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!
User reviews: Very Positive (289 reviews) - 87% of the 289 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 12, 2015

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"Using a comatose dream as setting is an interesting idea... it opens up the world to go to whatever dark or funny place the developers want to take it."
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September 2

New album by Anthony Septim

Hi everyone,

A new album by Dreaming Sarah's composer Anthony Septim is out!

It's called Lavander and you can check it at his Bandcamp.

If you like it, be sure to let him know in his Twitter.

Thank you!! ːsarahː

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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
33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Note: video review embedded below.

Dreams are a rare occurance for me. Going to sleep usually causes me to fall into complete emptiness, or hover just between alert and unconscious as I struggle not to wake myself up. When I do dream though, it’s because something is wrong. When I’m feeling scared, or guilty, or anxious, these feelings manifest themselves in vividly internalized strangeness that often cause me to wake suddenly in a sweat, and then just as quickly slip away as I attempt to recall what happened.

Dreams are not fun excursions into my imagination the way they seem to be for many, but torturous self examinations without the constraints of logic and reality. I become my own worst enemy, helpless to suppress the ideas twisting themselves into things I can’t begin to describe even to myself as I wait and hope it will soon be over. My dreams have been this way for as long as I can remember, at some points during my childhood becoming so bad my religious family began to think I was possessed and mentally unstable.

It has been a long time since I’ve had anything quite so graphic as when I was a child, but that didn’t stop me revisiting these moments I had thought I’d forgotten as I journeyed through Dreaming Sarah and its protagonist’s equally bizarre and terrifying visions. Dreams are common fodder for media, but Dreaming Sarah is one of the first I’ve experienced that so perfectly illustrates the merging of reality and the surreal, and the petrifying helplessness within it that has been haunting me all these years. It exists at the point just between a dream and consciousness, where you can’t be sure of what is real and what isn’t; where your experiences and trauma come to life in ways you can’t control or understand, but are forced to make sense of or else allow them to swallow you whole.

Dreaming Sarah is excels at taking something conventional and warping it just enough to feel unusual yet still recognizable. Its artwork and soundtrack becomes continually more twisted as you travel deeper into Sarah’s subconscious, but always with a tinge of the familiar that only serves to put you more on edge. Gathering and using items feels traditional and expected, yet for what actual purpose I was collecting them I couldn’t say. Everything is so very ordinary but also alien, like you’ve been here before only now it’s changed and you aren’t sure how. Something is so clearly wrong, but you’re the only one that seems to notice.

I wouldn’t describe Dreaming Sarah as terrifying so much as it is haunting and unsettling. There is never any real danger and I knew this the whole time, but as is always the case in dreams what I knew became irrelevant. This was a world of my character’s own creation but which plays by its own rules, leaving me in a state of disarray as I attempt to rationalize the impossible. I wanted to get out, but the only way to do so was to find a way to understand this dream and trace it back to where it came from.

Looking at the dreams of someone else, whether they be but the creation of an artist or drawn from actual experiences, I was able to more easily see how they reflected some portion of reality. As I was helping to piece together Sarah’s psyche, it felt as if I was also in some way beginning to reconcile some of the inexplicable terrors I had conjured up over the years. It was clear that Sarah wasn’t insane, but that she had suffered and was hurting, and these dreams were the only way left for her to compartmentalize and begin to move past her trouble. Perhaps then my nightmares can similarly teach me something about myself, and help heal the subconscious wounds still eating away at me at night.

It seems likely to me that there will be people who don’t “get” Dreaming Sarah, who perhaps enjoy it on a mechanical and artistic level, but who see any deeper meaning as being fabricated or pretentious. Perhaps that is true to a point, but it also seems to say something about how we often view dreams as only that, rather than an extension of our real life experiences and potentially even a coping mechanism. I want to believe the horrors I’m inflicting upon myself are there for a reason, and that there is an ending in which I’m no longer tearing myself apart from deepest corners of my mind. At the very least, it would seem I’m not the only one.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This kind of game is not for everyone.
Try to answer the questions below before purchasing.

Do you like being lost?
Do you like exploring without a clue?
Do you like YUME NIKKI?
Do you like not knowing what's happening until the very end?
Do you like tricky games?

If you answered ''Yes'' for most of the questions,
then this a game made for you
PS: Fans of Yume Nikki would love this game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
This 2D Antichamber...
Wanna a good sunday-journey ? Then it's perfect.
The story supriced me (since the Demo) -is not children friendly.

In part, you can explore the world in a different order than anyone else.

I can not be angry about some bugs (like a tiny problem w/ XBOX360-Controller support) or game glitches.

It's more as an adventure with Sarah.
What's it ? You have to find the answer by yourself.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Dreaming Sarah is a cute short puzzle platformer that is definitely worth playing. The story is quite minimalistic, but beautifully made. The soundtrack is great and lulls you throughout the entire game.

The game is clearly heavily inspired by Yume Nikki and manages to have a surreal, dark, sometimes even disturbing dreamlike look without losing its positive tone.

It's quite short though, you can 100% it in 2 hours. Still, it's an experience worth taking.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
It took me about 2 hours to finish this game and get all achievements. I was stuck at the mansion chapter, so I followed Xaxu_Slyph's guide to complete the rest of the game. This game is quite interesting despite some tiny bugs. :)
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