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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Release Date: Mar 12, 2015

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May 23

About the OSX and Linux versions

Hi everyone,

As some of you know and I've mentioned in the bug report thread, I'm having a lot of trouble updating the game. I decided to explain it better in an announcement.

Basically, Dreaming Sarah is made using a program called Construct 2. It's a game making program that works much like RPG Maker if you have ever used that, but in my opinion it's a little more robust.

This program mainly builds your game in HTML5. This means that the only native way that you can get your game working is by running it on a browser, like Chrome of Firefox.

So, to make my game run on Windows/OSX/Linux platforms, I had to rely on a tool called NW.js. This tool takes a HTML5 game and wraps it in a executable for these OS's.

When I first released Dreaming Sarah, it worked great for all platforms. I had a rough time testing it (since I only have a Windows PC that isn't even that good) but after a lot of help from some friends and days and nights installing Hackintosh and Ubuntu on my PC, I did test all of it and everything worked.

So what's the problem? Well, after release more bugs were found, so I decided to fix them. After fixing a few I found out that the newest version of NW.js, which is a tool I need to run the game on Windows/OSX/Linux, has become imcompatible with OSX, and broken on Linux. It also will not work with Steamworks, so if I update the game, there's no way to add achievements or anything like that anymore.

On top of that, the old version of the OSX build that was up on Steam stopped working and I'm not even sure why. My guess is that there was some kind of update on OSX that's breaking my game, since it's using an old version of NW.js. The linux version also seems to be incompatible with SteamOS for now, for various reasons. And the option to make the game fullscreen won't work unless you manually modify a file inside of it, which really sucks.

So, because of these problems, I've decided to pull the OSX/Linux versions from the store temporarily. If you already bought the game and play on these platforms and it did work, rest assured that you can still play it! This will only stop other users from buying the game, since I can't directly support it right now. When I've got this problems sorted out, I'll update the entire game with all the bugs listed on the bugs thread fixed.

Once again, I'm really sorry and thanks for your patience.

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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
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Guilherme
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is a great game with a great soundtrack :3
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Arordael
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is nice, just don't expect too much from it. Also it is very short, so getting it on sale would be the wisest move.

The story is about a girl who's apparently journeying around her subconcious. It may seem incoherent at first, but the game keeps giving you subtle hints. And all remaining questions are answered by an image after the ending credits.

The gameplay is relaxed and casual, closer to a "walking simulator" rather than an actual platformer. There are some easy "puzzles" and obvious "secrets", which are more of an addition to the trippy atmosphere rather than a challenge-provider of any sort.

All in all, for me the game left a dreamy and serene aftertaste, so I can definitely recommend it. I especially liked the soundtrack, which is a decent example of the ambient genre - the devs appear to be artists indeed. What's more, it comes free as an album - another thanks for that.
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pretumos
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I enjoyed this game. Interesting exploration and gorgeous graphics. Mysterious story, not in a bad way.
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Whopping
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A Yume Nikki-like game with a little bit of platforming mixed in. Music is great and really adds to to the dreamy atmosphere. Plus the game comes with the soundtrack, so that's a cool bonus. Like YM, the story (if there even is one) is left up to your own interpretation. Unlike others of it's kind, I found this one has more of calming and chill atmosphere, and there isn't much I would consider too crazy or disturbing. I liked the game, but I would recommend YM and it's fan games (such as .flow and Me) over this personally, as I feel they have more to offer, as well as having the advantage of being free. Still, if you want more like those, this isn't a bad pick.
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FEH
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Never before have I felt so helplessly lost in a game and enjoyed every moment of it.
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ColbyTripModz
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This game was great! It was fun and had some challenges. I just finished it and got all of the games achivements. I would definitly recommend this game because it was very entertaining and has a great low price. I hope the creator adds more on to the game or makes a part two adding on to the story. It would be cool if the creator would add a story for after Sarah woke up in the hospital.
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Nietzsche
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
If you like find-and-collect adventures, I recommend Dreaming Sarah.
If you don't like getting loss endlessly, I don't recommend Dreaming Sarah.
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VES
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A nice platformer that might take a leisurely two hours to fully complete. The open-ended world and imaginative visual design make exploring and discovering new areas feel rewarding and fun. The soundtrack is evocative and memorable - a great selling point on its own. The whole experience is uniquely immersive and atmospheric.

It is clear a lot of love went in to making this game - I hope the developers will create more quality games like it in the future.
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curiopun
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
One of my favorite game. I'm still not sure about the story. but i have fun playing it anyway.
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gubertuber
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Not too long of a game, took a little over 2 hours for me because I was determined not to use the guide (which helped for a missed secret after). Overall I really really enjoyed it. May think $5.99 is ever so slightly high of a price, but definately worth picking up on a discount.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
A nice platformer that might take a leisurely two hours to fully complete. The open-ended world and imaginative visual design make exploring and discovering new areas feel rewarding and fun. The soundtrack is evocative and memorable - a great selling point on its own. The whole experience is uniquely immersive and atmospheric.

It is clear a lot of love went in to making this game - I hope the developers will create more quality games like it in the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
A great game, with a fantastic soundtrack and creative levels.

Puzzles can be somewhat confusing, especially if you're not using a guide.

For game that's $6, it's definitely not worth the price since the game can be completed in around 2 hours so. If you can buy it on sale, get it then. Since there's almost not really any replay value, except for a few secrets to be found.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Not too long of a game, took a little over 2 hours for me because I was determined not to use the guide (which helped for a missed secret after). Overall I really really enjoyed it. May think $5.99 is ever so slightly high of a price, but definately worth picking up on a discount.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Atmospheric and simply immersive game that was almost like a movie. I was really in it. Definitely worth its price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game was great! It was fun and had some challenges. I just finished it and got all of the games achivements. I would definitly recommend this game because it was very entertaining and has a great low price. I hope the creator adds more on to the game or makes a part two adding on to the story. It would be cool if the creator would add a story for after Sarah woke up in the hospital.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
One of my favorite game. I'm still not sure about the story. but i have fun playing it anyway.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
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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Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
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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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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40 of 51 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17, 2014
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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