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TRAUMA

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Description

TRAUMA is a first-person adventure that tells the story of a young woman who survives a car accident. During her stay at the hospital she experiences trauma with distorted dreams. The player explores these dreams in four chapters and these provide vague clues about her identity and experiences, and further the narrative.

The player moves through the dreams with the point-and-click technique. It consists of static images stitched together to render the environment. That way the player moves in steps like in the Myst games, but with ghosting in the transition to simulate movement. There is however no full 3D movement. The player can often zoom in and click items to pick them up and store them in an inventory, or to trigger an action. There are also polaroid photographs hidden that can be collected, but these are often optional.

During the voyage the player learns a number of gestures to interact with the environment. These are drawn in yellow lines and can for instance be used to lift objects or to cut through passages. Techniques learned in later chapters sometimes need to be reused in earlier ones. At the end of each chapter there is a cut-scene presened as an FMV clip.

The game can be played online for free, but the commercial version offers a higher quality in audio and video, no loading times, and offline play. Nothing is cut from the free version however.

Screenshots

TRAUMA Windows Drawing an action "spell" to lift the ball.
TRAUMA Windows Possible movement to one of the sides is shown through a ghosting effect.
TRAUMA Windows Main menu
TRAUMA Windows Zoom in on parts of the environment to examine objects or manipulate them.

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The Press Says

IGN Windows Aug 10, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Sep 08, 2011 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Windows Aug 04, 2011 70 out of 100 70
GameSpy Windows Aug 09, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GamePro (US) Windows Aug 10, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Spazio Games Windows Nov 15, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Aug 22, 2011 13 out of 20 65
Vandal Online Windows Aug 23, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Gamers Windows Aug 21, 2011 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Oct 23, 2011 48 out of 100 48

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Awards

  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis
    • 2012 - Innovation Award

Related Web Sites

  • TRAUMA (official game website where the game can be played in a browser for free (English))
Contributed to by Sciere (264702) and Kabushi (125357)