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.
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Very Positive (216 reviews) - 81% of the 216 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.”
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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
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Very Positive (216 reviews)
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DragonDoz
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Very fun puzzle solving story game. Some puzzles can be very challenging though
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☑ Verified Noob
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
IF you see this game on sale and have always been dreaming of being a sad girl who turns only clockwise, go for it.
IF you love only mindless games, skip this one.

Game has fullscreen mode and works well on Windows 10.
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bestgay666
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Even with the summer sale making this game less than a dollar, it's not worth your time, even if that time is less than 2 hours. The storyline is mediocre and the music gets very tiring after 10 minutes playing. I'm lucky that I did find an occasional challenging puzzle. I played the game soon after receiving it, and I did not refund it, nor did I play it to completion out of respect for the developer. The only reason I have completed it is now is so I may get my steam trading cards from the game and sell them for trading cards of a game that I like.
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Moose Caboose™
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
oh boy. I was not prepared for the ride offered by this game. Going into the story not knowing what to expect, I thought I was in store for a light-hearted tale. I was immediately proven wrong, watching the story unravel as my heart sunk lower and lower into my chest. But in the end, I really enjoyed the message, which I interpret as "Sometimes, all it takes is one person to keep you going." Great job.
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Cal_9000
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
If you like puzzles and mazes paired with a fun story this game is for you. If your like me you can beat this game 14 times and never get tired of it.
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Gothic Lolita Luna
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
PROS:
- tradding cards to collect...
- nice music
- nice voice acting
- good riddle design
- very nice drawn picture
- easy 100% Achievements

CONS:
- ...but you need to grind the last one
- short game

CONCLUSION:
I would recommend this game for finishing once. The story is nothing special, but not too bad either. But the real strength of the game lies inside of the riddles. They\'re very clever made and you need to think really well, to finish each challenge. The game never get\'s too hard, but is never as easy, that it becomes boring. The voice acting is nice, like the music too, but again nothing special. For achievement hunters is to say, 100% is a piece of cake. Trading card collector need to grind for the last card. Because I completed the game with 100% achievements in 3 hours, but I need to grind another 2 hours. (\\ô/)
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Minathri
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A very fun, relaxing puzzle/maze game with story parts keeping up with the puzzles! Challenging if you don't pay attention to the rules, however, so no skipping dialogue and zipping ahead! Well, still a challenge in places, but in a fun way, not a "zomg, I've headbutted a hole in my wall!" kind of way, like if you ignore the rules instructions.

This is a short but enjoyable maze-puzzle game with trading cards and 7 semi-easy achievements. It needs at least 2 playthroughs, with the first to map mazes with resets, and 1 playthrough for the no-resets cheevo... or just stare at the pictures-provided guides right here on Steam to do it all in 1 playthrough =^_^= (found the guide after mapping several mazes T_T ).

If you like maze-puzzles, want a good game for trading cards, or just another game to 100%, this is your game right here!
This game is also good from a story view point, as it chronicles key points in the main character's (Beth's) life.
WARNING: If you cry easily, make sure to have a box of tissues nearby, because the story is definitely sad (if you couldn't guess from the "About" section of the store page).

Lastly, a small sidenote: Usually I don't buy game soundtracks on Steam, but am considering it for this game: The music in this game is simple, but hauntingly good, and enhances the sob potential in the storyline (at least for me). No tinny 8-bit music or rock & roll, but soft, haunting (yes, I know I already used that word, but it IS!) melodies that have a noticeably decent quality unusual for most cheap games.

I saw the news post on Labyrinthine Dreams' price reduction from whatever it was before (I think $4.99?) to encourage people to not abuse Steam's refund policy, but I would have paid that and then some just for the music, the mazes/gameplay, or the story alone (even better, Steam Trading Cards for Badges!). All 3, combined with beautiful artwork, makes for a masterpiece equal to or maybe better in some areas than many big-name SNES games (and we know how much money THOSE were, even back in the day!). I remember paying much more than that for Myst for my PC when it first came out, and accidentally beat THAT game in less than 10 minutes! As a kid!

This game is definitely a wonderful addition to any game library, especially for the (imo way too low) current price tag, and if you normally play games on mute, you'll want to unmute your computer for this game.
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Appelsina
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
👍

For a short game I really loved it! I'm no good at puzzles (that or my brain was just fried from life) so it took me longer than expected, but if you have an hour or two to spare, I'd definitely reccommend this game!
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{HxT} TreeTrunk
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Puzzle game with an involving story of how a girl overcomes her demons.
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SkyNET [Philanthrophy]
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great artwork.
Cute story.
Good gamplay.

I can only recommend it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
IF you see this game on sale and have always been dreaming of being a sad girl who turns only clockwise, go for it.
IF you love only mindless games, skip this one.

Game has fullscreen mode and works well on Windows 10.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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101 of 153 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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53 of 77 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
PROS:
- Nice and cute artwork for both cutscenes and in-game 2d sprites.
- Unexpectedly good voice acting for a game that was made by a small indie team.
- Fun enough puzzles.
- Impactful story.
- Decent music.

CONS:
- Game length is short (but you really can't complain at the current price.)
- The game only supports 640x480 resolution and there is no fullscreen option either (though the dev is planning to add fullscreen option in the future.)

Final Remarks:
The game was short but impactful. In spite of its length, character development of the protagonist was really well-done as I was able to emotionally relate to her deeply. The important and positive message that the game conveys is worth a lot more than just watching typical Hollywood flicks in my opinion.

. RECOMMENDED .
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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