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  • Summary: Take part in two tales of twisted love and despair in this spine-tingling horror adventure game from the developers who brought you Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles. Hone your survival skills by carefully exploring the corridors of your captors while uncovering clues that bring you closer to a shocking revelation. Can you escape the maze alive? [Aksys Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Theresia: Dear Emile does a great job of providing old school adventure elements with striking visuals, great sound and a breadcrumb approach to storytelling that will have you up far longer at night than you had planned, as you work to uncover more memories, or just see what's in the next room.
  2. 71
    Theresia does feel like an "old" game, but the mature storyline and some interesting puzzles might make it appealing to adventure gamers. I think it was a design mistake to litter the game world with traps, discouraging exploration.
  3. Though likely created on a shoestring budget, Theresia offers an interesting story, engaging gameplay, and a fine, cinematic presentation. But as is the case with most games of its kind, there’s little reason to come back for seconds.
  4. So if you’re feeling nostalgic for the bygone days of Shadowgate, or simply like your content dark and deep and don’t mind slogging through a world of hurt to get to it, Theresia may just warrant a look.
  5. 42
    Again, those with a mind for puzzles and pestilence may be able to stick with Theresia, but discerning adventure fans -- who at least like their games to move faster than a snail's pace -- can skip it with little shame.
  6. The atmosphere of Theresia, as well as its convoluted story, just doesn't scare us, but instead makes us want to stop playing, or failing that, kill ourselves.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    9
    This game have a absurd sinister atmosphere. And it's good because it's intentional. The suspense atmosphere is very intense. And is no break for it. Better then many horror games. The game story evolves good too. And the gameplay is decent. I recommend for adventure fans and horror fans. Expand
  2. FelixK.
    Dec 17, 2008
    9
    One of the best Nintendo DS adventure games. The story is very interesting and the DS controls work very well. I can only recommend this game and hope that it will receive the attention it deserves. Expand
  3. BryanK.
    Dec 8, 2008
    8
    This game is a dark and twisted game that keeps you playing and on your toes. If it wasn't for real life I wouldn't be able to stop playing. Expand
  4. EdgeyP.
    Jul 16, 2009
    8
    The game may seem too slow for some people, but if you like creepy (and kinda disgusting) stories, point-and-click gameplay with lots of mini puzzles and you don't mind a mixture of somewhat poor 3D graphics and 2D static images you'll most definitely enjoy it, like me and my girlfriend did (well, we still have to complete the second part of the game after 14 hours!). Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2011
    5
    I wanted to like this game, I really did.

    But the sinister mystery behind Theresia will never fully unravel for me, because I cannot finish
    this game. Why? Because despite it's gripping story, beautiful artwork and obvious effort, the flaws impede too far on the good. I was enjoying it for the first few hours, but then things started to get weird. The puzzles began to get so convoluted *Why light a candle and hold it with a cloth when you can manhandle it on those spikes over there the game has spent so long teaching you to avoid like the plague and THEN light?* and the clues to find key information began getting more ridiculous to find. Plus, throw in a painful amount of backtracking through what I unbiasedly can say are the most mind numbingly bland and awful looking corridors I've ever seen on any platform, and it gets annoying really quick. Couple this with short tunes that grow lamer and lamer thanks to endless looping, and it just becomes too much.

    Soon, I found myself clinging to a walkthrough in order to get anywhere further in the game, and even then it still was horribly frustrating. Before long, the sense of immersion and dread they had sought to build was shattered by intrusively awkward mechanics, and I couldn't take it anymore.

    I just can't recommend this game and I'm sad to admit that you'd just be better off looking up the story and gorgeous cutscenes on the Internet. Save yourself some time, money, frustration and ultimately disappointment. Theresia tries, and I can respect it for that. But it also fails to deliver.
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