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 (111 reviews)
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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March 18

v1.1

Hi everyone!

v1.1 is out, here's a short changelog:

- Fixed music overlap bug
- Fixed bug where bus stop wouldn't show
- Fixed -0- bug
- Fixed french language bug (wouldn't load)
- Fixed bug where Sarah would reset the animation while being a fish if she changed screens

- Changed the way the save works (read more about it below)
- Added different saves for different steam accounts (read more below)
- Fixed OSX and Linux versions
- Updated language files and compiled them together with the game

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About the save:

Unfortunately the bug the game was having where it couldn't load the language files properly was related to the save. After much testing I had to find another way to save the game, so now instead of using the "save.json" file the save goes to a totally different directory. The directory varies from OS to OS:

Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%/nw/LocalStorage
Linux: ~/.config/nw/LocalStorage
OSX: ~/Library/Application Support/nw/LocalStorage

Because of this, old version saves will not work with this new version. I really hate that it had to be like this, but I had no other choice... at least the game works properly now. And about the Cloud support - I'm looking into it. The change of folder's should not affect the cloud support. I'm trying to get Linux running right now so I can set up all the 3 OSes Cloud saves together.

Keep in mind that there are still a few non-game-breaking bugs around that I will still look into (like a chinese character missing, the settings file not properly saving and the statistics sometimes showing wrong info), so if you find anything else other than these ones, please let me know! The dreaded -0- bug should be fixed now so if you're still having it, also please let me know (but be sure to be on version 1.1 first, just look at the window's title and you can check if it is).

Once again, sorry about your saves and thanks for the support!

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March 14

About the OSX and Linux versions

Hi everyone!

I'm making this announcement to make something clear - currently the OSX and Linux versions are not working properly. This is due to some problems I'm having with Node-Webkit.

Rest assured I'm trying my best to fix them right now, and hopefully I will be able to soon enough. In the meantime, I've turned off showing that the game works on OSX/Linux in the store to avoid people buying it and not being able to play right away. I will turn them on again when I'm able to fix these bugs.

Once again, I'm truly sorry about this. After I fix this then I'll proceed to update some language files and fix more bugs (like the music one).

Thanks once again for your patience and support!

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 210 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mountain Lion 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD graphic cards are not supported!
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD graphic cards are not supported!
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?"
Edgar Allan Poe

A quietly wonderful game, perfect for a rainy afternoon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Neat, short game. Nice music, interesting visuals. A little weak narratively, but it's an alright expenditure of your cash. Perhaps wait for a sale?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
In a sense, this game is a quintessence of indie development: good-looking and well-soundtracked but quite unintelligible and far from being polished. Okay, you may get it through sale or a bundle and have some fun. Just don't expect something really outstanding, something more than wandering surrealistic areas and guessing what sense has this or that scene. You can reproduce a similar effect by reading a book with the pages being mixed in a random order. 3/5.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
So after 100%ing this game and finding absolutely everything that you can do in 2 hours (would be under that if I didn't have issues with bugs, as the game just came out yesterday) I'm going to go ahead and recommend it but tell you a bunch of reasons why you shouldn't buy it if you're on the fence. Hang on while I explain.

I personally think this game is well made. I had a prepaid mastercard with 5 dollars left on it, and I looked at "recently released adventure games" and saw this. Being a fan of Yume Nikki and other games like it (because honestly, it's become a subgenre at this point) I decided to take the plunge. Usually I wouldn't put money down on a Yume Nikki fangame type thing because they're usually uninspired and involve a lot of bad game design, but this looked well made based on the screenshots and sold me with the trailer music. It was 3 dollars on sale, so I figured at the worst I could sell the trading cards and make back ~50% of what I spent on it.

First off: If you've played a Yume Nikki game before, this follows the formula to an almost funny extent.
Dreams? ☑
Looping levels? ☑
Weird Alien things? ☑
Drug references?
Hospital Level?
Creepy Eye Motif? ☑
Viscera Level?
Themes of questioning self and regret?

However, if you haven't or the above doesn't bother you by being sort of done before (and I was ok with it, because it was done fairly well) then prepare for a weird platformer with great music and colourful graphics.

Going to get the thing that might change out of the way: The game is horribly buggy. This is semi-excusable because I'm guessing this is this developer's first major release, and I'm making this review a day after it came out. The developer is in the discussion boards taking bug requests and trying to fix them, so this might change in the short future- but if you're buying this game at this very moment... Be aware!

Dreaming Sarah is about a girl in a coma (which should be the game's only spoiler, but isn't considering it's both in the banner ad AND the description for the game) who is exploring her dreaming state. You walk around areas and find powerups to either help you, interact with other characters, or just to have for completionist's sake. The graphics are very pretty, the controls are fluent and simple (but not really instructed in game- I had to just guess what keys did what which only took a few seconds) and the music is relaxing and at times a bit haunting. As shown by my 2 hour play time and 100% achievement completion, the game is really short. Is it worth the money? Well, for almost 4 dollars you can't go wrong, but for 6? Ehhhhhh...

Most games like this are free downloadable titles or flash games you can play, and if Dreaming Sarah was free, I'd be ridiculously impressed and recommend people to play it a bit more. But for more than 3 dollars? It's a fun experience, and if this is the developer's first game released, it's pretty great for what it is. But my main complaint with Dreaming Sarah is that it takes away the essence of exploration usually found in games like this by making it a platformer and not adding enough content. There's nothing to find, no quirky secrets or easter eggs that have a 1/64 chance of happening (there are secrets in the game, but all of them are so close to the path you have to follow that I'd put money on you finding at least 80% of them without trying), and no real "wow I can't believe how crazy this was!" moments that is usually what makes playing exploration based walking simulators like this interesting. It plays it very very safe, and while it's enjoyable to sit down and relax with, it's not worth 6 dollars to play a game through to 100% for an hour and never touch it again.

Take Journey for example. It's 15 dollars on PSN, but it's an hour long. But many people claim it to be a great game for the price. Why? Because there's so much to explore and discover, and even when you're done with that you can meet people and have new experiences every time. With Yume Nikki, the gimmick is that while playing you always feel like there's something new that's happening- something weird that just randomly decided to show up. This game feels like an on-rails shooter in comparison, and while the atmosphere is very good, there's just nothing bringing me back.

So all this being said, why am I recommending Dreaming Sarah? Well, on sale it's definitely worth it just for the experience, and I think the developer has a lot of potential in the future. The graphics are very eye pleasing (no pun intended) and the OST is pretty dang good (and you get it for free with purchase of the game) and if worst comes to worst you can sell the steam trading cards or keep them for a cool looking emoticon or background (most of them being well made, I'm wearing one on my profile at time of writing).

Overall: 6.8/10
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Early Access Review
While the game itself isn't bad, it doesn't really leave me with a lasting impression.

The pros:
- pixel exploration
- great atmosphere
- cute graphics

The cons:
- buggy (still in alpha, so it's understandable)
- no manual saving feature like most similar games (when I have to close the game, I'd rather be sure myself that my progress is saved)
- nothing new
While playing the game, it felt as if I was going through a Yume Nikki / Knytt Stories mashup game. (the first one being quite obviously an inspiration, given the dreaming theme and Madotsuki's shirt symbol on the board...and the game description itself XD)
The only thing that really stuck to me as being quite interesting and unusual to me was the door puzzle in the mansion. Everything else is pretty much similar to other existing games that are actually free.
I'm not trying to belittle the creators' work put into the game, but if you're going to sell a game, one would expect something a bit more...uncommon for the pixel exploration genre. You know, something that would make me nod and say "yes, this is worth the money"

Then again, what do I know?
In the end it's not a bad game. Just nothing unique. But it's your money, people, so if you want to - give them for this game. If you want a similar one for free - the internet is full of them.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Early Access Review
pretty neat surrealistic kind-of-metroidvania game. the game is unfinished, but shows a lot of promise as the atmosphere is suitably discomforting already
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Early Access Review
Interesting Platformer, i love pixel games. It's like a scavenger hunt. I do wish there was a story, I like the whole idea of dreaming and different worlds. But a story wouldn't of been bad either. I havent found any real cons. When i was in the clock world it sorta glitched when i went too far on the left side. but nothing horrible came of it. 10/10,
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I didn't know what to expect from Dreaming Sarah. It looked strange and intriguing all at the same time. I am happy to say, that I was right in both regards.
There are times that Dreaming Sarah makes your skin crawl, makes you laugh, or stop and smell the roses. With It's breath taking art and equally astounding music. The fun in this Adventure/Puzzle game is the journey in itself. Discovering an array of strange dream tools that you use to find out more about the dream world and delve deeper into the rabbit hole.
With little to no narrative you will guide Sarah as she seeks answers and experiences many strange things. The only true gripe one could have with Dreaming Sarah is its rather short but sweet game length. I started the game and felt compelled to complete it. Which I did in two hours. However that isn't a bad thing. Rarely does a game draw so much curiosity and attention from me. Dreaming Sarah commanded my attention and rewarded me with fun puzzles, beautiful art and stunning music. Sadly as abruptly as it begins, it ends. Leaving you perhaps slightly wondering if there was more. Perhaps that is just simply the charm of Dreaming Sarah.

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/TwhbpyUQfUw
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Early Access Review
10/10 - She should have just *Cheek Pinched* though.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
I played this offline in early access, so my playtime should be closer to 2.5 hours or so, but this still is a fairly short game all the same. Typically I don't really like such short games. A few hours can't possibly be enough time to really get a satisfying experience, right? This is more or less the only gripe I have with the game, though. I just wish there was more. It's a charming platformer with creative worlds to explore and nice atmospheric music to really suck you into this strange little land. (Oh, and a copy of the OST comes free with the game!)
There are some bugs here and there, but I personally didn't run into anything gamebreaking, so I can't say I was too put-off on that front. Even then, the dev has been in the forums working to fix things as people report them, so with any luck that point will be resolved with time.
As an inexpensive game that clearly has so much love put into it, I'd say despite the short hours it lasted, it was 100% worth the money I spent on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Funny, cute little game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Early Access Review
Dreaming Sarah is a nicely done indie adventure platformer.
You can explore various worlds and it's up to you to find the hidden secrets.
The atmosphere and the music add to the experience, helping to turn things from comfy to putting you in a rush.
As its still in Early Access there are a lot of bugs that needs to be fixed.
Besides that, the game is pretty fun and well made, it had quite a few enjoyable moments.
If you like good indie games, go for it.

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Early Access Review
Dreaming Sarah despite being alpha or beta it is already a solid game, it only lacks more content, polishing and bugfixing.

The point of the game is to explore a dreamworld and solve minipuzzles to collect items that allow you to progress like in metroid-games. I'm a little bit sad that i played the unfinished game because it looks really promising.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
An amazing game indeed, i felt like a treasure hunter hunting all those items.
I like the idea of jumping between dreams, but a story would´t hurt, also a tutorial is not really necessary but it is a must.
Some of the areas you need certain items to progress but they can be easly bypass if you plan carefuly, like the fog, just keep jumping left and right and you´ll see an ! mark taking you to a fire pit or a nightmare land.
The options sometimes changes itself everytime you run the game, but despite of this few bugs the game looks great.
Also its very rare to see a game with no end, every game as an end but this one doesn´t.
Im curious to see the final realease but for the mean time im happy for been part of the Early Acess.
Now if you excuse me *grabs is sword* i have a dream to invade.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Dreaming Sarah has something to offer to those who want a good story as well as feel a tad bit of nostalgia since it's a 2D platform game. The fact that you're not told what to do once you start playing is quite intriguing and fun. You're being thrown into a world, the only information given to you about the main character is that she is in a coma and you need to wake her up. As you delve deeper and deeper into the game, you pick up items to help you go through certain "obstacles". I, for one who am not a "Super-Hardcore-Elite-FPS-MOBA-MMORPG" gamer, enjoy the simplicity of the mechanics of the game and I believe the developers did a good job even though there are still a few tweaks and bugs that need to be settled with.

I would also recommend that you plug headphones/earphones in to listen to the surreal music composed by Anthony Septim and try to play it when you have some free time or when no one is around you. It really brings you into the world of Sarah and the puzzles she goes through. Septim managed to capture the atmosphere of each "dimension" you go through whether it be sending shivers down your spine or putting you into a melancholic lullaby.

All in all, I loved the game and the story. Having fun coming up with theories of it. 10/10 would play again for fun.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Early Access Review
A good game, it have its potential but, still, I can't recommend it and here is why:

2D platform game, very simple visuals, a regular gameplay, some gadgets that have some utility in puzzle solving although the game it's not a puzzler much alike, some very light creepy figures and a world of exploration very short that always resumes on walk in circles (like Pacman).

Now, the problem is, the game is very short as well as its map, and by the way, the map have some points and gadgets that have no purpose to exist. Another critic, the game is unfinished, even though I collected all the items that equivalates achievements there are missing some items which it's not in the game. But the bigger problem on game in my opinion is to have no end and have one achievement that doesn't work (the developer said it's working on that)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Yume Nikki was an obsession for a long time, first the game then the manga, and coming across this inspired game really brought back memories. The music is astoundingly beautiful and I already love ambient type music, it's just very chill and relaxing. I really thoroughly enjoyed this game, much more than expected!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
"Dreaming Sarah" is an adorable (and somewhat trippy) side-scrolling exploration game in which you play a young woman trying to wake up from a coma. Naturally this involves being harangued by a pirate in the middle of a desert, falling through the inside of a giant grandfather clock, and accidentally causing a massacre in a nightclub populated by aliens. (At times "Dreaming Sarah" almost plays like a journey through a magic-mushroom fiend's dream journal).

There's no real plot to speak of, other than the coma thing, which is spoiled in the Steam description of the game and not really integral to the game experience anyway (hence the lack of an alert in this review). The joy of "Dreaming Sarah" comes not from the sliver of a story but rather from the little throw-away surprises in its short, stream-of-consciousness levels (what is UP with that happily undead manor-keeper anyway?), the charm of the 2-D retro graphics, and above all from the excellent musical score by Anthony Septim (included with the game). The modern vibe of Septim's ambient/trip-hop score provides a nice counterpoint to the old-school graphics and gameplay (one button to jump, one button to choose an inventory item), and dispels any hint of tedium from the game's central exploration mechanic.

"Dreaming Sarah" runs about 2-3 hours, depending on how lucky you are in finding hidden objects and doors. I used it as a way to chill out after playing through heavier stuff (again, the music played a big part in that). It's fun, cheap, creative, has a great soundtrack, and comes with trading cards -- what more do you want for six bucks? (Though frankly, the shortness of the game makes it more suited to a Steam sale-buy).
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
love this game everytime i enter it i find something new in the maps i already played in and still get lost :l

great game i am glad i bought it :3
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Early Access Review
EARLY ACCESS REVEIW SO WILL REVEIW THE GAME AGAIN AS AND WHEN IT GETS ITS FULL RELEASE

Ok i have only played this game for a brief period of time but in that short play time i have grown to like Sarah and care about her and her predicament.
You wake up and then your basically on your own as you choose which way to go and what to do next (the game is linear but doesnt play out this way and sort of deceives you into thinking you have a choice of what to do next).
The graphics suit this game and i love the pixelated style the developers have gone with,the sound is game is good and top marks to the whoever decided to go with the style they have gone with and now the story (wont spoil anything) is very mysterious and one that will give more away the more you play and is one i will love to get to the end of just to find out whats actually going on ??
Now this doesnt mean the story makes no sense (as it does) but it is one that is very intriguing and one that will only get better the nearer the devolpers get to release.
There are items to collect in game and these range from things like an umbrella (that helps you glide over gaps you would just never be able to jump without its help) to a magnifying glass (that shrinks you so you can access that hard to reach area that only someone the size of a mouse would get to),there are other items to collect and these you can discover for yourself as to much knowledge about a game this mysterious can only be a bad thing.
I reccommend this game whole heartedly and if your after a mysterious game that is well made and can only get better with time then look no further than "DREAMING SARAH"
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