Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bram Stoker's Dracula for Sega CD (1993)

Original ad published as Sony ImageSoft insert of Electronic Gaming Monthly (1993)

Pixelated vampires for your Sega console

An ungodly released of a very good movie, Dracula (1993) for the Sega CD combined terrible gameplay mechanics with pixelated cut-scenes straight from the movie. The result was a pathetic side-scrolling platformer that soiled the impressive movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola just one year prior.

The copy of the ad you see above is also pathetic. It's as if Sony was trying to make gamers not buy their product. It's as stilted and awkward as an XIX century Transylvanian tea party. The ad gets zero points for originality, basically copying the same poster from the movie.  

It's a shame Coppola's Dracula had such a terrible faith in video game land. The novel is not perfect, but the movie captures that strange balance between eroticism, entertainment and artistic endeavor. Unlike the novel, it reveals Mina as an emancipated female protagonist, which was--and still is--very avant-garde for any monster movie.

 Brams Stoker's Dracula for Sega CD print ad copy (1993)

Play of if your dare

Few have faced Dracula and survived. Now it’s your turn! Based on Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster thriller, Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the Sega CD goes straight for the jugular. Digitized scenes from the movie, 3-D graphics and incredible CD sound plunge you deep into dungeons infested with spiders and packs of bloodthirsty rats. You’ll battle your way through seven terrible leves, from the treacherous mountains and forests of Transylvania all the way to Castle Dracula. And just like in the movie, Dracula will attack as a bat, a vicious wolf, even an old man. But whatever form Dracula takes…make no mistake, he must be stopped!

Bram Stoker’s Dracula. IT’S A WHOLE NEW GAME.

Coming soon for SNES, NES, Game Boy, Genesis and Game Gear.

Sony ImageSoft

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