Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition
Classic Horror HOPA
DEMO & COMPLETED MAIN GAME
It?s been quite a while since I played Dollhouse Story, and it?s a delightful surprise to rediscover it.
It?s a true horror game, and much of it is a little disturbing, but the story grabs you from the beginning and will still have you holding your breath to the very end.
While the game starts as many do with the husband mysteriously disappearing, before you even leave the house, it gets different.
You are confronted with a creepy voodoo doll who talks, and says he is here to help. Even when he perched up on the hint button, I had my doubts!
Once we get to the town of hubbie?s childhood, we get the second item that makes this game unique. It?s a dollhouse, which, when you place dolls in it, tells a little of the backstory. Very intriguing.
The final 30 mins of this game are an emotional rollercoaster and it is one of the best endings I?ve seen.
That?s all you?ll get from me about the story. But, clearly the game sets you up well for the bonus prequel.
The game plays very smoothly, you are kept constantly doing things. There are a lot of HOs in this one, more than there are puzzles, and you visit each twice, but you have so much to do outside the HOs, it doesn?t feel at all HO heavy.
Graphics are a little fuzzy (this game is over 2 years old), but you don?t notice for long, and it doesn?t interfere with your ability to find objects.
You also have 36 morphing objects to find, and these are mostly hidden well.
There are rumours of a sequel, and I am sure I will not be the only one happily awaiting it.
Bonus content, apart from the prequel, is the standard wallpapers and other art. Artistically, I think this game does really well, so if you?re into that side of things, I don?t think you?ll be disappointed.
April 21, 2013
really good game
What a fun game. You feel sorry for the victim an want to complete the game to help him. Good HO and keep you going finding clues to solve areas. If you get stuck the hints are good.
May 9, 2013
Spooky Doll Makes for a Fun Game
PLUS = I loved the graphics and the eerie music. The storyline is different and slightly darker and twisted than other games I have played (and reminded me of an old Stephen King movie). Loved finding the morphing items! There are many HOG scenes. For the most part, it is easy to see the items, but in several scenes there were one or two items I could not find and had to use the Hint button. You are "Helped" in this game by a doll, who has a very unique way of showing you where the Hidden Objects are located. For the game, the SG will help you if you get stuck in an area of the town. Once you finish the game, you unlock the bonus chapter, which is a prequel. The bonus content includes extra concept art, wallpaper, media, storyline, etc. Great game!
MINUS = Wish the game was a little longer (experienced gamers will probably complete game and bonus chapter in less than four hours)
November 27, 2011
Love the SE very much that I also bought the CE to know the ending of the story. The story is kind of sad, but also creepy. Those who are afraid of clowns, there are plenty here. I love all the extras and the deleted scenes part.. wish they include them in the game.. I have nothing negative to say about this game, except that the SG is located in the menu and have to be accessed from there. Other than that, it's perfection. An awesome game from Alawar.
March 3, 2013
I'm drawn in by dolls and horror, they drag me in and won't let me out. Unfortunately I never found a game that balanced both and was actually good. This game impressed me. I loved the graphics, the music, the mere storyline drug me in. Even after purchased I replayed it a few times just because I enjoyed it. The times where the sudden videos are put in; priceless. The concept of collecting dolls to unlock the past; priceless as well. You don't have to get the CE to really enjoy the game, I did anyway though and was also impressed by the bonus chapter.
I completely reccomend this game to anyone who wants a good buy. I've regretted a few games I've purchased, not this one.
December 15, 2011
Really well-developed story and characters, and a great plot where the girlfriend works to save her boyfriend. Very creepy music and scenery, appropriately shabby and disintegrating town. Good HOS's and pretty easy puzzles.
January 1, 2013
Gotta say, when I first lay my eyes on this game, I thought it was gonna be another children's game, with nothing interesting. But boy was I wrong.
The game is incredible and the story-line is FLAWLESS. This is one of the few games that made me a bit teary eyed at the end. The bonus chapter was also as good as the main story.
It's an amazing game and I recommend it for everyone who loves a good challenge.
July 9, 2013
One of the FINEST games ever!
This is an exceptional game. Even for a game that is of an older vintage it is wonderful and, therefore, timeless. If the developers did a redo I'm sure they'd add voice over, improve the animation and the cut scenes.. Despite these deficits, the game is still outstanding and way ahead of its time.
It's incredibly fun and it is scary. The music is perfectly suited to the subject matter. It is very challenging but not because it's a mess. Some games are hard because of constant back and forth or poorly designed HOS and because the storylines are nonsensical. This is not the case here. The challenge is real. (I suggest not rushing through Instead enjoy the scenery, the vibrant colors, the "feel" of the music as it anoints this scary game as a thriller. I know this sounds like I'm critiquing something important or cultural or classical...well...in the gaming world, to me, this is all of that.
The storyline is the search for a missing husband. (Not a spoiler, you find this out in the first seconds of play.) Everything in the game contributes to this storyline.
There is no wasted movement. No unnecessary back and forth. The game pushes on and you know you're making progress. Along the way you'll encounter among the best HOS you will ever see. No repeated objects. Incredibly well hidden...not easy to find, but well worth the search. The challenge isn't because the scenes are cluttered but because the items are just brilliantly designed and hidden. The objects are chameleon-like.
As I said, the music-audio is great. The feel of the game, set design, as I like to call it, is great. When you move forward in the game you feel like you've really accomplished something. There are scenes within the chapters of this game that you've never seen before...inventive, creative action. I'm guessing also, way ahead of its time, there are "beyond objects," or morphing objects. I'm not sure what else to say.
If you don't like this game, hunt me down and ask me to pay for it. CAVEAT EMPTOR: This is scary. It's not for kids. And if you don't like being scared, don't buy it. (Of course, I'm thinking you won't hunt me down and if you try you won't find me...:) ).
I don't think you'll want to do anything but agree with my estimation of this very high-quality game.
June 6, 2013
INTERESTING STORY LINE. SMALL MOVIE LIKE SECTIONS ADD A LOT TO THE STORY. ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I HAVE EVER PLAYED. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME.
November 17, 2011
Loved the storyline and the HO scenes. This game really held my interest and I played this game from start to finish in one sitting. Rarely will I comment or review a game here, but this one is well worth it. I recommend the collectors edition of this game! (Bonus game play at the end)
March 10, 2013