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Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by bfgFlounder on Nov 3, 13 12:29 AM
Every passing day disengages little Emmy away from reality! Guide Helen Wheeler as she takes a risky journey inside the mind of her niece to get to the bottom of the problem. But be cautious! Childhood memories and wondrous fantasies are not the only things you will find here: the Dreamscape is corrupted. And you are not welcome.

 

Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Nov 3, 13 1:56 AM
Bit Of An “Also Ran”

BASED ON BOTH CE & SE DEMOS


FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The intro to this game is VERY impressive. The diffident telling of the story of a fear-ridden girl who finally drifts down into catatonia is so sad and engaging. This is not an unknown story by any means, we have seen it many times before. But I can’t enough of stories centred around dreams and nightmares, and the curing of them. In this one, it is our niece who needs help in fighting her many phobias, which have driven her totally away from the world.

People not into bugs might want to skip this game, if the demo is a good example of what’s to come. So far the phobias have been of dogs and spiders, storms and being alone. Judging by the map, the demo covers about 1/3 of the game.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS

The graphics are okay in this game, a bit grainy and a little too cartoony. Well enough drawn, but not always well lit. One thing I always like is the way scenes change from their nightmare form to a happy comfortable dream, which is done here reasonably well, but again not impressively so. I also liked the holographic doctor. There is a aspect ratio toggle in the Options menu – a really great feature, it lets many more people with different systems to enjoy the graphics.

The sounds are well done, but the music is irritating in just a short while. The voiceover in the intro is awesome, but that bear is going to drive me nuts. The background noises are very good and add a great deal to the atmosphere.

GAMEPLAY

I would say the game is not difficult, if weren’t for the mini-games. There are 18 puzzles, most easy to moderate, but some I just had to skip. There are 13 HOPs (interactive list) visited twice. You also get an interactive jump map, and directional hint, but no journal. Plus that annoying bear helps out far more often than I liked, and usually I don’t mind that kind of thing. We are also in frequent contact with the professor on the outside monitoring the girl’s vital signs. He acts like a kind of cheer squad. “You’ve done it! She is improving!”


FAMOUS LAST WORDS

A decent fun game, but nothing I saw in the CE demo suggested this was of a CE standard, and replaying it now, I feel the same. I will probably buy the SE, but it is not at the top of my list.

I recommend this game!

 

Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by cottoncandy2 on Nov 3, 13 7:21 AM
I played for about 10 minutes at the advanced level and came across half a dozen hints and another cutesy talking animal helper. I don't care if he was in the other games, enough is enough I think. Sorry, but I wouldn't even buy this if a $2 special.

 
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Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by gillydi53 on Nov 3, 13 11:03 AM
I'd buy it for that price if BF are offering LOL I like it and will probably use a PC tomorrow .

 
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Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by adinah on Nov 3, 13 1:05 PM
I just purchased for the sale price. I played for forty minutes and quite enjoyed the story. It is a gentler take (at least so far) on the story than those I played previously. I enjoyed the comments from the bear since I feel this is what a toy bear would sound like.

The game play is easier than a lot of the games that have been coming out lately. It is more user friendly than has been the norm. We need a variety of types and challenge levels - and Big Fish is trying to provide for all of us. I do play the more challenging games but sometimes I just want to relax. Try it at least.

 
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Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by catbag8717 on Nov 3, 13 3:44 PM
Can't wait to buy this!
Game length, please? Also, is it conclusive?

 
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Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by roaming on Nov 4, 13 12:41 AM
cottoncandy2 wrote:I played for about 10 minutes at the advanced level and came across half a dozen hints and another cutesy talking animal helper. I don't care if he was in the other games, enough is enough I think. Sorry, but I wouldn't even buy this if a $2 special.

This is an easy game with nice artwork. I don't play puzzles, but the ones I encountered seemed fairly easy, and the skip button filled quickly enough. The HOS are easy as well. I tried the hint button, and it fills at the same rate as the skip. Hints are active outside the HOS and are the directional arrow type (yea!).

The story is about a mother who performed scientific experiments on her own daughter that resulted in putting the girl into a coma, and who, from the notes you find lying around, seems to be mostly unavailable -- "Sorry, I forgot to tell you about my business trip. I won't be able to pick you up from school. I love you. Mom."

This game is way too cutesy for me, but the main issue, I think, is that it tries to be cute-loveable and spooky-evil at the same time. The voice of the teddy bear "helper" is extremely grating, and the music is annoying enough to be a turn off even if the rest of the game was the best ever, which it isn't.

I definitely recommend trying before buying.

 
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Re:Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

[Post New]by catbag8717 on Nov 4, 13 2:29 AM
I HATE cute, but I didn't think this was too cute at all! It was just light-hearted.

 
 
 
 
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