It’s not the easiest thing in the world to be the only human in a family of actual vampires. It becomes even more difficult when, after pretending to be a vampire for 20 years of your life, you are discovered by the surrounding vampire neighbourhood to be vampire-imposter! This problem triggers the point-and-click adventure game that is Like Vampire Like Son. You can tell from the get-go that this is a standard, scarcely-polished flash title with average artwork and animation and some dodgy voice acting, but its action is surprisingly entertaining. Your goal is to become a real vampire, but you must discover how to do so by exploring the many areas of the game, picking up objects, and interacting with a variety of items and persons in order to get the job done.
A Non-Vampire in a Vampire Town
So what does being the non-vampire offspring of a largely vampire offspring entail? In this case, it involves pointing and clicking with your mouse in order to move your way through the game. This is a point-and-click puzzle, and it has a semi-open world that you’re supposed to navigate through. Your goal is to try your best to become an actual vampire so that your family can be proud. Also, becoming a vampire will mean that other vampires in the neighbourhood will stop attempting to devour your tasty human body.
Your game begins outside your house, immediately after people in your neighbourhood discover that you’ve been pretending to be a vampire for 20 years. Because this is a point-and-click puzzle, you’ll be navigating your way through the game’s various towns and their different buildings in order to solve your way to becoming a vampire.
Simply Point and Click
There aren’t any physics-based puzzles, but rather you have to find all of the useful objects in the game and utilise them in specific ways to further your progress. You’ll also interact with a lot of different characters in the game. Be careful, however, since not everyone is helpful; you can end up as a literal menu item if you stumble into the wrong restaurant or the wrong area. Don’t worry, though – there’s a guide at Carmel Games if you get stuck.
You’ll spend most of your time trying to figure out what items to use, in which combination you should use them, and which characters of the game will help you along your way. For example, you’ll pick up a note to give to a man dressed as a bunny hiding in a bin in order to make him give you his costume. This costume is required in order to enter into a costume-only club where you’ll utilise a manhole cover you found earlier.
The game progresses in this fashion, taking you to various locations until you finally reach a dramatic conclusion. There’s certainly a cliff-hanger at the end to enjoy, too, setting up the game for a sequel. This is more than can be said for a lot of point-and-click games, whose action usually involves a distinct lack of storyline, or more often, a simple attempt at justifying the actions of the game. The most relevant example that comes to mind here are the Monkey Go Happy games, which, although entertaining, are much simpler in their design and their storylines than Like Vampire Like Son.
A Silly-Gothic Style
Vampire games usually fall one of two extreme ends of the style spectrum. On the one hand you’ve got the silly ones, best described as bubblegum-gothic in nature, with no attempt at creating tension or scaring its users. On the other hand, there are games like Eyes – The Horror Game, which are designed with one goal in mind: to frighten its players as much as possible. Like Vampire Like Son falls somewhere between the two, though most definitely on the bubblegum end of the spectrum.
The above opinion comes as a result of looking at the game’s style above all else: it’s fairly basic, there’s no real attempt at presenting uniquely-styled artwork, and the voice acting is frequently comical in both intentional and unintentional ways. This doesn’t make it a bad game, however. Though you won’t be genuinely thrilled or shocked at the atmosphere or events of the game, the stakes are higher than in most vampire-puzzle games. You can end up losing the game in a number of ways, including being literally made into food if you wander into the vampire restaurant before you’ve actually become a vampire.