I love this game. It's a quickly learnt, hour and a half of fast fun, moving around the board, battling minions, collecting equipment while the villain grows in strength the longer that you play. When you're ready, you start a big-boss showdown and (hopefully) win the game.
Three things make this game special:
1)The luscious illustrations and flavour text. These give the cards more emotional punch and play to the gothic feel of the game. Stakes, holy water and unholy secrets are all there.
2) The replay value of the various combinations of villains and heroes. Even without the (4?) expansions there are plently of variations in each game with vampires, werewolves and headless horsemen just the beginning.
3) The two play styles, cooperative and competetive. In the former game the master villain is much stronger but all the players work together (great with kids). In the latter you can play your cards to save villains when another player is about to win. This results in a more devious play style that I love.
The best game in the Flying Frog stable IMHO.