Horror Soft/Adventure Soft‘s classic horror adventure/RPGs Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus are brought back to modern PCs by GOG.
Anyone who grew up in the 80ies will be familiar with the silly Elvira movies or Cassandra Peterson’s impersonation of the character as a hostess of late night horror movies, so it was only a matter of time before she made it into games thanks to an adventure game company that later developed the very fun Simon the Sorcerer and Simon the Sorcerer II.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, published in January 1990, is about the accidental resurrection of Queen Emelda whose castle is renovated by the titular heroine and who soon wants to take over the world. So it’s up to Elvira to look for a secret scroll of spells that is somewhere in a big chest in the castle.
As the building features 800 rooms, it’s obvious that the search will take a while before one reaches that goal. In the meantime one picks up all sorts of objects and tries to get rid of evil spirits by using a spellbook.
Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus, published in January 1991, deals with an evil that has manifested itself in Hollywood, Black Widow Productions, to be more precise. As its owner Elvira has also disappeared, one has to find and rescue her from three movie sets where monsters have materialized.
The sequel is even more ambitious and obviously longer with almost 4000 locations to visit, while 700 weapons, scrolls, and other tools are ready to be used for disposing of enemies. Of course puzzles are all present and correct as well, in addition to the risqué humor one expects from its host.
Both Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus are now available DRM-free separately or as a bundle on GOG with 10% launch discounts that last until October 6, 2021, at 1 PM UTC.