Stray Souls: Stolen Memories
A Worthy Sequel
I tried the demo first and played it until my time was up. I was hooked so I decided to purchase it. The gameplay is simple and objects are easy to find. The visual and sound quality is excellent. The music is must for me, and it set the mood of this story. Some of these games and their storylines are so sad and tragic, you actually feel empathy for the characters. This game was one of them. Try it. Buy it. It is a very good game and definitely worth the purchase.
August 30, 2013
thoroughly enjoyed playing this game
the game is enjoyable as far as i am concerned. has diary and interactive map. hint/skip charge in about 30 seconds. you are a woman whose daughter tells you that she needs to go find her daddy and when they get to the place that her daughter says he is at, the daughter comes up missing, so now you are searching for both of them. you have a doll helping you with hints that hand-hold if you want them to. sequel????? this is one so why not?? played casual low sound. graphics are good!
August 28, 2013
They're back, but this time with new battle tactics...
An impressive sequel, but I'm greatful- like a lot of people are saying- that I waited for SE. Don't get me wrong, if you like your wallpapers and such go ahead, but I'd standard-bought the original and thought the same would be sufficient for this.
The games graphics and audio were somewhat better in my opinion, but it's been a couple years, so they've had time to improve.
The challenge level was mediocre for me. I thought it was easier...but that's opinion.
You have a different plot, one that seems overused but is different this time. The eeriness is there, just like in the first Stray Souls...as well as the doll house. And the dolls.
The Hunt's are mentioned, but only in passing- and only if you can find the right journal on a place- this isn't a "family member" sequel, if you're looking for that.
I recommend. I also recommend, though, that you try before you buy any game, as usual. While you're playing the tutorial, though, a thought- it's much better if you don't speed to see if you can get as far as you can. It's better to just go along and enjoy the music and gameplay : )
August 20, 2013
A Very Good Sequel I Enjoyed It - Review Of Completed Game
This is the 2nd game in this series. The first being: Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story released as a CE February 2011 and as a SE March 2011. If you haven't played the first one it's not totally necessary but I'd recommend it if you want to get a better understanding of the story. This second one here uses different characters for this story however there is reference back to the first in this series.
Story: You take on the role of Rose who is out to look for her missing husband whose last known address is a very creepy motel room. When you have arrived to the motel from Hades, Julie (daughter) is suddenly carried off by her father through a portal. You meet up with a creepy looking hand puppet and you both enter a really bizarre world. A town of wooden life size puppets and a mad stalker clown who doesn't look exactly like Pennywise from Stephen King's IT however made me think of this clown all the while I was playing this game.
CHAPTERS: 14. The CE extras I've listed at the very bottom.
PLAY MODES: 2 Casual and Expert
In Casual mode, the hint button takes 30 seconds to refill, in Expert mode, it takes 2 minutes to refill and is helpful outside of HOS. You can change the difficulty setting any time during the game. I played Expert mode. There are no sparkles however black bar tips.
WIDESCREEN: I had no problems here. Filled the 20 inch monitor just fine. No adjustments needed. Running on Windows 7 64 Bit no tech issues.
There is voice overs
JOURNAL: Holds some notes, puzzle clues and the map.
MAP: You will get this shortly into the game. This is transporter. The red triangle is where you are. Green areas are where there are things to do. Orange areas nothing to do at the present.
DOLLHOUSE: At the bottom there is also a dollhouse where you will add different "doll figures" throughout the game.
HOS; Not very many here. No I didn't count but only did 2 during the demo time. They are not interactive but you will have to "move" something to locate some of them. A couple on the Sanford & Son junkyard pile side however no problem. Pretty well done for the most part.
PUZZLES: Not very many here either but seemed to be more puzzles than HOS though and most the usual run of the mill: Rotate rings, get pieces from one side to the other, slider puzzle, get the bride & groom out of the maze, etc. Skip takes a couple of minutes.
The main game does come to a satisfactory conclusion in my opinion. The bonus chapter is not needed. I enjoyed it though but only bought the CE because it was on sale.
MAIN GAME LENGTH: 5 hours. May be more or less for you.
I've bought/played the CE version along with reviewing it so I'll keep this short. I didn't really find this to be a "challenging" game but I thought it was a very good sequel and while it doesn't have to be very challenging and I really liked the doll just like in the first game of this series but I thought it was a bit too helpful along with the black bar tips playing in expert mode. The doll should of just been used to get a hint if needed. I would also consider this a HOPA (hidden object puzzle adventure) but for me I thought the "adventure" was on the "light" side.
Overall 4 stars from me. Thanks Big Fish and developer for a very good game.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
12 Concept Art
12 Characters - just shows all the characters in the game.
16 Mini games
August 7, 2013
Better than the first "Stray Souls".
Is it just me, or does this game seem a little short? Having said that, it's the only really negative point I have about this game. I didn't really like the first game in the series but decided to give this a go since I wanted the bonus punch in order to achieve a free game. It's certainly better than the first one and it has a clever selection of puzzles which are a bit different from what you normally get. They're not overly difficult but are fun to solve. The level of hidden object scenes was just right for me too. It is a bit sinsiter which I liked although the doll fighting the clown looked a bit silly. Otherwise, it's certainly worth buying the standard edition game.
August 13, 2013
A little too much hand holding
Wow, this game really fell short of my seemingly high expectations. With so many rave five star reviews from players whose other game reviews I'm familiar with, I feel a little shortchanged. I realize it's all from my side, of course, because I guess my expectations were so high for this game that I let myself down by expecting so much more than what was delivered. This game was just too easy because of all the unasked for help that was given whenever you came close to finding something. Not only were you told what you needed to look for before you even thought of it, but what you needed to do with it once you found it, taking all the fun out of figuring it out for yourself. Even though this was in casual mode, other games I've played in the easiest mode haven't told me every single thing I need to do in them. This being a brand new game, I'd have thought that telling me everything should have been ONLY if I'd asked for a hint pointing me in the right direction, not revealing so much right on the screen just because I happened to step into an active location. The puzzles were easy too, except for one I had to skip (the bride and groom one# because it wasn't clear how the darn thing worked. It seemed to move on its own with no logical way of how it got there. Another one I skipped was the predator/prey one because I wasn't able to rotate the blocks around to line them up right and it took too long. Other than that, I found the remainder of the puzzles very easy, which I liked since they were ones I'm able to do in minimal time. What I enjoyed most about the puzzles was that they were all logic based and not just randomly clicking on lights to make them all light up, like we see so much in other games. And there were several where you had to click around different locations within a single scene to make something else work. It was like a puzzle within a puzzle and those were quite fun to do. All of them are skippable and both the skip and hint buttons fill quickly in casual mode, which is always nice.
The graphics are top-notch with good voiceovers, although the voices were out of sync with the lip movements. I appreciated the printed dialog along with the voiceovers with the option to continue once you completed reading. This accommodates readers of all levels and I wish more devs used this simple technique so that those who didn't hear everything could read it and catch up with what was said. I really liked that this game didn't rely so much on hidden object scenes and kept them to a minimum. It helped to move the story and the gameplay along.
I guess the biggest disappointment was in the supposed horror element of the game. I don't scare easily but I really expected a LOT more in the way of the clown's presense in the game #he isn't shown that much at all) and in the general ambient sound effects. I always turn up the volume of the sound effects to the max because that makes or breaks it for me but I just didn't get any creepy feelings from them at all, or from the music either. And the fantasy story was okay but didn't blow my socks off. Much was made of the climax here but the actual confrontation was quite short. And although the ending provided closure, it still seemed somewhat abruptly done.
Believe me, I really wanted to like this game because I like dark, creepy games but this isn't one of them. It plays very much like the first one in the Stray Souls installment, Dollhouse Story, and I put it at the same level as that one. I like Stolen Memories enough to give it four stars like I did its predecessor but in my opinion, it just isn't good enough for the five star treatment. Unless the advanced mode is VERY advanced, I don't think expert players will get much challenge out of this one. It's an excellent game for beginners since your hand is held much of the time. Maybe it's time for me to change my player level to expert since I expected more of a challenge. I'm just glad I didn't buy the collector's edition and bought the standard one on the half off sale today. But try it for yourself and see how she rides.
August 14, 2013
Very enjoyable, interesting, loved the ending
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME ON EXPERT LEVEL
You will enjoy this game. The story draws you in right at the beginning and keeps you moving through the game at a fast clip. The HOS and mini games are doable and fun. There are many unique features about the game which I won't spoil, but I loved those. The graphics could be better as these characters were rather cartoon-like and I prefer more realism, but that's my personal preference. The music moved me emotionally into the game at just the right moments. At times, it actually made me feel sad or anxious for the characters. The voice overs are generally well done with a few minor exceptions here and there. I was able to complete the game without hints or a map because the devs kept the backtracking to a bare minimum (yes!) I was able to follow the story easily so that little guesswork was involved. I think this game is suitable for all levels of players, but if you're an expert, you may find it a bit easy. As for me, although I completed it easily, I had a really good time doing it. Good game! Have fun!
August 15, 2013
Short, easy but fun nontheless. I played in Expert Mode but it was super easy anyhow. I appreciated that the didn't just end abruptly as most do. A little closure is nice... ('13)
August 10, 2013
I really like this game. The clown creeps me out a bit, but the playing was challenging enough to keep me entertained and it has a good storyline.
September 5, 2013
Super little game
Very entertaining, a bit of a challenge, thoroughly enjoyable.
Good job designers!
August 7, 2013