Playing as a volunteer, offered to help the mad professor, you'll come to a bad dream of comatose girl Laura. Find Laura got lost in the world of dreams. Dispel girl’s nightmares. Collect the stolen and destroyed Dream catcher, defeat the Sandman and help Laura to wake up in the real world.
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Positive (37 reviews) - 81% of the 37 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 16, 2014

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“Gripping story. Beautiful visuals. Fun and diverse nightmare locations.”
4,5 – http://www.gamezebo.com/games/dreamscapes-sandman/review

“Dreamscapes: The Sandman is an imaginative and superbly entertaining game.”
4,5 – http://www.allaboutcasualgame.com/2013/03/dreamscapes-sandman-review.html

About This Game

As a child, father often told Laura that she is special. But Laura's father died before her full age, and Laura didn’t knew what her father had said about her speciality. In memory of her father Laura kept as remembrance an amulet “the Dream catcher” - her father gave it to Laura since she was a little girl, as Laura complained that she has nightmares.
Suddenly her favorite Dream catcher disappears, and Laura falls asleep during her concert. The doctors shrug their shoulders - she fell into a liturgical dream, and in spite of all their efforts she’s not coming back to life. There it was the Professor Sanders offered his services.
We play for an Professor’s Assistant - volunteer, who offered himself to participate in the experiment, and bring Laura back to life.

With help of Professor’s invention - “the Dreams Machine” - the player will have to make the dangerous journey through the subconsciousness of Laura, find her, and try to get to wake up getting to know about the reasons why she fell into a coma.
Destroying Laura’s nightmares one after another, the player realizes that Laura guides him to her, leaving the pages from her diary and tips. Laura becomes stronger with every destroyed nightmare - it is seen by the fact that scary world transformes little by little.
Gradually, the player learns about the Sandman, the Dream Guardians, and the fact that Laura is chosen, the world was waiting her appearance for many years.
Having collected all Dream catcher, Laura plans to destroy the Sandman, and to interrupt the dreaded rite.
Now when Laura got her Dream catcher, the Sandman has no control over her, but he is furious and promises to revenge. And his next victim – Tim – the best friend of Laura. To be continued.

Key features:

  • Original game world
  • An intriguing plot
  • 50 game locations
  • 16 mini-games
  • More than 50 3D movies and cutscenes
  • Unique meta-game on the beholders’ search (Hidden Object’s variation mechanics)
  • Meta-game on Dream catcher’s search (puzzle)
  • Meta-game on diary pages’ search with gaming events’ background
  • 2 game modes (normal and advanced)
  • Achievements’ System

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP/ 7
      • Processor: 2GHz
      • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
      • Graphics: DirectX9
      • Storage: 2 GB available space
      • Sound Card: Any
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    27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    1.6 hrs on record
    Posted: September 7, 2014
    The game started off fine. I like adventure games, and while this type of "adventure game" isn't what say Gabriel Knight or QFG was, it's still fun especially when I have nothing else to play. It's also luckily not a hidden object game, disguised as an adventure game. It looks good and has a good atmosphere, and so far I was digging it as much as the Drawn series. I kept having these crash to desktops with a pop up dialog box saying "error in gc" (which, given it's made in Unity means a garbage collection issue). Minor inconvenience which I readily ignored as restarting put me right back where it left off. However, I got to a point halfway through the game where I was reading a diary I uncovered from a locked safe (won't spoil it, but it's in the place soon after you get the 1/2 way done achievement) and it crashed while reading the first page. Restarted, put me right back at the first page so I thought whatever, no big deal. Got 2 more pages in and it crashed again. Restarted and on the main menu it told me my profile was corrupt and it was DELETED. So all progress completely wiped and now I would have to start all over again. Which I'm not doing because how do I know I'm not just going to run into a similar bug at some other point.
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    14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    4.7 hrs on record
    Posted: December 1, 2015
    Short version: 86%
    Telling a story about entering the dreams of a person without resorting to some tired clichés is challenging, but Dreamscapes managed to do it flawlessly. The fun and varied puzzles are just the cherry on top.

    Long version:
    Shaman Games is known for their casual point ‘n’ click adventures that use every element associated with modern hidden object games, with one exception: there are no hidden object scenes in them. Dreamscapes: The Sandman is another one of these.

    As the title suggest, the story is about dreams. We play as an unnamed (male) volunteer who enters the dreams of a famous violinist in order to save her from a nightmare entity that wants to take over her body. Her dreams range from rather mundane to high fantasy, giving ample opportunities to showcase different worlds that never overstay their welcome.

    Since this game relies only on item collection and puzzles, it tries to offer as much variety as possible, with good success. Progress is never too easy or difficult, and the minigames are quite fun. In other words, it is highly advised to all HOG enthusiasts, despite the lack of the genre-defining hidden object scenes.
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    8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: September 6, 2015
    This game would be great if it stopped crashing. Playing in windowed mode helps a little bit but I am still having a problem. I was able to get through 2/3 of the game with much frustration with crashing. Once I was on the final nightmare and the game crashed and I tried to re-open it, it said my profile was corrupted and was therefore deleted. So being the determined person that I am I started over only for the crashing to become worse and I finally had to give up. If this game didn't have technical issues it would be great but unfortunately it just isn't playable.
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    8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    5.0 hrs on record
    Posted: April 28, 2015
    This game resembles a hidden object game in many ways:
    * you have no avatar (nobody you can control in the game)
    * to progress you need to solve puzzles and collect objects (but don't really do object puzzles)
    * mostly linear
    * no dialogue scenes (which I would expect in a true point & click)
    * story & plot mildly interesting, but lack substance

    However, there are no traditional hidden object scenes with the slate of objects you have to click on, so technically it is no hidden object game. Still, people who like that genre are likely to enjoy this game, while point&click adventure fans are likely to be disappointed.

    The game took me 5 hours (and besides missing 2 beholders in the main game, I got all of the in-game achievements). Note that the resolution seems fixed at 1024x768. Once installed, the game is DRM-free.
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    6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    12.1 hrs on record
    Posted: November 8, 2015
    Game Series

    "The Sandman" is the first installment of the "Dreamscapes" series.

    Game Storyline

    Travel through Sandman's fabricated nightmares to rescue Laura from her nightmarish fears before something worst happens to her. Seek out the dreamcatcher to help Laura regain control over her dreams before it's too late.

    A unique way of rescuing somone with a twist. Something like this might not have been done before by other game developers.

    Game Visual/Audio

    There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they sometimes aren't that crisps and clear. There isn't much can be said about the game's audio asides from that they really go well with the game. The audio and visual can be adjusted in the game's option menu.

    Gameplay

    There are two different game difficulty mode to choose from: Regular and Expert. The game's difficulty can be changed anytime during gameplay.

    The inventory panel has an lockable feature. It allows the players decide whether they want a stationary inventory panel or not.

    The first diary notebook belongs to a young woman named "Laura Young." Collect the pages that are scattered throughout the game to complete it. It tells the story about Laura Young's life.

    The second diary notebook belongs to a man named "Professor Sanders." Collect the pages that are scattered throughout the game to complete it. It tells the story about Professor Sanders' life.

    Most of the game's puzzles are rather easy to solve without much difficulty.

    There are thirteen different achievements to unlock. Each of these achievements has certain requirements to complete before they can be unlock. These achievements have to be manually place, it's like a sticker book, the achievements are located in a panel off to the side of screen. Please note that these achievements are only in game.

    There are collectible items in the form of an eye and diary pages. Not all of the locations in the game will have a collectible to find. But when there's it'll most likely be more than one to find. There are 110 eyes and 12 diary pages in total.

    The dreamcatcher belongs to Laura Young. It has been destroyed by the 'Sandman.' Find all of the pieces then placing them in the correct slot will fix it.

    The gremlin named Benny is sort of a helper and nuisance at the same time. He doesn't follow you around but he tends show up in almost every Laura's dreamworld.

    The bonus chapter can be accessed only after the main story of the game is completed. It continues where the main story had ended.

    Miscellaneous

    There's built-in strategy guide, it can be accessed during gameplay, clicking on the '?' then on the 'strategy guide button' will bring up the guide.

    In the game's extra section it has the following: 8 Screensavers, 9 Music Soundtracks, Bonus Gameplay, 12 Wallpapers and 17 Concept Art.

    Final thoughts, I really did enjoy playing the game, it's storyline had grasped my attention and kept me interested all the way to the end. There's a little bit of replay value. I would recommend this game but not at full price though.
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    5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    3.6 hrs on record
    Posted: March 25, 2015
    The story is creative. You play a volunteer who helps a scientist wake a girl that fell in a unexplainable coma.
    The scientist built a dream machine to send your mental into the girls dreams. So you basicly run around a girls dreams and nightmares to save here life.
    The graphics are very beautiful! Very intuitive and fluid game play!
    I recommend this game to everyone who loves point&click puzzle games.
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    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    4.6 hrs on record
    Posted: August 31, 2015
    I was not thinking someone can make HOG game same as Artifex Mundi or maybe even better. This game is great: very good video, picture and sound, but it doesn't have hidden object scenes, you playing it like a point and click quest. And i can give it 9/10 stars.
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    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    1.8 hrs on record
    Posted: August 6, 2015
    I was going to rate this game highly but about 75% of the way through the game I encountered a bug with the chemistry kit mini game to make the acid. Even though I did it correctly, it wasn't giving me the item. Okay no biggie right, just hit skip and get it? Wrong, it plays the animation to solve the puzzle but the powder that you're suppose to be dissolving keeps appearing and then disappearing. So skipping also did not give me the item for finishing the puzzle. In other words, I'm stuck and cannot progress. Other people have stated that the save file corrupts easily so I'd say take your chances with this game because it is good but skip it if you don't want to risk wasting your time due to bugs. I'd happily change my review if these bugs get fixed though. I just can't reccomend a game with game breaking bugs.
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    6.0 hrs on record
    Posted: September 6, 2015
    Laura is in a deep sleep and you're the only one that can help her to defeat the Sandman. Her dreamcatcher is scattered around dreams she's making, however, in each of them, she's in danger of death...

    The story is well done: while the beginning of the story is set in our real world, the rest is in Laura's head and dreams: you'll learn more about her destiny and her past. It means that you'll be visiting different locations: fairy world, Laura's home, desert, iced lake, attraction park, church... Each time, you'll meet a Laura in need but also Benny, a creature that knows more than you can think.

    The game is a casual adventure game: you find items, you use them to advance and you're solving puzzles. There is no hidden object scene in this one. However, there is a nice bonus: find beholders, strange creatures, in the scenes. They're often well-hidden. But these beholders are just there for in-game achievements.

    The soundtrack is very nice and the graphics are pretty good, given all the locations you're visiting.

    However, there is a breaking game bug. The game is crashing every two minutes more or less (though I've crashed less on Win7 than on Win8). I don't know why it's like that but it's crashing. My first playthrough ended up in a corrupted file, so that you can't do anything about it. I wanted to try the workaround of setting the CPU infinity to 0 or 1 but back then, I didn't find it how.

    I was very sad to put a thumb down to a game that had a great potential. And then, I decided to resinstall it and to find finally if the workaround was working. I managed to find how to access the affinity settings and I did what I was told to do.

    And it worked like as charm. No more crashes. No more corrupted files. I could finally enjoyed the game! It means that I had to rewrite the previous review.

    It's just sad to see that there is no patch for that problem. I know that some "old" games can be a problem, however, Dreamscapes isn't that old: it's on Big Fish since 2013 and 2014 on Steam. Gamezebo reviewed it in 2013 and they're rarely reviewing old games.

    Anyway, now that I've been blessed to have this workaround working, I can recommend the game, though not at full price. You may never know if it will work for you. At least, for me, on Win8.1, it worked.
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    5.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 11
    Good HOG game, everything is rather well done: story, graphics, search scenes, mini games, music, etc. You can ask for a hint on a particular object and you get a mini game with jumbled drawn hint that you have to unscramble! There’s a lot of ‘bonus stuff’ to collect, mainly eyes creatures hiding in all the screens. There’s some achievements to do, they’re not doable thru Steam but in the game’s main menu. The gameplay consist of small zones that you need to complete to advance, each with a different theme. Be warned that the game is creepy, with a fully fledged horror theme: creepy eyes to collect? Check. Creepy clowns? Check. Creepy cemetery? Check. You catch the drift. However it’s fun and very different from the usual HOG games, so I do recommend it.
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    Danny
    3.2 hrs
    Posted: September 16
    Good HOG and reasonably priced...
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    Foreverseeking
    4.5 hrs
    Posted: August 28
    Very solid "hidden object" adventure game, without any hidden object puzzles. Graphics are polished and the story is engaging enough to keep you playing until the end.
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    Chaostrophy
    6.5 hrs
    Posted: August 17
    Random crashes might be okay, gamebreaking bugs aren't.
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    trueangelcool
    4.8 hrs
    Posted: August 8
    In this HOG u will be playing as the volunteer trying to save Laura from her dreams from the very evil Sandman.

    I had a fun time playing this HOG. Onlt in the beginning u are in thr real world then enter Laura's dreams for the remainder of the game.

    The only thing is that this HOG has no hidden item sections. All it has are puzzles and u trying to find key items to advance the story. First HOG I've played that had no hidden object segments.

    HOG had no map. The thing is that u vhanged places a lot that really no map was needed.

    U will also actually be collecting diary pages in this HOG.

    While playing u are tasked to find these beholders. (eyes). I somehow didn't get all of them becuase the achievement didn't pop up.

    There are no Steam achievements, but there are in game achievements. Finding all the beholders main story is the only achievement I somehow missed:(

    The BG are nice, music was awesome, characters where nice, voice acting not the best, and the animations was ok.

    I also enjoyed playing the bonus story.

    U should play this fun HOG. Also there is a second of this HOG in where u will be saving someone else. Won't say who to avoid spoilers.
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    weirdjudge
    5.0 hrs
    Posted: May 5
    Product received for free
    Well, got this game for free on Steamgifts, but I'll try to be as honest with my assessment as possible.

    About the game: It's a point and click game, where you find objects, use those objects elsewhere, and proceed.
    There are a few mini games in the game, for spice.

    Pro's:
    Nice atmosphere
    Good music
    Not that hard (really, only time you should have need of the hint button, is if you overlooked something, like a newspaper floating in water, or scratching open a picture) Rarely is this the case, and even if it is the case, quickly you'll realise, you literally overlooked some simple solution.
    Good graphics
    Lots of different areas
    No unlogical puzzles, it all makes sense
    First person view
    Speedy progress, but still a decently long game.
    When you finished the game, you click on play, and another adventure opens up!

    Basically, I'm not a fan of all those dumbed down, click miss 2 times, and wait 5 seconds games, and this game has made small work of that issue, by not doing it that way. It has surprised, and amazed me, how delightful hidden object games can be.

    Cons:
    You feel dumb when you need a hint
    Low replay value
    In the end, missing an observer is easy, because of areas being locked down once you finished them, but a speedrun is still fun.
    Eventually, the time it took was 5 hours, which isn't a lot.
    The name, no idea why exactly, but the name seems to drown apart from a logical placement in my games list...
    The controls aren't always amazing. Your inventory opening, when you want to leave an area, or closing before you can click on the item you want to use, and the game in the arcade, please, use the keyboard, clicking on those buttons on the screen with your mouse makes it very hard to finish the game (I got killed by jumping on a wasp dropping down towards the flag area)

    Final statement: I'd say that if you like hidden object/point and click games, this is well worth the money, if you're more of a "meh" I can take or leave them, I'd still recommend it, but mybe wait until there's a sale. This game was made to make a good player experience, not trying to hang onto old outdated: These types of games must act like this or that scenario.

    Even though now I'll delete it, it'll be a happy thing to see as I scroll through my games list, and maybe, I'll redownload it, if a friend comes over.
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    Wallace Suka
    4.5 hrs
    Posted: April 20
    This is not a real HOG (Hidden Object Game). It is a Point and Click game, just like all Telltale P&C games. I made a mistake of playing the second game before the first one. The second game was a HOG and much better than the first. The quirks I have with this game is the following.

    1)The animation does not lip-sync/moves their mouths with the dialog. The timing is off by a few seconds. So you are watching the cut scene and trying not to laugh at the animation. If you do laugh, you will miss the whole story.

    2)The whole story is cliche from the beginning to end. You could tell what is going to happen next.

    3)What items you can pick up should not be too random, when you could I do not know find a better item.

    Spoilers: Laura is trap in a grave. How will you rescue her?
    There is a shovel in one of the area and that is not the right item. But you need a handle for a jack, a metal rod to push the stone tablet, and an air hose for the pump, but not the shovel that could of removed two different items from that list.

    4)The puzzles should not be that easy that a fifth grader could solve in a few seconds. There is no hard puzzle and they flat out give you the answer in the same room. At least in the second game they up the ante.

    If I was you and want to play this game, here is what I have to say. Skip this game and play the second one. It is more the same story with the same players but, with Tim in trouble.

    Please remember this game is a P&C, not a HOG. Do not forget to go and buy the second game, it is really a HOG.
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    Carolineth
    2.0 hrs
    Posted: April 2
    Decent, not too hard puzzles. Not my kind of art, no HOB screens.
    5/10
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    bobkat8001
    6.2 hrs
    Posted: January 23
    I enjoyed this game. Will defininately play again.
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