Ready Set Indie Games Presents: LudoNarraCon 2021: She Dreams Elsewhere (Demo)

LudoNarraCon2021: She Dreams Elsewhere

The Following Game Contains one or more of the following subjects:

Violence
Blood and Gore
Sexual Themes
Strong Language
Mental Health Struggles

And therefore may not be suitable for some viewers.

Viewers Discretion is Advised

Developer

Studio Zevere

Publisher

Studio Zevere

Platforms

PC

Where to Buy/Wishlist

Steam

Length of Demo

About 1 Hour and 10 Minutes



Disclaimer: This is the Ludo Narra Con 2021 Demo of the game and therefore it is best to realize that the following gameplay footage of She Dream Elsewhere is either an alpha version, beta version, early access or, demo of the game. Therefore, the footage you see may or may not be featured in the final version of the game, also there may be some noticeable bugs in the game.

She Dreams Elsewhere is an RPG game that not only brings back the turn-based elements but is a game whose story is so deep and relatable that it did leave an overall lasting impression on me. The game does have some strong language and themes and therefore is more so for an older audience than it is for a younger audience. To comply with certain things I had to remove music from one of the scenes because of strong language. 

In She Dreams Elsewhere you play as Thalia, a young woman who is going through a rough patch in her life. As the game progresses it appears that Thalia suffers from depression as well as anxiety, and you experience this at the beginning of the game when she wakes up at 9 PM and her friend Amia asks for her to come to her apartment for a party, in which she doesn’t want to go, but ends up deciding to go only just to make up an excuse to leave and upon leaving she is transported to an alternative world, where she is chasing her Laury through this world and ends up running into Amia and Oliver --another one of her good friends-- and the three of them travel through this alternative universe together, where I can only assume is Thalia mind.

The game does use a controller or a keyboard as well for controls. I use the controller and had no issues with the controller. Gameplay was really fun and interesting and I did run into a bug after Amia joined the party not sure if this is intentional but I wasn’t able to select the monsters I wanted to fight.

Another thing is the game not only has strong language but the game does have some photosensitivity triggers as well. The good thing however is that you can turn these triggers off in the options. So even if you have photosensitivity issues you can still enjoy the game and I appreciate that the developers added that feature. The only other issue I had was the grainy filter they use to show that Thalia was in a dreamlike state. I would have much preferred to have the ability to turn that off because it was a little harsh on the eyes, but I did understand artistically what the developers were going with by adding that to the game. 

Overall, the game is an excellent narrative game and a lot of fun. If you would like to give She Dreams Elsewhere a try the demo is currently available on Steam, and afterward be sure to wishlist the game so that you are notified when it goes live.