Enter the mind of Howard Phillips, a young man who has developed an obsession with his dreams. Explore unique worlds filled with puzzles, secrets and horrors to find meaning in Howard’s directionless waking life.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (438 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small team, ‘Dream’ is our first game and so we have a lot to learn! One of the best ways to make sure we’re on track is to get community feedback as we go along. This also helps us focus our time on the features that our audience most wants.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our current timeline has ‘Dream’ coming out of early access in Q4 2014.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Being on Early Access allows the community to help refine the game all the way to final release.
Upon completion, ‘Dream’ will have a rich story throughout the games levels in multiple languages and released alongside the Oculus Rift version to offer deeper immersion at no extra cost.

Mechanics and features for ‘Dream’ will be added, altered and refined for the full version after being tried out and tweaked in Early Access. Some of these include a more comprehensive and easy to use Inventory System, Collectibles to find which offer story and rewards, Options expanded with more intuitive menus and In-Game items which help aid with exploration and game optimisations.

While these are already somewhat available in the Early Access version they only represents a small part. The story serves as a placeholder in order to give a general idea without spoilers and give players some context in order to voice their opinions in shaping the game”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Two out of the three acts of ‘Dream’ are available to play with different levels being at different stages of completion. An Alpha of the Oculus Rift version is also available.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Dream will be included in sales where appropriate during Early Access but it is currently undecided whether the price will go up come full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“So far the community has been providing us with indispensable feedback on what works, what doesn’t work as well as it could and what they would like to see next on top of helping us with bug/crash reports. We would like to keep this dynamic going all the way up to our final release.”
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October 31

Dream 0.5.3.1 Act II Puzzle Patch and Nightmare III

Just a quick addition to the patch notes below.
Issues Fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to complete the Act II Solar System Puzzle

Thanks for bringing this to our attention! Very sorry for this!

Prev patch notes
Hey folks, this update brings the final Nightmare to Dream.
As always we would love to hear your feedback.

Happy Halloween

Changelist:
  • New area: Nightmare 3
  • Halloween Decorations
  • Factory II Puzzle fixes/tweaks
  • Added quit to start menu

The nightmare is accessible after completing the main puzzle in Act III

-Ash

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October 30

Nightmare 3 Update | 0.5.3

Nightmare 3 Update | 0.5.3

Hey folks, this update brings the final Nightmare to Dream.
As always we would love to hear your feedback.

Happy Halloween

Changelist:
  • New area: Nightmare 3
  • Halloween Decorations
  • Factory II Puzzle fixes/tweaks
  • Added quit to start menu

The nightmare is accessible after completing the main puzzle in Act III

-Ash

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About This Game


Dream is an adventure game with a focus on narrative and exploration. Play as Howard Phillips, a young man whose waking hours are filled with feelings of dread and despair, but whose dreams are clear, lucid and powerful. Do these dreams hold the key to Howard's future? Journey through the subconscious mind in a quest for self-awareness and truth.





Dream is currently in Early Access and is still a few months away from being completed, you can expect the following if you get the game now.

  • Two of the three main acts are complete, with the main hub of act 3 available; a total of six dreams to explore.
  • A Nightmare for each complete act so far released.
  • Oculus Rift support for all current content.
  • The game is currently PC-only and English-only.





Unique Interact-able 3D Environments
Every environment in the game is lovingly hand-crafted by our close-knit team of four and with no worldly restrictions to the environments we can have a vast range of aesthetics and puzzles.

Non-linear Narrative and Gameplay
You are free to explore dream environments where puzzles can be completed in different orders and the story progresses according to your choices. The paths you choose affect which dreams you experience and how the finale plays out.

Collectables, Items and Secrets
Each dream is filled with secrets and collectables that help the player progress and contribute to the story.

Soundtrack
Dream features an original soundtrack by composer Norman Legies.

Oculus Rift Support
Transform how you experience the game through the use of the Oculus Rift.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce 8800, GeForce GT220 and above)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • Additional Notes: While under development in early access Dream performance will vary until optimizations are done, these requirements are a bare minimum so ideally you should try and ensure you exceed them to get the best experience.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
As a lucid dreamer myself, I had a special interest in this game. I hoped it to be very weird, hard and mentally satisfying. It was those 3 things and ever more! The word mindf*ck is a great one to describe this game : -) in short.

Graphics aren’t that good, but the gameplay makes up for that ten times over. And as a musician I am also very interested in the sounds and music. The music was great, but it could have been a bit more weird or experimental in my opinion, but still not a bad job! The sounds and FX are great! You really get sucked into it from time to time.

The story is also cool, but I won’t spoil anything by telling too much here ; ) If you like puzzles, weirdness and non-traditional gameplay? Buy it! It’s way worth the money, and since it’s still in development, it will keep surprising you!

Have fun!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Almost could have been something!
Its different but I can't recommend.
Its concepts are okay and even though the light quests etc get really monotonous, it the overall game design that kills it, in my view.
Its dark, as in can't see a bloody thing. AND you wnader aimlessly around clicking everything until the locks turn white.
There's no real direction given, and because of that you will find frustrations set in before anything else. Screaming at your monitor saying"What the F&%^ am I meant to be doing?"
Even just a little guidance would have at least made it playable.
Then I sort of got all the rooms open and wandered aimless around the house, again not knowing what is going on. Is this the end of the game or what?
I go back to sleep to see if that does anything and after wandering around the area I already have been, I am back at the house, required to do the last 2 or three puzzle things AGAIN! What the F...?
That is the point I give up.
I went onling to try and find a walkthough or something and coincidently, the one I watched basically gave up at the same point.
Maybe that's as far that is done so far?
If not, then if anyone has a clue as what happens after you open the double locked door and jump down the trapdoor in the floor, it MAY offer a liitle more closure, Until then I can not recommend, but would not say its total bad. It's mediocre, at best at the moment.
If any devs are interested, maybe allow a little bit better brightness in the house, and maybe drop some suttle clues so you don't end up walking around aimlessly until boredom takes over.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
I haven't even finished this game, nor feel close to it and I am utterly amazed at the artistry and depth this free-roam dreamy adventure, and how it dazzles and emerges the mind into the first person perspective. Even not finished entirely as a greenlight game, this feels like a masterpiece with only a few small aesthetics to iron out that are easily forgettable while passing through each elaborately clean and well themed environment.

Truly a place of dreams. And if you happen to be fortunate enough to own a Oculus, this is definitely one of the titles worthwhile to sail under the flagship of virtual reality gaming infancy, exceptionally so for the price.

If you don't care much for puzzles and want straight action, this game, however, is not for you, but I recommend giving it a try sometime on a insomnia-driven night. Might make you dream, and dream well. :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
Amazing game would recommend. Nightmare house scared me though :<
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
although certain areas have their bugs, it was a great experience as the game progress. The puzzles seem to be intertaining and the right amount of dificulty.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Early Access Review
A very different kind of game, one that may not be for everyone. Though I enjoy this very much, and it clearly has a lot to tell, especially if you are the kind of person that enjoys atmospheric, beautiful games. You'll be in for a very twisted fun journey with this one.

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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
This game in one word: FANTASTIC.
Dream is more than a game; it is a work of art. That being said, this isn't like those other art games where absolutely nothing happens which makes this game so much more special. This game is smart in its use of puzzles, horror, music, and atmosphere. I have no regrets paying full price for this masterpiece that is still in early access.
Looking forward to the full release!
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
This was written 19/11/2014 during the game's early access.

Right now as this game stands, I would have to say avoid it until it's finished. I won't bother writing a full review until I have replayed the game after its release but here is a short breakdown of the notes I took along the way:

- Beautiful graphics and scenery, absolutely amazing to be able to explore
- Fun little collectables which express dream interpretations of things around you
- Have feet, always a bonus
- Little questionable but not entirely bad voice acting
- Non-linear game but the structure is a little lacking organisation wise
(easy to get lost, map is not very intuitive, not really sure what you are supposed to be doing or when you have completed an area and therefore get a little bored of the beautiful surroundings you are in)
- Crashed several times
- Puzzles can be a tad frustrating and pretty unimaginative, lacking originality
- Got stuck on one level, left unable to progress any further because of a bug which hasn’t been fixed (Terrace Walkway)

Don't get me wrong, a lot of that is negative but I have high hopes for this game when it's fully released. I have the highest of intentions of coming back to it and re-writing this review to say nothing but good things. But that's down to if the dev starts fixing some of these issues. The one that bothers me most being that I can't progress any further.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
9/10 Amazing
Beautiful Scenes.
Creative Storytelling.
Fantastic Music.
Not Only a Game but a Work of ART.

A little bit SCARY.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Early Access Review
What more to say about worlds constructed out of one's psyche. Beautiful and often times distant worlds emerge from this game, some, beautiful, others frightening. With a soundtrack that is absolutely alluring and visual eye candy with every step, this game is definitely worth the price, and its worth is only growing with time. The puzzles are also engaging as you try to open up new path ways into howards mind, but those don't come easily, and these puzzles will provide a challenge for most. (difficulty of puzzles will vary)
All in all it's a pretty good game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
I always thought I hated walking sims. I hated the fact that barely anything is happening and felt so bored until I quit. Don't worry because Dream is not that at all. It may be a walking sim buts it's varied. Its not the boring Island of Dear Esther or the slightly more colourful boring island in Proteus. I have always loved the idea of a game built around dreams and this completely delivers. I also loved the narration giving me a real sense of progression and the simple exploration Dream is built around. I don't care if this is in early access, I love this game.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
Dream is the greatest game I own, I don't play it allot but when I actually do play it I enjoy every second of it. The game is so relaxing and it's like you're actually there inside the game. The voice on the narrator is also really relaxing and so smooth.

I really look forward to the next update and I give this game a 9/10 which should give you an imagination of how good it will be when the game is completely ready.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Early Access Review
Although it's a work in progress, this game is absolutely amazing. The visuals are great, and the story (learning about the main character himself) is fascinating. It made me keep a dream journal so I can start lucid dreaming. I can't wait til all the Acts are finished!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
Dream is a wonderful game and has been very enjoyable for me to play. It may still be in Early Access, but it has a lot of potential. I did run into some minor problems with walking through doors and stairs, as well as the puzzle mechanics in one section of the game, but nothing to ruin playability. I love the puzzles, they're clever but simple enough to figure out, and especially in the Nightmare sequences they work very well. The graphics are stunning and the variety of places to explore trange from immensly beautiful to a little bit creepy; overall, the environment is excellent. My favorite thing about Dream is it's soundtrack - it's whimsical and at times a little melancholy, but fits with the theme of the game very well. I cannot wait for the full game to be released!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
I hated Early Access Games until I discovered this one. One of the best-developed games I have ever played. The developers have great attention to detail and skill.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Early Access Review
Dream is a really unusual game, one that was on my gaming bucketlist since I first saw it.
As of now it is really underdeveloped, obviously because of the fact its still ♥♥♥♥ing 0.4! BUT this can make it harder to enjoy. But, if you want something deep, unusual and unpredictable - Pick this up.

7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Early Access Review
I got more scared by a floating wisp than I was in Outlast.

10/10 Would turn off catacomb lights again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Early Access Review
Soundtrack plez
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Early Access Review
I just didn't get this game. I gave it an hour and tried to get in to the concept and feeling and story of the game, but it was just too bizarre for me. As another reviewer says, which I feel myself, I feel the game is attempting to be deeper than it is.

That, and I don't have a huge love for open exploration games. Games similar to this would be Gone Home and Dear Esther.

However, this is of course an early access review. As it stands, I can't recommend the game as I sadly didn't really get in to it, but when the game is released I will absolutely retry it from the beginning and amend my review where appropriate. I have voted "Yes" because I don't believe it deserves a "No". Again, I'll review on release.

Nilesy
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
I appreciate this game for what it is. It seems a but buggy and poorly optimized though. I have a pretty good PC rig and despite turning on AA etc. I still get horrible screen tears throughout this game, especially while awake.

OK, as for the game itself - it is very unique, has interesting puzzles and despite being poorly optimized some of the areas can be breathtaking!

I got the game on sale for around 3 bucks but if you like exploring, solving small puzzles and interesting environments - you may like dream. I can highly recommend it, on a good sale (less then 10 bucks) but I can not (despite the love someone is obviously putting into this game) recommend it at full price, at this point in time but they update constantly and may very well be worth the full price once finished.

I was really impressed (and confused) by the Escher-esque level.
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