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: Positive (16 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 16, 2014
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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.”

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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August 12

Late announcement about the game's progress!

Hey everyone.

As you might have noticed, I still haven't released an update that was supposed to come out last month. This announcement is to explain the reasons.

First, as some players might have noticed, there's a game breaking bug when you talk to the kid who lost his hat. This bug has been boggling my mind for a while now, and even though the line of code apparently doesn't have any flaws to it - not only that, but it's the EXACT SAME code for the keyboard input and yet it only happens when playing with the controller - I can't get it fixed properly. So the reason the update is taking so long is because I'm redoing the whole programming for text, trying to fix this.

Another thing that's making me push back the release date is that I'm really unhappy with some areas I've done for the game. The moon bar did not come out the way I expected it to be AT ALL so I'm redoing it. As I've mentioned on the Early Access description, I'd rather push the game back if I have to than release something I'm not happy with.

With that said, I'd like to thank and apologize to all of you. I'm a single dev working on this game and your support has pulled me through to where I am right now. This is my first big game and I'd really like to be happy with it, instead of rushing it.

Also, please don't think that I've dropped the game or anything. I'm still actively working on it along with some other projects, but this is my main work right now. The new release date is Q4 2014, so it WILL be done by the end of the year.

Thanks again for your understanding. If you have any thoughts or would like to reach out, you're welcome to send me an email or reach out on twitter - my username there is @andreyin.

Thanks everyone!

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June 16

Steam keys for bundles and other stores

Hey everyone!

Dreaming Sarah just got on Steam today, and I've been going through all the places it was being sold before and adding keys for it, so this is just a heads up on when you'll have your key available:

Itch.io buyers: I've sent an email with a link to your download page, the Steam key will be there.

Groupee buyers: I've contacted Groupee to figure out how should I give them the keys, I'm awaiting for an anwser.

Desura buyers: I'm still figuring out how to create a .csv file so I can upload the keys there, shouldn't take long.

Thanks for the continuous 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

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 210 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review

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"
Posted: June 17
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 17
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 30
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 1
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