Dreams, dreams, dreams - who does not love a sweet dream? We always love a game with the concept of going into a dream whether that is a good one or a nightmare. In The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams, you can do just that.
Name: The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams Collector's Edition
Release Date: 29 December 2013
Developer: Gogii Games
You have been left abandoned at the orphanage for the past 25 years, so when you received an invitation to meet your mother at an underwater dream facility - you rushed there in no time. However, once you arrived, it appeared that the dream simulator hold many secrets and what The Director is up to? it is your job to find out! We know that this whole 'dream' thing has not been done before, but still, The Emerald Maiden has quite a captivating story to keep us entertained.
In Emerald Maiden, you have to do a lot of watching. There are tons of cutscenes out there and to be honest, they are not the best we have seen. Even though they are not spectacularly exciting to watch, the animations are pretty well done and the voice overs are just incredible, definitely one of the best we have came across lately. Similarly, the graphics look a bit dated and colors are a bit faded, but this game is not supposed to be modern anyway so we do not know whether that is done on purpose or not.
The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams plays like a normal solid Hidden Object Adventure game, nothing outstanding. The Hidden Object scenes are nice and easy and come in two modes; standard list and the interactive one. Unfortunately, the game featured some of the super simple puzzles - most of them are very easy as well as boring. Moreover, although there is an interactive map offered in the game, it is one of the most confusingly-designed maps in a HOPA. Well, The Emerald Maiden is not a love at first sight; but as the game progresses, it gets better and you will eventually found yourself glued to the screen.
The main game lasted around 3 and a half hour for us, the Bonus Chapter is an all-new story with few connections, it featured all new locations and has a pretty good 50 minutes length. There are 16 well-integrated Roses to collect but there are no Achievements. Other Extras are Gallery items as well as tons of Sketches to look through, and we literally meant it, there are 'tons'!
The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams has a great story, enjoyable gameplay and pleasant graphics. It is not going to sink in with you right away, give it a little time and you would know how engrossing it is.
Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 2.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3/5 Stars