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Overall 10


10 February 2012
  • Excerpt: A traffic accident places a young woman into the hospital. She lies in her bed, apparently comatose. She struggles to recover, but much of the struggle is within her own mind. In the game TRAUMA, by Polish game designer Krystian Majewski, the player is placed in the role of the woman as she searches...
  • Pros: Use of photos provide a unique game experience; mysterious story draws you in; DRM-free; short load time between the different “worlds.”
  • Cons: Very short game; music is frequently annoying
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This is the Dream Where I Click the Photo

8 January 2012
  • Excerpt: Live photography and video footage don't see a lot of use in games. It isn't really that surprising, since the sight of something from the real world inside of a game world is usually pretty jarring foe me, no matter how lifelike and detailed the game world may be.
  • Pros: Watching the intended solution to the second stage.
  • Cons: WTF is happening?
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Trauma by flotsam

14 December 2011
  • Excerpt: By definition an emotional wound or shock, Trauma is far more a feeling or experience than it is a game, although game-like interactions punctuate the events. It seemed like it wanted to be more than a game, but ultimately it felt a bit empty, a pretty thing that was over too quickly to make a deep...
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Overall 5

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Adventure Gamers
21 August 2011
  • Conclusion: It should also be noted that Trauma is playable for free in its entirety on the official website. The free version is exactly the same with a few small differences: somewhat lower-resolution images and video, significantly longer load times (since you are streaming each vignette from the server),...
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Overall 8

TRAUMA (PC) Review

12 August 2011
  • Conclusion: TRAUMA is short, sweet, and intriguing, as much a work of cinematography and psychology as it is a game.
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Overall 7

Trauma Review

8 September 2011
  • Excerpt: An esoteric point-and-click adventure in which you navigate dreams rendered in Polaroid snapshots, Trauma borrows the ambiance of sombre European cinema. It combines lingering night photography of Cologne, Germany with CGI motion graphics to haunting effect.
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Overall 8


17 August 2011

Trauma (Collector’s Edition) (PC)

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Test: Ein traumatisches Erlebnis in der Indiewelt

16 October 2012
  • Summary: Ja, die Geschichte von Trauma regt zum Nachdenken an. Ja, sie ist neu und erwachsen. Und ja, das Spiel hat einen wunderbaren Ansatz. Gerade da sind wir aber beim wunden Punkt des Spiels angelangt, denn ein wunderbarer Ansatz, eine schöne Idee, reicht eben nicht für ein vollwertiges Spiel.
  • Pros: mehrere Storyenden, Steuerungsprinzip, musikalische Untermalung, interessantes Entdecken von Bildern und Bedeutungen
  • Cons: super kurze Spielzeit, Gestensteuerung findet kaum Verwendung, undurchsichtige, uninteressante Geschichte, Menü nur in englischer Sprache
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Overall 7


5 October 2012
  • Summary: Trauma bietet viele gute Ansätze und interessante Ideen, schafft es aber leider nicht diese auch mit letzter Konsequenz umzusetzen. Doch auch wenn man Abstriche bei Spieldauer und Ausarbeitung der Geschichte hinnehmen muss, überzeugt Trauma mit einer wundervoll melancholischen Atmosphäre und einem...
  • Pros: interessante Ansätze, starke Atmosphäre, gute Inszenierung
  • Cons: zu abstrakte Geschichte, keine emotionale Bindung, sehr kurz
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