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Author Name:SDK
Submitted By:disoriented
Hold Name:Beethro\'s Dream
Theme:Custom element puzzles
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Number of Levels:6
Number of Rooms:39
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Version:DROD: The Second Sky (5.0.2)
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10-29-2017 at 10:12 PM
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Disoriented has been showing a predilection for scripting other puzzle games into DROD ever since the "sphere frontier" and "trapdoor war" levels of Gardeviance. He's done it again more recently in the excellent "Sticks and Stones" level in the Hold Title Mixup Contest. But this is the first time that he's taken this concept and made an entire hold around it. In Beethro's Dream You'll find four different and completely unique levels, each based on a different computer puzzle game. The result is a hold that feels very fresh and different, but still tickles the same puzzle itch that makes DROD so enjoyable.

The hold is mostly open format (only the final level isn't accessible from the start), and it makes great use of a level map to provide access to any of the three starting puzzle games. I wasn't familiar with any of these games before playing the hold (except for the Desert Island one which is based on the same game as "Sphere Frontier") but disoriented has done a terrific job translating these games into the DROD engine. The rules for each game are pretty clear from the outset and there's no guess-the-scripting nonsense. Everything is pure and perfect puzzle fun. The puzzles here are really nice too. Most of them hit a nice 6 to 7 brain difficulty level and can be reasoned out logically without having to resort to trial and error. I particularly enjoyed the final level with it's reliance on keeping track of your position in cycles of 3 and 2 to make way through a maze of moving objects. But all the levels were a lot of fun once I got a handle of how to think about the mechanics involved.

This is one of the best "concept" holds I've played in a long time, and hope to see more of these from disoriented (though I wouldn't complain to see a more traditional DROD hold from him either!) This is definitely worth checking out if only to see what the different puzzle games are like. It's very low commitment since you can access most everything from the start, and chances are you'll be as hooked as I was.

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