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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Release Date: Jul 31, 2015

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August 4

Dream version 1.1 patch notes & apology

Launch Apology

Firstly, sorry for the bugs you have experienced since launch. We are deeply upset that launch did not go as smoothly as the 3 of us anticipated, especially after doing in house testing!

We are working fast to fix the issues you are all seeing and to iterate on a post I mentioned earlier, this is our first game and we wish to carry on making games so it is in nobody best interest to leave the game in this state or mislead you.

As always we appreciate the support and comments. This is the first bug patch of the week. Another one will be rolling out soon to address a few more issues and keybindings, but while these ones were fixed we thought it best to roll out instead of waiting, especially as they are effecting some of your experiences.

  • Fixed the inconsistent VO.
  • Changing VO slider no longer removes VO.
  • Fixed an issue with collision around the Sauna area in Act I.
  • Removed floating item in Act I.
  • Fixed Sprite Item not showing in Act II.
  • Fixed an error causing Act II "Cleaner" achievement to not load.
  • Fixed Paper not loading right images.
  • Fixed Achievement sometimes skipping Finish Act- Re enter the hubworld to unlock.
  • Rebuilt Act II Sidedream 2 Lighting.
  • Portal in Act III now works.
  • Fixed French, German and Russian Start Menu being shown when paused.
  • Fixed French, German and Russian PC's sometimes not loading.
  • Game now correctly pauses.
  • Items now correctly get added to the inventory.
  • Invert Mouse now works.
  • Menu sliders work as intended.
  • Menu recognises correct language.
  • Fixed being able to control the character in the options page.
  • Game now defaults to English.

Keybinding issues
It seems those experiencing more issues with the inventory&keybindings than others is because files are being left behind from the Early Access version and not getting replace. I have made the game generate new files so things should work as intended.

Settings and VSYNC
The games default settings have too been replaced. Please make sure to set them again.

In regards to VSYNC, it seems NVIDIA control panel takes precedence of this. Try enabling VSYNC via this - If your Drivers are not taking priority Dream requires a restart after turning VSYNC on. - I have enabled it to be on by default.

The next patch will focus on the other bugs as well as the keybingings displaying the correct key.

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July 31

Dream Version 1.0 + 1.01 [update]

Out of Early Access
We’re all very excited to say that Dream is now officially released. It’s been a long journey for us and for those that stuck with us along the way we thank you sincerely for your loyalty. For those just joining us we hope you have fun and enjoy what we’ve created over the past few years.

Changes from Early Access
Now filled with brand new dialogue throughout, full narrative and multiple endings.
The Final Side Dream, New usable items and Collectables are all hidden inside Howard’s dreams for you to find.

With 30 integrated Steam Achievements there is even more reason to explore all of Howard’s Dreams. Fully localised into French, German and Russian.

Small thank you!
Finally we would like to announce the soundtrack by Norman Legies is for sale on Steam now! Currently 50% off for a limited time to those who backed us with Early Access.

Thank you for helping shape Dream to what it is today.

-HyperSloth ːhyperː


Thanks for your patience with the launch build. Could have gone smoother right!

Here are the patch notes for.
Fixed instantly unlocking items. (If this happened we recommend starting a new)
Fixed instantly unlocking all maps.
Fixed the Audio Options 'Subtitle' and 'Audio' Stepper from showing []

Again, thanks for your help

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About This Game

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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Dream is a surreal atmospheric journey through a man's mind, as he lucid dreams and his waking hours and sleep blurs the line of reality. The game features some pretty good aesthetics, as the environmental design and lighting is really quite superb. There's not a whole lot of mechanics though there seem to be a few puzzle segments to keep the player interested.

The game has a lot going for it, great visual design, an interesting theme, and what seems to be a fair amount of content, but it does suffer from a few technical hitches. Stuttering frames, object collision that traps the player from proceeding, and a variety of audio and option menu bugs to name a few. It's also possible to see through some walls if you get too close, which is of course a huge no no.
I've only played the first hour or so, but I've recorded a video (above) of my experience so you folks can make up your mind based on the recorded footage.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
The above video was made before the v1.1 patch in which all the bugs I encountered were fixed but it still shows of the whole concept of the game well and the type of puzzles you will encounter.

I have been anticipating this game ever since i saw it previewed at EGX Rezzed in 2014 and am now glad it has finally been given it's full release from out of early access, It's well worth a look if you love open world exploration games.

The game has a great atmosphere and and I love the way it links the dream world with the real world,
Especially love the MC Escher inspired dream and wish I had an occulus rift to experience it on.

+ Fantastic concept and back story.
+ Great depth of detail and variation environments.
+ Lots of taxing puzzles to solve.
+ Great dev support listening to players and getting bugs fixed quickly.

- Original v1.0 release was full of game breaking bugs but the v1.1 patch fixed this
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294 of 356 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
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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128 of 166 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Good music. Ok visuals. But still broken. I want to recommend it but I can't until it's fixed. It's unplayable. The inventory system doesn't work. I can't pick up items in a 'new game' since I have picked them before in a previous run-through. A major chunk of the 25hrs I have on record is fighting those dang 'towers'.
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81 of 102 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Dream - A game which was in a better state during EARLY ACCESS than in the present full game.

Where am I even going to start? This game is just so broken in so many ways! It doesn't feel complete.

When this game was in Early Access I had literally no problems at all. It felt like a game with still some missing content. I really wanted this game to be a great game, because it had so much potential in early access. Yet... I was disappointed. Even though it's still the first day since out of early access, the game should've been totally complete. That's what we, gamers, should expect. I'll just put down some lesser/greater problems I have/had with this game (since some of them have already been fixed):

-When I first booted this game up, the options menu was all messed up. The options there didn't do the things they were meant to do, for example when I changed the game's language and the voice acting language, it would just make me float around the level. Or when I tried to hide the player, it would show the player (Some of the options now work properly).

-When I entered the first level (Act I - Desert) The game just wouldn't let me go into the sauna in there. There seemed to be an invisible wall blocking my path. This is not meant to happen, confirmed by the developers.

-When I tried to bring up the items by using the "Open Inventory" key, it wouldn't do anything. Later I discovered that it had been changed into the mouse wheel. But when I tried to use it, It wouldn't do a single thing. I was very confused, and found out that it's a bug. I then fixed the bug by deleting some files in a directory, and now the mouse wheel actually scrolled through my items. EXCEPT: When I tried to pick up the Flashlight or the Psychic Paper, they would never appear in the inventory. I still have this problem and it's pretty infuriating.

-The Voice Acting is so quiet that I can't hear anything. In addition to that, the subtitles are not synchronized with the speach, and they sometimes go off the HUD.

-The game has crashed on me so far atleast 3-4 times. Guess it's just an unstable game.

-I can't beat Act II at all. It just takes me to the end of the level, but the game doesn't count it as beaten, leaving me stuck in the game, without making the last piece of the portal. However I have Act III unlocked and I have beaten that already with just two problems that will be listed below.

-In Act III, I can still see those Dream Bible Tracts that were in the game during Early Access. They were inaccessible in locked resort huts, but now they just float in the air without a reason, still being inaccessible.

-Also in Act III, I think I heard that there was going to be another side dream. However, there is none. Or if there is (and if it's that one dream portal that's on the remote island) it doesn't work. I got the "Teleport" item which would occasionally teleport me to the remote island, but when I got there, I couldn't use the damn portal. So that was just a waste of time. If it's somewhere else, then I have no idea how to find it. There just is no space left to explore in the level.

-I've had a few framerate issues, but I can deal with them.

In conclusion: This game would be so good, if only it had no issues that prevent me from touching the game. This was my all time favorite game during early access, but these issues drop it to my least favorite. It has beautiful graphics and music, creative gameplay and exciting puzzles but in the end I just can't overlook these problems.

I can play this game, looking through fingers all of this, but when it comes to recommending this game to others, I just have to say no. Most people won't/can't deal with these problems, and that's why I cannot recommend this game to others.

I most probably won't change this review if these problems get fixed because I'm too lazy.

Verdict: 3/10
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