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 (55 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 15, 2015
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I've decided to release Dreaming Sarah as an early access title so I can get more feedback about the game while working on it. Early access buyers will also get the game's OST by Anthony Septim.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The estimated release date is set to Q4 2014.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The level design is constantly changing due to new items, characters and puzzles being added. I might also change things you've seen on previous versions, so each new version might differ a lot from each other!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version has half of the game done.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Dreaming Sarah will have a 10% discount while in early access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I love hearing feedback and I'm always available and open to new ideas. I'm a single person working on a game, but it doesn't mean people shouldn't have their say on it.”
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"Partly inspired by Yume Nikki... Dreaming Sarah is a platformer that tells the story of a girl trapped inside a dream world while in a comatose state."
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December 13

Bug fixes update + Steam Overlay now working!

Hi everyone!

This is a quick update to fix a few bugs and add the Steam overlay. No new areas or items have been added in this update.

Here's the list of fixes:

- Added Steam overlay support

- Fixed umbrella + magnifying glass bug
- Fixed fish-related bugs
- Fixed lava sound bug
- Fixed menu bugs
- Fixed save-related bugs
- Fixed the analog and d-pad controls not working on some areas
- Fixed the "change control" menu not going back to main menu
- Fixed being able to open item menu while getting an item
- Fixed being able to help the pianist without having the bullet
- Fixed description of the glasses item
- Fix volume buttons for songs
- Released Mac/Linux versions

I still want to release the game this month but due to limitations the official release might be in January (since I probably will have to wait for the steam sales to end before releasing it for real). This means that I soon as I get the game done I'll release it as a Early Access still, then wait until I can release it as a full version.

Thanks for the support!! ːfdiskː

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December 9

Linux & OSX builds + new emoticons

Hi everyone!

Per user request I've made the OSX and Linux builds available for testing. To use them, right-click the game on the games list, select "properties" and on the "betas" tab, choose "nodewebkit105" from the dropdown menu. Then the "install" button will appear.

But remember - if your Mac/Linux machine has an Intel HD 3000 video card, you might encounter some heavy graphic glitches (like a black box around Sarah and no effects working right). I'm really sorry but right now there's nothing I can do about this unfortunately. I think it has something to do with outdated drivers, but I couldn't figure out. The weird thing is that with this same card the game works just fine on Windows machines.

As for the new emoticons - someone mentioned that they wanted more Sarah emoticons, so I've made them. I'm still waiting for it to be approved, though. Should be up in a week or so.

One last reminder - I still want to release the game this month, so I'm working hard on it, but I'm also still fixing a lot of bugs that I didn't even know existed (like the menu-over-menu crash, and the part where you give the boy the hat crash). I'm just one person working on this so I'd rather fix these before advancing (and creating more bugs).

Once again, thanks for the 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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Early Access Review
10/10 - She should have just *Cheek Pinched* though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
Early Access Review
For What I played (A Little only) for being a early access game it looks very well done in graphics I still have a lot of place to discover but I really liked the game I can't wait when the full game gets released Get this damn game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
So I'm slightly annoyed... I avoid early access games like the plague (I've done my time, I don't want to beta test your software unless you're paying me to do so these days), but I picked this one up in a bundle which didn't even vaguely mention that it was early access/unfinished and ran to install/play it based on the info on the bundle page rather than checking the steam page as well... *sigh*

Having said that, it is a lovely game, it's just that after wandering in circles for ages I eventually hit the forums only to discover that the item I was searching for wasn't in the game yet and at that point it became apparent why so many of the NPCs had seemed rather unfinished...

From what I've seen I would say this will totally be worth getting once it is actually released.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
An exploration based platformer, the goal is to explore the world inside her head and save her from her coma.

Some would consider this a worthy goal, we suppose.

A nice platformer, focusing on weirder and weirder worlds, we quite liked it.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=331452923

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
It's a nicely done platformer with some elements inspired by Yume Nikki. 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. If you like good indie games, go for it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
Really enjoyed the game so far. I really hope that the final product has a lasting appeal. Please keep it up
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
As far as I've seen - this is a great game. The first thought I got: "Hmmm, this reminds me of Dizzy Series". As simple as "go three screens left and push this thing, then go 2 screen right and go there". I, personaly, am a big fan of pixel retro graphics. Dreaming Sarah is not as detailed as, for example, Lone Survivor, but has it's own charm. The music is supportive and not boring at all. I played it barely for 7-10 minutes, but I am sure that I will play it and complete it. The review will be updated with the game updates and my progress. Thank you for attention.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Early Access Review
I've not played this game for long but from what i've played I think it is worth $5.99. Simply because it's brought back that sense of wonder I use to feel when I playing 16 bit platformers as a child twenty years ago. That feeling of mystery and wonder as I senselessly wondered around trying to figure out what to do. Bravo.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Early Access Review
I've only played this game for a bit, but feel I have gotten a good enough feel of the game to write a review.

This game is pretty confusing, the story isnt told in the game at all and it is clear there is much work to be done before it is finsihed. It litterally dosnt tell you where to go or what to do. By defualt my controller didnt work with the game, something i would expect for a platformer.

Bedide that, the game is pretty fun and well made, it had quite a few enjoyable moments.
You can tell the developers put a lot of effort into making the game fun and vaired, you can find a paint bucket that will let you change the color of your outfit.
The pace of the game seems quite slow with a lot of backtracking needed. This is broken up with quicker events such as precise platforming or climbing a level, trying to advoid the rising lava.
Although backtracking is pretty much forced upon you it's not too bad as the levels are well designed visualy and are astetically pleasing, and there are power ups you can gain such as a magnifying glass that lests you shrink, this will let you get into smaller areas that you couldnt reach the first time you were there.
The music is decent and matches the mood of the game.

Would I recomend this game? yes
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Early Access Review
This games great so far just didnt realize that the story wasn't complete so I was running around for a while trying to figure things out but I gave up eventually. As far as story goes its straight forward you start off with no idea why your there but who reads the story anyway i just ran around finding stuff. I like the atmosphere of the game so far keep up the good work.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
This is honestly an amazing game with so many surprises and beautiful music. I love platformers and this is one of my favorites.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
11/10
Would crash the game again.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Early Access Review
I have only played the game for a short while, adn I like it. It has a fez like feel and is good for people who like to have put thought into the game. Heres a link if you want to see gameplay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6C39H5PCQY
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Early Access Review
Like skyrim with dreams
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Early Access Review
this game make me confuse =.=
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