Master of Darkness is a video game created by for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear (though it was called Vampire: Master of Darkness on that system) in 1992 and later released for the 3DS Virtual Console in 2013. It's a platformer starring a psychologist named Ferdinand Social, who gets a weird message:"Killer vampire. Go to Thames. Caution, caution, in the wake of Dracula!" And he must now clear five stages and defeat the vampire. The gameplay is really similar to Castlevania, with the mechanics and atmosphere being similar.
This game provides the following tropes:
- Antagonist Title: The title obviously refers to Dracula, who is the Big Bad.
- Badass Normal: Ferdinand has no magical powers and uses ordinary weaponry, but he can still defeat Drac.
- Big Bad: Dracula.
- Big Boo's Haunt: Given that this is a game where Dracula is the main antagonist, each level has at least a little bit of this.
- Clockworks Area: Act 3 of Round 3 takes place in a clock tower. You see spinning gears in the background and travel across pendulums, and at the end of the stage, you fight Count Massen atop clock hands.
- Dracula: Serves as the villain.
- First Town: Round 1 takes place in Thames River.
- Historical Domain Character: Jack the Ripper is the first boss.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The axe is the best melee weapon (it deals high damage despite its short range) and the stake is the best ranged weapon (it deals high damage but isn't found until endgame).
- Meaningful Name: The psychologist's name is Ferdinand Social.
- Ouija Board: In the opening cutscene, Dr. Social is seen using one that tells him to go to Thames River, where Dracula was last seen. You see it again in the continue screen, and finally during the closing credits.
- Power-Up Letdown: The dagger is the main melee weapon you start out with, and can only do one point of damage. Stronger melee weapons in the game can do more damage pointsnote , so if you have one in your inventory and collect the dagger, you're back to using it until you can find another stronger melee weapon.
- Rewarding Vandalism: In lieu of Castlevania's candles and torches, Master of Darkness has levitating masquerade masks to hit for items and powerups.
- Timed Mission: You have only 400 seconds for each stage to clear. Running out of time results in instant death, costing you a life.
- The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Played literally; Round 5 starts you off in the dungeon of Dracula's castle before navigating a maze that leads you to Dracula himself.