Nightmare Realm: In the End...
Outstanding HOPA game! It will hold you on your computer.
Already at the beginning has a gloomy atmosphere, which continues through the game and cutscenes.
You'll enter a nightmare to heal Emily, whose energy was sucked by a strange and mysterious creatures with their black smoke.
Excellent and crisp graphics, well-designed, with care in details.
Great music and sound, gloomy and immersive atmosphere, lot of strange and creepy locations.
Few, however entertainers, HOS, some new and interesting mini games, not very challenging, but I really liked.
And... collect 36 origami. I love it!
7 chapters and has a map.
Highly recommended !!
January 30, 2013
One of the best games I've ever played!!!!
The design quality of the different scenes, even the dark ones, is so fantastic and surrealistically, very detailed graphics - it is hard to describe!! The story is a sequel to the first Nightmare Realm. It is useful to play that one first (which is also very recommendable!). Otherwise you won?t understand everything?
Story is really thrilling and has some unexpected turns. Compared to the first Nightmare Realm, we have quite few HOS, but a lot of beautiful designed and (most of them) quite challenging minigames and puzzles!
We have 3 modes to choose, a very helpful hintsystem outside the HOS, telling you what to do next. And yes: Even in this standard-version, we are able to collect 36 different, very good hidden origamis, to unlock secret character cards. The only (little) complain I have, is that the map is not interactive, that means a lot of back and forth? The main game ends conclusively. The bonus-chapter in the CE tells you, why the evil turn out that bad? Even though this game has some logical weaknesses, it is high recommendable!!!
January 30, 2013
Dark adventure game (literally and figuratively) 4 HOS
I finished the CE but the ratings etc are for the SE (especially as it seems the SE has collectables). Main plot is 100% tied up in this main game the bonus was a backstory.*
This is a sequel to nightmare realm which I really recommend that you play first or I think you would be lost and also I think you would miss out on a lot if you play this game then the first game.
This other strange world which you can go into because your child dreams and paints pictures. Your child is now grown up (although doesn?t look it) and you play as the mother again.
If I hadn?t played the first game I would feel differently about this game but in two aspects that I feel they did so much better ? colour in graphics and plot there is no way around it, that I could ignore it.
Comparing between the two, the first one wins hands down in plot, even graphics (colour in the darker scenes) and fun factor. I can?t quite put my finger on it but this is missing the spark of the first and I think it is to do with plot, and for me when the scenes were grey (although not all of them where) it made me feel depressed although some pictures and scenes were of course lovely and had some colour to them.
I felt there was a lot more grey scenes in this compared to the first game which I always remember as being a visually lovely game in the dark scenes although here it?s well done. I just like some colour in dark scenes ? rich midnight blues but make the next dark scene, dark oranges etc.
So that?s why I?m not all excited about this game as I realised afterwards I actually felt a bit depressed by the end of the game which stuck with me, due to the dark grey scenes and to a lesser extent the dark theme. And it's doesn't have that super sharp graphics that I love either.
Although the puzzles were good, and the adventure aspect was very good. The interactions were different, and loved that adventure side of it.
I don?t like saying anything about the plot as it?s a spoiler but I miss the suspense, charm of the first game. Even though the first game was dark it still was charming and it was more the lack of a plot or story that I also really missed in this game and in places how it was edited.
I loved the plot in the first game. There are but a handful of games that I even remember the plot and how it stands out and the first game in this series, was so well done but this wasn?t. The reason why I didn?t like the plot in the bonus in the CE is completely different to why I didn?t like the plot in the SE. The interaction between the mother and the first prisoner ? really that?s it? No explanation re Uncle and it just ended up being another ?meh? plot because of HOW it was done. If those two things were the same as the first game, I?d give the SE 5 stars.
*If I was a SE player I may think (using that word to be none spoiler) that the bonus may give a different ending to one aspect but it doesn?t the ending you see is the ending for CE players as the bonus went back in time trying to explain the ?why? of it all.
This is a far darker game than the first one, with more references to demons although I thought the other realm was to do with more evil men and imaginings, so I couldn?t figure that part out.
If you have played drawn then you understand the concept and gameplay. It plays as an adventure game (the first one didn?t), with some puzzles (21) and only 4 HOS in main game.
I did enjoy a lot of this game ? it had some very good adventure aspects to it along with a wide range of puzzles from easy to more involved. On the hardest setting of three (which I played) there is no hint button but there is a skip button. There is a map indicating things to do but it?s not a transporter map. I liked that the inventory bar you can unlock it so when you don?t need it?s not in view.
All were list and one you repeated. They were very interactive and some nearly every item you had to do things with. No tiny items, I thought most were clear ? the first one in the forest was the least clear of all of them. There is a random click penalty but it is very forgiving.
21 puzzles (has a skip button on it)
I loved a lot of the puzzles, even some easier ones if it?s interesting, different and fun I enjoy them. Wide range of hardness. I do class puzzles that are harder in a HOPA if it takes me a while to do. So there were a couple ?hard? ones for a HOPA but not ones you would never work out, it just took time. I loved some of the puzzles ? the multi layered ones especially, as it?s more interesting. Taking each aspect of the puzzle was actually easy but putting them together into one made it more interesting. Some of the types of puzzles ? Hanoi tower (which I hate as done it so often), tangram, rotate ring, move people across river, 2 jigsaw types, balance puzzle, arcade, move water around between bottles/ 3x3 slider, photo fit, paint puzzle, mosaic swap tiles. There are a lot that we have seen before (see the list) but I thought the graphics or how they did them were really good and just seem to change them completely. Most did have the fun factor.
TIME ? about 4hrs 30mins ? pure playing time not including breaks etc (on hardest mode but I did skip one puzzle as didn?t like the type)
I recommend this game to people that don?t like a lot of HOS, don?t mind dark games, or grey scenery a fair bit in the game. If it wasn?t as dark, had the plot, suspense and more charm of the first game, some colour in the grey scenes then it would be a near perfect game for me. I went in to so much detail so you can see if that is something that would affect you.
January 30, 2013
Felt like I was having a nightmare!
I didn't play the first Nightmare Realm, and I still enjoyed this game. The HO's were interactive, (you had to dress up a doll to look like an idol etc,) I felt the puzzles were easy, there is a map that shows you where an action needs to be done but doesn't take you there you still have to go back and forth, however I think thats part of the game, figuring out and remembering where to go. Another good feature is that you get to collect 36 origami items throughout the game! Good graphics both nightmarish as well as beautiful make believe realms.
January 30, 2013
Don't overlook this game!
This review is based on playing the demo and then the game. I'm not sure why this was released at the end of the month, but this is a game worth having. Like many, I had several coupons to spend that don't apply to collector's editions and many of the collector's editions "benefits" don't really appeal. I read the reviews and actually did what many reviewers suggested, which was to replay the game leading to this one which came out awhile ago and made me recognize the advances in gaming in so short a time. A nice reprise and a gauge for me about how much we have come to expect of games these days but that's not always what makes for a good game.
I really enjoyed this game. I've played enough that I don't really need a strategy guide unless I can't figure out where to go and this game allows you to use your skills to figure it out. I does take some minor adjusting to the framework of the game. It does help to read the guidelines at the beginning. Tutorials are good just to adjust to individual nuances of a game. The map is helpful although not a jump map it does tell you where objectives are and help with the structure of this game so it's worth it to avoid future frustration. . And there is the enjoyment of finding the extra origami figures that appeals to many of our gaming natures.
The puzzles were good. Not too easy but not so hard they stopped game play. Enough incentive to want to keep going.For me music is an important aspect. In this one , music was good, not great,but nicely in the background but not that annoying drive of some recent releases so no need to turn off sound. There are not many HOG scenes so if that is the type of game you are looking for this may not be for you.. It's more adventure, puzzle. A very nice game to spend on a coupon.
Additionally, I have been playing BF games now for quite awhile and was feeling somewhat guilty about the accumulative expense (although that's many years worth) but have found it worth the money. Research is now quite clear that these kinds of games are quite stimulating to the brain (Better than the NY times crossword) and I have seen an improvement in my own abilities on many levels, so I don't feel guilty anymore! Keep on playing Fishies for good brain health!
February 2, 2013
One of the best
This game was one of the best. I played trial and had to have it. Well let me tell you that it was worth every dollar. Great story, graphics. Not to many cutscenes, few hidden objects but the ones they had were not just straight search they were interactive. Puzzles were great, easy but yet challenging. Not a short game at all. This is the type of game you wish could just keep going on forever. I would definitely recommend this game. Great job guys!
January 31, 2013
Finally a Game Worth the Price!
Ever since the 1st MCF came out, I have been in search of a game that come close to the standards of what a game should be. I was so happy with this purchase after buying the full version, and was even more ecstatic that this wasn't a "Collectors Edition" that required 2 game credits.
The visuals were great, at times it looked like the picture would come popping through the screen of the computer. The story line was great, something that I haven't seen before. There were only about 3 HO screens but it was not the normal search and find, it was combined into several puzzles and I liked that it was something different.
I give this game 2 thumbs up. BF needs to bring more games like this!
January 30, 2013
Nice........fun HOS game!!
It's a really nice and very different type of game. It is a bit spooky at first but don't let it bother you cause it gets really bright and colorful once you enter a painting.You have to go to different places by entering different paintings. The places inside the paintings are very nice. It's an amazing game an absolute buy!!! =)
January 30, 2013
Excellent HOPA! The most challenging I have ever played!
Totally captivating from the first moment! This game is unusual. I loved the suspense, the stunning visuality and the immersive gameplay. The reviewers have given the specifics, so there was nothing more I could add, except another five stars. This game has it all!
Played part of the demo, then downloaded and bought the CE of both this game and the first one, sight unseen!
January 31, 2013
Strangest story line ever!
This is by far the longest game I've ever played. It was a great game, but some of the cut scenes towards the end were really out there! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
January 30, 2013