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. A third game was released the next year, in which Van Helsing must hunt down his nemesis and save Borgovia once and for all.

This game provides examples of:

  • An Adventurer Is You: In the first game, Van Helsing can be customized to play in whatever style you prefer. The later games add specific classes with unique abilities and equipment, with the third game having six classes.
    • The Protector is a heavily-armored Tanking class that uses swords and shields to do heavy melee damage.
    • The Umbralist is a Scrapper who does close-range burst damage with magic focused on stealth.
    • The Elementalist is a Nuker who uses magic to do heavy AoE damage.
    • The Phlongistoneer is a Tank/Nuker hybrid who wears Powered Armor equipped with weapons such as flamethrowers and missiles.
    • The Bounty Hunter is an Archer who relies on charged ranged attack aided by drones that mark his target.
    • The Constructor is an Pet class who summons up swarms of robots to overwhelm his foes while providing fire support with his BFG.
  • Absurdly Low Level Cap: 30, which is rather low for a Hack and Slash. However, after beating the game defeating enemies earns you Glory, which can be spent to gain passive upgrades such as Crit Damage.
  • 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...
  • Assist Character: Katarina functions similarly to pets in Torchlight, in that she can attack your enemies and can also be sent to sell loot.
  • Charged Attack: The Bounty Hunter class in the third game can aim his basic attack so that it does ridiculous damage (generally a One-Hit Kill on most regular foes). His drones can be upgraded to increase damage as well as shorten the time needed to aim, though good luck getting them to target the enemy you want.
  • 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. In the third game, the Constructor has a mobile weapons platform that can be used to create turrets and drones while also dealing out damage on it's own.
  • 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.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: You can change Van Helsing's first name into whatever you like, though it doesn't matter since everyone just uses his last name.
  • 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 NPCs made the same mistake.
    • The third game reveals that Prisoner Seven is none other than Koschei the Deathless.
  • 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 with various classes.
  • 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.