Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (DOS)

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Elvira
Elvira - DOS - US.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1990
Developer: Horror Soft Ltd.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a horror-themed point-and-click adventure game developed by Adventure Soft under their Horror Soft moniker. Despite being titled after the movie of the same name, the game has a completely original story not related to the movie.

In this game, Elvira inherits a medieval castle that her uncle left to her. She decides to turn the place into a tourist location. However, in doing this, she has woke her evil ancestor Emelda, who is now trying to reincarnate herself, and destroy Elvira. The player, an unnamed ghostbuster, is hired by Elvira to slay Emelda and free the castle from her evil grip. To do this, you must solve clever traps and fight off hordes of monsters and guards, both living and undead. You can also collect certain ingredients for spells that Elvira can make you.

The game would go on to spawn a sequel, Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus, and later a game considered as a spiritual sequel, WaxWorks. Though the latter has nothing to do with the first two games, it used the same engine, and was officially included in Elvira's Horror Pack. As its two successors, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark features a large amount of death/game over scenes.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The games begins with you standing outside Elvira's castle.

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The guard captain isn't happy you've interrupted him.

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Elvira saves you, but she's not happy about it!

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The guard captain loses his hair in combat!

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Guess it wasn't a good idea to tangle with the guard captain!

Music

The DOS version of Elvira has a completely different soundtrack than that of the Amiga/Atari ST versions. While those versions had a more atmospheric soundtrack, the DOS version has both orchestral and rock-sounding tracks. The only downside is, while each track is lengthy, there are only 6 songs in the whole game, which means the music might get repetitive to some if they play the game for an extended period of time.

It is to note that, at the time of release, the Amiga and Atari ST were far more popular than DOS machines, meaning this soundtrack is much more obscure. The Amiga tracks are probably the most known.

Unfortunately, as with other Horrorsoft/Adventuresoft games, the AdLib music is downright bad emulation of the MT-32 music, with odd patches being used.

Recording

The music was recorded using different sound options marked by prefix numbers:

  1. Roland LAPC-I / MT-32
  2. Creative Labs Sound Blaster / AdLib
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Main Theme Jezz Woodroffe 3:31
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102 Castle Jezz Woodroffe 5:44
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103 Dungeon Jezz Woodroffe 4:57
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104 Garden Jezz Woodroffe 3:43
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105 Altar Jezz Woodroffe 6:31
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106 Crypt Jezz Woodroffe 5:05
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Main Theme Jezz Woodroffe 3:31
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202 Castle Jezz Woodroffe 5:44
Download
203 Dungeon Jezz Woodroffe 4:57
Download
204 Garden Jezz Woodroffe 3:43
Download
205 Altar Jezz Woodroffe 6:31
Download
206 Crypt Jezz Woodroffe 5:05
Download

Credits

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The game has credits at the end, but no roles are given to the Horror Soft staff. Furthermore, Dave Hasler's name appears in the credits, but the DOS version has completely different music than the Amiga/Atari ST versions. Those versions are confirmed to be Hasler because, not only are they the same songs, but the Amiga version's MOD files give credit to Dave Hasler. The style of music in the game is also more reminiscent of Jezz's style, whereas Dave Hasler had a more atmospheric sound.

Game Rip

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The VGMs were ripped during gameplay using the DOSBox SVN Daum version. File swapping methods were used to play the music on the title screen. mod1.mus is the title music, so simply renaming any of the other mod#.mus files to mod1.mus will cause it to play on the title screen. DRO files were logged, then converted to VGM with DRO to VGM. The files were then trimmed to loop properly. Interestingly, the game contains mod files 1-14, but is missing 2-6, and 11-13, indicating that there could have originally been more music made for the game.

The game also uses the .SND format for sound effects. Also, the SND format may be an Accolade custom format, and should have its own page created if it is.

Audio Devices

Music

Icon - AdLib.png Icon - Game Blaster.png Icon - LAPC-I.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - MPU-401.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - Tandy 3 Voice.png

Sound

Icon - AdLib.png Icon - Game Blaster.png Icon - LAPC-I.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - MPU-401.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png Icon - Tandy 3 Voice.png

(Sources: Audio Setup).

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Accolade, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Accolade, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Accolade, Inc.
  Spain.svg   Spain
Elvira - DOS - Spain.jpg
Title: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Accolade, Inc.


Elvira
Mistress of the Dark Platform - AMI.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - PC98.png
The Arcade Game Platform - AMI.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png
The Jaws of Cerberus Platform - AMI.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png
WaxWorks Platform - AMI.png • Platform - DOS.png
Notable Personnel Jezz Woodroffe • Philip Nixon
Notable Companies Accolade • Adventure Soft


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