Dr Blackmore’s Back! In Our Dreams?
BASED ON DEMO
Oh man... I am so weirded out by this game! In the best of all possible ways of course. It’s bad enough that Dr Blackmore is apparently alive and strutting his tentacles, now he has a fond ‘admirer’! Who has lured us into her extremely creepy home, captured our fellow investigator, and left us to fend for ourselves among a zooful of insane animals.
This has always been an excellent and creepy series, but it went ballistic for this game. As well as the signature aspects of the series, the betentacled doctor, the electronic gadgets and a uniquely surreal game world, ERS has introduced blatant magic for the first time. I literally could write a treatise on all this game has going for it, even after just one hour of playing it, but I’ll spare you.
HIGHPOINTS IN BRIEF (as I noticed them)
*perhaps the most dramatic opening of any ERS game
*highly customizable – many choices on all types of options
*ERS signature art, but much lighter than any other game of theirs I’ve seen. Combines beauty and creepy very cleverly
*lip sync’d voiceover
*cute guy as our partner
*an awesome level of weirdness in the story and gameplay (E.g., put the frog in the vase and feed him a chilli pepper to melt the wax.)
*special secret service goggles designed to see supernatural activity. Associated with a mini-game to reveal a game tip
*choice to play the hard or the easy version of INDIVIDUAL puzzles, inside the game, as well as fully customisable difficulty level from the menu
*many more puzzles/mini-games than HOPs. Only HOP I did was a find and use silhouette HOP, visited twice
*(but there’s sure to be more, because) I didn’t get to the halfway point of the demo (according to the SG) before my hour was up
*there are oodles of animals, but they are for the most part not very friendly. Those that are, are not very cute. I didn’t even like the cat
*good interactive map, journal, directional hint
*more bling! than you can count
*bonus chapter: seeing into the enemy’s mind (Dr Blackmore’s? Cuz that would be really scary).
*accessible SG (this actually didn’t look all that useful to me, it was light on information).
*excellent interface in keeping with the game for accessing wallpapers, videos, concepts, screensavers, music, replayable puzzles and mini-games.
*achievements in a dream room in a night time sky.
*collections – 5 vials each of 4 different potions.
*zoo – collection of all the animals you come across in the game.
*hamster (who thinks he’s a merchant).
Truly a stupendous game, particularly if you are a fan of the series. If you don’t know the series, your enjoyment of this game won’t suffer, but you’ll be wanting the previous games before the bundle sale is up!!I Recommend This Game!Bonus Content Review
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
It was okay. Not as long as the admittedly over-long main game, and the story is not as developed as I’d like, but not boring. The story is an (unneeded) epilogue that leads straight from the main one. It is very unoriginal, its premise based entirely on another game we all know, and it does only a superficial version of it. Nowhere near as creepy as the plot deserved. But, maybe, a little touch of humour in it, which I may be imagining, or may be the justification for plagiarising that other game, because it could be a send up of it.Some of the locations are new, but not all. All the puzzles and HOPs were new, but nothing outstanding.
Wallpapers, glorified screenshots x8
Concept art x10 (some of these would make good wallpapers, and they are saveable)
Screen savers x3
Replayable puzzles x 18
Replayable HOPs x 11
Approximately 20,nothing totally unpredictable, but a beautiful dreamland of their own to present them in.
I am really beginning to dislike these sort. You collect vials of potion, which is to my mind not nearly as much fun as finding frogs or butterflies. On top of that, they are used to allegedly alter the mood of your hamster (wait a minute, I’ll get to him!). As far as I could see, it made very little difference and was totally pointless anyway. And you have nuts you can just feed him, why would you want to dose him with essence of anger?
He’s sweet enough, this unfortunate dealer (aka merchant) became the victim of much reviling because ERS’s translator didn’t specify what he deals in, and so everyone jumped on the idea that it must be illegal substances. Really, there are very few countries so unfortunate that the populace would jump to such conclusions! It never even occurred to me.
Another seemingly pointless extra, although I usually do like these sort of things. But there’s just not much to this one.
It rates slightly better than okay, because the bonus game, though superficial story-wise, still was a good play, and I like replayable HOPs.
Last edited by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:27 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Add Bonus Content Review)