Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

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This article is about the video game. For the character, see Cassandra Peterson. For the 1988 film, see Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Elvira Mistress of the Dark Cover.jpg
Cover art for the Atari ST
Developer(s) Horrorsoft
Publisher(s) Accolade
Designer(s) Alan Bridgman
Keith Wadhamsa
Michael and Simon Woodroffe
Artist(s) Paul Drummond
Michael Landreth
Philip Nixon
Composer(s) Dave Hasler
Engine AberMUD (modified)
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Point-and-click adventure, survival horror, role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Floppy disk

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a survival horror video game developed by Horrorsoft and released by Accolade in 1990 for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and MS-DOS computers. It was Horrorsoft's second published game after 1989's Personal Nightmare and stars the actress Cassandra Peterson as her character Elvira the witch.

In Mistress of the Dark, Elvira is held captive by dark forces in the castle of her ancestor Queen Emelda. The player's character in the castle to rescue Elvira and prevent the imminent return of the evil long-dead evil sorceress. The well-received game was followed by Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus in 1991 and the spiritual successor Waxworks in 1992.

Gameplay[edit]

Combat gameplay in Elvira

Elvira is a first-person perspective mix of a role-playing game and point-and-click adventure game.

Plot[edit]

The game begins following events of the 1988 film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. After the death of the evil Uncle Elmo, the witch Elvira inherited Killbragant Castle and restored it its former glory, planning to turn it into a tourist attraction for horror fans. However, while doing this, Elvira has inadvertently awakened a horde of monstrous followers of her distant ancestor, the powerful wicked witch Queen Emelda. The monsters imprisoned Elvira in the castle and began preparations to use her for the return of their mistress. The player's character has been called upon to help by Elvira to help her prevent Emelda's resurrection. The evil sorceress died centuries ago before she could take over and rule the world, but has made a pact with the devil to be brought back to life in the future. In the beginning of the game, the player is captured by the queen's undead minions. He is then rescued by Elvira and asked to help get her powers back, and to find a way to send Lady Emelda back to hell before it is too late.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Dragon (magazine) 4/5 stars[7]
Computer + Video Games 84% (PC)[8]
CU Amiga 84% (Amiga)[6]
Raze 85% (PC)[2]
83% (Amiga)[2]
Zero 93% (Amiga, Atari ST, PC)[9]
Zzap!64 81% (C64)[1]

Elvira was well received by critics. Leah Wesolowski of Computer Gaming World praised the game's graphics and music, stating that it was, "like its namesake, something to notice for many of us."[10] A later review by Scorpia praised the graphics, stated that it was not easy, and concluded that "it's definitely worth playing".[11] Elvira won the magazine's 1991 Role-Playing Game of the Year award.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zzap! 71 (March 1991), pages 68-69.
  2. ^ a b c Raze 5 (March 1991), pages 70-71
  3. ^ Compute 131 (July 1991), page 108.
  4. ^ CU Amiga 9 (November 1990), page 11.
  5. ^ Zero 8 (June 1990), pages 32-33.
  6. ^ a b CU Amiga (December 1990), pages 98-99.
  7. ^ Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (May 1991). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (169): 61–65. 
  8. ^ Computer + Video Games 112 (March 1991).
  9. ^ Zero 17 (March 1991).
  10. ^ Wesolowski, Leah (May 1991). "More Than a Game, It's a Double Feature!". Computer Gaming World. p. 34. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Scorpia (October 1991). "C*R*P*G*S / Computer Role-Playing Game Survey". Computer Gaming World. p. 16. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff (November 1991). "Computer Gaming World's 1991 Games of the Year Awards". Computer Gaming World (Golden Empire Publications, Inc) (88): 38–40, 58. 

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