Dreaming Sarah is an adventure platformer where you play as Sarah, a girl who is in a coma. Explore the world around her and help her wake up!
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Very Positive (487 reviews) - 91% of the 487 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 12, 2015

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About This Game

Inspired by the horror game Yume Nikki, Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements, an engaging environment, an incredibly diverse cast of characters, and of course, a young girl named Sarah.

Sarah has been on an accident and is in a coma. It's up to you help her wake up by exploring her dream world while collecting items, talking to weird characters and exploring the world around her!

Key Features:
  • Explore different areas, like a forest, a haunted mansion and even the moon.
  • Collect gameplay-changing items, like an umbrella that helps Sarah glide around, a manifying glass that changes her size and a necklace that turns her into a fish.
  • Solve puzzles by paying attention to the scenery, taking notes and exploring the world around you.
  • Get up to two different endings depending on what you have found or done.
  • Visit old areas to find new things that appear as you progress in the game.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 210 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Mountain Lion 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD graphics card
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD graphic cards are not supported!
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD graphics card
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD graphic cards are not supported!
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
A surreal little side scrolling adventure platformer, with minimal platforming elements and lots of exploration through weird but well made and definitely dream-like 16bit imagery.

I'm slowly realizing that I'm bad at these exploration type games. There is a certain amount of patience required to get lost in its weird maps that go all over the place, in two directions or even looping onto themselves, and that require you to revisit them after finding certain items to see whether something new has unlocked. I'm apparently also not great at solving a couple of its slightly more abstract, lateral-thinking-required puzzles, so yes, a walkthrough was consulted. However, the game is good at creating a sense of controlled bewilderment that makes the exploration interesting, most of the puzzles do seem to resolve themselves after a bit of exploration or trial and error, and the different locations were distinct enough to keep fascinating even after getting lost in them for the n-th time. It helps that the game isn't particularly long (about 2-3 hours, depending on how lost you get), so frustration is kept at a minimum.

I will avoid spoiling any of the discoveries you can make within its fragmentary (and admittedly not super original or particularly deep) story, because it includes some really interesting/shocking moments that carry the minimal, up-for-interpretation narrative forward. But I can say that Dreaming Sarah never got boring, because wandering through these dream sequences manages to stay refreshing throughout, with a new little surprise around every corner. The beautiful soundtrack also elevated the experience, and if you like this type of ambient, dreamy music, you will enjoy it.

If you are even mildly curious about this game, and if you have the patience to get lost within its interesting surreal world, then Dreaming Sarah is definitely a game I would recommend. Despite not being the main target audience, I enjoyed myself. If you're still unsure about it, the Brazilian Indie Developer Asteristic is offering a downloadable demo at their website here.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Despite the minor technical difficulties I experienced whilst playing this game, I have to say that it's really enjoyable. I am a big fan of unique indie platformers, and Dreaming Sarah definitely falls into that category. I love the atmosphere of the game, especially since you have no idea what's going on, and everything that happens is entirely up to your personal interpretation.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Sarah is left trapped in a dreamlike world with no directions nor explanations: it's up to you to guide her, to find a way out by exploring and putting the items you find to good use.
What follows is a pretty casual and short game that mixes exploration, puzzles and some light platforming: despite its simplicity Dreaming Sarah manages to impress with its interesting gameplay and great atmosphere.


-while extremely simple the graphics have a certain charm

-great soundtrack

-a dreamlike and changing world that is very interesting to explore

-tight controls

-interesting puzzles


-some cryptic clues can leave you stuck

-while it is intended, there are times where the lack of direction can get frustrating

-quite short overall


Dreaming Sarah is, I'd say, part game part experience, the actual gameplay is very simple and basically boils down to exploring, making sense of the clues you find scattered around, finding items to bypass obstacles and ultimately unlock new areas. While this is all quite plain it also is quite satisfying as the world has a dreamlike quality that makes moving through it very pleasing: the lack of direction can indeed be frustrating if you find yourself wandering aimlessly, but it also gives a sense of wonder that helps the game shine.

The areas you travel through are often weird, sometimes disturbing and all'd feel right at home inside a dream, or a nightmare: this paired with the truly excellent soundtrack give the game a truly bizarre, "trippy" atmosphere that makes it an experience worth having.

Dreaming Sarah might be a bit limited in terms of content and actual mechanics, but it's truly a small gem of a game due to how well it works and the sense of marvel it can evoke: I had a blast playing it and heartily recommend it.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Can't say what dominant reason really made me like this one, it has its own soul I suppose.
Without walls and castles of the text, I'll sum it up:

STORYLINE is given you in pieces, quite hard sometimes to combine the links and scenarios the game provided you with you'll never get bored
MUSIC fully accompanies the whole weird experience in a good way
WORLD SIZE. Well, as a mini-hater of old school platformers, this one gave me a shot of joy as there are no eternal look-alike corridors in the infinity
BIZZARE CHARACTERS and hidden ACHIEVEMENTS think you've found everything on this level? Check AGAIN
COLORS and DESIGN it is simple easy for the eye

game CRASHES in steam BPM right in the end aarrrrggghhhh! achievement lost
so SHORT I want more!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
A wonderfully calming exploration platformer, "Dreaming Sarah" has one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a long time. This is the kind of game that you'd pick up after having a stressful day at work, and just hoping for something to unwind with. If you enjoy exploration-type games, where backtracking is inevitable, this will give you a few hours of relaxing gameplay.

This game was obviously a labour of love from those who created it, and even for its short playtime, I would suggest buying it at full price.
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