One of the best-loved underrated games on the C64, NightHunter is a neat vampire action-adventure modeling a vampire's daily business like blood-sucking and slick transformations into a bat or werewolf (?). In contrast to most games based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, NightHunter lets you play the Count himself in a quest to steal holy medallions to create chaos on Earth. Of course, Professor Van Helsing knows about your quest and has recruited an army of vampire-hunters to interfere. |
The game features thirty levels of twenty screens each, played from a standard side-scrolling platform perspective. To pass a level, you must pick up eight macguffins and find a magical door. Every fifth level the magical door is replaced by a medallion. Each key you find allows you to open a door which gives way to other screens on the same level. The fun is in the many neat elements that are true to the vampire mythos. For instance, you can transform into a bat (or a werewolf?), and must flee inside a crypt at daybreak. Overall, a great game that is unfortunately not as well known on PC as on the original C64 release. For what it's worth, the C64 version had a very cool intro-tune by Jeroen Tel, which is unfortunately missing in this PC conversion. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs