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: Very Positive (180 reviews) - 81% of the 180 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 26, 2015

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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.”
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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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
There’s a part of me – the pessimistic critical part of me always lurking for a new victim to verbosely dismember – which feels compelled to scoff at Labyrinthine Dreams’ optimism and sentimentality. Something in my brain tells me that from a literary standpoint this saccharine monologue told within the dreams of a terminal cancer patient on her death-bed is shallow and driven primarily by the player’s emotions. But what I’ve come to find more and more lately as I’ve begun to take steps to break myself out of depression and hopefully come out the other side a happier person, is…I don’t care what that part of me says anymore.

Labyrinthine Dreams’ may lack nuance and come accompanied by some dreadful artwork (those facial expressions are the stuff of nightmares), but its sincerity and earnestness meant so much more to me than what questionable character designs or clichéd plot points could take away.

Perhaps it’s a tired tale; an expected narrative being directed at people like myself who see themselves so easily in the mundane lives of struggling artists forced to give up on their creative dreams under the weight of a socioeconomic machine. Maybe I’m just looking for reassurance that I’m not throwing my life away by not pursuing a more marketable degree and Labyrinthine Dreams is the relatable, consoling voice I’ve been longing to hear. But then, is that such a bad thing to want? Even if it’s at times trite, does that diminish Labyrinthine Dreams’ message of hope to those in need of it?

This isn’t a review. You’ve likely realized that by now. It’s not a critical interpretation of a work or even a basic bullet-pointed list of pros and cons. It is almost nothing, but in what few words I’ve found to describe my feelings toward Labyrinthine Dreams, I hope it’s clear that it connected to me in a very personal way. It wasn’t deep; I can’t describe it in thousands of words dripping in analogical prose and life stories; I find myself struggling to even write enough to feel as if it could serve as a legitimate recommendation.

All I can say is that Labyrinthine Dreams is honest. Honest about what it is, in its characters, even in its fantasies. It’s solemn and optimistic, that no matter how badly it could go wrong and how much everyone tells you you’re living in a dream, your life is worth more than a paycheck and losing the chance to do what you love. A few years ago I’d have rolled my eyes. Now, this simple positivity has come to mean something deeper to me, and I’m thankful every day that there are people who understand that sometimes all anyone needs is encouragement.

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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
It seems like I've been choosing the games with the feels to play for a while. First Serena, then Cahors Sunset, and now Labyrinthine Dreams... This is starting to become a habit. I wouldn't like to seem like a tragedy junkie. I just wished to play an RPG maker game, and look what it has done to me: all teary eyed and big with the decision on Carpe Diem!

In Labyrinthine Dreams, our protagonist is Beth; a young woman who is crippled with anxiety, due to the timeless death of her father. In many ways, she is terrified that she may end up just like him. She is trying to deal with judgement, apathy and depression while recounting the events of her life from a dreamlike perspective. She travels within many dream fragments that symbolize both important moments of her life and her hopes, dreams and fears: namely her inner world. Within those dreams, she constantly tries to escapes from a monster, a dark creature that comes after her. For every step that Beth takes, the monster can take two. Is she doomed to end up in the grasp of her inner demon despite whatever she tries?

The gameplay is the marriage of a visual novel and a refreshing selection of movement puzzles. Puzzles are decent, and takes some time to figure all if you were not to use a guide. I'd like to add that, every detail that you come across, alongside with the nature of puzzles you solve, the game world is genuinely symbolic. You shouldn't expect a straight forward story consistency. The story works around the linear concept that you expect from an RPG maker game. For example: for the first puzzle that you come across - The Forest - you are not allowed to make left turns. It gave me the sense that Beth is forced to abide by the expectations of society: one way only. There should be millions of other paths that she could take to finish the labyrinth, but she is forced to use a single one. Beautifully thought!

There isn't much free will, but Beth's tale is so ordinary, so real and everyday; I found no problem on emphasizing myself with the character. The game asks the same question that we ask ourselves everyday: Will I make it? Will it be okay? Am I taking the right decision? Is it foolish to chase a dream? We all are afraid if we do not abide by the rules of the society, and work on a course of 'guaranteed future', we could end up wasting our life after a dream that we shall miss in the end. We all are a 'Beth' when a new day begins.

This is a very short game that you should spare the time to take a look at. At the end, I promise you, you'll feel better about whatever your life may hold for you. I know I feel better, and every Beth is a hero.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
As Beth you are left between life and death, you end up in a sort of limbo and must navigate mazes while you reflect on your life and try to escape a monster that seems bent on getting you.
Labyrinthine Dreams is a pretty simple game dealing with life hardships and how the choices we make affect our lives: its gameplay is quite basic, as is the story, making it a decent game for those who enjoy these kind of puzzles.

PROS:

-decent story

-while very cliched Beth is a good character and it's easy to relate to her thoughts

-the mazes are fairly interesting and challenging

-good soundtrack

-it's fully voice acted, a true rarity for RPGMaker games

CONS:

-the gameplay is very simple and boils down to solving a maze/ puzzle followed by a cutscenes, there's very little variety in it

-the narrative is a bit ham-fisted with lines that are a bit too blunt and cliched

-while the voice actors are decent the actual sound recording can be a bit off or noisy at times

-pretty short, expect around an hour to an hour and a half

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Labyrinthine Dreams was an ok game, while it doesn't do anything particularly well it also has no major problems. The story is quite simple and sadly somewhat marred by a narrative that lacks finesse in dealing with its subject matter, you can expect some pretty obvious lines dealing with depression or being stuck in life. The gameplay is decent with mazes you must navigate with limitations on your movement (e.g. can't turn left), other places where you must clear all tiles touching them only once or have to outmaneuver a monster that follows certain movesets.

If you like these kind of puzzles and are ok with its simple story then Labyrinthine Dreams is a decent choice considering it's fairly priced for what it does even when not on sale.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
An A++ Game! Grandma Gamer here, I finished it in 3 hours with all achievies after just 2 playthroughs. But, the storyline is really something else. It is definitely poignantly arresting, in that it deals with serious issues like loss of health, dreams, family obligations, and whether our future is set in stone from the time we make those first adult choices after High School. Without spoiling the story, I think the most meaningful moments were the sky puzzle, realizing that my days were disappearing as I took each step... I was using time up, so to speak. And, the game is full of such metaphors. You won't just play this game. You will live it. And, you won't forget it.

*Unfortunately, now I will have to idle the game for card drops, since I finished it before any dropped.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Other reviews have this pretty much on the nose. It's a good way to kill an hour or two. The puzzles are short and aren't going to leave you stumped for long. Voice acting is better than I expected for a game of this price, and overall it's pretty well put together. If you can pick this up for $1, it's definitely worth it. Hopefully those involved in the creation of the game will continue to improve their skills and put out better and longer offerings in the future,

tl:dr; If you like casual puzzles, can get this for $1, and have an hour to spare. Do it.
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