The game starts with a brief explanation that you have to look at the reverse of the game board. You can see different images including useful items and nightmare images.
Then you turn the board over and start the game with a brief introduction of a nightmare and how you are an aspiring detective with potential psychic prevention’s or thoughts.
From this you can make varying choices on the story card. This further develops the story and takes you down different avenues.
The game also has an extra element to it with psychic skills which enable premonitions to avoid making a bad decision and potentially game over scenarios. Although it has to be said that the psychic skills starts at 3 and most of the game we were at 1. So maybe it would be nice to improve your skills more.
Whilst using the story cards you can make numerous choices. Although beware, if you make the wrong choice it has consequences of increasing your danger level. This means that you have to roll the dice. You have roll higher numbers to stop the danger level increasing more. We played 3 whole chapters and managed to pick up 2 extra items (we had 2 or 3 game over scenarios from making the wrong choices).