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    JustTheFacts

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    The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:39 am

    The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams
    by Gogii Games - December, 2013

    Available at:
    Big Fish as Collector's Edition / Standard Edition



    After being abandoned at an orphanage 25 years prior, you've received an invitation to meet your biological mother aboard an underwater dream facility, a playground for the rich and elite, designed to simulate dreams. Powered by an ancient technology, the machine holds many dark secrets and surprises.

    Set off on a quest to free your family, challenge the evil spirit, and escape the Emerald Maiden before it self-destructs!

    The Collector’s Edition includes:

    • Uncover Dream Corporation's plans in the bonus chapter
    • Find all of the hidden collectables
    • Wallpapers, concept art, movies and biographies
    • Integrated Strategy Guide

    For the Standard Edition

    • Walkthrough
    • Strategy Guide (Big Fish)

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:44 am

    Majestic & Involving
     

    Sunny Sunny SunnySunny 

    BASED ON DEMO

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    Although not the best graphics I’ve seen lately technically, the intro to this game is superb. The time period is 1920s or 30s, or whenever art deco was the rage, and is very well depicted. The story is set in a fantasy world in which a company offers the rich and famous the ultimate luxury, to be able to step into their dreams.

    You receive an invite to their underwater dream theatre, with the implication that you will finally meet the mother who left you at the orphanage 25 years earlier. There appear to be mysteries within mysteries in this one, and at this early stage there is a sense of ominous possibilities that should have been out of place in a pleasure dome – but it is not.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    As above, the graphics won’t wow you, but there are a lot of well done cut scenes, all excellent and interesting, and there’s a backstory, told with old fashioned movie reels, that is also fun. Other information is sometimes received in diorama form. Objects in the HOPs are clear and colour is good. Plenty of light . The sound tracks are also very well suited to the period – dramatically so. I am not a fan of the art deco era, and I am pretty much over the number of games set in this time, but I believe this is perhaps the most faithfully enshrined. Even the narrative voiceovers match the times.

    GAMEPLAY
    There is an emphasis on HOPs, and they come in 3 types – interactive list, misplaced items and progressive silhouettes. They are not difficult, but the interactive lists are far more interactive than most. Over half the items are originally unavailable, and sometimes the number of steps required to find it is quite a lot. At least, early on. Later HOPs are more standard. Puzzles are colourful and interesting, and relatively easy – so far.

    The adventure action is fairly easy too, aided by an interactive jump map and a directional hint. I think a notebook would have been helpful – but it is not quite essential ...

    There are a few cute critters around, but they help and leave. Except our pet bot , Atom, who is our personal security system, although what that entails is not immediately obvious. Apparently, we can upgrade our bot so that he can help us in other ways. At the point where the demo finished, I was trying to find and rescue 5 kittens,  for what purpose I know not, other than to stop them crying (the plaintive sound of a distressed kitten is almost too much for this crazy cat lady to bear).

    We have peaked into 2 of the 5 dream worlds indicated, so I hope there is more to do in them, or the game won’t have much depth to it. I was a little disappointed that there has been no underwater scenes so far, but the point at which we were left at the demo end makes it a guaranteed cert there’ll be at least one!

    CE BLING!
    There are 16 collectible roses, which aren’t very well integrated into the game, are about all there is outside the usual gallery items (includes wallpaper, concept art, sketches and movies but not music). There is also a collection of character profiles.

    While I was totally absorbed by this game and enjoyed every minute of my hour, the CE extras did not impress me at all, so I will wait for the SE.

    I Recommend This Game!

    Note: Not received well in Big Fish forums - for what that's worth

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by djrum on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:41 am

    JustTheFacts, (due to time restraints and me being lazy today) can you please tell me who the dev is? I noticed someone posted at BF that this dev's games never show up in wide-screen, so I'm curious.

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:44 am

    It's Gogii games

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:46 am

    I have that info for all my reviews, in the word doc I make for myself - I'll start including that line in my reviews, so you can be lazy any day  Big smile 

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by djrum on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:57 am

    Thanks so much, JustTheFacts!  Hug 

    Gogii games won't show up wide-screen on my laptop for me, either.

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:59 pm

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:13 pm

    Sportygal2009 wrote: Shortly into the game you get a robot helper and you do come across some kittens but no coins to buy stuff, dress them up or feed them or I would of pulled the plug on this game REAL QUICK.
    I haven't demo'd this yet but Sporty, you are a woman after my own heart, lol.
    I don't know why people are always going on about so-called dated graphics. I think they look great and I prefer these to those wispy, hazy ERS colorwashes. But then I'm not much of an ERS fan in any case.  Yeah right

    Oh I see Gogii's the developer! Great; I've quite enjoyed a number of their games.  Smile

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:33 pm

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:27 pm

    Wonderful perspectives, ladies!  Two thumbs up


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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:11 am

    I am actually fond of little helpers - but I agree, there has been far too many of them, and far to cutesy even for me. The bot made a nice change that way.

    I must admit I'm one of those people who think of pseudo realistic graphics as dated (influenced I admit by other reviewers on the subject), and the ones where the HO items have been patched into the scene really bug me. However, I agree that it depends on the game and there have been quite a few lately where it has been done well. But I have a responsibility to 'my readership' to warn them in advance of something they don't like (pets as well as graphics) and it is a kind of shorthand to say 'dated' because just about everyone knows what you mean.

    After all that, coming at the game from different perspectives, I find it interesting sporty that you and I both kicked the trend on this one!

    Did you happen to look at the other offering for the day, which many were saying was preferable? I thought it was for kids! lol

    I think the most important thing is as you say, don't read other reviews before doing my own. Occasionally I have, and I have always regretted it.

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    Re: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

    Post by genkicoll on Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:20 pm

    I really appreciate the detailed listings of collectibles and bonus items, ladies Offering  It is invaluable to me, as I'd rarely get anything added to the Games With Bonus Items to Find list, otherwise!

    Edit:  And the helper info, too, for THIS list!


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