Yes definitely the first CV game. I remember a few years back I literally played the game every night before I went to sleep, and I got so good at it I was able to beat only dying one time and it was at Dracula. Then get Simon's Quest, but the only problem is these games are very dated and if you didn't grow up playing them when they were new and original, I can see it being hard to get into them. So probably your best bet would be to start from CV4 (Snes) and move your way up.
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