Accolade has been pushing into the graphic adventure arena lately and with the release of Elvira, they've scored a monster [pun intended| hit. I was expecting a game as schlocky as the TV horror movie hostess it's named for, but it turned out to be one of the best of the genre.
The plot has you trying to rescue Elvira from a castle populated with all sorts of evil supernatural entities, both by doing battle with them and by working magic spells (cooked up with Elvira's help - handily, she's trapped in the kitchen). It's the artwork that really sets Elvira apart from other graphic adventures: it is absolutely beautiful. I particularly like the gardens outside the castle. The game's mechanics are very smooth and the play compelling enough to hold your interest until you finish it.
Elvira is an example of what celebrity-licensed games should be, Elvira herself is an integral part of it, and her daffy humor adds welcome relief from the more gruesome sections of the game. (True to horror-dom, there are some very bloody close-ups.) Elvira is fun, funny, and a thorough delight.
Elvira is a 3D adventure similar to Eye of the Beholder, but it's much more horroristic.
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