Developer: Hypnotic Ants

Publisher: Pineapple Works

  • Price: $14.99
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2020
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • Going back quite some time the FPS puzzle adventure has seen a variety of takes over the years. From the original titles like Myst on through successes like The Witness each has had its own general approach to their narratives and puzzle styles. In the case of Dreamo you’ll find yourself in a simulation, feeling disoriented but being tethered to the outside by a seemingly friendly female voice who attempts to fill you in and help you on your journey. Your stepping stones towards progress are increasingly-complex puzzles which consist of cubes that continue to layer more elements onto them which require you to learn, adapt, and experiment to complete. While there’s no doubt that the depth of challenge to the puzzles is consistently satisfying I would say that the lack of greater variety as a whole left a twinge of disappointment. That said, in general the story helps to compensate for any misgivings, continuing to dangle the carrot in your face to keep you motivated to persevere and work things through. I understand the desire to give the space you inhabit a more dreamy and unusual visual quality but there were times it bordered a bit too much on being outright blurry, but on the whole this is a well constructed and simply different puzzle title that deserves an audience.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.2]

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