Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey (Bigfishgames.com)

When Alice crashes her car into the river, she has to take a journey through her subconscious mind to regain consciousness. Can she survive and follow her dreams when she awakens?

The main character, Alice, works at a dead end job and is too afraid to follow her dreams. You can guess that the message of this game is don’t be afraid to take risks. The problem is that she does have a family and, I hate to break it to you, but when you have kids, you can’t really take risks like that for your own sake. We never find out what her husband does for a living so, for all I know, he probably makes enough money for Alice to quit her job and achieve her dream of opening a bookstore cafe. I do like the symbolism that they go for in the dream world but I can’t go into detail about it for fear of giving away spoilers.

The game play is your typical hidden object game. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. Some items require you to participate in hidden object scenes in order to collect them.

You can use the items you collect to advance throughout the game. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This game is addictive and intriguing. I give it 7 out of 10; a brilliant use of symbolism.

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