Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Shannon282007 on May 14, 11 7:21 AM
I have been waiting for this game to come out in Mac version and i wasn't disappointed! It grabs you instantly and doesn't let go until it's over! I loved it! I would have liked some voice overs but sometimes if they are done badly it can ruin the game so it was ok that it didn't have voices. spooky gameplay and great, original storyline! I loved how the story unfolded with the dolls and the dollhouse. great idea and definitely worth buying!

 
nards1975
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by nards1975 on May 14, 11 9:45 PM
Gorgeous graphics and interesting gameplay but simply not long enough. Just when you are well into the game it is finished. Perhaps there will be a stray souls 2 one day?

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by mattsmomo on Aug 4, 11 9:21 PM
Read the comments on other sites before you buy this game -- there are lots of problems that haven't been fixed and it's very frustrating. For example, puzzles come up black screen on the Mac even though I have all upgrades and meet specs. I have reinstalled. It should work but it doesn't.

 
EnvirEng
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by EnvirEng on Sep 13, 11 1:47 PM
Well, it was a good game, but I wouldn't give it a five star rating. The graphics were great. I loved the doll house. The story was marginally interesting--evil doctor, demonic dolls.

Most of the H0G scenes were enjoyable. Most items were easy to find: Only a few were a real challenge (used the hint button a few times).

The Map showed you where you were and where Actions were needed, which was a big help. There were a few times when I couldn't figure out what to do next and no Actions were indicated. Then I carefully looked at my inventory and figured out what to do.

Things I didn't like that much: There are a lot of H0G scenes. My main dislike was that you picked up objects before you had any reason to need them. Then, two seconds later, you needed them. (Picked up an electrical outlet in a H0G scene and needed one as soon as I finished the H0G.) Some people might really like that, but I don't.

This is a good game, but not great. I got the CE on sale (wanted to try a CE, since I don't buy them.) While there was additional play time, to me it would not have been worth the extra money.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

 
IYBAKH
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by IYBAKH on Oct 3, 11 9:39 AM
This is a fantastic game -- creepy, scary, full of surprises, great mix of hidden object scenes with adventure; a generous hint button; and interaction in every scene. The graphics were clear; the puzzles were fairly easy, and the story flowed nicely. [removed by moderator] has become one of my favoriite developers. They seem to be "right on" in everything they produce. I bought the CE, and for me, the bonus game was exceptional and well worth the money. This is a real WINNER!!!

Edited on 10/07/2011 at 1:42:46 PM PST


 
marg6043
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by marg6043 on Jan 5, 12 11:14 AM
This game have a fantastic story line, I love psychological thrillers, the game have incredible graphics, challenging puzzles and it will give you hours of great play time.

 
doziedoats
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by doziedoats on Feb 1, 12 4:24 PM
Wow! That was quite a trip. The puzzles weren't the usual run of the mill, the storyline was great, and it kept me interested all the way.

Edited on 02/01/2012 at 4:27:26 PM PST


 
sfr8rfan
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Jan 20, 14 3:23 AM
Part One of Three

A CLASSIC

This review is based on a complete game + the extras of the Collector's Edition. I played it for about 10 hours. I am NOT a fast player. It seemed to me to be of average length. I played it on a Mac platform and experienced no glitches.

This is the type of game that defies reviews. How do you review a game released in the Fall of 2011 in the Winter of 2014? You do it VERY CAREFULLY.
I hadn't begun playing HOGs when this game was released. I hadn't heard of HOGs when this game was released. I bought it a couple years ago but didn’t play it UNTIL yesterday when I saw the release of Stray Souls: Stolen Memories. I wanted to get a feel for the developer before spending the money on a CE...and what better way than to play a game I already own.

Well, in advance I'll say this: if Stolen Memories is anything like Dollhouse Story, it's an instant CLASSIC. I’ll also say this: I regret waiting to play Dollhouse Story. I can only wonder how many times I’d have re-played it by now if I played it when I first bought it.

Fun Factor: Are you kidding me? YES.

VISUAL/SOUND QUALITY: Abso-*****-star-Lutely YES.
Visuals: Instantly I felt scared. I felt like I was someplace I didn't belong and I was not safe. This is the power of visuals. One character, a clown, was drawn with such feeling and emotion that it evoked FEAR and discomfort in me. This clown exhibited evil and treachery perfectly. The expressions on the clown's face were priceless. And incomparable. The treachery that I just wrote means that the clown pulled off pleading and "trust me" just as well as evil. The rest of the story made me feel like I was in the middle of a horror flick. This is what I call "set design." It is unmatched in brilliance, IMO and that it's a few years old only underscores the level of quality of this game. It has withstood the test of time.

 
sfr8rfan
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Jan 20, 14 3:26 AM
Continued: Part Two of Three

Sounds: Again *****. Wicked music throughout. This is not a bright and cheery story. Even as it's ending you feel as though you've MAYBE just escaped in the nick of time. If you feel relief you still don't feel safe, even as you speed away. If you saw the movie Cloverfield, you'll know exactly the emotion I'm referring to. That's what the music does. I think music can drive a good game as much as anything else.
Now, combine the visuals with the music and you've increased the fear factor logarithmically. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to The Dollhouse Story?
One note of import: Owing to its age, this game does not have Voice-overs (let alone lip-synching). You'll see a character and read his lines. This didn't bother me at all. NOT. ONE. BIT.

LEVEL OF CHALLENGE: I gave this 5 stars but it is asterisked. My chief complaint about an otherwise great game is usually that there are too many HOGs and not enough mini-games. That would be my complaint here if the quality of the HOG weren't as high as it is. There are 20 HOGs and maybe 5 simple mini-games. The HOGs were brilliantly executed. The mini-games...well, frankly, I'm only remembering one right now. The mini-games did not move me. Doesn't matter. The overall game is that good.

STORYLINE: Your husband was lost/kidnaped and his good and bad natures were divided into two separate people. Your sister-in-law has been brainwashed but still finds the inner strength to get information to you that helps you on your path to find your husband. Evil clown tricks you. You roam the halls of orphanage. It's all creepy. It’s an intricate story line. I'm sure even these few details I have are not spot on...but it's enough, I hope, to communicate just a little of what's going on. You need to play the game to figure out the rest. You will be happy you discovered this game by playing it, not by reading about it.

 
sfr8rfan
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Jan 20, 14 3:28 AM
Continued: Part Three of Three

So, then, how can this review be helpful to you? I'm going to share just a few observations:

1. This is an ADVENTURE much more than an HOG and certainly much much more than a PUZZLE GAME. If you go into the experience with this knowledge you will not feel mislead. It is not about the games. It's about the story and the ambience which completely envelopes you.

2. Here’s what you get with the SE (because it’s an older game) that by today’s standards you might expect to be in the CE but not the SE:
a. “Beyond” Objects: 36 morphing items that are not related to the story but enhance game play.
b. Map, including sites visited and the locations of HOGs.
c. OK, this is a stretch, but: an un-integrated strategy guide. That means, go to the BFG site, click on game walkthroughs and seek out Stray Souls: Dollhouse. There’s your strategy guide.

3. When I first started buying games I always chose the CE version if it were available. I do not auto-default to that anymore. I try to make an informed decision. That said, here’s what you get with the CE:
a. A more (not completely) integrated strategy guide.
b. A VERY SUBSTANTIAL Bonus Chapter which is a prequel scene including 10 HOGs.
c. Who cares: Wallpapers, Concept Art
d. Deleted Scenes (admittedly nice feature I’ve not encountered before.)

What all this means is: YOU CAN’T LOSE. If you have the money or the game credits, get the CE. If you don’t have the money or the game credits, get the SE and you’ll be completely and utterly satisfied. Just get something.

 
 
 
 
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