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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Very Negative (11 reviews) - 18% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (793 reviews) - 63% of the 793 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    Minimum:
    • 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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Recent:
Very Negative (11 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (793 reviews)
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Stapler
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Pros:
Probably the coolest game I've ever played, with great attention to detail, very surreal (in a good way), every environment is new and refreshing, there are a ton of secret worlds, and the horror sequences are all different. It made me want to keep playing.

Cons:
The puzzles are pretty boring and sometimes unbearable without a couple hours of patience or a walkthrough, it lags a bit, and of course there are the bugs that everyone complains about. I only experienced 1 bug, but it was in the first room of the game; I had to restart to keep playing.

Story:
It's not gripping, but its not the main focus of the game so I dont really care.

Conclusion:
They took a concept and made it great, and I recommend at least buying it now for <5$.
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Nightmare!
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The trailer is fantastic and uplifting. The game's potential is tangible. The game itself is a buggy mess.


That's about it.
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Essien Jr
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Im gunna go out on a limb and recommend this game. Not the greatest by far. Few bugs caused me to reset the game a 3 or 4 times but if your willing to forgive that you will find it intresting.

3 out of 5*

*Only if your willing to forigve the games somewhat clunky mechanics and bugs.
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The Hounds of Justice
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I really want to recommend this game, but I can't. It's very buggy, it doesn't run well at all, and some mechanics (mostly the movement) are very clunky.

The puzzles are decent, the visuals are great, and the story is intriguing. At it's core, it's a really solid game that's held back by it's technical problems. I bought this game shortly after it began Early Access and I've watched the devs add a ton of content, but completely ignore the performance and bugs.

It feels like it was way too ambitious of a project for a small Indie team. I hope they've learned from this game and I'll definitely keep an eye on whatever they do next.
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Spzi
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
If the developers actually bothered to fix this game I would bother giving this game a positive review.
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Rychip
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
I saw the trailer for this game and I thought it looked amazing. I read some reviews that said the game had bugs and needed a lot of fixes. But I thought:

"Nah, this game will just happen to work for me."

The game lagged horribly. I've made little progress and I won't be able to make any more progress unless the developers decide to fix their own game, which it seems like never will.

The ideas are fantastic, but the game execution and programming needs to be refurbished.
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Nitzer
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
I was really excited to play this game - I've had it in my library for a little while and I finally had the time to try playing it recently. Unfortunately I can't even finish the first dream because of either game-breaking bugs or motion sickness..

Before I even got into a dream I got stuck in a bug where I couldn't put down a painting. Just restarted the game and moved on. A couple more bugs and the relaxing pace of the game turned into confusion and frustration.

Once I did get into the dream I found that the twisting halls of the catacombs and the blurring effects of the dream's desert environment were giving me headaches and making me nausious.

On top of that the gameplay and narration is sub-par as well..

-The narration is uninspired and sometimes seems hokey the way the protagonist talks to himself
-The dream itself seemed really gimmicky - like what people try to tell you dreams are like (with random objects from your real life in random places / for some reason you're alone the whole time [from the dream I experienced]) instead of actually creating a setting that better represents how dream worlds might actually be like..
-The puzzles and dream details are arbitrary and solving them makes no real connection to the character's "journey"
-Small details like your bare feet making shoe clicking sounds on sand (and hard surfaces too), and your entire body moving in a mirror's reflection when you simply turn your head are just a few of those minor details that can really throw your opinion about the game - even though those things are none too important in the grand scheme of things. (The shoe sounds with bare feet really struck a nerve with me for some reason though :P)

I haven't been able to put more time into this game to experience a nightmare or finish the game - I wish I could at least try. I just can't get past the sickness from playing the game, let alone the bugs that break the game and/or force you to redo tasks you've already done. If I somehow get the courage and maybe take a pill for motion sickness and play the rest of this game I might edit my review, but I doubt it would turn into a recommendation. A disappointment.
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Allahweh
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 31
Despite the interesting premise of "Dream," I found this game to be a rather big letdown.

On the one hand, you have a beautiful aesthetic that really can draw you into the worlds presented here. The game does a good job of capturing the strange and otherworldly aspects of the human mind while bringing the title character on a journey to understand his life better. The puzzles are often decently thought out and will make you put some time and consideration into how to surpass them, and there\'s the small hook of wanting to see what the next dream will be and trying to press on.

On the other hand, the story often just feels like window dressing and the game is quite buggy. After playing for around 4 hours, I encountered a bug that was big enough and annoying enough in this one garden area that I finally quit playing the game. Prior to that, while I found several glitches in puzzles as well as environmental bugs, I was willing to overcome them to press on, but this one was game breaking for me.

This is one of those games I wish I could have enjoyed more than I did, but sadly I suppose it just wasn't meant to be. Still, it felt like there was some potential here, and as always your mileage may vary. I definitely would not recommend it at the asking price, but at an extreme discount, it could be worth tinkering with...maybe.

On a scale of 0 to 10, where 5 is "average," this game gets a rating of:

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FLAWED...... 3 / 10
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kod666
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Do not buy this game even if they offer it for free.

The game is full of glitches that makes it unplayable and terribly boring (when you need to repeat the same puzzle couple of times simply because the game glitches or crashes during it - like conveyor puzzle).
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AntoZ
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
this game is unplayable, full of bugs...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
46 of 46 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I saw the trailer for this game and I thought it looked amazing. I read some reviews that said the game had bugs and needed a lot of fixes. But I thought:

"Nah, this game will just happen to work for me."

The game lagged horribly. I've made little progress and I won't be able to make any more progress unless the developers decide to fix their own game, which it seems like never will.

The ideas are fantastic, but the game execution and programming needs to be refurbished.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I was really excited to play this game - I've had it in my library for a little while and I finally had the time to try playing it recently. Unfortunately I can't even finish the first dream because of either game-breaking bugs or motion sickness..

Before I even got into a dream I got stuck in a bug where I couldn't put down a painting. Just restarted the game and moved on. A couple more bugs and the relaxing pace of the game turned into confusion and frustration.

Once I did get into the dream I found that the twisting halls of the catacombs and the blurring effects of the dream's desert environment were giving me headaches and making me nausious.

On top of that the gameplay and narration is sub-par as well..

-The narration is uninspired and sometimes seems hokey the way the protagonist talks to himself
-The dream itself seemed really gimmicky - like what people try to tell you dreams are like (with random objects from your real life in random places / for some reason you're alone the whole time [from the dream I experienced]) instead of actually creating a setting that better represents how dream worlds might actually be like..
-The puzzles and dream details are arbitrary and solving them makes no real connection to the character's "journey"
-Small details like your bare feet making shoe clicking sounds on sand (and hard surfaces too), and your entire body moving in a mirror's reflection when you simply turn your head are just a few of those minor details that can really throw your opinion about the game - even though those things are none too important in the grand scheme of things. (The shoe sounds with bare feet really struck a nerve with me for some reason though :P)

I haven't been able to put more time into this game to experience a nightmare or finish the game - I wish I could at least try. I just can't get past the sickness from playing the game, let alone the bugs that break the game and/or force you to redo tasks you've already done. If I somehow get the courage and maybe take a pill for motion sickness and play the rest of this game I might edit my review, but I doubt it would turn into a recommendation. A disappointment.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
If the developers actually bothered to fix this game I would bother giving this game a positive review.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Im gunna go out on a limb and recommend this game. Not the greatest by far. Few bugs caused me to reset the game a 3 or 4 times but if your willing to forgive that you will find it intresting.

3 out of 5*

*Only if your willing to forigve the games somewhat clunky mechanics and bugs.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 31
Despite the interesting premise of "Dream," I found this game to be a rather big letdown.

On the one hand, you have a beautiful aesthetic that really can draw you into the worlds presented here. The game does a good job of capturing the strange and otherworldly aspects of the human mind while bringing the title character on a journey to understand his life better. The puzzles are often decently thought out and will make you put some time and consideration into how to surpass them, and there\'s the small hook of wanting to see what the next dream will be and trying to press on.

On the other hand, the story often just feels like window dressing and the game is quite buggy. After playing for around 4 hours, I encountered a bug that was big enough and annoying enough in this one garden area that I finally quit playing the game. Prior to that, while I found several glitches in puzzles as well as environmental bugs, I was willing to overcome them to press on, but this one was game breaking for me.

This is one of those games I wish I could have enjoyed more than I did, but sadly I suppose it just wasn't meant to be. Still, it felt like there was some potential here, and as always your mileage may vary. I definitely would not recommend it at the asking price, but at an extreme discount, it could be worth tinkering with...maybe.

On a scale of 0 to 10, where 5 is "average," this game gets a rating of:

===========================
FLAWED...... 3 / 10
===========================
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I really want to recommend this game, but I can't. It's very buggy, it doesn't run well at all, and some mechanics (mostly the movement) are very clunky.

The puzzles are decent, the visuals are great, and the story is intriguing. At it's core, it's a really solid game that's held back by it's technical problems. I bought this game shortly after it began Early Access and I've watched the devs add a ton of content, but completely ignore the performance and bugs.

It feels like it was way too ambitious of a project for a small Indie team. I hope they've learned from this game and I'll definitely keep an eye on whatever they do next.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Pros:
Probably the coolest game I've ever played, with great attention to detail, very surreal (in a good way), every environment is new and refreshing, there are a ton of secret worlds, and the horror sequences are all different. It made me want to keep playing.

Cons:
The puzzles are pretty boring and sometimes unbearable without a couple hours of patience or a walkthrough, it lags a bit, and of course there are the bugs that everyone complains about. I only experienced 1 bug, but it was in the first room of the game; I had to restart to keep playing.

Story:
It's not gripping, but its not the main focus of the game so I dont really care.

Conclusion:
They took a concept and made it great, and I recommend at least buying it now for <5$.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Do not buy this game even if they offer it for free.

The game is full of glitches that makes it unplayable and terribly boring (when you need to repeat the same puzzle couple of times simply because the game glitches or crashes during it - like conveyor puzzle).
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
281 of 309 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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586 of 712 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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