BLEH! I VANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD! Ah, Vampire’s Curse Island. Vampires are a pretty pivotal part of Halloween. They’re right up there with werewolves, zombies, ghosts and people with Jack-o-lanterns for heads. SPOILERS BLOODSUCKERS.
Vampire’s Curse Island starts off with the player trying to find a missing girl who had been kidnapped by a vampire. But it soon turns into a mission to find a cure for Count Bram’s vampirism. There’s also a whole love story involved between Bram and his love Annabelle. (There’s a nice bit of foreshadowing regarding that with the statue in the mausoleum. “Meminereunt omnia amante” translates to “lovers remember all”)
Plot-wise, I really like this island. The most important bits take place in the castle itself, but the castle by itself, with its bizarre magic beanstalks and gothic decor, really feels like a separate world from the rest of the island. The plot does a great job at capturing the gothic feel I love from vampire stories. I mean, just look at that beautiful design!
It’s also a really original story. The entire journey is a creepy mish-mash of gothic elements and the final product is a unique, well-designed island.
Additionally, much like Zomberry Island, the island makes a point to poke fun at vampires in modern culture, though to a much smaller extent than the former. It’s also filled with references to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, most notably the main antagonist’s name.
Well of course we’re going to have to review Count Bram, but FIRST…
LOOK AT IT! This thing is beautiful. Seriously. It’s drawn and animated in a wildly different style than most Poptropican monsters and the end result is a majestic, terrifying monster that looks like it came from a completely different game. You can practically see the hate burning in its eyes. If you look closely enough, you can even see its ribs! The poor baby must be starving.
This creature was my favorite monster in Poptropica…until Twisted Thicket Island came out immediately after, giving that spot to the Nokken. In any case, it’s beautifully terrifying and I love it.
And now to move on to the vampire!
LOOK AT THIS JUST OH MY WHAT THE HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
So here he is. The star of the island. Count Bram himself.
Well, let’s start with his design. Unfortunately this is one category where he’s kind of lacking. He’s pretty much the cliched cinematic vampire, with pale skin, fangs, a cape, the ability to turn into a bat and a year’s supply of hair gel. There really isn’t much to say about it. I guess you can say it PALES in comparison to the monsters we’ve seen so far.
IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE HE HAS NO BLOOD.
But that’s not why we remember Count Bram. We remember him because of his backstory! He was once a normal human who was somehow transformed into a vampire. Due to his curse he was unable to be with his wife Annabelle. He attempted to reverse the curse, but never managed to figure out the cue.
As the story progresses, it’s revealed that, in a tragic twist, he had gone completely insane after the death of his wife and he kidnapped Katya because she reminded him of his wife Annabelle.
In a heartwarming ending, the player reverses his curse, only for him to die from old age in his human form and his spirit reunites with Annabelle.
It’s a tragic tale, and one of the most in-depth backstories Poptropica has ever given. So cheers to Count Bram, one of the most sympathetic antagonists Poptropica has ever made.
Here is where this island falters. It’s just not very scary! The gothic scenery SHOULD inspire a sense of creepiness but there isn’t much of it. In fact, out of all the islands we are reviewing, this is probably the LEAST scary.
NEXT TIME: I review what’s probably the scariest Poptropica island!