Dream Inn: Driftwood
Sweet, light-hearted game
A delightful change of pace, this game has the standard HOS but has others with a twist. This isn't very difficult or terribly challenging, but it's the kind of game that I can play for a short while for a little relaxation time. I like the "dark & creepy" games, but not all the time, and this game is one that I think I'll come back to somewhat frequently when I need something different.
On the negative side, the speech balloons that come up quite a few one right after the other and the repetitive voiceover get a little annoying, but these things certainly aren't deal breakers.
Definitely a fun, engaging game.
December 30, 2012
This game could be so much better
The best thing about this game is that every time you return to a room, you are doing something different.
The setting for the game is an Inn, the outside of which you slowly get to update and redecorate as the game progresses.
Each room in the game is visited three times.
o The first time, you are placing items in a room. [This is skipped for the first room, for obvious reason.]
o The second time, you are doing a standard hidden object scene. Some of the items you are finding are ones that will be placed in other rooms. As you collect enough items for other rooms [tracked at the bottom of your screen], the rooms become available.
o The third time, you are searching for multiple versions of an item themed to the room.
You can do the first two times in a row, but there is a wait until the third time becomes available.
Overall the idea is cute and fun, and this could be a fantastic game. But there are major problems.
- In the first part, the game will sometimes refuse to place the item, even if it's the correct spot. This can lead to frustration, because the game has the ancient "you clicked wrong too many times, so your cursor is no longer under your control" gimmick.
Also, it is usually clear where items are to be placed, but not always, which means you need to waste a hint. In a few cases, the place makes no sense.
- In the second part, some of the items you seek are miniscule and hard to spot, and sometimes they are mostly hidden by other items. Fortunately, there are a variety of free mechanisms to help you find items that do not count against the regular "hints". And sometimes you can click on things correctly but the game rejects it, which can also be difficult with the previously mentioned "too many clicks" punishment.
The worst part of the game, however, is the sound effects. A few repeated items [tuba, clock, radio, etc.] are in nearly every HOG scene and make the same noise over and over again. But the "innkeeper" is the absolute worst. Full of trite "British" phrases ("Jolly good show!" "Most exemplary!" etc.) there are just a few phrases and it is not long before you tire of hearing them.
It's not the toughest of games, though it can get fairly frustrating and tiresome. This is one of those games where I wish there was a recommendation choice of "Maybe" or "Yes, but." I wouldn't pay full price for this game -- get it on discount or use a punch-card credit for it.
January 16, 2012
The game is ok.
Many of the pieces to find are too small, hidden behind the edge of the screne, or same color on color. I had to strain my eyes to find pieces. Wish I hadn't purchased the game.
This is just my personal opinion.
May 9, 2012
MERELY A HOS GAME - NOTHING NEW
Game was a disappointment ? a pure HOG ? no adventure; no puzzles; no mini-games. Similar to Gardenscapes in that you have a dilapidated inn to restore, you earn coins and spend them on various upgrades to the grounds. Similarity ends there. The Inn manager is trying ? she follows you everywhere ? a regular busy body. HOS scenes are somewhat crowded and quite a few objects are rather small. Sometimes, the Inn?s cat is lying around ? the best part of the game is to wake it up and everything you?re looking for starts shaking. There are also magnets and poppers to help find objects.
SUMMARY: If you simply want a relaxing game and find hidden objects, this game might appeal to you. Otherwise, I would pass. There are better all-HOS or mostly-HOS games out there. Three generous stars graded as a HOS only game.
November 9, 2012
Good for children
Good visual scenes. Rather simplistic and easy--may be very good for children. Not very challenging.
November 23, 2011
It was OK...
I liked this game, but it was too easy and I finished it very quickly. I would have liked it better if it was longer and a bit more challenging. I liked the different tasks, it was still hidden objects but it was nice for it to be mixed up a bit. It just would have been a better game if there were more challenge. I would only recommend this game for those who are beginners at hidden objects or like an easy/relaxed play mode.
April 7, 2012
I would have enjoy the game more but it took to long to get from one scene to the next.
February 20, 2013
It was ok
I wish the game was longer because I finished in a manner of a couple of hours. Also, the phony British accent and remarks were really stupid.
March 28, 2012
I think the premise (returning to a childhood summer cottage) is fairly common, but I can deal with that. I like the idea of decorating. It brings out the creative side in me.
It is not real challenging as far as HOGs go. I am not really too disturbed by it, though. I am thinking of this game more for my 8 year old daughter than myself. She'll love the decorating and especially the cat factor.
The stereotypical Britspeak is a bit offensive. Brits do not call everyone 'love' at the end of every sentence or say 'Spot on', 'Jolly Good Show' etc every time they are excited or pleased about something. This game really needs to tone that WAY back. Actually, I got to the point I turned off the sound, and I only played the hour trial.
I think overall, it is a good game. I would not purchase it if you are looking for a mind challenging, in depth game. However, if you are looking for a bit of fun, enjoy decorating, and want a fun way to spend an afternoon #you will most likely finish the entire game in that time#, then go for it.
June 16, 2012
Good But SHORT Game
I was enjoying this game until I realized that you can finish it in a VERY short time.
I enjoyed that the tasks were not repetitive and that there was enough of a challenge to keep it interesting but not so hard that you wanted to cheat.
This would be a five star if the length was greater.
May 28, 2013