Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Review: The Dream Voyagers (PC Game)

Once in awhile, I enjoy casual gaming. I am just not able to commit to a long-term gaming relationship. I need games where I can get up and walk away at a moment's notice.

When I first heard about the new hidden objects puzzles game The Dream Voyagers, I thought perhaps it would be a little scary since the theme is nightmares. It actually turned out to be quite whimsical. The fairytale-like graphics and the Harry Potter-esque music, made it a game that is suitable for both adults and children as early as grade school-age. There is some reading involved, so you would have to sit with your child if the reading is too difficult for him or her.

Your mission is to remove all the elements that may be causing the above 16 characters to have nightmares. In Story Mode, the items to search for are listed in words at the bottom of the screen. You do not have access to all the characters right away. They are unlocked a few at a time. You are able to choose which path to take through each character's dreams by selecting one of three portals after you have completed a level.

All the activities are timed. If you do not find all the items by the time the clock runs out, you always have the option to re-play. In Bonus Mode, you need to replay past locations while attempting to find items based on clues. After you successfully find six items, you will earn a monocle which allows you to see into the portals before you select which one to enter next. Some portals take you to places you've already been, but once in awhile one will take you someplace brand new. When you visit locations you have visited before, the list of items to search for vary, so some are ones that you have not been asked to find previously.

I have to say that I very much enjoyed this game. Although the puzzle formats did not vary, the difficulty in finding the hidden items varied quite a bit, so each level usually had 1 to 3 items that were challenging to locate. Because you do visit the same locations a few times throughout the game, I think it is better to split the game up over the coarse of a week or so. If you have a good memory, then it makes some of the levels too easy because, even though you were not asked to find a particular item during a past level, it does not mean you did not see it and make note of it in your head.

I think this game would be worth buying if you had multiple people in your household who would play it. The puzzles are too difficult for my 6yr old, but if you have older children up to teens, they would likely enjoy it as a diversion. If you are a GameHouse Fun Pass member, then this game will only cost $6.99, otherwise you can purchase it for $19.99. To learn more about this game, visit .

This game is available for both PC and Mac. The minimum systems requirements are as follows . . .

Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows XP
2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
1024MB RAM
DirectX 9.0c

Thank you to GameHouse for providing a sample copy of this game free of charge for me to base this review upon.