Dream Chronicles 6: The Book of Fire - A Cancelled Puzzle Game
Dream Chronicles 6: The Book of Fire was supposed to be the sixth and final installment in the popular Dream Chronicles series of puzzle games. Developed and published by PlayFirst, the game was announced in 2012 but never released. What happened to this mysterious game and why was it cancelled
The Dream Chronicles Series
The Dream Chronicles series is a fantasy-themed adventure puzzle game franchise that started in 2007. The games follow the story of Faye, a mortal woman who discovers that her husband Fidget is a fairy prince and that their daughter Lyra has inherited his magical powers. Faye must travel through various dream realms to rescue her family from the evil fairy queen Lilith and her allies.
The games are known for their beautiful graphics, enchanting music, and challenging puzzles that involve finding hidden objects, solving riddles, and manipulating the environment. The games also feature a rich lore and mythology that draws inspiration from various sources such as fairy tales, Greek mythology, and alchemy.
The Book of Fire
The Book of Fire was announced as the sixth and final game in the series in 2012. It was supposed to conclude the story of Faye and Lyra, who had to face their ultimate enemy: the fire wizard Azar. The game was also supposed to introduce new gameplay elements such as time manipulation, fire magic, and a branching storyline with multiple endings.
According to the official website, the game's synopsis was as follows:
\"The fire wizard Azar has stolen Lyra's Book of Fire - one of four ancient books that contain all the secrets of magic. He plans to use it to destroy the world of dreams and create a new one in his image. Faye and Lyra must stop him before it's too late. But they are not alone. A mysterious ally has joined them in their quest - a young man who claims to be Fidget's long-lost brother. Is he friend or foe And can they trust him with their lives\"
Unfortunately, the game never saw the light of day. The official website went offline in 2013 and no further updates were given by PlayFirst. The reasons for the cancellation are unclear, but some possible factors are:
The decline of casual gaming: PlayFirst was mainly known for its casual games such as Diner Dash and Wedding Dash. However, with the rise of mobile gaming and social media platforms, casual gaming became less profitable and more competitive. PlayFirst had to lay off some staff and focus on mobile games instead.
The lack of interest: The Dream Chronicles series had a loyal fan base, but it was not a mainstream hit. The fifth game, The Book of Water, received mixed reviews and lower sales than previous games. It is possible that PlayFirst decided that investing in another sequel was not worth it.
The technical difficulties: The Book of Fire was supposed to be more ambitious than previous games, with new features such as time manipulation, fire magic, and branching storyline. It is possible that developing these features proved to be too challenging or costly for PlayFirst.
Despite its cancellation, The Book of Fire still has a cult following among fans who hope that one day it will be released or revived by another developer. Some fans have even created fan-made versions or mods based on the available information and screenshots.
The Dream Chronicles series remains one of the most beloved puzzle game franchises in history. It has won several awards and accolades, such as being named one of the best casual games of all time by Gamezebo and one of the best hidden object games by Big Fish Games. It has also inspired other games such as Drawn: The Painted Tower and Awakening: The Dreamless Castle.
The Dream Chronicles series is a testament to the power of imagination and creativity. It invites players to explore a world of dreams where anything is possible. ec8f644aee