Video Game: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an indie Hack and Slash RPG by Neocore Games.You play as the world famous monster hunter Van Helsing...'s son. Ever since your father retired from adventuring, you have taken up the family wide-brimmed hat and cloak and have become a famous monster hunter in your own right, accompanied by your loyal, but snarky companion, Lady Katarina (Who is also a ghost).One day, you receive an alarming mission. The country of Borgova, which your father brought peace to by forming a peace treaty between the country's humans and monsters, has suddenly fallen into chaos. Taking up your trusty swords and pistols, you depart for Borgova, intent on finding out what exactly has happened, and to bring peace back to the land.Of course, nothing is ever that simple...A sequel was released on May 22, 2014. In it, Van Helsing leads the Borgovian Resistance against the Mad Scientists that rule the land.
This game provides examples of:
- Absurdly Low Level Cap: 30, which is rather low for a Hack and Slash. However, Neocore has stated that they have an update planned that will introduce a reward system so you can continue to improve Van Helsing even after you hit the cap.
- Ascended Extra: The Tower Defense mission of the first game got expanded in the second with many more of them in the second with more features and maps. And now the developers are making a Tower Defence standalone game called Deathtrap...
- Cliché Storm: In the first game, the end boss's dialogue is variations on standard cliches, lampshaded by Van Helsing and Katarina.
- Deadpan Snarker: Van Helsing and Katarina. Especially Katarina.
- Dual Wielding: Longsword class weapons.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Van Helsing, world famous monster hunter, is treated like dirt by pretty much everyone he encounters. Early in the game, he has to pretend to be Katarina's manservant (more "manservent") just to get into the first town.
- The Engineer: The Arcane Mechanist class focuses on using BFGs, drones and explosives to deal with enemies.
- Follow the Leader: This game shamelessly rips off the Diablo franchise. It's a very well made rip off, but that's that.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Nutty Stefos.
- Guns Akimbo: Van Helsing wields his pistols like this.
- Guttural Growler: Prisoner Seven of the sequel talks as if he's Dr. Claw.
- La Résistance: In the second game, Van Helsing is the leader of the Borgovian Resistance.
- Large Ham: Several characters. Since the characters that are not like this are lukewarm in their voice-acting quality, it really helps.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Dreadsknechts.
- Mercy Rewarded: If you spare Gruumsh the Werewolf Leader, one of his minions will later give you an epic trophy. Katarina lampshades this.A reward for mercy?! What has happened to my beloved Borgovia?!
- The Musketeer: Van Helsing can use a variety of melee weapons and ranged weapons.
- Nice Hat: Van Helsing has a whole slew of stylish hats to equip.
- Public Domain Character: It's Van Helsing! Wait, no it isn't. It's okay, half the NP Cs made the same mistake.
- Science Is Bad: Zigzagged. The Big Bad is a Mad Scientist turning Borgovia into a mechanized hellhole, but Van Helsing himself is able to use science to his advantage in one of the class DLCs
- Spiritual Successor: Some have noticed this game bears a striking resemblance to the movie. Both feature a gothic, steampunk supernatural Europe, a protagonist called "Gabriel (instead of Abraham, his original name) Van Helsing", and both Van Helsings wear a wide-brim hat with fabric covering his mouth.
- Steam Punk: Borgovia, including Mecha-Mooks.
- Überwald: Borgovia, the country in which the games take place.
- Zerg Rush: There can be a lot of enemies onscreen at a time.