Not all vampire games can be quite as epic as the ultra-gothic, evil-filled world of Castlevania. Some games are destined to simply entertain you from the comfort of a browser, and it is Vampire Physics that does so rather well, and with a physics-puzzle approach accessible to virtually anyone. There’s nothing monumentally ground-breaking to be found in the puzzle-based gameplay of Vampire Physics, but its construction should be entirely familiar to puzzle-game players across the world, and the physics-based element adds an extra level of skill to the equation. The style here is cartoon vampire, however, rather than the terror/horror style of larger-budget console-based vampire titles.
Standard Yet Not Standard
In its core gameplay, there’s very little to distinguish Vampire Physics from a vast majority of other physics-based puzzle games out there. You’re presented with a series of levels, each requiring you to achieve the same result: the transformation of any human characters on the screen into a vampire. To do this, you need to utilise any and all mechanics/objects/persons on screen in order to achieve this favourable result. There’s always a vampire present who must be made to make contact with all of the humans on the screen, thus transforming them into a vampire. It’s a classic mouse-controlled puzzle game involving getting an object from point A to point B. So nothing unusual about this so far.
However, besides is obvious vampire theme, the game sets itself apart from any fellow puzzler by introducing unique variables into the equation. Level 1 is a simple affair to show you the ropes, but you’ll soon be required to make use of various ropes, pulleys, and other mechanisms on the screen. Again, these aren’t new concepts – you’ll find more variables and approaches in the immensely popular physics game Super Stacker 2 game here, for example – but they form part of a solid, simple design that makes Vampire Physics enjoyable to play.
You must utilise objects in different ways, but your primary way of getting things moving is to click your mouse on the perishable wooden blocks on the screen. Sometimes it can be quite simple, but other times you are required to time your clicks just right so that your vampire/humans/other characters fall into place at the correct time and in the correct location. As far as gameplay goes, this is, therefore, a straight-laced physics puzzler that’s quite far away from rivals like the RPG Vampire Scent.
Flies in the Ointment
Moreover, the vampire theme deepens as you’re asked to be wary of a variety of different objects and persons on the screen, all of which will harm your chances of success. Early in the game (the 2nd level to be exact) you’ll encounter a priest for the first (but not the last) time. Contact with a priest immediately makes your vampire burn up, ending the level. The same goes for making contact with any garlic bulbs on the screen as well. You’ll even come up against rival vampires, which, given the opportunity, will bite and transform your target human before you can get to him – this also ends the level and requires you to start again.
To ensure you’re challenged consistently and to force you to consider the more complex strategies as you play, the difficulty of the puzzles rises steadily as you progress. There’s no sudden jump up in complexity, but rather a smooth, sliding scale starting with very easy puzzles and moving up gently to challenges requiring more complex solutions in regards to both timing of your clicks and also picking out the correct destructible wood blocks to utilise.
A Gothic Package
It’s easy to describe Vampire Physics as one of the better physics games you’ll likely encounter for the flash platform. It isn’t just a generic physics puzzle with a vampire theme slapped on top, but rather a puzzle game built around the classic concept of a vampire and the fictional creature’s vulnerabilities according to the appropriate lore (the presence of the garlic and the priest obstacles support this view).
To add to its excellent gameplay, the game also has a great visual style (though a little simple compared to gorgeous mobile puzzle games like the award-winning Framed) and the music is suitably tense throughout. Vampire Physics really doesn’t disappoint, in terms of gameplay as well as the inclusion of and allusions to classic vampire style, lore, and mythology.