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: Mixed (32 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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August 25

50% off for our Kickstarter Anniversary!

One year ago, our Kickstarter for Labyrinthine Dreams was successfully funded. We went into that with a lot of uncertainty but thanks to our great crew of backers, we made it over the finish line and had our tiny $6,000 budget. It was a triumphant moment that can still give a warm and fuzzy feeling when we think about it. Even though the game was small and designed so that we could realistically give it a major overhaul, we still underestimated the amount of work involved to pull that off. Possible release dates came and went, but eventually we were rewarded for our perseverance with gorgeous art and a beautiful original soundtrack.

So if any of our backers happen to read this, thank you once again! But of course, they already got their free copies. This special 50% off sale is for everyone else! As developers on Steam, we have access to a lot of random data about our game and I can see right now that over 2,000 of you have this game on your wishlist! If you were waiting for the price to go down, now is your chance! Get it while the getting's good!

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May 23

Released on Steam!

This is no dream, it’s really happening! Labyrinthine Dreams is now available on Steam! We invite everyone to take advantage of our opening weekend sale and experience Beth’s journey for themselves! If you want to chat about the game (or need help with those mazes), feel free to join me in our group chat! Enjoy!

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Reviews

“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
50 of 69 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 23
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79 of 123 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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...
Posted: May 24
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 26
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Labyrinthine Dreams is a short puzzle game with a story to tell.

What elevates this above a simple grid puzzler is the fact all the puzzles are actually a part of the story: it makes sense for them to be there, and they are not just thrown in to pass time between the short cutscenes. Cutscenes which are done in an anime style with fully voiced dialogue.

Roughly said there are four types of puzzles in this game, all with their unique move sets and rules. Each "level" is beautifully rendered, and has a score fitting the scene.

The game's soundtrack is simple yet beautiful, and the voiced parts are done by good voice actors.
All the dialog is subtitled as well and the voice can be skipped, not that I felt the need to do so even once.

The big minus point is that this is an RPGMaker game, and therefore suffers from the engine limitations.
The game has absolutely no resolution control: you either have to play fullscreen, or in a tiny window, and then use something like Windows' Magnifier to blow up the window.
The game can also be very short. Once you learn the trick behind the puzzles you can probably beat it in no time.

The big question then, is it worth €5? My answer is an absolute "yes". Even if you manage to beat it in an hour.
Posted: May 28
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
A short game interspersing puzzles with a compelling storyline. The puzzles were well balanced and the soundtrack and storyline made for a pleasant relaxing game. It took me just on an hour to complete it.
Posted: May 25
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