From the standards of the previous works from Shaman Games, we expected Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir to impress us, just like its predecessor did. Unfortunately, Dreamscapes 2 turned out to be just another generic HOPA; in fact, it is the worst offering from Shaman Games to date.
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Name: Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir
Release Date: 03 December 2014
Developer: Shaman Games
The Sandman is back for the revenge he had promised at the end of Dreamscapes: The Sandman and this time, you need to play as Laura and save your husband, Tim, from his own nightmares. Nightmare's Heir is a portal-adventure game, with each portal telling a different mini-story, with a different nigthmarish theme. Despite the unoriginal plot, we actually enjoyed getting to know the darker side of Tim's mind as we traveled through his twisted, yet amusing nightmares.
Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir is an unarguably well-designed game. Each nightmare portal is unique, creative and clearly separated from the others; making the game not as boring as it would have been. Besides, the visuals and sounds of Nightmare's Heir were also great. The graphics were not mind-blowing or super fancy, they looked pretty amazing and nonetheless. Similarly, the soundtracks were not particularly epic, but they fitted with dark theme of the game quite well.
Unlike the first Dreamscapes game, Nightmare's Heir was not a pure casual adventure game. For some reason, Shaman Games decided to include a few hidden object scenes in this sequel, not necessary a bad thing though. The hidden object scenes here were mostly standard junk-piles that were slightly interactive, not especially entertaining, but at least they were sporadic. As an adventure-focused game, Nightmare's Heir featured relatively few puzzles, and those that were included were fairly easy and not very innovative. The majority adventure part of the game was fun; although we would have enjoyed it much more if the hint system was less frustrating and a jump-map was actually there to alleviate the pain of backtracking.
To the player's benefits, Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir contained a number of extras such as a handful of Achievements and over 100 Collectibles (they were annoying and extremely hard to spot by the way). Still, those extra features was not able to make up for the game's short length, we finished the game just under 3 hours on the easiest mode.
Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir is nowhere near its predecessor's greatness, both in terms of creativity and fun factor. It is still an above-average HOPA that is worthy of purchase during weekend deals, but nothing more than that.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3/5 Stars