French adventure-game publisher Coladia have launched Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon for Mac OS X, continuing their series of adventure games based on historical figures or events. Available only for Intel-based Macs, the adventure tells the story of a priest in post-WWI Italy investigating a potential candidate for sainthood who appears instead to have been in league with the legendary vampire.
The program mixes graphics and movie-style cutscenes with travel and folklore, moving from Rome to Budapest and elsewhere, including some ancient cave prisons the actual Vlad III the Impaler (the 15th-century despot whose deeds and surname was the inspiration for Count Dracula) was said to have escaped from. Author Bram Stoker used the legend and Vlad's Romanian name, Dr?culea, as inspiration for his novel and in turn the game takes the literal meaning ("son of the dragon") as an inspiration for the look and feel of the game.
Players compare and decipher papers, engravings and other antique items with the help of 1920's most advanced computer, the Enigma Machine, to uncover clues and solve riddles in an effort to keep occult forces from rising in the gloomy mists of Transylvania.
The game is available as a download from MacGameStore.com or directly from Coladia.com for $30.