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 (505 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small team of 3, ‘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 Q2 2015.”

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.

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 for DK1. DK2 will be added once there is support from Epic.”

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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July 17

Dream Launch Date!

It's finally time to move Dream out of Early Access!

https://youtu.be/0TkkdabI_tE

Thank you.
Thank you to all that have helped shape Dream to be what it is.

We are thrilled to announce that the full game will release on 31st July.
This is so odd, to tell you a date! - No more excuses of university holding it back.

It's been a great pleasure to interact with you all during it's course of Early Access and as always, thank you for your patience and support through the years it has been on Early Access.  We have been very fortunate to be one of the games that got not just praise but critical support throughout its development with some very dedicated people and fans.

If you own Dream right now?

Again, Thanks!
For those of you that currently have the game on Steam it is worth mentioning that your version won't update until July 31st. Once it does update however you can find lots of changes and the story finally implemented such as the final side dream, 3 endings as well as up to 15 different story segments depending on how you play! New voice work, Inventory, Collectables and Localisation as well as the many bug fixes and improvements.

For those that have supported Dream in it's Early Access there will be a small token of appreciation on the Launch Date, so if you haven't already, there is still time to pick up Dream to benefit from this.

Some Story

It is crazy to think that 4 years ago the 3 of us met at university.

It’s honestly shocking to me how fast things moved, we struggled very much for a year to support ourselves when we started this venture.

I'll keep it short here and go into more depth in another post, but where we are now is all thanks to the community behind Dream, especially from it's very early days of donations to play rubbish builds after our failed kickstarter as well as personal letters to us which helped us push through the 'Valley of Death' fundimentally leading to us being able to suspend our studies for a year to crack on with Dream; and here we are now, the final hurdle, studies complete and a new horizon in sight.

Getting to meet you folks at events has also been one of the highlights, we never thought we would get such an opportunity.

Thank you!

Ash, Sam and Lewis x

P.S - Check out our shiny new website http://dreamthegame.co.uk/

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May 12

Dream Update 0.5.6 (Finally)

Hi There,
One many of you have been waiting for:

Changes:
  • Fixed Act III Bora main puzzle. Conveyor Belts should work properly now
  • Tweaked & Fixed some common bugs with Act II Holodeck puzzles

We believe the Bora puzzle to be completely fixed however we could only test on each of our 3 machines multiple times. Please let us know how you get on.

Thanks as always for your support and patience.
If you missed our on the last announcment/news click here to read it

Ash
ːhyperː

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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 eight dreams to explore.
  • A Nightmare for each complete act so far released.
  • 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.

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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Early Access Review
Dream is an amazing game. even though it's in alpha and bugs can still be found. the experience of playing it easily makes up for that.

the music is relaxing and fits the theme, and the areas you walk around in are amazingl to see.

to whoever questions to buy this game: if you don't like games in alpha: don't buy it, but if you like playing games with a beautiful puzzles and settings, go ahead!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Early Access Review
This game takes it too far once you go on the Soul Apprasal. once you get to the attic IT'S FULL OF ♥♥♥♥ING DOLLS THAT WATCH YOUR EVERY MOVE THE WHOLE TIME AND ITS SO ♥♥♥♥ING CREEPY I ALMOST CRIED JESUS ♥♥♥♥. DREAM DEVS THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING WITH THAT BS Y'ALL CRAZY ♥♥♥ I'M DONE WITH THIS GAME.

spooky/10 would ♥♥♥♥ pants again.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
I bought this game 2 years ago.. its still in early access and it is the prime example as to why I will not buy early access games. Early access should be for games in a "Near ready to release" state, like late beta 6 months till release tops. I bought this game back in August of 2013 and now its May 5th 2015..

I dont know if they're busy making the most amazing indie game ever or if they're just being lazy ♥♥♥♥♥ because they have my money.

Just saw the name of the Dev studio: "HyperSloth", really live'n up to your names eh?
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41 of 59 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Early Access Review
Almost all of this game is fine, and actually kind of charming. I've even been quite enthralled by some sections.

...However,

The controls on the terrace garden puzzel section are so bad that they turn a 5 minute puzzle into something that I have spent nearly 4 hours across three days attempting to complete.

There is nothing complicated about this puzzle. I worked out very quickly that I had to rotate the lasers and I didn't have any trouble figuring out how I should align them to complete the sequence of rings.

It was the fact that I had almost zero control over the actual means of rotating the laser. Holding down F is the only way get them to turn, and they turn following some kind of mixture of RNG and some other hidden variable. Getting a laser to aim correctly would take me between 5 and 30 minutes. Often I had to give up on a solution as I had to go do something and wasn't able to leave the game running.

I'm still not done. I'm currently writing this as I attempt to align the forth of the nine lasers.

I don't really know why I am even still continuing with this. Some primitive mixture of anger and determination.

If the Terrace Garden controls receive vast improvement, I'll think about either removing this or writing a nice review about the many things I really liked about Dream.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
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.

Pros

+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
Cons

-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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