drain a little bit of fun from the game, until, perhaps, there isn’t any left. It’s just a question of whether you want to take the risk or not.
  8. Having come from the imagination of a few of LucasArts alums, A Vampyre Story had the potential to spin a gothic comedy steeped in that tradition, which my score reflects. But I won't recommend half a game to players.
  9. Despite having been in development for approximately six years, it does not feel like a game that has been fully tested and refined. Nor does AVS try to evolve adventure gameplay mechanics, making it all the more irritating that it’s not as polished as it should be. It’s worth a look but the quality is too variable to score higher.
  10. A Vampyre Story is a good game that combines a classic gameplay with an interesting storyline and an accurate character design. Despite that it presents a lot of bugs and an awful translation from English to Italian.
  11. 58
    A Vampyre Story's got some bright spots: The original score is quite good and recalls the old iMUSE scores from LucasArts' heyday, with jaunty character themes and dynamic tonal changes. And the story is an interesting vehicle, but it really deserves better jokes and puzzles.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. FarhanQ
    Aug 7, 2009
    9
    This title is a great tribute to the classic point n' click adventure genre whose future has been written off too many times, andThis title is a great tribute to the classic point n' click adventure genre whose future has been written off too many times, and ironically (as the title may suggest), breathes new life to the genre. The game obviously borrows heavily in appearance, humor and overall style from the Monkey Island series due to the developing team's involvement with the LucasArt's classics. The references are all there: from the rubber chicken with a pully to "(wo)man of low moral fiber" etc. The puzzles are standard fare but do require use of the gray cells. The script is well-written and full of witty dialogues between the main characters that at times however, feel like overdone. While Froderick the bat's voice acting is overall great, that of Mona's is ultimately irritating. There are minor glitches as cut scenes replaying and some dialogue choices unwittingly resulting in identical responses from NPCs, but the game is otherwise stable with easy-to-use interface. Gameplay depth is somewhat limited. Overall, highly recommended to fans of the LucasArts adventures and to those of the genre in general. 8.8/10. Full Review »
  2. MarkusNobody
    Dec 5, 2008
    8
    This brought back a lot of fond memories spending endless hours exploring the caribbean with Guybrush Threepwood. I absolutely adore the artThis brought back a lot of fond memories spending endless hours exploring the caribbean with Guybrush Threepwood. I absolutely adore the art style and how the blend of 3D to 2D can work so seamlessly. Monkey Island 4 tried and while the game was still lots of fun it lacked. This though was spectacular. The voice actors seemed a bit mis-cast at the very beginning but once you've completed the game you will know that you would be upset if they changed in the next game. They're a charming, somewhat duo that always provide a good deal of entertainment. The puzzles are very logical once you've set your mind on that special "Adventure" mode. There were slight technical glitches and some problems with some of the puzzle related story but overall a great adventure game that doesn't stand shy of the ranks of the old classics. For a genre once thought to be long gone this is very alive and very kicking. It's no Grim Fandango, The Dig or Monkey Island ... yet. But it's also just the first part of a trilogy with the next part (eagerly awaited) comes next year.

    Go buy this, best 40 bucks you will spend in a long time. A must for experienced adventurers.
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  3. David
    Nov 22, 2008
    8
    What an excellent game. During an era where the graphics in a game seem to be the only criteria as to what makes a "good" game, it is What an excellent game. During an era where the graphics in a game seem to be the only criteria as to what makes a "good" game, it is refreshing to play a title where the heart and soul of gameplay is the story. Mona is a little annoying at first but it doesn't take long to warm up to her. As the game went on I enjoyed playing her character more and more. Her pet bat is a little too wordy at times but overall the characters lent themselves to hilarious dialog. The art in this game is quite simply breathtaking. Games with fancy HDR lighting and the latest physics engines don't hold a candle to the beautifully drawn backgrounds in A Vampyre Story. No real surprise here though; Bill Tiller is one of my favorite artists at work today. Another great element of this game is the music. The creepy magic/opera themes play themselves out very well and it is obvious that care went into every aspect of this game. Some minor annoyances: some of the puzzles are a little convoluted and I found a fair share of bugs. However, these are minor and with a small team like the one Bill Tiller assembled you have to expect that sort of thing. I can't wait for the sequel... do yourself a favor and purchase this game. It's only $30 and I can guarantee you won't regret it. Full Review »