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 (435 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
14 of 17 people (82%) 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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Dream is what happens when you have a designer creating a game who understands nothing of the topic they are trying to build an experience within and even less understanding of how to make a game which provokes any kind of enjoyment or emotion from the player. It is clearly aiming to be some kind of exploration into the psyche of the main character, called Howard, by trying to be something thought-provoking and intellectual. But it fails miserably to accomplish even that one simple task for two reasons.

Firstly, there is lack of creativity here that is so pronounced that even the designer felt that they needed to label significant things and explain them. Floating text frequently appears at key points-of-interest within the environments to explain what this thing you are looking at represents. There is also scraps of paper, supposedly from a Dream Dictionary, which you can find in places if you explore. What this reminds me of is when someone tells you a joke that is so lame that they have to explain it to you afterwards.

Secondly is the complete lack of anything enjoyable to do in the dreams, since most tasks are simply mundane puzzles which are only difficult due to how long they take as a result of setbacks from mistakes. You won't have any 'eureka' moments here since the solution to the puzzles are obvious. The Dreams aren't visually interesting either causing you to not really want to bother exploring and at other times they clearly aren't intended for exploration anyway. I'm not joking here, but there is a dream where you go onto a very slow roller-coaster ride around a smoky-grey room and do nothing for a good 5 minutes. Another is when you walk around an empty office building just looking for how to get out unless you happen to notice a pc you can access using passwords written on a clipboard from the ground-floor. This gives you some puzzles and rewards you with access to a "Nightmare" that is so unimpressive that I actually felt cheated out of the time I spent solving the puzzles.

If Dream is trying to convey that Howard is depressed, bored with life and has no sense of direction or purpose then it accomplishes this goal with huge success... because the game itself is also boring, lacking direction and creativity.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 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 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Can you think of any other game that focuses on lucid dreaming? I certainly can't. As a Lucid Dreamer myself, it's nice to see a game that harnesses this amazingly fun and healthy ability for the story's entire setting. You play as a man who lives alone in an otherwise nice modern house, his life lacking motivation and progress. However, there is one skill he carries with him: the ability to control his dreams. Through this he explores and deciphers his own dreams in his sleep in the hope of uncovering meaning in his life through them.

There's only one significant feature this game seems to lack that is one of the biggest appeals of lucid dreaming: FLYING. (granted, one Act 2 dream world includes a cool sequence that is not on foot, though still not quite "flying") Even then, the game is very engaging and like any game about dreams should be, there is lots of exploration, secrets (even secret dreamworlds) to uncover, and stunningly beautiful environments. The game doesn't lead you by the nose and lets you experiment and if you're lucky you'll find additional dream areas to discover. The puzzles can be very difficult at times, but excusing that the experience is a very relaxing one. You get a few nightmare levels which although not *dangerous* are well ingrained with scary atmosphere and unsettling discoveries. As you explore you can also find hidden notes that highlight meaning and speculations surrounding certain dream signs, making the game surprisingly educational to an extent.

Dream definitely deserves your time. Though it would have been awesome to include a segment that allows flying, the overall game is a masterpiece that takes on a very fresh idea for games and will no doubt be very exciting once the full release comes. Add it to your cart if you consider yourself a oneironaut!

94/100
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Excellent music and visuals.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
meh
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
The dream worlds are interesting and attractive, but the game is far too buggy to really enjoy. The lag, shoddy mechanics, and bugs make the game frustrating to play, and the lack of interactable objects makes the game get boring. I'd wait till the final version came out to even consider buying this game. Really not worth the money in its current state (I bought it on sale half price, still not worth it).
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4 of 14 people (29%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
This game is messed up messed up messed (u messed{; messe semm ǝssǝɯ ɯǝssǝ
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Story 9/10
Gameplay 9/10
Graphics 9/10
Music 9/10
Overall 9/10
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Looks interesting, but I can't play it!
It's too buggy to do anything at all!
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
So far, not so good.
I really wanted to play this game for a long time now. It looked like Myst in some way and I'm a real big fan of Myst. I got this game on sale so I didn't pay full price for this game (thank god). Well, I can play the living room and go up to my room to sleep and then go into my dream and run around, but I go to a portal or something and click on it and it starts to load a level and then it crashes. It takes me out of the game and it I start all over again, it will crash again. I did this over 10x times playing w/ the settings. I think my video card can't take it. I really want to give this game a good review, but just can't right now.
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3 of 16 people (19%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Very frustrating in its current state got stuck in the garden "world" stones would not turn in a predictable manner, or at all.
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3 of 23 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
the game keeps crashing, freezing, getting slow, etc,. I just can't play this game. I love the atmosphere and sound, but even the audio option has some bugs, if I re-adjust audio, sound just stops and I have to restart the game.

I'm using good graphic card, windows 7, though my memory is only 2gb but I can play other heavy FPS games well enough.

You should make game basically 'playable', I know this game is still in beta, but I can't even start first chapter because of tones of bugs and system error.
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0 of 20 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Only played a bit, but i hated it. Litteraly just walking for non-stop. Horrible, boring, want my money back.
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5 of 63 people (8%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
whoever was in charge of optimizing this game should be killed.
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