The Dreamatorium of Dr. Magnus
Loved the Game, Hated getting Stuck!
I Loved the game itself, locations, objects, storyline, collectable extras, HOGs, even the Clues in the Journal Book.
I absolutely HATED the way you get stuck and have absolutely no clue whatsoever what to do next to get the game to advance. Hear me out... Because the game is played in Chapters, you need a certain object to move on to the next. Ok, this would be fine, except that the messy way the developers through this together means, if you miss the slightest detail, that single all important object or the fact that your cursor can turn into an arrow at the side of the screen, taking you to the next location, then you sit there for hours just clicking, re-clicking, re-tracing your steps, until you find that ONE SINGLE PIXEL that you somehow missed!
***THIS IS THE DEATH KNELL TO ADVENTURE GAMING OVERALL!!! Remember when Adventure games died for a while back in the early 2,000's? Yeah, well remember what all the reviewers were saying at the time. I do. The dreaded "PIXEL HUNT" comment!!! This is the Only thing that killed this otherwise great game for me, and if the developers don't give more direction, hints, options, then they are literally in danger of killing an entire genre for the rest of us yet again.
That and the other frustrating thing was finding so many Notes scattered everywhere. There are other ways to tell a story. God forbid you actually provide a couple of characters to speak with to help the story line move along.
Other than these 2 huge aggravations, I really would have enjoyed this otherwise seemingly great game. Loved the rest.
September 22, 2012
Muddled at best
An odd little game. I really didn't care for this at all and won't be purchasing it, even if it were half price. Muddled storyline, muddled graphics, although the colors are very nice. I had to move my cursor very carefully over every part of the scene because things that needed to be picked up weren't readily apparent in the graphics. One shop had an arrow showing I could have moved in that direction, but I got a hint saying there wasn't anything of interest there. What?
September 17, 2012
Four stars?? Really??
My decision to purchase games usually depends on the reviews by other players, but I honestly can't see how this one got 4 stars.
The game is very short with minimal challenge and super easy layout. There are grammatical errors, for example, I spent quite some time looking for something called a "jocker" when it should have been a "joker," and something I believe that they called a "bottle cork" when it was a "bottle cap."
Aside from that, you can guess the end of the story half way through! There's not really a surprise finish because it's so easy to figure out.
October 1, 2012
This is just for the demo.
The good: graphics are arty and sort of impressionistic.
The bad: Most of the tasks are super easy, with no challenges in the hidden object scenes. Then occasionally there's an object that is really hard to see or mostly hidden behind something--not very creative. A lot of back and forth where a map would have helped. Just didn't care enough about the story to want to keep going.
March 26, 2013
The hint button doesn't work. It will state there is nothing to do when there is.. Very boring. Had high hopes for this game. DO NOT BUT THIS GAME!!!!!
September 18, 2013
Too slow loading and incredibly simple HOS
OK - I only played 58 minutes. It takes the title screen about two minutes to load and then the second screen takes about three minutes to load and the HOS items are literally spaced apart so far thatno challenge exists. I'm glad I played the demo first! Flush this one.
September 13, 2012
Could do better
I have just played 30mn of the demo and was disappointed:
-the navigation is rather slow
-the loading is slow
-the mini puzzles wouldn't even challenge my10 years old nephew
-the story line is OK but nothing to write home about
-the music matches the atmosphere of the story line
I would say it is aimed at new people on the block who are just starting playing puzzles and adventures games, however it is not the best example of its kind, and for this reason I cannot recommend it!
September 9, 2012
Not good for me
This game was not good for me, I didn't even finish the hour trial 'the desparados' were a good company for this game to come from. There just didn't seem to be any logical theme or connection between the scenes or HO, or mini-games, just didn't get the game at all. It all seemed a bit to illogical, this is defiantly not going to be a keeper for me.
Also there is no really sound track to speak of and just little snippets every now and again.
No this is defiantly not a keeper for me.
September 9, 2012
Go back ten years to the first HOG games.
September 21, 2012
unfortulately Messy !!!
The game is unstructure. There's no relation in the object you found and where it's used.
Several time you dont know where to go and there no indication when to go back in a scene.
September 9, 2012