Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Review: Dream Day True Love (PC Game)


When I was offered a chance to review the PC game Dream Day True Love, I thought that it sounded a little sappy for my taste.  I am so glad I decided to give the game a chance because it turned out to be quite entertaining.  I think the main reason for this is because, although it is considered a hidden pictures game, it is packed full of a variety of games . . . so no long drawn out storyline, but rather one interesting game after another.


The premise of the game is based on your job as a wedding and event planner to coordinate a 70th anniversary party, which takes place at the couple's old house in the country.  Each game or task presented to you is actually designed with your end goal in mind, so the game was very cohesive and not random at all.


Aside from the classic hidden picture games, other mini-games included in Dream Day True Love were:
  • Following recipes
  • Sorting and organizing items into a grid
  • Fitting items into a space without overlapping
  • Decorating and designing objects or spaces
  • Spotting the differences between two pictures
  • Spotting what is new in a picture
  • Completing a picture with multiple choices
  • Card games
  • Cleaning objects with limited supplies
  • Assembling puzzle pieces into a grid
  • Hidden picture puzzles where you can move the items around (Example pictured below)


I found the mini-games to have a wide range of difficulty.  Some were barely challenging at all, while others were wonderfully difficult.  I must say that I even found the easy games to be engaging.  You may have an added challenge if you are not familiar with some of the objects the game asks you to find in the home decor, fashion, and home improvement categories.  I know there was one tool that I had never heard of before and I had to ask my husband for help, who only had a vague idea of what it was himself.

I think I finished the entire game in approximately 4 hours combined.  I still need to go back and complete the the more advanced level of hidden picture games in order to reveal what is inside the anniversary gifts.  I thought it was smart of the game designers to add that in because it extends the play time, which adds value to the game.  Currently the game is available to download for a free trial at iPlay.com or can be purchased for $19.95 for non-members and between $6.95 and $9.95 for members.

System Requirements:
Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
Processor speed: Pentium III, 1000MHz
RAM: 512MB, 1024MB recommended
Video RAM: 128MB recommended
Hard drive space (uncompressed): 150MB free hard disk space
Resolution: 1024x768
DirectX version: Dir


Thank you to Oberon Media for providing a complimentary sample download of this game for us to base this review upon.