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: Very Positive (398 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.”

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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"Dream is a game about dreaming. Or, well, exploring dreams. Although light on the puzzles, the dreams are fun to explore and understand. In development."

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October 2

Dream update 0.5.2

Dream update 0.5.2
  • Clearer guidance in the Hub World
  • Fixed a bug where the Nightmare I portal wasn’t intractable
  • Fixed a bug where interacting with the Bedroom items in Act III would stick you
  • Fixed an issue with Act III Bubbles not saving
  • Corrected multiple typo’s in the Act III Bubbles
  • Disables the ability to jump in the house/nightmares
  • Door number 2 is now useable in Act III
  • Fixed a bug where the Snow Bubble would be useable early
  • Tweaked a few collision items near switches in Nightmare I
  • Wider barriers in Act II Side-Dream II

Dream update
  • Fixed House Lighting

As always, thanks for the support! Was great to see a few of you at Eurogamer too!


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September 19

Dream Update | 0.5.1

Just a small update this week which solves some of the issues that you pointed out!

Here’s the main list;

  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the Act III puzzle to become unsolvable
  • Added zoom bindings to the ‘Control Options’ (If for some reason the bind won’t work, please delete ‘UDKDreamPlayerInputBindings.ini’ in ‘Steam\SteamApps\common\Dream\UDKGame\Config’)
  • Added text over the Act III Hub portal
  • Added random start menu screens

As always, thanks for the help and support.


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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.

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

    • 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I dream of better optimization
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 13
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Voyage to your own mind... You must descent to your dreams and face your fears. Or something like that. Adventure/puzzle game with nice graphics and landscapes, didnt played it through tough, it gets quite tricky. Maybe some day...
Posted: October 17
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The game seems cool but I don't have a pc. Please make the game for mac. 10/10.
Posted: October 23
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Lovely graphics, but unfortunately incredibly buggy. It took me three tries to even make it out of the starting area - Try #1 my movement keys stopped working; Try #2 I couldn't STOP moving and slid a slow, slow moonwalk to the right against any surface I hit; Try #3 I froze up, looking at the ceiling and jittering. And then I finally made it to the first area, and it was beautiful! And then I clipped into the first rock wall I came to and got stuck.

It's really quite remarkable; I don't think I've had this many technical issues with a game since ~1996. Happily, uninstalling programs goes faster these days!
Posted: October 4
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
working progress!, not really my thing....bit boring to say least. but hey, change my mind :)
Posted: September 25
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
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Posted: October 10
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1 of 19 people (5%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Nope, nuf' said
Posted: October 8
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2.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is amazing! The graphics are remarkably detailed. It's a pleasure to even simply examine objects up close. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys exploring their surroundings! :)
Posted: September 24
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103 of 112 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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 :)
Posted: June 24
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68 of 79 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I enjoy this game alot, sadly being so paranoid i didnt expect it to have such a high horror aspect and so i cant play much of it without freaking out. Anyone looking for a puzzle / horror game this is the right place, narration is great and the environment will make you feel the game when playing it, worth the pickup
Posted: May 4
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336 of 518 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
i thought this game would be fun when i was high. it is.
Posted: April 29
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
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.

Posted: June 27
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Totaly can recommend this game. Not only does it have beautiful scenery and nice soundtracks, but also knows how to give you chills. Both the beautiful and scary ways. My opinion? Totaly worth it and cant wait to play more of it.
Posted: May 9
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
When i saw this game, it was on sale for 5 euros, so i've bought it. I had to play it for hours to figure it out, it is not a game, it is a feeling, and an athmosphere which is fantastic.
Posted: June 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'm really looking forward to this games completion!
I love the idea of exploring your dreams and attempting to interpret them.
It has little pieces of paper that tell you what certain settings or objects mean if you
dream about them and I think that's pretty neat.
Visually pleasing and the soundtrack is great!

Great mix of adventure and mild horror (they create a nice eerie setting)
Posted: May 6
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
What follows is a critical review in the hope that the developers will see this and be able to improve upon a promising premise.

There are so many design and technical issues with this game that it is hard to know where to begin.

While I appreciate that this is an incomplete release, currently it doesn't feel like any game at all, with very little direction or intrigue to motivate the player. My friends and I attempted to play this game twice, and both times unfortunately ended with us quitting from frustration, at lack of gameplay and direction, at least from what was visible to us.

The depth of field is far too aggressive in this title in general, where it seems completely out of place in nearly all cases. The desert level could benefit from a sandstorm to give the depth of field more purpose for being there.

There seems to be quite a few scaling issues in this game also, particularly in the house, where parts of the furniture can end up dwarfing other parts, in particular when comparing the dining table to the piano, one is clearly out of proportion.

There are also quite a large number of texture issues. One such example is the wood grain in the house, where all the furniture seems to have the exact same wood grain and also have prevailing texture seams that are easily seen. I would recommend the developers polishing up the existing assets before continuing adding too much more to the game.

Also please fix the over repitition of some of the assets, such as the grass, and hexagonal rocks, as well as the overly used light shafts that do not match up with the cast shadows.

In the stone maze in the desert level, we found that the corridors used perhaps 4-5 different types of rock, that were not only different sizes, but different colours and styles. While it is clear that this is a dream of the character, it still seems odd that the stones are so different.

sand is bland, much boar, very no wow.
Posted: June 9
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