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Game Giveaway of the day — Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box

Explore eerie Victorian locations and discover the truth!
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User rating: 25 (76%) 8 (24%) 40 comments

Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box was available as a giveaway on May 9, 2021!

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Tyler`s grandfather has called him with some shocking news! After confronting his grandfather, Tyler is sent back in time to experience the mysterious occurrences and moments leading up to this bizarre revelation. Explore eerie Victorian locations and discover the truth in Vampire Saga: Pandora`s Box! Scour gorgeous Hidden Object scenes and play fun minigames as you dive deep into a decades-old mystery.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600 Mhz; RAM: 128 MB; DirectX: 6.0; Hard Drive: 104 MB

Publisher:

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I've tried everything I can think of to get this game to work, but nothing has worked. I get the same issue that the community have posted i.e. it boots up to the main menu via an Alawar and developers splash screen then closes; so, looking at the comments so far, it seems there is a serious issue with this game. If anyone does get it to work, please post some details of what system you are running it on etc. :(

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Vampire Saga – Pandora’s Box:
In Brief:
Explore eerie Victorian locations and discover the truth in Vampire Saga: Pandora`s Box! A Hidden Object Game previously given away April 12th 2015, where it received a positive 70% from 436 votes with 60 comments which you can see HERE
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Introduction:
Tyler`s grandfather has called him with some shocking news! After confronting his grandfather, Tyler is sent back in time to experience the mysterious occurrences and moments leading up to this bizarre revelation. Scour gorgeous Hidden Object scenes and play fun minigames as you dive deep into a decades-old mystery.

Reference: accessed HERE 26th June 09 reposted April 27th 2021.
The Game:
In mythology, Pandora’s Box was a jar that unleashed numerous evils upon mankind. However, in Alawar Entertainment‘s latest hidden object adventure Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box, Pandora is actually a ship. Yet within the creaking wooden belly of this vessel, true to the name of Pandora, a dark secret and deadly danger lurks. You’ll join Matthew Ward in this haunting tale as he finds himself alone on Pandora, a grim cloud over the ship abandoned out at sea.
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box actually begins in a rather peculiar manner, with the story being recalled as a fateful memory by a character named Tyler Ward in Boston in 1950. One night, Tyler’s grandfather proceeds to share with him a series of events that influence and lead up to that night. As a young man, Ty’s grandfather, known as Matthew Ward, found himself stranded at port during the Spanish-American war, having fled. Eager to get home and mysteriously drawn to a certain ship named Pandora, he sneaks aboard only to fall unconscious. When he awakes, he finds himself stranded out at sea, with no captain or crew left alive. With anchor stuck and no one else on the vessel, in addition to numerous violent hallucinations, Matthew desperately tries to find a way off the ship while learning Pandora’s dark secrets.
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Pandora’s Box is the classic definition of a hidden object adventure, with a very nice balance introduced. Hidden object levels serve a specific purpose in this title: to allow you to earn key items you’ll need throughout your explorations. Exploration is very typical of a classic point-and-click adventure. Each hidden object area stands out with a bright and uniquely colorful dark fog. A highly interactive and very easy to grasp inventory system is also present in the game, allowing you to store items for later. When an item has lost all use, it conveniently disappears.
Pandora’s Box also introduces a friendly hint system. Without actually using hints, the game will often give a little shine or sparkle here or there, just to let you know where to go or what you should be doing next, without interfering or making it too easy. The actual hint system is comprised of simply pressing the hint button is usable from both inside and outside of hidden object gameplay. Best of all, if you use a hint in an area in which there’s nothing to do, the hint remains while letting you know there’s nothing to do in that area at that time.

Hints also charge fairly quickly, allowing a good amount of time for the player to keep searching but not so long they get impatient waiting. If a player clicks too much too fast, they will temporarily lose control of the mouse as it swirls around the screen.

But of course, Alawar’ s latest title wouldn’t be anything without good hidden object play, and Vampire Saga certainly delivers. Every level is very challenging, and hidden object game fans will certainly face a worthy challenge if they tried to get entirely through this game without using a single hint.
There are some quirks, though. Perhaps one of the most disappointing things for me was reading about the animated cutscenes featured in the game, and that’s exactly what I expected. However, playing the actual game, few things are actually animated. Instead of panning, zooming, and introducing fluid movement, most every cutscene consists of a very slight frame change every several seconds. Even the opening scene felt long and burdening, since the game apparently only supported fluid animation on one minor character.
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Another unfortunate thing to point out is that some of the items in the game’s hidden object levels were poorly labelled, and sometimes outright wrong. Most embarrassing was one item, seemingly a comb, which showed up as "???" at the bottom of the screen. Good luck finding that without using a hint!

But despite the drawbacks, Pandora’s Box is a very neat hidden object adventure. Not only is the gameplay challenging, but the hidden object levels are among some of the more challenging I’ve played, despite the occasional repetitive objects. The story isn’t bad, either.
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is among the few games where you think you know what’s going to happen before the game pitches you a very sharp twist, and one of the few that pulls off an ending that really leaves you speechless and wondering what’s going to happen next. Combine that with unique environments and suspense, and you’ve got your money’s worth.


Reference accessed HERE Originally posted by Tawny Mueller on Sep 18, 2009 and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk April 12th 2015, and again reposted 27th April 2021
Walkthroughs, Videos and Images:
You can find a walkthrough for Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box HERE and see around 40 images as a slideshow HERE. Some of the images are spoilers. Plus there are several video of game play SPOILER ALERT HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Warning, these videos do contain spoilers.
System Requirements:
Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
CPU: 600 MHz
System RAM: 128 MB
DirectX: 6.0
Hard Drive: 104 MB






Conclusion:
A relatively easy Hidden Object game, that gets straight into the action from the word go, no cut scenes and the story is woven into the various screens you have to search. You pick up the usual items that are used to solve puzzles, most of which are very easy to solve. This is an ideal family HOG.
Scoring:
Gameplay - 8
Graphics - 8
Music and sound effects - 7
Re-playability - 7
Originality - 6

total 36 out of 50 which is equivalent to 7.2 out of 10
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Hi Rabbit

Game works fine on my Win 10 pro version 20H2 build 19042928
16gig ram win feature pack 12022125510 .....I have a I7 8 gen nvidia gtx1070Ti video card

hope this helps
If you have time later.. I have a problem with my Steam acc. send me E-M

Thanks Ron

Reply   |   Comment by Ron mcBride  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#28

Vampire Saga - Pandora Box\res\Flash.ocx
Need Flash Player?

Reply   |   Comment by fumi  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

fumi,

Thanks Fumi. :)

Stay safe

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

For anyone having issues with running the game, here is the fix.
It also works on most games with windows / full screen issues....
Install game normally.
Right click game icon and pick "Properties" at bottom.
Open "Compatibility" tab at top and click on "Change high DPI settings" near bottom.
At bottom under "High DPI scaling override";
Place a check in box "Override high DPI scaling behavior.
Leave "Scaling performed by: "Application".
Game should play correctly now.

Reply   |   Comment by Geezer Geek  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Geezer Geek,

Hi Geezer, thanks for your fix. I'd already tried that and unfortunately it didn't work for me, but I hope it will for others. :)

Stay safe

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Geezer Geek, didn't work for me...

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Geezer Geek,

I appreciate you sharing that info though it does not fix the problem for me. I'll hold onto it for the future however, as maybe it will help another time. Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

Same here. After install you see a frozen screen for a few sec then it closes & you get a page that says "Thank you for playing Toomky games"
Win10 desktop (downloaded from Toomky website)

Reply   |   Comment by P.R.  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Also works for me: XP, SP3, resolution 1024x768. Of course, that's on an old 4x3 monitor. Might be an issue with widescreen monitors. I imagine that Whiterabbit has tried everything, as his level of experience dwarfs mine as a pyramid dwarfs a pebble, but folks who still want to try may experiment with resolutions close to that, as jaglover has also reported. Maybe even distorting your 16:9 monitor by selecting a 4:3 resolution, like 1024x768, just to experiment, and, of course, trying some of the compatibilities, like XP or 7, that were mentioned already. Maybe folks need both the compatibility setting and a lower resolution. The latter issue on old games has been reported here in the past. Of course, if it doesn't work except on 4:3 resolution - which I doubt - it will be a "no sale" for folks with widescreen monitors, but just throwing out some ideas to see if any stick.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

watcher13, I have a widescreen monitor with my WinXP running 1360x768 and the game runs fine. I tried 1024x768 on my Win10 x64 laptop but it made no difference, exactly the same freeze and crash as every other setting I tried.

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Ran first time without issue on my WinXP desktop (unusual for a Toomky game), but no go on my Win10 x64 laptop - gets to menu screen, freezes for a couple of seconds and then crashes. Tried all sorts of fixes and compatibility settings but nothing worked. I noticed though that in Win10 it resized my desktop before starting, whereas in XP the screen went blank and then the intro screens started. If someone with more computer knowledge than me knows what this means maybe they know how to fix it...?

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

I got this game previously (2015-04-08). I have no problem running it on Win10-64, but here are a couple of things that might help:

- Save the game in a folder that is not part of your Programs folder. I created a separate folder on my data drive where I install all of these games. I find that a lot of the older games don't work well if installed in Programs. (eg E:\Games\NameOfGame\).

- If you have played any of the other games in this 'Vampire Sage' series then it will see your profiles from that game and if you try to play it then it fails. Create a new player profile and use it. The other games in this series that were given away here are; 'Welcome to Hellock' and 'Break Out'.

- I didn't need any compatibility mode, but it probably doesn't hurt if you're having problems.

Reply   |   Comment by jb  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

This game uses a Flash file named "Flash.ocx" and since Flash is no longer support and has been removed from all Windows computers, this game will not run.

Reply   |   Comment by Wayne D  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Wayne D, I have uninstalled Flash Player from my WinXP computer and the game still runs fine. Seems to be a Win 10 problem...

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

Try this: install and launch game from game.exe instead of VampireSagaPandoraBox.exe. I think it's the Toomky wrapper that messes it up.

Game works fine on my laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by JLane  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

JLane, that fix only works (sometimes) if the game doesn't launch in the first place, but that is not the problem here...

Reply   |   Comment by Min  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

JLane,

Tried and it does not fix the problem for me. Thank your for sharing, however!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

I read the comments and I got a strange warning in Firefox Quote "this file is not commonly downloaded" More information offered to allow or remove the download, I opted to remove then searched the Toomky website for the game and downloaded it from there. It looked fine normal, installed fine, seems to play as it's supposed to. Just saying.. maybe there's just something wrong with the file as it's offered here on GOTD?

Reply   |   Comment by SemoSam  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

SemoSam,

Hi SemoSam,
I tried both the giveaway and direct from TooMky games and both had the same issue. The message you got from Firefox may have been due to the Themida code that is used to wrap the game executable and not the actual game because Themida code can also hide malware; though not in this case.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#19

I agree with this, downloaded but does not start, only crashes out.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Looks like this game is not "forward compatible": I downloaded it to my WinXP laptop, and it works fine. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Diana in Yankee Land  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#17

It installed and played fine on my Windows 7 computer. That said, I remember trying this game years ago and it is horribly dark and the graphics are not great. Not sure if I ever finished it. I will give this a try later but so far, not that appealing!

Reply   |   Comment by JanetD  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#16

In my notes it says this game was given away Feb. 2013. It worked fine back then.

Reply   |   Comment by Sarge  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#15

The game started fine for me (Win7) and so far runs normally, though all I've done is a couple of HO scenes and gotten into the house.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan Canera  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

This game works on Win 7. It takes a minute to load though before it gets to the Alawar screen, after that it runs as it should.

Reply   |   Comment by Vivena  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#13

Win10HomeX64 gaming laptop here. Game seems to have downloaded and install fine. Launches, goes through the first 2 intro screens and gets to the main game screen, I can move cursor for just a moment before it freezes and after a few seconds the game closes. No error message, just closes and launches the Toomky link. Windows troubleshooter did not fix it. It seems odd that this appears to be an ongoing issue with this game and the developer would not address that before offering it for sale or for a giveaway.

Oh well, thanks anyway!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

Game does not start under Win 7 ultimate. Just opening first picture and then return to main page. Pity.

Reply   |   Comment by Bascha  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

Very happy to report that Pandora(s) Box installs fine in Win7 64-bit.

Once the first HOG scene appeared, I remembered it! Fun to play and I shall do so again with pleasure: thanks to Toomky Games and GGOTD for the re-run.

I'd also forgotten the funny intro sequence, where not only is a phone in the 1950s more like a 1930s model, it also boasts a wireless handset! Impressive! ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

Plays fine on my Windows 10

Reply   |   Comment by lal  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

Start the game in compatibility mode for Windows 7 and it works. (Windows 10 Home, 20H2)
At least in my virtual machine (Hyper-V) without sound.

Reply   |   Comment by Fearsome Master  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

Hi everyone:
same WIN10 compatibility issues here as in 2015: had to manually change resolution to 1024x768 for game to start but mouse cursor still missing. How do I change to system cursor in game.ini or access the options menu w/o touchscreen?
Thank you very much advance, especially to Whiterabbit-uk!

Reply   |   Comment by jaglover  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Install - Play - CRASH. Tried a second d/l and it still crashes. Windows10.

Reply   |   Comment by John Widsert  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Same issues as other.

Reply   |   Comment by Luise O'Reilly  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

The same bugslayer issue on windows 10 that was also an issue when this game was given away back in 2015 https://game.giveawayoftheday.com/vampire-saga-pandoras-box/ .
None of the fixes work (disable hdpi settings). The issue is also raised on steam with no solution. Had to uninstall and move on.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

Downloaded, installed. Tried to start up three times, but game crashed each time. Uninstalled. Thanks, I guess.

Reply   |   Comment by JRC  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Game doesn't run on Win10 machine, tried compatibility mode for Win8 but still get the same result!
"Bugslayer Routine has stopped working..." , what's up with that? I've never heard of Bugslayer, has anyone got any idea what is going on here?

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

The download is only 79MB and installs in less than 10 seconds. When I tried to open it the Alaware page came up, then a second page and then the opening page. This was up for a few seconds before closing and I got the Toomky page saying "Thank you for playing toomkygames!". I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the game, but exactly the same thing happened.

Reply   |   Comment by Sieska Cowdrey  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sieska Cowdrey, Restart your computer and try again.

Reply   |   Comment by lal  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sieska Cowdrey, Same here

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