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 (123 reviews) - 84% of the 123 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 26, 2015

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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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June 16

Version 2.3 Now In Beta -- Fullscreen Fix!

The promised fix to the fullscreen issue has been implemented into the beta of version 2.3. You can toggle between fullscreen and windowed mode now using F5 ANYTIME in-game. You can also switch the aspect ratio using F6.

There have also been some other changes to prepare the game for porting to other platforms. One you may notice is the change to the System Options. While the change seems minor, it affected how we check if "Voice Acting" is toggled. In updating this, all previous Autosave files will no longer work.

You'll receive the following error if trying to play an old game file:

That's why the game will remain in beta for the time being. After the Steam Summer Sale is over and activity has died down, I'll be moving it to the public branch.

If you want to play the new patch with the fullscreen fix before then, you'll have to opt into the beta. You can do this by right clicking the game in your Steam Library, selecting Properties and going to the Beta tab. From there, you can select the BETA from the dropdown.


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June 1

60% Permanent Price Drop!

I want to thank everyone who purchased Labyrinthine Dreams since its release. It seems most of those who reviewed the game had a positive experience. :)

Over time, I noticed a pattern of players that appreciated the game but felt the sticker price was a bit high. Based on feedback, I decided to permanently drop the price of the game (and soundtrack) to $1.99. This price won't go up again and on sales will be at most 50% off.
Note: The price change will take effect later today as it's still pending approval.

I'm hoping this means more gamers on a budget who would have otherwise passed it over will pick it up on an impulse and play it. We never expected to get rich on this title but the more we sell the more we can put towards our next project. There's also that perceived value of game time to cost that hopefully the price reduction resolves.

Thanks again for the support! Should have a patch announcement in the upcoming weeks.

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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.”

“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.”

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.

  • 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

    • 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
25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
- 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.

- 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.

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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Yet another RPG-maker game that focusses on storytelling rather than classic JRPG-Gameplay. Hence it is part of the game genre that is represented by To the moon and of which you can find games like Richard and Allice, A Bird Sorry or 199X.
I’d say that Labyrinthine Dreams can’t compare itself with those games. It doesn’t have the creative brilliance of To the Moon, neither the narrative depth of titles like 199x or Richard and Alice. But that doesn’t mean that it is not as good. It is just a bit different:

1) The gameplay is not build as much around exploring. The main gameplay consists of puzzles in the form of mazes with growing difficulty.

2) It is much shorter. Labyrinthine dreams can be described as one shot that focusses on a simple but moving and quite deep story that lasts for about an hour.

Labyrinthine dreams is not an unique outstanding Jewel in your Steam Library but is nevertheless a refreshing attempt to enlarge the genre of “RPG-Maker Stories”. 5€ for an one hour game is an harsh pricing, but it is worth it, at least when it is on sale, if you are into this kind of games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Pre-Release Review
This is a very short, but straight to the point puzzle game.
First of all, what beautiful graphics. I had little faith in RPG Maker as a game engine, but this game is aesthetically very pleasing.
The puzzles are very challenging and are what drives the story 90% of the time, i did get stuck quite a few times but I just couldnt give up, I really cared about the main character.
The protagonist is a woman struggling with depression after a lot of ♥♥♥♥ goes on in her life, this game can really get you down and the events she talks about can hit home sometimes. Would definitely recommend this game for being a very interesting and touching experience. (even scary at times, those last levels were quite creepy).
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