Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story - Collector's Edition HD

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Spooky, atmospheric puzzle adventure best for older kids.

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Ease of Play

The app offers two difficulty levels, both of which offer hints when necessary. The "easy" level also guides players to the areas where they need to focus their attention. 

Violence

There's no blood or gore, but there are plenty of spooky, scary moments in the game that might be intense for young players. 

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Consumerism

The main menu features ads for other games by the developer. Users who want to play the full version of the game must purchase it from within the app for either $7 or $10, depending on which edition they choose. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story - Collector's Edition HD is a horror-themed adventure game that mixes hidden object puzzles and light puzzles. When your husband mysteriously disappears, you'll have to find him, assisted by a creepy looking doll. The app is free, but only includes a portion of the full game, which must be purchased in-app for either $7 or $10 (the more expensive version includes a few bonuses). There's no blood to the violence, but the atmosphere is quite spooky at times and will be too much for young players. Also, users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

While the story in STRAY SOULS: DOLLHOUSE STORY might not be the strongest in the app store, it does a masterful job of creating a spooky atmosphere that makes the story come alive. It's well-paced and scales well to both experienced puzzle/adventure gamers and newcomers to the genre. The heroine is a bit disappointing, though, in that she sometimes comes across as someone who is entirely dependent on her husband. (For instance, she notes at one point that she had never driven before her husband taught her how.) 

All in all, though, the game is a clever blend of puzzle games with a story that twists nicely. It's certainly too intense for young players, but tweens and adults will have lots of fun with it. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 22, 2011
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 365.00 MB
  • Publisher: Big Fish Games, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later

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