A Vampyre Story

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A Vampyre Story
A Vampyre Story cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Autumn Moon Entertainment
Publisher(s) Crimson Cow
The Adventure Company
Distributor(s) Focus Home Interactive
Designer(s) Bill Tiller
Dave Harris
Composer(s) Pedro Macedo Camacho
Engine Panda3D
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X[1]
Release date(s)
  • EU November 21, 2008
  • NA December 2, 2008
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

A Vampyre Story is a 2008 point-and-click adventure game developed by Autumn Moon Entertainment for Windows, published by Crimson Cow. The game is set in Europe during the 1890s, and follows a young female opera singer turned vampire as she attempts to make the journey back home to Paris in search of fame and normality. The title's distinctive spelling of vampire with a y was derived from the seminal western vampire tale The Vampyre by John Polidori.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

A Vampyre Story was created by a number of former LucasArts adventure game developers, and is similar to some of their previous games (such as The Curse of Monkey Island or The Dig) in presentation and style.[3][4] As such, the game uses a point-and-click interface with a context-sensitive radial cursor, much the same as Monkey Island:[5] upon clicking an interactive item, a graphic menu will appear around the object, displaying the available actions and abilities. As the game progresses, Mona will gradually learn how to use her new supernatural abilities. Consequently, her newfound powers and weaknesses will play a large role in the game's puzzles, requiring Mona to use her abilities to overcome certain challenges and progress through the game.[4]

Plot[edit]

Mona De Lafitte, the game's protagonist, is a young and talented Parisian opera student who becomes the object of obsession for a rather pathetic vampire. As a result, Mona is swiftly kidnapped and taken to his castle in Draxsylvania, where she is turned into an undead vampire. Mona must find a way to return home and fulfill her dream of becoming a famous opera singer, while also dealing with the unfamiliar problems inherent in her new condition.[2] Mona is not alone throughout the adventure however, but is followed by her newly acquired and sarcastic sidekick, Froderick the bat.

The game is divided into two main areas: Castle Warg — the home of her kidnapper, Shrowdy von Kieffer, and his mother, the Baroness Vasilia von Kieffer — and the town of Vlad's Landing. The cliffhanger ending suggests an upcoming sequel, which has since been announced: 'A Vampyre Story 2: A Bat's Tale'.

Development[edit]

A Vampyre Story was first announced in the June 2004 issue of The Inventory, an online adventure gaming magazine, as the winner of their "Most-Awaited Adventure Game" award.[5] The game was originally given a tentative release date of Halloween 2006, but the loss of publisher backing in April 2005 left the game in unpaid preproduction for the following year.[6] During this time Bill Tiller, Autumn Moon's founder and creative director, generally worked with no more than one or two other people on staff at any one time. This helped to reduce the cost of production while the project was still unfunded.[2] In early July 2006 however, Autumn Moon announced that they had finally acquired a new publisher for A Vampyre Story, the Hamburg-based Crimson Cow, and that full production on the game would begin shortly thereafter, stating an expected 2007 release.[7] In September 2007 however, the first trailer for A Vampyre Story was released, specifying a new date of early 2008. While Autumn Moon has mentioned their interest in the Nintendo DS and Wii as potential release platforms,[3] no official announcements have yet been made.

Audio[edit]

The A Vampyre Story Original Soundtrack was composed and produced by Pedro Macedo Camacho,[8] featuring soprano vocals by Carla Isabel Moniz and violin solos by Carlos Freitas. The soundtrack was released as an extra to the collector's edition of the game. According to an article in Develop Magazine,[9] and an interview in The Pumpkin Post,[10] John Williams’ work on the Harry Potter film series and Michael Land's work on the Monkey Island (series) were Camacho's main influences.

Several websites mentioned the soundtrack as one of the game's best features and described it as 'absolutely fantastic',[11] 'memorable and melancholy',[12] 'great',[13] and 'ingenious'.[14]

A Vampyre Story Original Soundtrack
No. Title Composer Length
1. "Mona's Tragedy" (soprano vocals by Carla Isabel Moniz) Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:11
2. "Home Sweet Home" (violin solo by Carlos Freitas) Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:05
3. "Adventures in the Dark"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:58
4. "Mister Froderick"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:38
5. "I Remember Paris"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:42
6. "Memories"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:52
7. "Where is Pyewacket" (violin solo by Carlos Freitas) Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:25
8. "The Ghost Apparition"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:49
9. "It Came from a Dessert"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:29
10. "The Bear, the Vampire and the Fireplace"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:51
11. "The Arrival"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:19
12. "Cursum Perficio"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 3:36
13. "The Autumn Moon and the Gravie Tree"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:38
14. "Jazzing with Ghosts"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:27
15. "A Vampyre's Meal"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:05
16. "Edgar's Waltz"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:42
17. "Misty World of Madame Strigoi"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:51
18. "Here comes Shrowdy"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:10
19. "Streets of Draxilvania"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:30
20. "Books and Candles"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:38
21. "Ice Ice Baby in a Hole"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:13
22. "Can't someone help me?"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:46
23. "Rufus Theme"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:42
24. "The Unknown"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:31
25. "I Smell Voodoo in the Air"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:34
26. "March of the Dead Monkey"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:58
27. "The Lake Fog"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:53
28. "I See Undead People"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:55
29. "Shrowdy was Here"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 2:22
30. "Vamprock"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 1:52
31. "End of Chapter 1"   Pedro Macedo Camacho 4:01
Total length:
61:57

Reception[edit]

Sequel and prequel[edit]

A Vampyre Story was always intended to be a saga, and even before the game's release Autumn Moon Entertainment began working on a sequel. A Vampyre Story 2: A Bat's Tale will continue the action right after the events of A Vampyre Story, which ended with a cliffhanger. Originally slated for a release in 2009 or 2010, the game encountered financial problems with its publisher and its development has been indefinitely stalled while Autumn Moon and Crimson Cow Games negotiate the terms of its resumption.

In order to continue working within the license with the rights to the sequel lying with a publisher, Autumn Moon began working independently on an episodic prequel to A Vampyre Story called A Vampyre Story: Year One. The series would depict Mona's first year held captive in Castle Warg, including her introduction to Froderick the bat. Bill Tiller initially announced the project in 2010, stating that he was working on the game in his free time. He later considered collaborating with MunkyFun, where he was at the time working as the studio's art director and which had previously been commissioned to assist in the building of Autumn Moon's graphic adventure engine. Ultimately, Tiller revealed that he would attempt to get the game funded via Kickstarter, and launched the project on June 1, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.apple.com/games/articles/2009/02/avampyrestory/[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Tiller, Bill (2006-07-04). Adventure Advocate - Interview with Bill Tiller - A Vampyre Story. Interview with Ellesar; Fallen_Angel; qrious. Adventure Advocate. Archived from the original on 12 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b Tiller, Bill (2006-11-06). A Vampyre Story on Wii & DS? AME Games Tells All!. Interview with Adam Riley; Mike Mason. Cubed³. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b Tiller, Bill (2006-07-11). Interview with Bill Tiller. Interview with Fabian Walden. working-title. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  5. ^ a b Manos, Dimitris (June 2004). "Top 10 Upcoming Adventures" (PDF). The Inventory (16): 28–31. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  6. ^ Autumn Moon Entertainment (2005). "Autumn Moon and Bad Brain Part Ways". Just Adventure+. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Crimson Cow and Autumn Moon Entertainment sign worldwide publishing deal" (Press release). Autumn Moon Entertainment. July 2006. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  8. ^ "A Vampyre Story (Collector's Edition)". Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  9. ^ Broomhall, John (November 2008). "Heard About A Vampyre Story". Develop Magazine (59). p. 57. 
  10. ^ Mekes, Jan Jacob. "Q&A: Pedro Macedo Camacho". Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  11. ^ Dickens, Evan. "Adventure Gamers review: A Vampyre Story". Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  12. ^ Jason. "International House of Mojo review: A Vampyre Story". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  13. ^ Todd, Brett. "GameSpot review: A Vampyre Story". Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  14. ^ Grimm, Matthias. "Vorsicht bissig! Das Vampir-Abenteuer der Monkey Island-Macher". Retrieved 2008-12-28. 

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