Classic Creepy Monster Games Series
Revenge of Dracula is a race game where the first player to exit Dracula's Cemetery is the winner. Along the way you must avoid getting caught by Count Dracula.
Another game in the series is Escape from Frankenstein
Typical for a Pressman game the components are quite flimsy. The box is light cardboard and it won't allow for stacking on top of it. The board is also very lightweight, though attractive.
Tha players pawns are shaped like boys in the act of running (presumably away from danger,) and are cute, though generic.
The Dracula pawn (4" tall) is flat and tall enough, so that it falls over rather easily in case of a bump. A little shorter and heavier piece would have worked better.
The die is also typical of Pressman, a white cube with cheap stickers on it.
The theme is the only reason the game was made and sold, it was probably merchandised during the Halloween season.
The box cover is attractive and funny. The big selling point being the four inch Dracula figure!
The rules are printed on a cardboard insert (same light weight cardboard as the box.) The game is simple enough that it would be difficult to make them confusing or problematic.
Players roll the die on their turn, and the players' and Dracula's pawns movement is determined by the die roll.
A smaller number of players will reduce Dracula's chances from actually moving, since there is a reduced number of times the die is rolled during a turn. A simple fix to this problem would be to roll the die four times each turn: if two players are involved, roll once for each player and twice for Dracula. If three players are involved roll once for each player and once for Dracula.
No decisions, strategy or skill are involved in the game.
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The game was probably meant for a seasonal impulse buy, probably priced to sell. As such it serves it purpose.
It will keep the kids entertained for about an hour and that is it.
To increase its appeal we have upgraded the pawns to a Scooby Doo edition Scooby-doo! Thrills and Spills, also from Pressman, the figures are amazingly similar.
We have also added a second black Dracula die, which gets rolled to advance the Dracula figure faster if he seems to lag behind. A player may choose to roll either die which will introduce some decisions and a light "mess with your opponents" aspect to the game.
There is not much you can do to the game, another option would be to do something like Family Pastimes' Max, where Dracula chases the players and they have the option to set him back using limited predetermined means.
You could also allow movement in either direction (for any piece) to increase player decisions.
Recommended only as a light seasonal children's game.
- Last edited Thu Aug 2, 2007 12:47 am (Total Number of Edits: 4)
- Posted Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:46 pm