The protagonist of this game has a dream, which he sees every night, but this time, it's was different...
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Release Date: Oct 19, 2015

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The protagonist of this game has a dream, which he sees every night, but this time, he can not wake up. He realizes that he's trapped in his own dream, and has no choice but to go through the cold and fear of his nightmare.
The only hope of the protagonist is to follow a mysterious glowing sphere that, eventually, will lead him into the depths of his terrible dream, while leaving him frightening notes.
Maybe, this strange orb is guiding the protagonist to his awakening...but is it seems?
All will depend on your decisions!
Be careful, your main enemy can very well be, your own fear...


  • terrible, scary and cold atmosphere
  • multiple endings
  • simple but enjoyable gameplay
  • good graphic
  • english voice acting

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD FX 4300
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460/Radeon 6850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 / AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD R9 270
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Cold Dreams is a horror adventure game made with CryEngine. The game centers around a man, who is having a dream of a bright light. He soon discovers he is also being antagonized by a darker spirit, who's goal is to keep him in his dreams forever. He must uncover the reasoning behind his followings by following the path of the white light, and wake up from his dream.

The concept of the story is great, it's got a few scares in it, and has a beautiful atmosphere. The only downside to this game is it's very very short. If you follow the light the whole way, it can take you no longer than 20 minutes to complete the game. That being said, the asking price of $3 is very reasonable, or if not your cup of tea, you can also find it cheaper on other sites.
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
“Cold Dreams” is a very creepy, exceptionally atmospheric first person horror story. As it apparently has no save feature, one would presume it to be a single-sitting game, and I’ve not had the opportunity to complete it after about the first thirty to forty minutes. But I’ve certainly enjoyed what I’ve seen so far and look forward to starting again, and playing through to completion while sitting in a dark, quiet room.

The premise to “Cold Dreams” is a man “waking” into a recurring dream. The dream is of a very cold winter forest during a snowstorm. His only guide is a moving ball of light. If it were that simple this game wouldn’t have much interest, but the light isn’t often seen, and the vast majority of the time there is no assurance the direction is correct, as paths are either too few, or too many. Soon a small village is encountered, as well as several bloody, brief notes to give a slight idea that something more is afoot.

The controls are very simple and basic, and the graphics, and graphics choices should satisfy anyone. The language choices are English and Russian. And that’s all there is, or that one should need.

The concept of the altered reality of a dream state is a great source of atmosphere, as is the weather, and cold which can very nearly be felt, and the carefully designed suspense of never being sure the correct path has been taken. The vagueness of any objectives, which can be anything is a dream, further adds to the creepy feeling. There are apparently several endings, and several achievements specific to discovering different endings, as well as objects. One of the reviews mentions that the voice acting gave him nightmares, which for a game of this type should be highest praise. Oddly, that review gave a negative view of the game without further comment, so perhaps it was simply the slight Russian accent that caused that gamer to respond with a personal prejudice. I found the voice acting to be fully adequate, and only WISH it gave me nightmares.

Having not finished “Cold Dreams” I can’t (yet) give a full review. For what I’ve seen, and for the price, I have no trouble recommending this game for anyone enjoying short, atmospheric, first person horror games.

EDIT #1: Having played over 2 hours, I do have some minor issues to mention. The biggest is the controls. Players are notified that an object can be interacted with by the form of a hand, but the distance one must be seems to be very precise in order to produce interaction. It's difficult to be certain, since it is possible to interact without the hand appearing. Perhaps this could be simplified. Also, in some places the darkness is less atmospheric, and more frustrating as you find yourself opening and closing the same doors repeatedly, since the darkness prevents certainty as to which rooms have already been accessed. Two controls options not indicated are "c" for crouch and "space" for jump, though they may be unneeded, even worse than useless and actually interfer with other actions. Music of some type would be nice, and certainly add to the atmosphere.

The more I play, the more I enjoy "Cold Dreams".

(As with most Steam games, "Cold Dreams" does not record offline game time.)
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Very meh game.

I would put MILD SPOILERS tag here, but the game barely has enough plot to constitute a story, let alone have spoilers.

You play as a vaguely-European-ish man who's suddenly stuck inside his dream. You get lost for hours because the game gives you absolutely 0 direction once you lose track of the floating daughter-ball-of-light, and wander aimlessly looking for what you're supposed to do. Collect random junk for some reason, follow ball of light more with bad voice-acted conversation in between. The walking/running is jenky as hell.

There's definitely worse games on Steam, with worse gameplay and graphics. Though I would still reccomend a better use of your time, like taking a nap.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
The game is a bit short. But it looks very nice, has some nice visuals.
Also sophisticated ambience and sounds keeps the tension and does not allow you to relax.
This game worth your money.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Its a short game. I make 2 walks. It has some little extras. The best one is the Gondor Tree, not bad hidden. The details i love you see the short way is unique i never saw a winter forest, i had 1 hour fun better then 10 hours not even 10 min, but this game is only really for Walk Simulator Fans, that love areas with atmosphere like like Montagues Mount, sure its not the same level, its not so long, here are no big puzzles, but this feeling of beeing alone and get every 100 meters a sign of lost civilisation like a axe and then some buildings, wells, ruins, small cemetery. I can only say search every corner and get all achievements, this little details to find make the game even if for most non walking simulator fiends they are nothing. So who dont like/ hate WS ignore the game, people that like the pics and dont expect to much, try it or watch lets play for WS genre fan, buy it. The developer did sure many time to bring the many plants, trees and all the little details like light on a mountain in it and that make a not so bad feeling. Dont aspect to much for 3 euros and yes you can be done with a rush and luck in 20-30 min but explore the few areas in every aspect. So for WS Fans i would give this game 77 % because its so short. Wait for a discount 30 % or better 50-60 % and hopefully enjoy the short time. Thx for reading.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Nice little exploration / horror game. Follow the mysterious light, find the 6 wooden playhorses and reveal the 3 different endings. The Cryengine generates some brilliant snowy forest night pictures. Unfortunately my seesion got bugged after 3 attempts so that all achievements poppedup immediately. Pity for the further gameplay.
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24 of 39 people (62%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
I came. I saw. I got lost. I got trapped in a crevasse. Unfortunately, I also got out of it - eventually - and wasted another twenty minutes of my time trying to work out just what the hell to do next...

In one part of Cold Dreams, I came across some gallows behind a blood-splattered church, which prompted my character to muse out aloud (in a suitably awkward Euro accent): "What is this doing here?" One could well ask the same question of this game being on Steam, except in all honesty, there are FAR, FAR WORSE atrocities of "games" which have been released to Steam of late. ESPECIALLY horror ones. Having said that, is this worth three dollars of your money? Well, sure...if you thought that Dear Esther had way too much gameplay, and you're not much fussed on plot. What passes for "plot" here seems to involve picking up toy horses for no apparent reason, and finding your way up into darkened attics for no purpose other than to provide scintillating insights such as: "It's a pentagram. Looks creepy." (This is in direct opposition, of course, to all the NON-creepy pentagrams out there in the world.)

It all by-and-largely LOOKS great - at least when you don't get too close to the edges of the map, and see where the programmers haven't quite bothered to finish the graphics off - and does have an admirably spooky atmosphere. But it completely fails to give your character any motivation to do anything other than, I suppose, wander around in circles for a while before unceremoniously dying in the snow from frostbite. I do look forward to the day, however, when these devs actually decide to make a GAME, 'cause they've certainly nailed the "mood" rather nicely here.

"WhatInGod'sGoodNameAmISupposedToBeDoingNext?" Simulator of the Year.

Verdict: 4.5/10.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Spending about 20 minutes wandering around in the dark without having any sense of the goal or direction. Was too dark to really look good at the surroundings, and brightness can not be adjusted in game. I had to go away, so closed the game, to find out that there is no way to save the content. That alone is for me reason to vote a no on this one. For sure I do not want to start over.

Without knowing anything about the story, simply because I did not get far enough to learn more, i will downvote this game. Start is boring and not appealing to dot it again just to finish it. The fact thta i read everywhere that it is a very short game, adds to that. It would mean i allready played about 1/3 of it without having a clue where the story is going.

Maybe the story is awesome, no idea.... and will never find out.

Lovely snowflakes tho.....Hypnotising
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
So, let's just start with the main menu.

You have Go to Sleep, settings and some other crap. We don't really care.
Settings allows you to change resolution .... or it's supposed to, and graphic quality ... supposedly. Oh, and that's it. There is no settings for sound at all. You're gonna have to use the native OS volume mixer if you want to change the volume levels at all.

When I tried to change settings because I noticed how slow and laggy the game was, I had the game crash trying to change settings the first time.

Second time, I started, and started directly into the settings menu instead of trying to play first... and changed the settings.
Crashed again.

Third time I started the game and messed with settings, the game ended. It did not give me the Ending Achievements, but suddenly when I chose English for language, it popped 6 of the achievements all at the same time and started scrolling credits. WTF.

Aside from resolution and video issues and a major bug... just trying to play the game is pretty sad. I have a fairly decent machine. It's not the greatest, but I am WAY above the recommended specs. The game crawled. When I had to alt tab out of the game for something, once it crashed completely.

There is no save feature, so when you have to restart, you're starting from the beginning all over again.

Not learning my lesson, I decided to Alt-Tab again, because well... I wanted some information. This time instead of totally crashing, when I went back to the game, the mouse look had become broken and I now had a cursor that if I pushed to the edges of the screen would make my character look in that direction.

That's about the point that I gave up.

Overall: 1/10 - Skip it. Do something else with your money. This is a pile of frustration.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
I got this game the very moment it was released.
Big mistake..

TL,DR: Spend your money on a chocolate bar, you'll enjoy it far more than this.

This is a very linear, predictable indie horror game created on the iconic Cry Engine. I don't know what to criticise first.. The bad English, monotone voice acting, or the bad optimisation?

Seriously, I have gotten far better than this game for free, regardless of the fact it cost only a few coins. Just as well, because I'm certainly never buying a game this cheap again.

Overall quality critique:

It's really not very scary. I've been far shocked how this was seen as acceptable to price. First impressions, the game is optimised quite badly, and does not run very quickly considering that it is nothing more than a few mid-res textures. Oh wait, I didn't mention the rediculous amount of snow particles causing the performance issue. Want to change the graphics setting whilst playing? Welcome to CTD. The voice acting? Don't put amateurs in front of a microphone.

Gameplay quality?

Want to get lost in a mysterious woodland where the 'guiding orb' is absolutely useless? Welcome to Snowy Woodland Simulator 2015. Sorry, we were too lazy to make everything look snowy. Even the protagonist sounds bored at how pointless and confusing it is to try and progress. Perhaps that wasn't intended..

Summary: I'd have far much fun doing my homework. 2/10
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2.5 hrs
Posted: May 31
Cold Dreams is an okay game - not especially great, but not bad either. It's a short story about you, your daughter, and something evil. You walk in a beautiful snowy forest, but if you don't go the way the game intended, you get lost very fast. Collect things and find 'hidden details' to unlock achievements. The horror aspect of the game is definitely the atmosphere, small jumpscares here and there, and some creepy things you'll see if you look carefully. Multiple endings is always great, except when you have to do the exact same things as in the first playthrough, until the very end... It got a bit boring. I also managed to glitch inside a wall without being able to get out, having to restart the game.

Overall, at least the first playthrough is enjoyable, and thus I recommend this game.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: April 28
So I drank Red Bull, and then started playing this game. Movement speed was really slow. So I tried clicking shift and it worked. I could sprint. But the movement speed was still slow. So slow that I fell a sleep while playing it.
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Saint Aaron
3.5 hrs
Posted: March 22
It's really not very scary. I've been far shocked how this was seen as acceptable to price. First impressions, the game is optimised quite badly, and does not run very quickly considering that it is nothing more than a few mid-res textures. Oh wait, I didn't mention the rediculous amount of snow particles causing the performance issue. Want to change the graphics setting whilst playing? Welcome to CTD. The voice acting? Don't put amateurs in front of a microphone.

+ Great ambient sounds keep you immersed in the world
+ Surprising noises / sudden events create a nice horror experience
+ Multiple endings
+ Nice graphics / detail (♥ CryEngine)

- It's very easy to get lost in the woods or not know what to do next
- You walk/run too slow
-Voice acting
- jumpscares this game relies on!
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1.2 hrs
Posted: March 16
Besides the fact this game is horribly buggy. The atmosphere isnt bad, But it's completely ruined by the cringe narration. It's way too dark, I was about half way through the game when I went into settings and it crashed on me. Theres no saves or checkpoints. So I had to start over.. Since there was no brightness setting what so ever- I went into the control panel and made it tolerable. So after I start up the game again all the acievements popped. Even on things I didn't unlock yet... I mean thats pretty sweet for an achievement ♥♥♥♥♥, But my friend and I were cracking up at just how broken this game currently is. For what it is ' the story ' its meh. The visuals arnt half bad. I felt like they could of done so much more with it. Wasted opportunity. $2.99 for a buggy game is a rip off. Wait until it goes on sale. 3.5/10
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2.2 hrs
Posted: March 11
A really short indie horror game with a creepy atmosphere and a very isolated forest. This was also made with the CryEngine which looks pretty good especially the snowy forest environment. I definitely recommend this game if you're into playing short indie horror games!

All I'm going to say about this game is your protagonist is a man within his dream and he follows a ball of light in the forest which guides him in different parts of the snowy forest while he experiences odd paranormal phenomenon in each area. The protagonist also sees this dark smokey energy in the forest also.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: March 9
This game is truly terrible. The controls are spongey, the performance is horrendous, the story is laughable, and it's about as atmospheric and absorbing as a Justin Bieber music video. This game is not in any way scary, and the spelling errors in the dialogue and woeful voice acting go a long way to break any immersion that the game desperately tries to create. Using CryEngine means that the game looks pretty nice by default, but it was borderline unplayable on my laptop; even on the lowest settings it degenerated into a slideshow, despite my laptop being able to handle most other games. In summation, I can't really think of anyone to recommend this game to - there are so many other games out there that do what Cold Dreams attempts to do, but in a lot more accomplished manner.
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fabenus IDLE
4.1 hrs
Posted: March 8
Cold Dream is a atmospheric first person horror story.
it is a bit short. But worth the money
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7.8 hrs
Posted: March 3
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