Classic Vampire Game

Classic Vampire Games

The Astonishing Adventures of Mr. Weems and the She Vampires

Developed by RamJam Corporation in 1987, this classic video game features the protagonist Mr. Weems as the main protagonist. The player controls Mr. Weems through a two-dimensional maze, shooting vampiric enemies and swallowing power-up “garlic pills” that allow Mr. Weems to be immune to attacks for a period of time. In order to level up, the player must collect the keys required to open doors to the next level. Each level is filled with enemies in coffins and pots that suck Mr. Weems’ blood. Once the player reaches the final level, they must kill the Great She Vampire using items like the stake, mallet, mega-garlic piece, mirror, and crucifix en route that the player had obtained in earlier levels. The game was created for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum.

This game was loosely based on Gauntlet, a classic 1985 arcade game that featured a series of fantasy-based characters ascending through levels of dungeon mazes by finding exits through each level while fighting enemies off.

Werewolves of London

This video game was released in 1987 by developer Viz Design and features a turned werewolf who was cursed by eight aristocratic family members. The player controls this werewolf who experiences a transformation every day in the game. The perspective the player assumes is a 45 degree angled side view, which allows the player to move in four directions in addition to jumping. Based in London, the player must utilize the human form of the werewolf during the day to obtain the necessary items to complete the task. At night in the game, the werewolf transforms and must begin the hunt for the eight family members who cursed him in order to kill and eat them while avoiding the police.

The mechanics of this game varied per player interaction, meaning many elements of the game adapted to player actions and responded appropriately. As the werewolf form kills people, the police will try to capture the werewolf increasingly. Health for the player is indicated by blood bags, which may be replenished by in-game items and drinking the blood of the killed relatives. When blood bags have been depleted, the player dies.

Works Cited

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Author: Samuel Kenins
Date Published: 01/05/2016