Labyrinthine Dreams is a short puzzle game about overcoming the scars of the past and following the right path, even in the face of overwhelming challenges.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (54 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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"A short game with a powerful message. Fans of logic puzzles and emotional stories should enjoy it. Also has professional voice acting."

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“Labyrinthine Dreams is a quality game. Short but sweet, it won’t take up too much of your day, and it’s nice to see developers try something different. This is definitely one to try for anyone who enjoys a good maze, or prefers a more human-experience sort of story.”
Jayisgames

“The puzzle design throughout Labyrinthine Dreams is consistently challenging…and enough variation for it to not become old.”
Indie Statik

“Definitely a game worth getting your hands on…. concise and enjoyable.”
Pandemonium

About This Game


Labyrinthine Dreams is a short puzzle game about Beth, a young woman who is standing at Death’s Door. After a traumatic childhood and a tough entry into the world of adulthood, she was just starting to take control of her life. However, she is now up against an insidious enemy who threatens to take everything away from her. During what may be her final hours, Beth wanders through important moments in her life while also staying a few steps ahead of the monster who won’t rest until she is no more.


Mazes in dreams are said to symbolize the dreamer’s feeling of “being trapped.” As Beth tries to find meaning and strength in her life, players must guide her through a variety of mazes, each with its own twist. The most challenging sections are reserved for confrontations with the monster, who must be outmaneuvered and outwitted to proceed.


Features
  • A unique and emotionally powerful story with vivid characters and potent real-world themes.
  • A variety of mazes which challenge players while complementing the narrative.
  • Gorgeous artwork that brings the surreal world of Beth’s unconscious to life.
  • A captivating original score from Joel Steudler.
  • Voice acting that drives home the story’s emotion.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 bit or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better video resolution in High Color mode
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Labyrinthine Dreams is a short puzzle game, made with RPG Maker, it takes place inside a dream.

You are Beth, a girl that has overcome some rough stuff and appears to have given up on living, you travel through your dreams, remembering the good and the bad of your life, while escaping from a shadow that has always haunted you.

In each level you're given a different puzzle challenge and after you complete it, you get to know more about Beth, what's happening to her, her past and also, her dreams.

★★★☆☆ | It was OK
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
A very good RPG puzzle game, Short but really amusing as you go about solving puzzles such as mazes, clearing out tiles and etc; with a little cutscene dialouge after you have succesfully made your way to the exit. As you move on through other puzzles you get to hear a little bit more about the main character and her life struggles. You see how she goes to aim for happiness and also how she conquers her fear. Really touching story.

-However, this game is not repetetive; you will most likely just play it one time (Unless you didn't quite understand the story).

-The voice acting was okay, i don't feel like too much emotion was put on the most drastic dialouges; felt like the same tone.

-Art is great! The images fully went on with the story and were just so full with tranquility.

-Music was right on! Perfect melody at the right spots! Though, the enemy's theme was somewhat spooky lol. I literally just wanted to clear the puzzle as soon as possible when i had to escape.

-Puzzles tend to be rather quite easy once you have figure out the kind of pattern that is being used in specific puzzles, there is only one way to the exit, can't take any other road but the one assigned for you.


I really wanted to know more about her, but it seemed that the only way was by completing puzzles and getting the dialouges , if you interact with objects though she will tell you something about the past. This does not happen frequently though, as they aren't alot of objects to interact with anyways.


Furthemore really touching story, worth $5? i believe so Yes! Especially for people using RPG Maker, this can be a quite good example of how to create a game, or even get ideas. I myself have RPG Maker and i'm currently playing games done with RPG to simply learn more about it. In the end, it doesn't hurt to buy this game and use it as a reference.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful game. Touching and inspiring story. Decent artwork.
I personally didn't buy this game but won it in an auction for a 1000 gems and it's worth every single one of them.
I was just aiming at the badge, I didn't even expect to enjoy this game, all I knew about it was that it's an RPG-maker visual novel which I was sure sealed the deal that it's poorly made right there, and boy am I glad I was proven wrong.

I won't lie, some of the puzzles were outright frustrating, but once I was done with them I felt somewhat accomplished which is something I didn't find in other puzzle games of similar prices and even a couple $20 titles. I think a lot of it came from a need to win it, that I must overcome this challenge. The biggest downside is that the game felt like a compilation of little flash games, but the low price justifies it and I personally prefer a lot of little games over one repetitive go of a single one.

Well worth the price for 2 hours of gameplay given you're witty enough to ease through the puzzles.
You will enjoy this game if you know what you're getting yourself into.

Not many things make me cry, but this game did.


★★★★☆ - you may lose some dignity after washing your face
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A short, surreal and powerful story of a young girl struggling with her own mortality and the choices she's made. Intercutting the story are a series of mazes which relate to her struggle, trying to stay one step ahead of Death as it creeps toward her. A great example of what can be done in the RPG Maker engine.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
The game was well thought out, it had its high points and lows. The artwork for characters needs more work, but the settings were spot on filled with small details that made the game really pop. The puzzles were well thoughtout and challenging, however the game was rather short. The story was a little lacking in some areas and unclear in others, it also was a tad bit obvious about what was going on (don't know if it was on purpose). The music was fitting with how character's thoughts and feelings played ou. Needs work on some pixel animations (little details). Overall good puzzle game with a decent story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
For a puzzle lover as myself, it was easy enough to end the game in a few hours, but it was ingenious and diverse enough to keep me entertained the whole time. I just wish I had had a few more puzzles to solve, but I guess they were just in the right numbers to not alienate me from the plot.
And about that... I liked the story. A lot. It left me with a lightened heart, and just for that it deserves a cherised place in my game's library from now on. It's difficult to find games that really reach to the player's feeling through their story. I sincerely believe that that's what Labyrinthine Dreams has been able to do in my case.
Beeing a puzzle game, the soothing music has helped me to concentrate when needed, but it also helps to build the melancholic feelings of the story. I'd say the soundtrack contributes heavily in the pleasure of playing this game.
Thank you a lot for a beautiful experience, Solest Games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Very nice labyrinth game, a shame its so short. The story is a little wierd, but the puzzles itselfs are great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
This game is quite well made. It has rather interesting puzzle mechanics, good short story and quality voice acting plus the game assets do look pretty.

Underneath all that, it's short and not "filling" -- we simply want more of this good stuff

Recommended for people who don't mind games with average of 1 hour content
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
I was a KickStarter backer for this and enjoyed it. It's very short but has a good presentation, nice new art, and revamped puzzles.

If you want a series of good logic and obeservational/memorization puzzles it's a good play!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
This is a pretty neat, but short, game. The mazes were interesting, especially the ones with the monster. Those ones required a lot more thought than the rest.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
It may only be less than an hour long, but this game contains a lot of feels. The whole feel of the game to me is reminiscent to that of Yume Nikki, but the puzzles are less involved and the story telling is more straight forward. The voice acting adds a bit more depth to the story as well in my opinion. Definately worth picking up for a few bucks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
It's a really good game, As the reviews go on n on n on, It's truely phenamnol i'd recommend it but contradict my recomendation by saying don't buy it. It's a great game so do buy it. Just don't play it. Lmfao, Made me cry at the end. If anything it'll relate with everyone who buys it regardless of your life it has a atmosphere that makes it automatically sink in depending on how you are. An makes it feel personal. Really good game, again i'd recommend buying it. Though, lol. ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
If you enjoy puzzle games then Labyrinthine Dreams is worth your time!

You play as a woman name Beth who must accept the decisions she made though life while dealing with death. Everything is done through a series of thoughts and dreams. To progress through this powerful and emotional story you must clear different mazes and puzzles that are themed during her life. This is not as easy as it sounds as some puzzles have limited turns, properly clearing all tiles, logic puzzles or even avoiding demons.

The graphics is very colorful and the art is simply outstanding. You have different areas like forests, cities, skys and even dark evil zones. With these areas you have hand drawn art that must be seen to believe. With such great art you have some very unique and often eerie music that complement the story's different moments perfectly. Another treat for players is that this game has fantastic voice acting!

Truly this is a fantastic game but a very short one. It can be cleared in a hour or two depending on how fast you can solve puzzles. Even with this fact it takes nothing away from this game. Being that this game was made using the rpg maker engine, I must say that this developer was thinking outside the box and did a fantastic job. I recomend this title to puzzle fans looking for a quick distraction.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Cool atmosphere and clever puzzles add a lot to what would otherwise be a straightforward story. If your looking for something emotional and story driven I would have to recommend To The Moon and Dear Esther first.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I think that Ladyrinthine Dreams is a decent puzzle game with good game mechanics it might make you rage but when you complete one of the puzzels that you might be stuck on you well feel relieved when completeing it.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this game was the story line because you mainly had to peice the story together yourself and that it is a very emotional story as well, thats what I thing a good game should be all about.

If you do buy this game try to complete it because it not very long It has a really great story at the end and the game play itself is quite good.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
This game is actually very short, and the "puzzles" in the game only serve the purpose of making the game seem longer than it actually is. This game seems like a game with controls that looked good on paper, but when it was actually applied to the game it just seems unnessary, and more than a little frustrating.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
A fairly short game, and puzzles that we've all seen before. But a wonderful message. I wouldn't reccomend this for gameplay, and the story could easily be found on Youtube I'm sure.
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50 of 70 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
I've never played a game quite like Labyrinthine Dreams, a very human and realistic story set in a very surreal and atmospheric dream. Labyrinthine Dreams tells the tale of Beth, a young woman struggling to find her place in the world while dealing with her ever-present anxieties. Beth comes face to face with a serious illness which forces her to look deep within and find what is truly meaningful in life.

The gameplay revolves around a series of puzzles, each unique and challenging and brought to life with lush mapping, atmospheric effects, and a dazzling soundtrack. These puzzles are difficult, but figuring them out is immensly satisfying and their ever changing nature always keeps you on your toes.

The most impressive thing about this game is the seamless cohesion between the puzzles and Beth's story. Each puzzle has a discernable symbolic relationship with a critical period in Beth's life and her battles with her inner demon are among the games finest moments.

This is an extremely unique game which is definitely worth a purchase. It isn't very long but the journey is well worth an hour or two of your day. While the player learns the specifics of Beth's illness, but her story is universal and can be appreciated by anybody dealing with any sort of oppresive force in their life. Give this game a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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84 of 129 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Similar to Employment Quest, this is a one-hour RPGMaker game with a message. The puzzles are mostly standard types, although there is something reminiscent of DROD. If you want an RPGMaker game with a moving story, play To The Moon, and if you want tile-based puzzles, DROD would be a better choice. I think I enjoyed the style of Unemployment Quest a bit more, too - even though both games are basically linear, Unemployment quest let you explore a little whereas this is just puzzles-cutscene-puzzles-cutscene...
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
After backing Labyrinthine Dreams on Kickstarter, I'm glad to finally be able to play it. And having just completed it, I'd strongly urge you to pick this up before the sale ends.

Actual review portion:

For an RPG Maker game, Labyrinthine Dreams is incredibly beautiful. On top of uniquely crafted environments, Labyrinthine Dreams features several RPG style cutscenes, with fully voiced lines, which gradually unveil how the protagonist came to enter this between-worlds state.

The story is very human and touching, though I can't say much more without spoiling it.

Now as for the gameplay itsself, I quite enjoyed nearly every second of the tile-movement puzzles, and though, admittedly, I rarely play games from this genre, I had never experienced most of the puzzle mechanics which constitute the majority of Labyrinthine Dreams's play time. Some of the puzzles are quite tricky, but I strongly encourage you to figure each of them out on your own, as all are quite do-able.

Hopefully that made some coherent sense. But anyway, I do strongly urge you to buy this game. For $2.99 (or even the full $4.99) it's well worth your money.
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