With the free Android visual novel Vampire Slave, developer Y Press Games has created a story with a rich cast of characters and unexpected plot turns. Thalos, the millennia-old vampire leader, and Dusty, the vampire hunters' leadership heir, are the main protagonists.
In terms of mechanics, Vampire Slave is a straightforward narrative story. You won't find any branch points where you make decisions that affect the course of the plot. However, Vampire Slave is far from boring because the Yaoi-style subplot and the politics between and within the two organisations of the vampires and vampire hunters will keep you interested. For more interactive visual novels, check out Dawn Chorus and BTS World.
What’s it about?
Thalos is asked by one of his team to visit a terminally ill cancer patient at his university and give him eternal life by turning him into a vampire. However, he's not aware that Dusty, who is also a student there, is the young and unprepared future leader of the vampire-hunting organization Jagerin.
In a case of mistaken identity, Thalos turns Dusty instead of his intended target. What ensues is not only the ongoing battle between vampires and hunters but also Dusty’s emotional struggle in deciding to follow his heart or loyalty to his vampire-hunting heritage.
This review relates to the first of four instalments of the Vampire Slave story. Each instalment is evocatively written and ends on a tense cliff-hanger.
Standard navigation on an Android device is through touch. However, if you're set up to play Android games on a PC, you can use your mouse and keyboard.
The Yaoi sub-genre of manga is known for its homoerotic themes. It was originally created by women for women, but its reader base has diversified.
Although Vampire Slave doesn't contain any explicit content, there are some strongly suggestive scenes.
Detailed design and story
Vampire slave is a beautifully drawn and well-written visual novel that captures the reader's attention early on and retains it. All of the characters are exceptionally well presented, and the plot can be enjoyed on multiple levels.
You can view it as a Romeo and Juliet-type story, but with a twist. In our view, Vampire Slave is suitable for a more mature, open-minded audience.