Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story Collector's Edition
Lots of fun!
I really loved the storyline! It was super cool! Oh, and the elephant dies. jk there's no elephant. But seriously, it was awesome! I felt like it ended kind of fast, though. :(
June 23, 2013
Completed entire game
I must say that the graphics on this game were a little disappointing. Additionally, for being a CE, there wasn't a lot of extras to be earned other than the "beyond objects". The second Stray souls: Stolen Memories was much more impressive. But this was still a fun game to play.
July 18, 2013
Not Up to Par
I have to say I am surprised by all of the glowing reviews of this game, as it doesn't even rate average in my book.
The story (which is nonsensical) involves you playing as a woman in search of her husband who vanished one night. You drive to the town where he grew up and search for clues to find him and solve the mystery of his past and present. You are helped by a strange doll that occasionally will give you hints.
The majority of the game is hidden object scenes with the occasional puzzle thrown into the mix. The hidden object scenes are all junkpile and none are interactive. The scenes repeat throughout the game, the items stay in their original locations, and you often end up finding the same object several times. The graphics in these scenes really aren't up to par, and in many cases appear dingy and slightly blurry.
The plot of the story is completely linear, and you generally use inventory items that you find straightaway. There isn't any real room for exploration or discovery. As I said earlier, the plot is essentially nonsensical. You never learn enough about any of the characters to actually care for them, and the story isn't compelling enough to make you want to see what happens next.
In terms of length, the game plus the bonus chapter took me only three hours, and I am not a fast player in general. The bonus chapter simply used the same junkpile hidden object scenes from the main chapter (generally with the same items on the list to find) and offered no new areas to explore or puzzles to solve.
One last complaint: the game crashed twice while I was playing it. Two crashes in three hours are far too many.
All in all, this game is just not up to par with the quality of most hidden object games released today. There are just so many better ways to spend your money than on barely mediocre games like this.
August 20, 2012