February 3, 2015

The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Vampire's Coffin

Sanctuary Woods, Inc., 1992

"The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo" adventure game series consist of four nice and enjoyable adventure games presented in fully interactive comic book style. In each game, you play and control Victor Vector and his robotic Saint-Bernard dog called, Yondo. Our hero, Victor Vector works as field agent at the Museum of Fantastic Phenomena and his sidekick, Yondo the dog assists him in all his time travelling adventures. Basically, all these games have a similar goal of collecting rare and unique items while travelling in different dimension of time. In every game, their only rival is Ram Axis, a villainous virus engendered in the great disaster of 2093. Ram Axis always creates problems to prevent them from achieving their goal of collecting treasures, artifacts and other items.

In this episode our dashing duo time travel to Transylvania to fight ghouls, zombies and vampires to collect the Vampire's Coffin from the resting place of the dreaded Count Dracula and bring it back to the Museum of Fantastic Phenomena. During you search for the coffin you encounter an ominous virus called Ram Axis who will do anything to fail your mission and get the coffin. The game provides thorough insight of vampire folklore and Central Europe in the late eighteenth century, and also shows selected clips from classic horror films as well.

The player explores a virtual comic book style environment by using onscreen gadgetry, which consists of clickable directional knobs. To interact with other game characters, simply click them. While exploring you also take care of your energy level, which can be decreased or increased by collecting certain items. Puzzle solving is totally inventory based and information on all the collectable items can be retrieved from Yondo's databank collar. Overall, these are quite enjoyable educational titles for kids and also for avid adventure game fans.