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Find vampires with hi-tech Halloween ghost hunt in new mobile phone game

DRACULA fans can have a bloody good time around Dublin this weekend by downloading Bram Stoker's Vampires smartphone game and going on a city ghost hunt.

The game uses GPS to turn players' smartphones into paranormal detection devices to lead then on an hour-long adventure around Stoker's old haunts, including Trinity College and Dublin Castle.

Their mission is to track down evil vampires and eriee ghosts and prove their existence by photographing them. Players can post these frightening images to Twitter and Facebook.

The characters in the game are based on vampires that appear in Bram Stoker's epic horror Dracula novel, including Count Dracula himself and the three vampire sisters Jonathan Harker encounters in Dracula's castle in Transylvania.

The game's creators have hinted that a talented ghost hunter may even be able to track down the wandering soul of old Stoker himself.

This new horror gaming experience is being launched as part of the inaugural Bram Stoker Festival, which celebrates the Dublin author's gothic horror on the centenary of his death.

Louise O'Reilly, project directorl told the Herald: "We are delighted to collaborate with Science Gallery and Haunted Planet Studios to bring this contemporary edge to experience the gothic author's enduring literary legacy in a totally original way."

The game's inventor, Mads Haar -- a computer science lecturer at Trinity College -- described the Haunted Planet gaming platform as "a global mystery adventure game that takes place in the real world". Mr Haar founded the Haunted Planet company in Dublin in 2010.