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Vampire Saga - Pandoras Box

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Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box is a hidden-objects game wrapped in a supernatural mystery tale: Tyler Ward gets an alarming midnight phone call from his grandfather and sets off to rescue him. What terrified Matthew Ward so badly that he barricaded himself in a room of his dilapidated mansion? As you play the game, you move back in time as Matthew Ward, trapped onboard an abandoned cargo ship during the Spanish-American War. What happened to the crew members? And what's in those creepy coffins?

I really wanted to like Vampire Saga; I love a good mystery. Unfortunately, the execution was lacking. The animation was distractingly poor. The puzzles that I encountered in the demo just didn't make sense--clicking randomly seemed to solve them--and there was no way to skip them. The hidden-object scenes were beautifully rendered, but confusing. For one example, an item that looked like a clay pitcher was called a "jar" in one scene and a "creamer" in another. The kicker for me, however, was that trying to use objects to accomplish tasks didn't work consistently.

After playing the demo, I was left with the impression that what we've got here is a great idea for a game that just wasn't given proper attention. If you love a good vampire story and don't mind some rough edges, then give Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box a try--just be sure to play the demo for the full hour before paying the $20 license fee.

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At a Glance
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