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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner - Review

Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

Name: Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner Collector's Edition
Release Date: 06 October 2013
Developer: Friendly Cactus Games

Your niece, Emmy is in coma. You as Helen, has to travel deep inside her mind, get to the bottom of the case and wake her up before she is too far drifted off in her nightmares! Friendly Cactus Games is a newbie to the HOPA genre, Stranded Dreamscapes is well done as a whole but does it worth the CE price tag?

Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner


  



  


Stranded Dreamscapes is a very well-crafted game with all the typical features required for a HOPA. The story is not extremely original but the setting and the theme are fairly interesting. As you wonder inside Emmy's mind, you will stumble upon many fantasy objects and some weird scenes, these features make the game much more entertaining. One annoying thing about the story-telling is that the doctor keeps popping up every once in a while, this an be very distracting.

The graphics are sharp and high-quality, but they look a bit out-dated. The locations are beautiful, but not spectacular - the visual effects are good, but not great; Stranded Dreamscapes really need some extra WOW factors for it to be memorable. This trend goes along with the audio side, the music is pretty average and the voice overs are so-so although very clear. 

Stranded Dreamscapes is really a game for beginners or those who are new to the genre. The gameplay is very simple and no where near challenging. The Hidden Object scenes are average with clear items and very few interactive objects, you do have to play each scene twice. The mini-games are not awesome, they are not original and again, simple.

What Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner lacks are also the bells and whistles for it to be worthy of a Collector's Edition title. We have an interactive map, but Achievements and Collectibles are nowhere to be found. The length of the main game is also comparatively short extended by an okay Bonus Chapter.

Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner is pretty good but it would be a wiser decision releasing it as a Standard Edition. It is entertaining enough for a relaxing HOPA game but much more work need to be done for it to keep up with the CE title.

Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3/5 Stars
Extras: 3/5 Stars



Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

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Stranded Dreamscapes: The Prisoner

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