Stray Souls: Stolen Memories
Huge fun but EXTREMELY short.
Being a fan of all things Tim Burton I naturelly gravitate towards thiis developer so I was a little dissapointed when I clocked this one in just under two hours without skipping anything (or the cutscenes) but it was a fun couple of hours. In essence this is a reworking of Weird Park with a few original extras but that in no way compromises the fun of this game (not sure about the inappropriate foul language at the half way point though).
I don't know how this developer does it but the graphics look exellent on a small screen and terrible on a large display with well rendered animations and characters. The music and sound effects are the usual creepy standard from this developer and be ready for a few jumps.
From the reviews of the collectors edition I dont think the price justifies the content so I wont be buying but this on it's own is still an exellent game that is sadly far too short so I will give this a Four Star rating.
November 12, 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
A trifle easy but fun anyway
I got this game based on the fact that it has such a high rating. I won't disagree with that rating although I did find the game a tad easy but I wasn't playing on the top difficulty.
However the story line is excellent and not to say too much but the clown really freaked me out!! Reminded me of the film IT by Stephen King!
Seemed ages before we got the first HOG but there were enough of them for me and the puzzles were all easy enough to complete. Well worth a look.
September 25, 2014
fun way to pass the time! not the absolute best but still definitely worth a play: it has a lot of replay value as well.
April 22, 2014
Better than the first Stray Souls...
I really enjoyed the first Stray Souls, and while I was playing Stolen Memories, I remember thinking that the gameplay experience was better than the first one. The first one made me feel impatient, which is a sure sign that the pacing was off. This is usually the result of having to revisit locations over and over again, or having too many things to do before the plot line is advanced in satisfying way. Not so with this game. The story line of the first game was a bit more interesting, and kept me guessing almost to the end. The story line of Stolen Memories is just ok. I remember thinking at one point that if the clown can turn people into dolls at will, then why doesn't he do it to the protagonist? There were too many opportunities that he had to do this, and it didn't make sense that he didn't at least try. If he was more afraid of the doll you are carrying or if the doll assured you that it was protecting you with the little power it had left it would be a non-issue. But that's my real gripe with this better than average game.
December 3, 2013
WEIRD ALTERNATE REALITIES
BASED ON DEMO ONLY:
I almost gave up on this one after only a few minutes into the demo when the little doll announced itself as my "helper" in its tiny, little-doll voice.
Seems to be a HOPA with mostly A and very little HO or P. Limited HO is definitely a negative for me.
I really enjoyed the artwork, which is highly detailed and appropriate to the weird game milieu. Weird indeed. Apparently whatever happens in the dollhouse gets transferred to a bizarre alternate reality. Or it might be vice versa. Or it might be two alternate realities. Or three. ???????
There's a guy in a chicken suit that you have to rescue. Admittedly, there's probably something positive that can be said for a game that has a guy in a chicken suit.
Other than the artwork, here's nothing here that really knocked me out of my chair, as Valdy would say. Except for the train scene. You should play the demo for the train scene alone if nothing else.
August 8, 2013
Maybe its just me..
Along the same lines as all the other games in this series but it is a short game, just two evenings playing for a short while and I was finished. Nice game but think I am getting fed up of these AHOG because it didnt excite me enough to keep playing. Maybe its just me but I preferred the previous games in this series, this one seems to be one game too many. It's ok but I wouldnt go so far as giving it five stars and if I had my time over I wouldnt of bought it, the puzzles were easy. It was .. Ok.
October 20, 2013