Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Elvira Mistress of the Dark Cover.jpg
Atari ST cover art
Developer(s) Horrorsoft
Publisher(s) Accolade
Engine AberMUD (modified)
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Horror role-playing video game, point-and-click adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Floppy disks

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a horror role-playing video game starring the actress Cassandra Peterson (as the character Elvira). The game was created by Horrorsoft and released by Accolade in 1990, as Horrorsoft's second published game after 1989's Personal Nightmare.[1] The game was followed by the sequel Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus in 1992.


Combat in Elvira

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


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 Castle Killbragant and restored it its former glory, planning to turn it into a tourist attraction for horror fans. However, while doing this, Elvira has inadvertently returned to life her ancient ancestor, the Satan-worshipping sorceress Queen Emelda the Evil, along with several hundred of her monstrous followers. The player's character has been called upon to help by Elvira to help her prevent the full resurrection of Queen Emelda, who died before she could take over the world after obtaining ultimate magic and now plans to rule it again. In the beginning of the game the player is captured by Emelda's minions then rescued by Elvira and asked to help get her powers back and to find a way to send Emelda back to hell before it's too late.


Review scores
Publication Score
Dragon (magazine) 4/5 stars [2]
IGN 7.9 / 10 [3]
Computer + Video Games 84% (PC) [4]
Zero 93% (Amiga, Atari ST, PC) [5]
Zzap! 90% (Amiga)
81% (C64) [6]
CU Amiga 84% [7]

Elvira was generally well-received, including the ratings of 84% by Computer + Video Games (PC),[4] 93% by Zero (Amiga, Atari ST, PC),[5] 90% (Amiga) and 81% (C64) in Zzap!,[6] and 84% in CU Amiga,[7] and 4 out of 5 stars in Dragon,[2]

Computer Gaming World praised the game's graphics and music, stating that it was, "like its namesake, something to notice for many of us".[8] A later review praised the graphics, stated that it was not easy, and concluded that "it's definitely worth playing".[9] Elvira won the magazine's 1991 Role Playing Game of the Year award.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark". The House of Games. 
  2. ^ a b Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (May 1991). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (169): 61–65. 
  3. ^ "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark - PC - IGN". IGN. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Computer + Video Games 112 (Mar 1991)
  5. ^ a b Zero 17 (Mar 1991)
  6. ^ a b Zzap 71 (Mar 1991)
  7. ^ a b CU Amiga (Dec 1990)
  8. ^ Wesolowski, Leah (May 1991). "More Than a Game, It's a Double Feature!". Computer Gaming World. p. 34. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Scorpia (October 1991). "C*R*P*G*S / Computer Role-Playing Game Survey". Computer Gaming World. p. 16. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  10. ^ 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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