Dream is an exploration game that takes place within the subconscious mind of Howard Phillips, a young man whose waking hours are tedious and dull, but whose dreams are lucid and powerful.
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Release Date: Jul 31, 2015

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Dream is an exploration game that takes place within the subconscious mind of Howard Phillips, a young man whose waking hours are tedious and dull, but whose dreams are lucid and powerful. Adventure through these abstract worlds, solve their challenges and discover their secrets in search of the key to Howard’s future.

The different worlds that make up Howard’s dreams can be strange, beautiful or even chilling. They’re filled with puzzles, collectibles and surprises. Snow-covered deserts, endless twisted stairways, haunting nightmares and much more await you.

With non-linear narrative and gameplay you can explore at will and see the story progress according to your choices. Multiple possible endings mean the decisions you make and the dreams you experience will influence how Howard’s future plays out.

The worlds of Howard’s dreams are accompanied by an enchanting original soundtrack from composer Norman Legies. The Dream OST is available to purchase along with the game.

Dream was created by HyperSloth, a team of three students from the University of Huddersfield whose mission is to create unique games suitable for a wide audience and to a high standard. Dream is their first major release.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce GT 520/Radeon HD 3850 and above)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
First Steam game of developer HyperSloth. Story is weird and short, but has a few good points of real life, sure could be more content. Graphics are fine for this genre type, but sure could have more details. Sound is most time good. Gameplay sometimes items overlap, some times you wish more skip options, more helps/ hints/ guides, but its okay. More Steam acheivements would be good and the support isnt good, a Vinyl is long time bugged and still not fixed. The game isnt really long and the price is high, so get it with a good discount, but i love the game but it waste so many potencial. I can only give 73 % for walking simulator/ explorer fans. 57 % for normal gamers if they but it with 50% or higher discount. Thx 4 Reading. Hope for a new good gamer of the developer.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
284 of 313 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 27, 2013
An awesome new game that takes an interesting look into something you dont see a lot of games about...dreams. This game will have you stop to look at the beautiful scenery but have you running through some horrors and have you creep and crawl from the nightmares. For an early access game: Dream Delivers! This is definetly gonna be the game I keep my eye on with updates. The graphics and storyline are both fantastic and deliver some top quality gaming for anyone. You'd be a fool not to want to have this game in your Steam library.
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588 of 716 people (82%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
August 4 edit: This review applies to the 1.01 release; the 1.1 release may solve some of these problems. When I have a chance to try it I'll update what's merited.

I hate to give this game a negative review since i've been waiting patiently for two years to play it fresh. Unfortunately this game cannot really be evaluated on its artistic merit due to numerous technical issues:

- Lots of graphical tearing, despite vsync.
- Several menu UI problems, many of them painfully obvious, such as inconsistent highlighting of menu options, confused/incorrect localization options, and even disclaimer text on the remapping menu explaining that it doesn't work correctly (!!)
- Several in-game control problems, such as apparently incorrectly labelled keybindings. "F", for example, pops a console message, rather than the stated function of "using" an object. Small things like the loss of the mouse pointer when using the catacomb computer can be worked around or figured out but are still rather rough for a finished product. Maybe this is just me but when I found an item to pick up and put it my inventory, I had no idea how to find it again. Collision boxes are also rather rough-and-ready.
- I had problems with the voice-overs. The initial house section seemed to "speak" correctly, but in the desert I was unable to hear any speech, although subtitles appeared from time to time. Even the subtitles had misprinted characters (possibly a localization issue? or related to the localization menu confusion?)

Other issues are possible since I stopped playing just after the maze/light puzzles; if patches improve the experience I'll be back to finish it off.

On the positive side I found it pretty good-looking and it definitely has an interesting concept, one I've long been awaiting. But despite the long lead time in early access, this game is not really ready for a true release, particularly at this price. If you're interested in purchasing, I would wait a for a few patch cycles to address some of these problems.
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122 of 135 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24, 2014
First of all i need to tell averyone that i bought this game last year with only one place to go and now a days, Dream is one of my favourites games in my Steam Library. I got it with the discount on it, but i can say that if you pay for the original price, you'll be REALLY happy.

This game conteins things that i cannot explain, things that fits perfect like the combination of place - music. I'm a music student in the university and i can say that the "Dream OST" is SO GOOD that im actually learning it on piano.

I feel very comfortable with the game in all the aspects, and i like that thing of making us collect pieces of paper that contains information about the meaning of these objects or things that we all have in our dreams.

¿What about the nightmares? You'll see how much you can sweat with a good enviroment and the correct sounds in the perfect time.

For me, this game it worth what it cost, and i give Dream 4.5 Stars out of 5. Why? Because it's still on Alpha, maybe then i could give this game 5 stars when alpha finishes.

Thanks to the Devs for such a good experience :)
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100 of 113 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 3, 2013
A really nice 1st person adventure.

As it's in Early Access (version 0.3.3) at the time this recommendation is written, it contains only 1/3 of the dreams you can explore (if I got right what the devs say) - currently some 5-8 hours of gameplay, and the existing locations, narration (story), and puzzles still get updates, but the final release sometime next year shows promise as one of better exploration puzzle adventure games.

UPDATE: As of version, there's currently around a half of the game done, with Act II present in the game, yet without it's nightmare dream or story and 1 side dream, and according to developers the story of the Act I is being rewritten. The Act II dream and it's single side dream added for now some additional 2 hours of gameplay.
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125 of 149 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 27, 2013
First of all, I will give a 9 out of 10 for this game.
Before telling how good this game is, I need to tell the bugs I found in the game:
1, Don't change resolution during the game or you will stuck by lots of "nothing".
2, While you're listening to a phone call, you can listen to the end and respond to it. Then, you will find yourself unable to move. Best way to do it without missing anything is to listen and respond to that phone call and wake up. Then, go to sleep again and find portal to get to the phone part again. This time you don't listen to the phone call to the end. You need to try to open the door in order to interrupt that phone call. Then, you shall continue to solve the puzzle.(Hint: the locked door is not a bug.)

Ok, let's talk about this game.
First, the graphic is awesome. I really enjoy lots of scenes especially when I was playing in the garden part. That sunlight effect is great to me.
Second, the music is good. I have to say that I felt the music is too "musical" as BGM at the beginning. However, after I did some puzzles in the game, I found out that the music in this game are suitable for atmospheres of different parts and they also don't make you feel bored while you're trying solving puzzles.
Third, gameplay is mostly about solving puzzles and exploring. Sometimes it's little bit hard to interract with objects since I could hardly see where I was aiming. However, I didn't find it too hard to do most of tasks.
At last, I could almost get the plots of this game and see the connection between dreams and reality. It's not hard to figure out what things in dreams represent and basically you could find that out just by following every single hints, dialogs and sentences on the walls.
In conclusion, it's a great game full of puzzles and explorations and IT'S STILL IN ALHPA. I would recommend my friends to try this game. It might not be interesting to everyone, but still with little patience, this could be one great experience during this Christmas, enjoying music, solving puzzles, and getting yourself into a few-hours trip to different dreams full of memories and imagination.
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266 of 352 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
The game, while intriguing, is no where near finished, and ready for purchase. Problems with physics and even setting up Controls. Don't bother.
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216 of 283 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
An absolutely perfect game. I have played it for about an hour and 30 minutes in total. And honestly, the first time I saw "The smoke" in one of the mazes I screamed my little baby heart out and took a ♥♥♥♥ right in my chair. Yelling "NOPE. NOPE. NAH SON. NOPENOPENOPENOPE. F***ING RUN HOWARD. RUN YOUR LITTLE BRITISH TEA FILLED HEART OUT." 20/10 buy this game now. You will have a habit of talking to Howard without knowing it. Be warned.
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216 of 286 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16, 2015
TL;DR pretty good but also pretty tedious. Not worth 17$.

Dream is a very interesting game with a very captivating concept.
You play as a man named Howard whose uncle recently passed away and you
are a Dreamer. The majority of the game takes place in your (lucid) dreams.
These dreams involve exploration and puzzle solving, in a variety of environments.


+Graphically most of this game looks ok
+Outside environments are beautiful and very nice to look at
+Inventory system has a very simplistic design that is easy to use and understand.
+Voice acting is very crisp and clean, and nice to listen to.
+Music is very well done

-Howard's lines are very awkward and some things he says I think shouldn't be said explicitly
-Hitboxes on some things are god-awful, especially the rocks in the desert level (some places you need to crouch to get through even if there is a five foot gap)
-The "pop in" is terrible. The ground literally changes before your eyes
-(This is just my opinion) Exploration is very tedious, I found myself using sprint as much as possible (because there is a godamn cooldown for who knows why?) because I found walking just, well slow. However this might be a personal problem especially because I like going superfast in rouglikes such as spelunky.
-The four mazes in the desert level are very tedious. Doing the same thing four times in a row is just stupid. Yes the "perks" of each maze are all unique but it doesn't change the fact that it's just the same thing over and over.
-I really hate this- thepuzzles have all been done before. Correct me if I'm wrong but I didn't find a single innovative puzzle in the entire game.
-Player model is clunky and looks pretty bad, and shadows are animated badly aswell.

Though I don't really want to play anymore of this game based on what I've played so far I'm still watching how this early access title will play out. This is their team's first game, so it will be interesting how they will work things out and fix problems. If the cons I listed even are problems, and not just my own displeasure. Anyway try it out, but buy it on sale.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
Best thing i can say about it is that you first have to figure out that there's a puzzle, then how to solve it. It's never too complicated that either of those require googling it, but there are some bugs.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: September 28
when first playing the game. wow, the graphic was stunning, mystery story, curious. very excited to play. but after that, it's very dissapointing, boring if you play after 2-3 hours. it keep repeated and you are very confused.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
'Dream' tries to tackle a very ambitious project of exploring the dreams of a struggled (young?) man. He loves to dream and reflect about them, and a big part of the game results in wandering/exploring three dream hubs, each with their own themes and challenges. The more you explore, the more you'll get to know about the character...

While I really do like this concept, I didn't really like the game that much.
For starters, I didn't really like the character in general. He sounds too old (for being a young character), he's bland and overall pretty boring. As for the dream hubs, they might be big, but they are sooo boring and have little actual content. The 6 side dreams are a hit or miss as well (which are smaller levels within the dreams).
Each hub comes with a mandatory (or a series of) puzzles, some of these were just horrible and tedious (just look up the conveyor belt puzzle if you don't believe me).
And don't get me started on the bugs and glitches. Thankfully I didn't encounter gamebreaking bugs, but I did have some serious problems with the key bindings. For some reason (I use an AZERTY keyboard), 'Q' wouldn't work as a primary key for strafing to the left (after a lot of trial and error, it did work as a secondary keybinding).

In conclusion: It's a nice concept, just poorly executed, the music is very good, and is probably the only thing the devs did right... speaking of the devs, after a couple of patches, they were just gone...
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DJ Spookside
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
- Plays game for first time
- Impressed by the visuals and the beginning
- Get to the cube portal area
- Takes me twenty minutes to figure out where to go
- Gets to the desert level
- Spend over an hour wandering aimlessly wondering where to go
- Falls through the floor
- Uninstalls the game
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
It's a beautiful game. However, the controls were hard to deal with, even though I played around with the sensitivity, it was still a bit chucky. I must say that there were so many instances where I didn't know what to do, and had to look up a guide for it. Narrator had an excellent voice, and I'm sure there is a good story in here somewhere if I could not look at a guide from time to time to find out what I'm suppose to do. I would probably say try the game out yourself, but would recommend waiting for a sale for it.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
very fun and intriguing. the fact its placed in a humans dream is amazing
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10.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Dreams are terrible and beautiful, this game shows the reality about dreams, in a puzzle way
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2.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
I feel like there was so much potential here. The concept was very interesting!
The narrator had a lovely voice and the music was nice.
Unfortuately, it was ruined by terrible controls and graphical errors.
Trying to interact with items and walking around was extremely clunky.
There is a severe lack of direction and (to my experiance) no way to tell if you're playing correctly.
This was absolutely NOT a $20 game.
I do hope that the developers put more effort into their user controls and debugging in the future.
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