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Pocket Gamer UK (May 23, 2013)
A wonderful 3DS psychological thriller that details the journey through the emotional turmoil of a ship in distress
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Wii Brasil (2013)
Ainda que conservador, The Starship Damrey nos lembra que estimular a imaginação do jogador é a ferramenta mais eficiente que um desenvolvedor tem em suas mãos.
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Nintendo Life (May 20, 2013)
The Starship Damrey is more like a narrative experience than a typical video game, harking back to retro equivalents of the PC-age in the '90s. Rarely taxing, with the only dead ends coming because of a failure to thoroughly explore rooms and find relevant objects, it's all about the environment and piecing together a storyline. It's well written and utterly engrossing for fans of the genre or mystery sci-fi, even if its deliberate pacing and simplistic approach can be a turn-off to some. We expect this to be a divisive title, and it could do with a little extra content, but delivers exactly what it has promised, and is unapologetic as it does so.
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RPGFan (May 22, 2013)
It's difficult to evaluate The Starship Damrey. I can understand the "feeling" that the developers were trying to evoke, and I commend their boldness in marketing a game based solely on a concept like "You know nothing. Begin." However, the game never really delivers much of anything. It feels more like an experiment in narrative presentation than an actual video game, and while I think there is no inherent problem with the design philosophy of The Starship Damrey, the reality is that it just isn't very exciting to play.
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NintendoWorldReport (May 22, 2013)
That narrative itself is scattered throughout journals and archives accessible through the main menu, and discovering just what went wrong on the Starship Damrey is half the fun. It’s filled to the brim with twists and humor, but I really would have loved to see the game fleshed out a bit more. Of course, that’s the key issue with the Guild collections: they’re meant to be small doses of gaming. Starship Damrey is just begging to have its mechanics and music revamped and its story expanded. I’d love to spend more time with AR-7 on some creepy adventures, but not before I get that awful whirring sound out of my head.
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Everyeye.it (May 21, 2013)
The Starship Damrey è una ghiottissima occasione in parte sprecata. Se le premesse fanno pensare a un gioco complesso e caratterizzato da un gameplay ideale per gli amanti delle avventure grafiche, la realtà è ben diversa. Gli artisti di Level-5 hanno impacchettato un art design sufficientemente ispirato, un comparto sonoro aridamente asfissiante e una trama degna di essere seguita sino al riuscito epilogo. Purtroppo i game designer, dal canto loro, non sono stati in grado di fare un lavoro altrettanto riuscito, proponendo enigmi per lo più scontati e limitati dalla possibilità di trasportare un solo oggetto per volta.
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Eurogamer.pt (May 30, 2013)
No final, a definição do ambiente a bordo de uma nave espacial assume uma representação mínima, algo original, e os elementos que servem de base para uma aventura quase herdada dos point'n click dos anos noventa também, com muitos puzzles que nos obrigam a uma série de interacções que vamos descobrindo por nossa conta. Os efeitos 3D convencem e a sonoridade assume um papel tão relevante como a dimensão visual. No fundo, The Starship Damrey atinge muitos dos objectivos traçados pelos produtores. Apesar de perder algum significado no âmbito do quadro narrativo e de ficar um pouco aquém do esperado enquanto jogo de sobrevivência ou terror espacial, nem por isso deixa de ser uma proposta interessante e válida, sobretudo pelo seu baixo preço. A eShop da 3DS ganha assim mais um reforço e talvez um dos jogos mais apetecíveis da lista dos disponibilizados pela Level-5 na guild para o ocidente.
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GamezGeneration (May 29, 2013)
The Starship Damrey ist ein kleines, aber sehr feines Horror-Adventure. Wer ruhigere, langsamere Spiele mag und viel Wert auf Atmosphäre setzt, dem kann ich es wirklich empfehlen. Der Weltall-Grusel ist sehr gelungen und bietet dann auch noch ein wirklich überraschendes Ende.
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Di fronte ad un titolo come The Starship Damrey i potenziali acquirenti si divideranno in due: chi darà maggior peso alla solo sufficiente parte ludica dell'avventura, lineare e blanda tranne che nei primissimi minuti, e chi invece si lascerà avvincere da una storia e da un'atmosfera generale che possono anche sapere di già visto, ma che risultano in ultima analisi molto ben realizzate, coinvolgenti, ricche di tensioni e di suggestioni varie. Il voto cerca come al solito di contemperare questi due aspetti, ma certo non si può tralasciare il fatto che la sbandierata volontà di lasciare che il giocatore scopra da sé cosa fare si risolve in un nulla di fatto dal punto di vista del gameplay. Pare che Level 5 abbia intenzione di rilasciare altri episodi, per svelare alcuni punti che restano oscuri anche dopo il finale; non possiamo che augurarci che si faccia di più nello sviluppo dell'avventura, magari approfondendo la natura originale dei primi due o tre enigmi.
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Vandal Online (May 20, 2013)
Las sensaciones que nos ha dejado este The Starhip Damrey están un poco divididas. Por una parte no podemos negar que en general hemos disfrutado del juego y hasta el final hemos estado pendientes de que estaba ocurriendo en la nave, pero por otra parte creemos que hay muchos aspectos a mejorar. Como comentábamos al principio, el hecho de que no tenga tutoriales está muy bien, pero quitando los primeros compases y ciertos momentos en los que es la forma de control lo que complica más las cosas, nos encontramos con una aventura más bien sencilla en la que no hay posibilidad de error. A esto se le une una duración justita y un control que consideramos mejorable, algo que hace que encontremos que su precio es algo elevado. Aun así, si lo que os llama del juego es su ambientación y su premisa, os animamos a probarlo, pues es una experiencia interesante.
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4Players.de (May 21, 2013)
Da war mehr drin, Level 5! Alles fängt so stimmungsvoll und investigativ an: Man fühlt sich fast ein wenig wie R2D2 auf detektivischer Mission. Was ist bloß auf diesem Raumschiff passiert? Während man logische Rätsel löst, Hindernisse beseitigt und Tote untersucht, erfährt man immer mehr über die mysteriösen Hintergründe. Das Ganze fühlt sich wie eine futuristische Novelle an, spielt sich aber zu leicht und linear. Warum Level 5 betonte, dass man ein Adventure ohne Tutorial entwickelt hätte, bei dem man selbst experimentieren müsste, will sich mir nicht ganz erschließen. The Starship Damrey ist alles andere als ein komplexes oder gar abstraktes Abenteuer. Hat man nach ein paar Stunden das Finale vor Augen, fühlt man sich spielerisch einfach nicht richtig satt. Trotzdem habe ich aufgrund der Story sehr gerne die zwei Etagen erkundet – und wurde immerhin mit einem interessanten Ende belohnt.
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PixlBit (Jul 13, 2013)
As stated earlier, I both love and hate The Starship Damrey. It’s a pretty poor puzzle game that instead of testing your logical mettle requires heavy landscape crawling to continue onward, but it’s simultaneously an excellent atmospheric story-telling experience that is likely worth the price of admission for most fans of this genre – when it goes on sale.
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Destructoid (May 18, 2013)
Despite being entertaining in its own way, The Starship Damrey ultimately fails to provide a hardcore, old-school adventure as promised. There's potential for an even more expansive campaign, which I hope Level-5 explores one day -- if Liberation Maiden can get a sequel, so can this! For now, rein in your expectations.
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Edge (May 21, 2013)
No matter. The story grips for its three-hour duration – an eleventh-hour reveal is faintly silly but logically explained – while its handful of shocks are occasionally cheap but expertly deployed. It even finds time for an amusing pastiche of a sci-fi classic, a comedic beat that simultaneously feels out of place and yet is entirely in keeping with the offbeat tenor of a game that is old-fashioned and proud of it.
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Eurogamer.it (May 23, 2013)
The Starship Damrey è comunque un buon gioco, divertente, in grado di tenervi per un po' col fiato sospeso, ma privo di quella scintilla di genio che potrebbe portare al capolavoro. Un titolo da 7 insomma, ma unite ciò al prezzo un po' troppo elevato, alla scarsa longevità e al non proprio eccelso comparto tecnico e il titolo precipita inesorabilmente di un punto. Consigliato soprattutto agli appassionati del genere.
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Nintendo-Online.de (May 25, 2013)
Nach vier Stunden ist man mit „The Starship Damrey“ durch und doch ein klein wenig aufgewühlt. Es ist nicht viel passiert, die letzten Minuten zeigen aber dennoch ihre Wirkung. Nach dem interessanten Anfang bleibt das Spiel aber an dem immer gleichen Spielprinzip hängen und langweilt so leider trotz der kurzen Dauer. Vor wenigen Monaten erst hat der iOS-Titel „Year Walk“ bewiesen, wie interessante Adventure heutzutage aussehen können. So bleibt „The Starship Damrey“ aber nur ein kleines Experiment, das viel zu wenig Experimentierfreude zeigt.
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Spazio Games (May 24, 2013)
The Starship Damrey è un’occasione sprecata più che un brutto gioco. Scelte di design opinabili, una generale pochezza a livello di gameplay e una modalità distributiva inspiegabilmente diversa da quella originariamente pensata lo relegano nel limbo dei titoli che vorrebbero (e avrebbero anche alcune potenzialità), ma non possono.
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IGN (Jun 03, 2013)
The Starship Damrey’s suspenseful atmosphere quickly dissipates and leaves its stripped-back design and basic presentation with nothing to mask them. It’s initially interesting, but the asking price is very high for such a basic and short-lived game. Only the enticing and ultimately rewarding mystery of the story, which is set up in the first five minutes and isn’t resolved until the closing moments, kept me playing.
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As for the story, that’s told mostly through an info-dump at game’s end, plus the character profiles that unlock as you identify the crew’s remains. You’ll have to back out of the game to the start menu to see this information, but it’s there to fill in the gaps. What’s revealed during gamplay is fairly minimal, little more than a scenario plus a couple of explanatory notes to explain a detail or two along the way. While the final explanation shows that, predictably enough, there’s more going on than meets the eye, it’s more short story than novel. In terms of both story and gameplay it’s hard to find much to recommend about The Starship Damrey, but there’s nothing really wrong with it either. It’s a curiosity, interesting enough while being played, and then it’s over.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (May 28, 2013)
Like all the best pulpy horror tales, The Starship Damrey ends with a denouement of surprising cleverness, and there are some scraps of extra content to pick over if you find yourself absorbed by its fiction (a short story unlocks if you complete an optional, late-game sidequest, while owners of another Guild 02 game can access another brief tale). Despite its awkward controls, its waning sense of fear and some crude, basic puzzling, I nonetheless found myself gripped during the game's closing minutes. But that's a tribute to the sense of mystery set up right at the beginning of Starship Damrey, not the journey I trundled along to solve it.
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Eurogamer.de (May 29, 2013)
Einige gute Momente und interessante Ansätze wiegen die Probleme im Team mit dem günstigen Preis ein wenig auf. Mehr als ein sehr durchschnittliches, und letzten Endes ein bisschen langweiliges Adventure, das Esprit und Charakter vermissen lässt, kam dabei aber nicht heraus. Level 5's Ansatz, in der Guild-Reihe - dieses hier stammt aus deren zweiter 'Staffel' - kleineren Teams einen geschützten Raum zum Austoben zu geben, ist lobenswert. Ich habe SUDA51's Liberation Maiden genauso wenig gespielt wie Keiji Inafunes Bugs vs. Tanks. Wenn jedoch The Starship Damrey ein Maßstab für den Rest der Reihe ist, sollte das Unternehmen sein Auswahlverfahren aber lieber noch einmal überdenken.
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Adventure Gamers (Jun 12, 2013)
The Starship Damrey is a short but enjoyable space mystery that could have been so much better if it allowed you to puzzle through the enigma yourself.
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Darkstation (May 31, 2013)
This all makes The Starship Damrey the kind of game that just seems a little too old fashioned. Game storytelling, even in adventure games, has come a long way, but this is too straight forward, not focusing on immersion as much as it seems to think it does. While I did like the act of slowly going from each area and unlocking the ship, the story payoff isn’t good enough to justify it. They can put in as many twists as they want, but withholding this information felt more like cheating than actually surprising me, making the multiple epilogues feel unearned. I certainly appreciate the game existing on the eShop, but unfortunately, The Starship Damrey needed to have better storytelling and a better payoff to make the download worth it.
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Defunct Games (Jan 03, 2014)
Many Nintendo 3DS owners are craving a good, old-fashioned adventure games on their beloved handheld. In fact, they are so longing for them, they will swallow almost anything. Even massive amounts of redundant text (as in Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward) or childish characters (as in Professor Layton & the Miracle Mask) are taken for granted, as long as the game has some good puzzles. The Starship Damrey lacks massive amounts of dialogue and hasn't a childish storyline -- which is good. However, it also lacks the ingenious puzzles of Zero Escape and Professor Layton and offers a lot less content. The puzzles are easy and a bit boring and the game can be finished within two hours and it's not likely you will play it again. That's very limited content for a price of $8.99 (800 points). Overall, it's a very average adventure game that's overpriced and that makes it hard to recommend, even if you've starving for a new adventure on your 3DS.
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You're receiving the literal bare minimum with this package, and in turn, all you really get to focus on are basic design elements that are usually hidden behind content in other game.
 
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 21, 2013)
The Starship Damrey van Level-5 is een psychologische thriller die doet denken aan Alien, Event Horizon, System Shock en Japanse visual novels. Je ontwaakt in een cryotube aan boord van het ruimteschip Damrey en mag vanaf dan de kille metalen gangen verkennen, wat memorabele, maar ook frustrerende momenten oplevert.
 
Diehard GameFan (Jun 10, 2013)
The Starship Damrey is less than two hours long and costs $7.99, and that one-two punch may be enough to keep gamers from picking it up. Those that do decide to purchase it, however, will find a fun but simplistic point and click adventure game with an engaging story and very easy puzzles. The Starship Damrey will probably disappoint longtime adventure game fans, as it’s a very generic experience outside of the setting, while people who are relatively new to the genre may find it a gateway to the wide range of better offerings that are out there… and mainly PC exclusives. It’s great to see the 3DS getting another adventure game besides Murder on the Titanic, but The Starship Damrey really is a “one and done” title, offering no real replay value.