Back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellen Cross finally unveils the Dracula Portrait that she’s brought back from Istanbul. This highly prized work was unfortunately stolen during its first night in New York. While tracking the thief, Ellen discovers new information on the Shadow of the Dragon—the mysterious brotherhood that the famous Vlad Tepes might have been affiliated with.
The fifth game in Microids’ Dracula adventure series, Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy picks up right where Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon left off. Ellen thinks she's found the 16th painting in the Vambery collection, the one rumored to be a portrait of Dracula himself. Are the nightmares she's having part of her worsening illness, or is this painting more than just oil on canvas?
Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy employs the exact same interface as previous games in the series. Click and hold the mouse button to look at your surroundings, turning in any direction with the free-moving point of view. When you see something worth investigating, simply click on it. Movement from area to area works in the same fashion, with the cursor changing to indicate when you can travel. To use items, click the menu button tucked away in the bottom corner of the screen, double click the item, and then click where you want to use it. Conversations take place with simple dialogue trees, offering just the right number of choices to make you curious without overkilling on the interactivity.
At first glance, some of the puzzle solutions might seem a bit obtuse in Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy, especially if you're coming from a casual gaming background. They require you to think logically and experiment with everything at your disposal. No hint meters or talking clue companions to help you out, just old-fashioned detective work. In addition to combining inventory items and exploring your environment for objects to use, Dracula 5 features a handful of mini-game puzzles to work through. Nothing too out of the ordinary – just some panel buttons to organize and codes to crack. Read more »