Specialbit Studios, the mastermind behind the original Haunted Hotel games and Sonya, is back with a brand-new Hidden Object Adventure! Ben is being haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth, his wife who died in a car accident years ago, in his dreams every night. As dream and reality become blurred, help Ben explore the strange world and reunite with his lover once again.
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Name: The Last Dream
Release Date: 16 December 2015
Developer: Specialbit Studios
With all the major Collector's Edition releases, it is hard for a Standard Edition HOPA to stand out from the crowd - but The Last Dream managed to do just that. The storyline in The Last Dream is being told through a unique perspective, which has us intrigued from the start to finish. To add more to the story, there are also collectible Polaroids scattered around the locations - a very effective way in telling the backstory.
The graphics in The Last Dream are realistic and great-looking, although they could be a little grainy. To make up for that, the game involves the use of live actors in the cutscenes - they really help bringing the game to life. At the same time, the animations in the game are also top-notch. Moreover, the soundtracks are pleasant and the voice-overs are nice, nothing to complain about.
Probably one of the strongest aspects of The Last Dream is its gameplay. When most of the recent HOPA releases relied on formulaic and easy gameplay, The Last Dream went one step further on creating a challenging gameplay. The adventure portion of the game might not be the most creative one, but it does feature many interesting tasks. To add to the challenge, there is no fast-travel map offered in the game. Luckily, there is not much backtracking to do in the game.
The hidden object scenes included in the game are extremely well-made, with the majority of them being progressive FROG scenes. Even with FROG scenes, they are surprisingly difficult and entertaining. The mini-games are not entirely unique, but they are complex enough without being frustrating - we found ourselves using the skip button multiple times.
If you are looking for a game with both an engaging concept and a challenging gameplay, then The Last Dream is the one for you. The Last Dream is not flawless, but it is different enough that it will be remembered by avid HOG fans for a long time.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
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