Developer: Anino Games
Top Quality Fun... ****
Based On Demo (Edited beta version)
Very low key start to this game, but a very touching one. We join a mother and her young daughter on just another ordinary day. But tragedy strikes and Andrea is left in a coma. There’s a bit too much dialogue at first, but it’s justified by the need to explain the procedure.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics look really great. Detailed and boldly colourful. I particularly liked the HO scenes, where items were very clear and easy to see, and realistic, not photo realism, if you can understand the difference. The voice of the wizard is excellent. Music is beautiful, peaceful and innocent, in this horror world of a child's.
We are charting our way through Andrea’s mind, tracking down her fears and feelings. Disturbingly there are nasty little imp like creatures populating her emotional universe, frightening her and creating havoc (really cute in an evil kind of way). The boogieman is horribly well done.
It is a little slow to get started while we are learning the backstory, and the purpose of this treatment, but it picks up quickly once we enter Andrea consciousness. The HO scenes so far have been interactive lists. Some items in the lists require several actions to complete, and there are items in inventory that must be combined. The puzzles have been okay, not especially difficult or new. The adventure tasks take up the most of the time, with interesting quests along the way.
Interactive jump map shows active areas, journal keeps notes and task list. There are 15 memory shards to collect.
One unique feature is the option to come back to reality via the ‘wake up’ button. Unlike other games with the same story, part of this one is actually played in the real world, where you gather memorable objects from your daughter’s life to ‘scan’ into the memory machine for use in the dream world. Nifty.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I enjoyed this game immensely. Top quality and fun. It is a very dark and creepy place for a child's mind, though the colours are bright and bold.
I recommend this game!