The Dream Machine is an award-winning adventure game about dreams and voyeurism. It's built by hand using materials such as clay and cardboard.
User reviews: Very Positive (316 reviews)
Release Date: May 11, 2012

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"Chapter 5 is an excellent entry in a really wonderful game series."
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May 11

3 Years On Steam Sale!

Citizen!

This is happening right now:

I'm wearing a black hoodie, drinking Becherovka (that I bought leaving the Czech Republic). I haven't shaved in three weeks (because that's how I roll). I'm slow-dancing to the track 'Horse Steppin'' from the first Hotline Miami game. It's great. Put it on. You won't regret it.

The reason behind all this sexy madness is because I felt like celebrating our first three years on Steam! It's been a wild ride full of releases, screenshots, updates, hot sex, cocaine, bug fixes, car chases, shoot-outs with the police, and lots of great feedback from you guys! Thank you for being there with us!

If you're still on the fence about the game, we lowered the price by 66% this week. Try out the first two chapters, or buy it all in one fell swoop if you're feeling adventurous. Either way, I think you'll have a great time!

That's pretty much it. We hope you're doing well wherever you are. As for me: my ass is in Sweden but my heart is still in the Czech Republic. The machine loves you!

Děkuji,

- a

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April 25

Stability Update

Citizen!

It's been a while since we last talked. Have you missed us? We've missed you. What have you been up to? Breaking hearts? Breaking laws? That's what we would do given half a chance. Trust us. But the fact of the matter is, we've been busy. So very, very busy.

What have we been up to? Why, we're glad you ask!

Aside from Chapter 6 (no date yet) we dedicated some time to completely overhaul the music engine. It was the main culprit behind the crashes that some of you have been experiencing. So it had to go. We've also added an extra hint system, that you can turn on in the settings. If you enable it, Victor will offer more advice on how to solve certain puzzles. We also optimized save file access so accessing the save/load UI should be a lot faster now.

Here's a full rundown of the contents:

Update list:
• Engine: Added an extra hint system (option in settings)
• Engine: Re-wrote music engine to address stability issues
• Engine: Optimized save file access (only affects PC Steam version)
• Engine: Fixed rare freeze bug when watching close-ups
• Chapter 1-5: Tweaked dialogue
• Chapter 1-5: Tweaked backgrounds
• Chapter 3-5: Updated music assets
• Chapter 2: Added sound effects
• Chapter 2: Tweaked background music
• Chapter 3: Added autosave points
• Chapter 5: Fixed prism mirror indentation bug
• Chapter 5: Fixed graphical glitch in Willard's apartment

All in all, it's one of our meatier updates and we hope you'll like it. As always, don't be shy if you encounter problems with the game. And remember: the machine loves you.

Cheers,

- a

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Reviews

"To play something like The Dream Machine, so exquisitely constructed, so smartly designed, and so atmospherically unique, is a singular pleasure." - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"It's so confidently strung together, both in terms of narrative and gameplay, that it's easy to forget that it's the work of just two indie developers."
8/10 - Eurogamer

"A series filled with mystery and charm, elevated to lofty heights by its whimsical clay and cardboard design, surreal storyline, and heartfelt attention to detail."
4/5 - Adventure Gamers

"The Dream Machine is the best adventure game that I've played in the last decade – and maybe in my entire life."
9.5/10 - CD-Action

About This Game

The Dream Machine is an award-winning adventure game about dreams and voyeurism. It's built by hand using materials such as clay and cardboard.

In Chapter 1 of the 6 part Dream Machine series, you play as Victor Neff, the husband in a young couple who've just moved into a new apartment. While trying to get settled in you discover that all is not as it seems in the quiet, unassuming apartment building...

In Chapter 2, Victor goes to confront the landlord, Mr. Morton, only to find his apartment empty. Can Victor find the elusive landlord in time and is there more to Mr. Morton than meets the eye?

Key Features

  • World: Explore a creepy apartment complex and uncover the mysteries within. Get to know your neighbours and discover their secrets.
  • Story: Delve into the minds of strangers and loved ones as you’re trying to save them from The Dream Machine.
  • Graphics: Wander around beautifully detailed environments built using physical clay models and hand-crafted sets.
  • Puzzles: In order to progress you have to solve puzzles ranging from simple pushovers to fiendish brainteasers.
  • Music: A haunting original soundtrack weaves through the narrative, emphasizing the surreal atmosphere of the game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    OS: Windows XP or later
    Processor: 1.8 GHz processor
    Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 600 MB HD space
    OS: OSX Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    Processor: Intel Mac 1.8 GHz processor
    Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 600 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
The Dream Machine is a twisted, dreamlike, sometimes disturbingly nightmarish point-and-click game done in clay animation style.
Gameplay 7.5 out of 10
The puzzles are mostly point and click some are quite easy to solve and some are a bit tricky and even a bit absurd.
Graphics 9/10
Pure honest hard work done by the hands of “sexy Swedish guys”.9 Points for the unique, morbid style. I really really like the clay graphic style. Two Thumbs up for the game devs for putting such a heck load of work into this game.
Music 8/10
Dreamlike, ominous sounds, which nicely add to the atmosphere
Story 9/10
The story is intriguing and sometimes even a bit disturbing and grim. To make it short, without spoiling anything, you travel through the dreams of various people with the help of the Dream Machine.
I'd say definitely a must buy for all point-and-click gamers and casual gamers. Although a bit grim and disturbing sometimes
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I'd never heard of this game when I got it in a bundle. I now think it's the most underrated game in my library, and perhaps the most underrated point-and-click I know of. The story is incredible. It's very imaginative and becomes darker and more intriguing the deeper you go. It reminded me of the early films of Jeunet and Caro (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) which is no small accolade. The puzzles are decent and never illogical; the few times I cheated I kicked myself when I read the solution. I would recommend The Dream Machine over many other, more renowned point-and-click games. Very glad I stumbled upon this one.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
AWSUM! I wonder when the soundtrack would be available too. Great game, great music, great atmosphere! 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Original aesthetic, the story is not much but leads to rather imaginative places and interesting characters, the puzzles are more or less good, there are some annoying bugs and glitches at times to times.

This is not among my favorite point'n'click games, but still a pleasing experience and I am looking forward to the release of the next chapters.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Adorable graphics and storyline. I congratulate the creators of this game for their vision. Players will enjoy the deep freudian realms and will feel like the whole world is upside down. From the routinely casual life of a simple guy who rents an apartment to the philosophical conversations with decrepit statues, all will amaze you. Remember, it's a game for the point and click fans:)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This really is a great value game, which is very entertaining. It has its own unique style for a point and click adventure game and a intriguing plot. Worth the money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
The Dream Machine is a rare adventure that lets you find your way through an honest twilight of intimacy and absurdity. The symbolic themes are brought to life by the haptic claymation, and the mundanely relatable characters make the extraordinary circumstances all the more striking. The Dream Machine seems to know exactly what it is, and makes it a treat for anyone to try and find out for yourself.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This game has been in development for about 5 years now, so far 5 out of the planned 6 chapters have been finished. The reason it has taken so long is that the entire game is being built -by hand- with real materials like cardboard, clay and wood. It is absolutely beautiful, as you can probably imagine. Not only that, but the story AND the writing are both terrific! I'd say that almost all the puzzles hold some sense of logic to them, but as this is a game about entering people's dreams, it somewhat fittingly DOES start to lose some of it's sanity with it's puzzles (as is the case with all adventure games unfortunately). I had to use a walkthrough a few times to complete it, but that's the case with pretty much any adventure game I've ever played...

I absolutely recommend playing this! It's not finished yet, and based on how long it's taken to get the first 5 chapters out, it seems like we'll be waiting a while yet for the ending, but it's a wait very much worth enduring!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
The more demanding puzzles were the best I've ever seen in a video game. They were never frustrating, I didn't feel the need to search for hints online and yet there's no hand holding involved and it really felt like an accomplishment to solve them.

The game is really well written, the relationships and interactions are simple but feel genuine. The atmosphere is unique, creepy and weird, in the best of ways.

I recommend this game to everyone, not only to point & click fans, I enjoy it despite not liking this genre much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I picked up the first two chapters of this game expecting it to be a little wonky adventure that I would pick up and put down here and there to enjoy some odd visuals and a promisingly unique story. As it turns out The Dream Machine was bit more pleasingly dark, strange and required a bit more thought from me than I initially bargained for. Before I knew it I had flown through Chapters 1 and 2 and was purchasing the rest of the chapters to play as soon as possible. The storyline has a low burn in the beginning but by Chapter 2 things dive into the deep end of possibilities for the storyline and do not disappoint. I was daft myself for picking up just 1&2 initially myself the game is wonderful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
The tl;dr - Great game, unique art style, challenging puzzles. It's provided me hours of entertainment per chapter. I think it's worth it.

The full rundown:

The game's unique art style of clay and cardboard was honestly a bit unnerving at first. As it progressed I began to appreciate it more and more. The art style really sets the tone for the game. The music and sounds are also really great and well-chosen. Not overly repetitive, I like to listen to it.

The game play is simple and easy to navigate. There's a lot to explore. The puzzles are not always easy! They keep you thinking and I'll admit to getting seriously stuck and having to seek out help from the internet more than once. That being said there are plenty of resources out there to help you keep progressing.

I hear the release schedule for the chapters is kind of s♥♥♥♥♥dic, but there are 5 out already. Only one left to go.

I think it's worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
9/10 one of my favorites, why?

pros:
-The story is great
-the game has a creepy feel to it that just almost makes you uncomfortable.
-every chapter has a different feel and mechanic to it so, it makes you feel like you're starting a new game every time
-its just incredibly beautifull and charming because it's handcrafted.
-the puzzles are very original and just the right amount of dificult, which is very hard in my opinion

cons:
-the movement is pretty silly
-i did get some glitches and the game crashed on me once or twice. i think they were fixed pretty quikly though
-took a while to bring out some of the chapters, i guess it doesnt really matter that much since the last chapter is about to be brought out.
-wasnt really a fan of the maze in chapter I, it got a lot better from chapter II

at the end this game leaves you thinking about the story's that went on and how much fun you have. i hope i forget the puzzles soon so i can play the game again.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I've not finished this yet, but it is a thoroughly lovely adventure game. Despite initial impressions the art style is great, as is the sound. Puzzles are bang on the classic mix of inventory combination, conversation, and block pushing that i like. The depth of each chapter seems to be increasing as the game goes on, with number 5 convincing me that this is a game that i'll remember. The script, although (perhaps because) it's not voice acted, stands out especially in comparison to other modern adventure games of its quality.

Most of all though, the game has an appropriately dreamlike, unsettling vibe, which nonetheless never quite gets in the way of how nice, and comfortingly solid, it looks and sounds.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Enjoyed this game immensely. I played chapters 1-4. It's been years if not decades since i devoted time to a point-and-click adventure. I was not disappointed. Beautiful artwork, interesting, odd, and at times scary storyline. Great variety in puzzles, although some of them are downright cruel, and required me to go online to search for an answer.
There are a few minor glitches and errors that will crash the game, so remember to save often.

Other than that, looking forward to the rest of the chapters. Up until now, I find The Dream Machine to be a solid 9/10 when it comes to classic adventure games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Simply amazing! Pretty sweet visuals, clever puzzles and a nice taste of humor. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I can't say enough about this game. It's fun, it's smart, it's creative. More work has gone into this game than I can imagine, and it shows. It's not just about how it looks, which is unique and fascinating; it's how clever it is. I wish there were a way to get everyone to play just one chapter. After that, you'd all be hooked. Guaranteed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
One of the best point & click games since Neverhood for me. Very interesting story, nice clay graphics and unforgettable atmosphere. 10/10
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Truly a new way to graphically represent a game. But the game play just sucks. Ehhh... I'll wait and see if it improves with the final chapter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
This game is interesting and original. One odd aspect is that the sets were actually built and filmed, giving the game a unique artistic style. This notion of uniqueness also plays through as it explores some interesting and occasionally creepy themes. The puzzles are mostly straightforward, the story is engaging to the point of gripping.

The only drawback is that the last part isn't ready yet, so patience is required. Highly recommended for people looking for unique games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I've really enjoyed playing The Dream Machine with my boyfriend this past year – it's beautifully made and the story is incredibly original, and I've found the puzzles rather challenging (which is both good and bad, depending on my mood! :P). I'd fully recommend this game, I've played it for hours and am still only just starting Chapter 5 (though I must warn if you have a Mac don't delete your internet cache as it deletes your saves, something I found out the hard way...).

Roll on chapter 6!
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