The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams
Good story, but gameplay becomes boring
Based on completion of the standard edition version:
The graphics and storyline are decent in this game. There is a lot of potential in the story that isn't really fulfilled. As such, it is very childish;however, the potential keeps you going. The level of challenge, as it seems to be with a lot of games lately, is very, very easy. Basically, the final "beat the bad guy" puzzle game was so incredibly basic it almost made me hate the whole game because of those few moments. This also likely contributed to my declining enjoyment in the game play. I played with no "helpers," but it was so easy anyway that it got boring by the end. I had to force myself to finish the game.
If you like easy puzzles and a decent story and graphics, then this is worth the money. Otherwise, there are much better games out there.
May 9, 2014
Middle of the road game
This game has you growing up orphaned and later in life getting the chance to meet your biological mother by boarding an underwater hotel where dreams can come true. It's a new interesting concept, I'll give the developers that. I played the CE but did not feel it was CE worthy. The HOS are interactive with items being easy to spot. Mini games have all been seen before and are fairly easy (even for a non puzzler such as myself). You do get a robot helper who can go into places you cannot reach. The main negative with this game, IMO, is the amount of cut scenes. I had to laugh at another reviewer's comments because I felt the same way. Every time you thought you were about to progress with the game, BAM, another cut scene. Graphics are good. Music is nice. I am refraining from purchasing this one due to the fact that I like to play my games, not watch them in movie form. :)
January 19, 2014
Symphony or Cacophony? SE or CE? Either? NEITHER.
When I first bought this game as a Collector?s Edition I was motivated by its status of Tomorrow's Game Today. There was also a great sale going on. Coincidentally, there?s a special deal going on now wherein you can buy CEs for $7.99 and SEs for $3.99. A great deal has a way of making even the ordinary seem special. Not so on the Titanic. Er, I mean, the Emerald Maiden.
In this adventure you're the protagonist. 25 years ago your mother abandoned you at an orphanage. Without explanation, you've been invited to meet your biological mother at an event aboard a luxury ocean liner. This thing is CRAZY with a capital C-R-A-Z-Y.
It's one cut scene after another. I?ve played this game through to the end along with the bonus chapter that comes with the CE. So as not to ruin this for you, all you need to know by way of story line is that aboard this boat (The Love Boat) you can, theoretically, choose from a variety of vacations/dreams (Total Recall) without actually going anywhere (Fantasy Island) and only very wealthy people can afford it (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous). In fact, your junkets are chosen for you (of course, it?s a game and possibilities can?t be endless, right?). The game does deserve some props for artful design. One venue in particular bears a striking resemblance to the real-life location. Along the way, you encounter cracking aquariums, strangers on elevators giving you strange looks; a robot; a mechanical octopus...and, oh, so much more. In all fairness, I don't think the story line (that has the feel of those tv shows/movies I referred to) is that far off from being good. Execution is lacking, however.
There are approximately 30 HOGs and 20 rather creative mini-games. While not new, the mini-games absolutely add some interesting twists. The HOGs are another issue altogether:
a. Regular HOGs: if you have any trouble at all figuring out where to locate the next item on the find-it list, hold on for a couple seconds and the item will be highlighted by a flashing star/symbol.
b. Silhouette HOG: The silhouettes are so dark as to be indiscernible. But fear not, a description of the item is given and if it's even partially hidden, the flashing star/symbol from the regular style HOG will reappear to help you out.
As I alluded at the beginning of this review, there are two questions: Do you want to buy the game at all, and, if yes, do you want the Collector?s Edition or the Special Edition. If you opt for the CE, here?s what you get (and, conversely, what you miss out on if you opt for the SE):
a. A bonus chapter that explains more about the Dream Corporation, your plight...And leaves you with a very distinct impression that a sequel is not far behind).
b. Profiles of the Characters who populate the game.
c. The "who cares" collection of Concept art, Wall paper, Sketches and Movies. (The re-playable movie idea is odd because the whole game seems to be one little movie after another).
d. A very bare bones map.
e. A strategy guide.
f. Collectibles (first, roses that are found along the way. They are not particularly well hidden, and bear no significance to the game, IMO.)
g. 4 Modes of play, including a custom mode.
First off, I wouldn?t buy this game if I were you. Not as a CE, not as an SE. I might consider using a coupon for a free game but nothing beyond that.
PLEASE take advantage of the free trial and play for one hour. I'm thinking that by the hour?s end you'll have decided this game is not for you. (OR YOU'LL THINK I'M NUTS AND BUY THE GAME ASAP!) Yes, the game does make a little more sense the deeper into it you get. Yes, you have plenty of time to think about that as you go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and?are you tired of me saying ?back and forth?? Wait until you actually go back and forth a few times. Then you?ll know what tired is. Wait?you can rest up while watching another one of the movies.
I may be going overboard with my complaining about the game, but I really wanted to go overboard during the game.
January 19, 2014