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Vampire

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Released: 1986

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Codemasters

Developer: Codemasters / Dinamic

Submitted by: Ash H

Brok the Brave has decided to rid us of Dracula once and for all. Ahead of him is a castle of 95 rooms to explore full of nasties. If you survive that then there is the showdown with Dracula himself. You can COUNT on Codemasters to come up with this neat little platformer.

Controlling Brok is simple enough, he can also jump at two different heights for those hard to reach places. Each room has a bunch of nasties in it, some maybe mechanical like the tank with a drill on it. But most of them will be creepy crawlies, bats and giant skulls. If any of these touch you, they drain your power and when that runs out it's game over. Also in most of the rooms hanging on the walls are ornaments that come too close to them and they fire arrows at you. Don't forget to watch where you step, traps lay in wait for our little fella.

The aim of the game is to make your way through the castle. On the way you need to open a bunch of locks once you have found the keys, open all the shutters and collect a hammer and stake for your showdown with Dracula. This is apparently in space but I haven't got that far. You can replenish your power by picking up food that is laying around.

Some of the screens can be a pain in the neck but it is a game you want to play again to try and get a bit further. Graphically, the Amstrad version looks just like the Spectrum and every other machine it was made for. There is very little sound but the game itself is quite fun. Vampire was released in Spain as Phantomas 2 by Dinamic as this is their game. It's worth playing Vampire, there is enough game here to sink your teeth into.