Oberon Games has created some of my favorite object hunting games – not only are they nicely composed with well made backgrounds and clean looking objects, but they are the ONLY object hunting games that are challenging. While their competition dole out games that are really aimed at the casual gamer, Oberon Games make their games consistently challenging. I had high expectations for Dream Day Honeymoon, and unfortunately, it seemed like it was just a little too high – I was quite disappointed.

Let’s start with what I loved about Dream Day Honeymoon. Out of a sea of games I could finish within a couple of hours, Dream Day Honeymoon drags out for days. Where other games of its type asks you to find 30 objects in 25-30 minutes, Dream Day Honeymoon demands 45 objects in 15 minutes. Not only that, it presents these objects in extremely hard to spot places using pretty much every trick in the book. Small objects are big and hidden behind others, objects that you expect to be big are tiny or are signs and decals. Penguins hide behind clutter and shapes hidden amongst tree branches. Scenery change on occasion, and when disasters strike, everything is scrambled.

Some later scenarios took me five tries to get through. I love it. With 30 locations, and 3 locations each mission to go through, the game seems to be never ending, even as the plane approaches the final destination. There are also “birds of paradise” to collect throughout the game, where 5 birds collected will give you a new hint.

The same mini-games that were in Dream Day Wedding are also in Honeymoon, albeit slightly upgraded. Perfect Match now features “shuffle” tiles that shuffles the whole board when you match them. There isn’t much variety, but the core game is juicy enough that the mini-games are very much secondary.

Another thing that came along with the Dream Day name is the sleek looking GUI and gorgeous transition effects. The background music is lively though repetitive; sound effects are appropriate but nothing special. A few more audio tracks would be nice, say for different locations.

Dream Day Wedding was an object hunting game on the difficult side, but one thing that I’ve gotten used to from Oberon Games are the beautifully composed backgrounds. There might be lots of objects, but most of the scenes never quite look messy. If you want a quintessential look at what I mean by “well composed,” download Death on the Nile. Dream Day Honeymoon’s scenes, however, wavers from the side of complete chaos to pretty darn messy. A lot of things are just strewn all over, and none of the scenes give you the effect that you’re on honeymoon. It feels like honeymoon is over and we should get on with the doing of dishes and laundry.

As much as I love the ramped up difficulty level, I can see that it may be so difficult that it may not be very accessible for most. There is no timeless mode where you can choose to play without a time limit – it is honeymoon after all – or an extended clock. Also, for a game that’s aimed towards the female casual gamer, it’s rather weird that we’re stuck with the names Robert and Jenny. It’d be nice if you can change the names and import heads for the final photograph – it’d make a nice wedding present.

Dream Day Honeymoon is definitely something you’d want to pick up if you find the current offers of object hunting games too easy. I was expecting more, but it’s definitely a worthy sequel to Dream Day Wedding. It’s definitely worth a second or even third play through as it’s hard to memorize where everything is since it does change every so often. Worth the try.

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