...for beginners to the adventure game genre only!
Hypnosis is not an awful introduction to the adventure game genre for the rank beginner, but any adventure game junkie like me will be bored. That having been said, I don't want to be unfair in my review.
The storyline, while not unique, was a good idea for a game, but was not developed thoroughly enough. The concept of the therapist entering the psyche of the patient offers endless graphical and gaming possibilities which the developer did not take advantage of. For example, the first patient is a female police detective...and her fear is being naked in public? Next we meet the cliched teenage rebel with parent and acceptance issues. C'mon.
Adventure mode was interesting, albeit too simple. I did like the animation when collecting or using an inventory item. But the use of the items was too predictable, and you used an item pretty much just after you collected it, so there was no thought involved.
The graphics were well done, including the animation. I do share the objection voiced by many reviewers that a female therapist would never dress like a pron star. Not if she wanted to be taken seriously in her field. (Yes, I know it's just a game. But things like this affect immersion. How can you accept her as a qualified therapist when her shirt's about to fall off?)
Battle mode should have been varied by using different types of puzzles for each phobia, perhaps relating the puzzle to the phobia. By the third battle, I was already clicking "skip" out of boredom.
Considering that I successfully analyzed two patients in less than 30 minutes, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the game is too short, especially for an adventure game (even a casual one).
I am disappointed, as pure adventure games are as rare as an honest politician. I really did want to like it, but it just couldn't keep my attention in spite of the surrealism, for which I'm a sucker.
July 29, 2013
The single most bizarre casual game I've played
despite the odd nature of this game, the circa 1999 3d graphics, the characters many of whom are obvious cheesy parodies of actual people (Grace Jones, Richard Branson and evil Yoda), the game is so different from the constantly recycled hidden object games that currently abound or indeed anything I've come across before, that I actually found myself enjoying it. I just wish it was a bit more challenging.
July 2, 2013
I liked the game, but I'm not crazy about the fighting minigames. I find it a little confusing. For those of you who know her, one of the characters is totally based on Grace Jones. I wonder if she knows her image has been used for a game.
July 2, 2013
Stange game, doesn't fill the expectations ; based on trial
Graphics, voices, animations are nice, new, interesting. But battle mode sucks: the mode is not clear, and the challenge is too quickly progressing ; so it is too easy to skip it. Hypnosis sequences could be boring, but you can get over it quickly by clicking. Sad, could have been an original game...
July 2, 2013
it's not a good game you really have to think and try to understand this game the story and people talking are a little hard to understand but it's ok I wouldn't buy it cause you can get bore with it easy
July 2, 2013
Wish I had that flashlight! (Demo Review)
As a therapist intern who's been interested in hypnosis for 25+ years and is now training in clinical hypnosis for my future work, I've gotten used to ridiculous media portrayals of hypnosis, and this game is no exception. But much as I roll my eyes at such portrayals, I can hardly ever pass up the chance to see how a TV show/film/game presents hypnosis.
I sure wish I had that magic flashlight that Dr. Cleavage (what is up with her shirt being unbuttoned to her navel?!) uses to (cornily!) hypnotize anyone and literally enter their subconscious! Treating clients would be so much easier if we could just run around in their minds and fight their phobias for them (in reality, of course, the client has to do the work, though the therapist helps and guides). By the way, hypnosis is NOT sleep and using the exact same induction script for every subject is unlikely to work so well, but those are just two of the problems with the main character's brief inductions.
Snark about the "therapy" and costuming aside, the animation is decent, the voice acting is meh, and the game play is fairly straightforward. I found the puzzles to be overly simple and after the first few phobia battles, which I kind of liked, I started skipping them to save time and because I couldn't see any use for the crystals awarded other than buying hints I didn't need. (The developers are sure enough of the difficulty of their game that there's an achievement for using some high number of hints, but if the demo's any indication, you'll never *need* to unless you really want all the achievements.)
I'm almost interested enough in finding out where the story goes to want to play the rest of the game, but from what I saw, I don't believe it'd be worth $9.99 or $6.99. MAYBE if I rejoined the Game Club and had a punch card freebie to burn...
August 9, 2013
Medical Lara Croft
This is definitely one of the strangest games I have played in a long long while. The game itself is more of an adventure than a HO game indeed there are no HO scenes at all. The game I would say is more for adults as some of the themes are quite heavy, and certainly the quotes are very adult (philosophers and eminent scholars).
The game itself is an adventure in to people's minds. The game starts strangely in that you are in a streetcar in your sub-conscious, and you have a little puzzle to do there before the main game kicks off. The game proper starts when you are to go to a Mental Institute where you talk to people and 'cleanse their minds' by having 'phobia battles'. The game is a strange though 'Victor York' for some reason to me looked a lot like Richard Branson (but that could just be me).
Part of the game (seemingly a major part of the game), are the 'phobia battles' now in the hour demo I managed to tolerate these battles but towards the end of the hour the 'novelty' was kind of wearing off, so I am not sure that should I purchase the game I will be skipping these completely and if I did so what the detriment of this would be to the game overall because as I say these seem to be a fairly major part of the game.
The sound and graphics were good and the VO was good, though as usual the lip-syncing was not overly impressive.
Whilst this was a good game and certainly very different one slight thing bothered me and that was the fact of the main characters attire, they seemed to have got the idea of an early 'Lara Croft' in attire, and the other clothes you could have Myra wearing were of the same ilk. Now this could have been just me or they could have been a game reasoning behind it, (this review is based on the hour demo), I doubt this is the case though and I think this detracts from what is for me a very strange and unique. I am now in two minds whether to purchase the games based on this. Another 'quirk' of the main character was the fact that she had different colour eyes (one blue, one green), thought this was a tad strange but hey I suppose some people do have different colour eyes (would love a colour changing torch though :)).
The themes are strong though and do make you question yourself (well they did me), and for a 'casual game' this is to my mind a good thing.
I would certainly recommend the hours trial, I think it is probably one of those 'marmite' type of games (you either like it or you don't).
July 15, 2013
Average, But Couldn't Find It Enjoyable ...
Unusual Graphics Style, Great Story And Concept ... But I Just Could Not Enjoy It Enough To Chance A Buy ...
The Graphics Are A Bit Like An Old School Movie Of The Future ... But Nothing Too Old School About The Quality Of The Graphics ...
Travelling Through The Minds Was Different And Made For In Interesting Game ... But The Constant "Battle Scenes" With The Phobias Were Just Outright Boring And Repetitive Like An Old Dungeons & Dragons Game ... This Really Spoiled The Game For Me As I Began Loathing As The Next Set Of Battle Rounds Drew Closer ...
July 14, 2013
Fighting with a creepy guy!
Well, I am no big fan of straight adventure games, I much prefer the combo games, which are far more interesting. However, I am always willing to give something new a try. That said, this was not a bad game. Quite old in graphics and movements (reminded me of the first Tomb Raider game). Music was a bit annoying. Nice voice over. Fighting the creepy little guy was weird and silly and seemed out of place for some reason.
There was no instruction, you just went right into the game, which really throws you off. Hint isn't much of a hint and fills very slowly. Yes, the first woman she meets is quite familiar (I won't give you the name and spoil the guess for you), but she dresses better and has a much higher pitch voice. I did not like the constant "quotes" that show up between every scene, but I think you can turn that off. They really don't have anything to do with the game that I can see.
I am sure there are those who will find this game exactly what they want, but I am not one of them. No buy for me today. I very seldom do not recommend a game, but this is one of them.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one quite enjoyable. Thanks for the reviews.
July 2, 2013
Ten Minutes and I deleted it.
Ok, lets have some instructions. This is a complicated game,with some odd bits of quotes of wisdom thrown in every time you pass a level.
We are running around is this lady's dream, and apparently there are outfits you can buy, but was never sure how you got the points to buy them. I spent five minutes in the trolley car trying to figure out just how to get a ticket to get to the introduction of the game. Did I mention no instructions except to tell you to use head phones for a better experience. Not sure a better experience is possible if we had downloaded an entire orchestra to go with it..... Oh and it offered to turn off the subtitles and that would make for an even better experience too. So I took it one step further and just turned off the game.
July 2, 2013