Victor and Alicia have just moved into a new apartment in the big city. While trying to get settled in they discover that all is not as it seems...
User reviews: Very Positive (219 reviews)
Release Date: May 11, 2012

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November 17

November Update

Citizen!

The launch of Chapter 5 went really well, all things considered. We're really proud of it and hope you're enjoying it as well. Some of you have been reporting problems however. Most of them were minor, but some of them were more serious.

Here's our first volley of fixes to address the situation:

• Engine: Added 'Place' task command
• Chapter 1, 2, 3 & 4: Tweaked intro
• Chapter 1, 2, 3 & 4: Tweaked credits list
• Chapter 2: Fixed invisible anvil bug
• Chapter 4: Fixed freeze on showing young Edie a photo
• Chapter 5: Made sure staff resizes correctly
• Chapter 5: Stopped player from re-entering already purged dreams
• Chapter 5: Fixed the pumpkin freeze bug
• Chapter 5: Fixed so the north cube only gets stuck while facing south
• Chapter 5: Removed erroneously drawn laser beams
• Chapter 5: Blocked off some unwalkable surfaces
• Chapter 5: Removed twig from bow once the void has been bridged
• Chapter 5: Made sure the staff is large in Selma's dream
• Chapter 5: Tweaked Willard's pre-flight dialog
• Chapter 5: Added dialog if Victor tries to enter squirrel home before getting recipe
• Chapter 5: Added dialog if Victor talks to Selma before getting recipe
• Chapter 5: Fixed void crossing issue
• Chapter 5: Fixed issue while showing magic to the witch
• Chapter 5: Tweaked bow on passage behavior
• Chapter 5: Tweaked center room cube behavior
• Chapter 5: Removed freeze while getting back from Selma's dream
• Chapter 5: Fixed deletion of permanent states on chapter start
• Chapter 5: Added fail-safe duplicate barrel
• Chapter 5: Added fail-safe duplicate ladder
• Chapter 5: Added smoke effect when potion has been brewed
• Chapter 5: Removed candle flames if Animation Effects has been turned off
• Chapter 5: Removed menu access in pumpkin scene
• Chapter 5: Removed option to enlarge in the northern most rooms in Willard's dream
• Chapter 5: Removed freeze on fringe-case path-finding
• Chapter 5: Removed option to give wagon parts to lady without legs prematurely
• Chapter 5: Stopped all interactions while growing or shrinking
• Chapter 5: Hindered the player from entering the derelict mill without the gun
• Chapter 5: Fixed typos

I hope these solves the issues you've been having. If not, shout out in the comments below.

Cheers,

- a

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November 14

Chapter 5 has been released!

Brothers & Sisters,

It is our honour and pleasure to announce that the epic fifth chapter of the immortal Dream Machine-saga has just been released. We're freakishly proud over it. It's difficult and big and bold. What else could you ask for?

Go play it. Go nuts.

In that order.

Over'n'out,

- 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
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is ridiculously good - so much so that I'm actually writing a review. Please PLEASE do yourself a favor and buy it - even full price! It's more than worth it.

I won't go in detail into game mechanics and whatnot (other reviews do the mechanics justice) but suffice it to say the claymation is well-done, the puzzles are interesting and often challenging, and the plot is very engaging. It's a great story! And while it's not a "scary" game, it is a deliciously disturbing one (I mean, it's based on dreams, of course it's gonna be disturbing, especially in the later chapters. I guess I'd say it's a similar feeling as watching one of Tim Burton's films, but with more blood, and a slightly more mature rating.) The only downside to this game is having to wait for the 6th chapter to come out. Rambling aside, 2 thumbs way waaaay up.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
One of the best games I've ever played. You just have to give it a go. Amazing atmosphere of gloom and downfall, unique look and... I don't know... It feels different. This game is pure art.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The claymation intrigued me, so I decided to dive right in.The point-and-click is essential to this game. Your main goal is to explore and find solutions. The game gives you just enough of information to figure out the puzzles on your own without being too ridiculously difficult. Sometimes you'll get stuck, but don't abandon the game. Take a break for about half an hour and try again. A solution will be found.
I love the claymation because it is clearly a labor-intensive gamestyle, but very very worth it. The dialogue can become a bit repetitive, but the story is woven in very well with real life dream theories. If you don't like puzzles, this is not the game for you. This is also not for the faint of heart. There are some very disturbing scenes in this claymation universe.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Excellent point-and-click adventure. The first couple of chapters were a little slow to start with but it was worth waiting for the later chapters, and it's definitely worth playing through until the end. The choice of using a style like claymation results a very unique environment and required a huge amount of effort on the part of the developers besides, and it shows. Localization is good. If I had to nitpick, it would have been nice to have recap of each chapter since I was playing new chapters after a few months' wait, but nothing's stopping me from just replaying the previous chapters. A few bugs in the later chapters but nothing game-breaking. Two tentacles way, way up!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A really nice adventure game that's just emanating the love of the devs have for making it. This is clear in that its all made in claymation which is notorious for being painstaking as hell and it shows, the first episode of this game came out like four years ago. It looks really atmospheric and eerily beautiful because of the claymotion though so its totally worth it.The game's also nicely written with a likable cast and a morally gray antagonist. Some of the puzzles can be obtuse and pixel-hunty, but they're mostly fine. Definitely deserves more love and hopefully the last episode comes out next year. (A fun little bit trivia I learned was the dev for this made Gateway 2, a flash game I played years back that I thought was neat.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Oh boy, would I recommend The Dream Machine. I've just recently gotten into point-and-clicks and I think this just set a high standard and it's going to be hard to find a game that beats it. The wait for Chapter 6 is going to be painful, especially because the devs post teasers on their Twitter. As an artist, this is a game to appreciate, and as someone who enjoys 'darker' art, it's a smorgasbord.

Reasons why you need it:
+ Devs are very responsive to cries for help with glitches
+ Art style is incredible and obviously takes a lot of work
+ Puzzles are really tough
+ Puzzles are innovative and different
+ Chapter format makes it easier to appreciate in moderation instead of doing a binge
+ It's easy to binge

There are some little glitches here and there, but your love for the game will overpower them. Community for this game is great as well. There are no cons, really. Although, I would love to see some dynamic backgrounds.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Excellent original game, it will have you clicking/guiding a clay man around for weeks if you're not up to scratch on problem solving & out of the box thinking. If you want to gain some IQ or troubleshooting skills then take a crack at this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I called the removal man in-game in a surveillance room while spying on him on a monitor and watched on the monitor (one of nine on screen at the time) as he actually picked up the phone and answered. It wasn't even part of the plot. The attention to detail is immense and admirable.
The puzzles are often difficult but not impossible, the tone is both dark and comic. I haven't been this impressed with a pure, puzzle solver point and click game since Grim Fandango and Monkey Island.
If this sounds anything like something you might like, give it a shot. As many people have already said, it deserves more recognition.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I don't play adventure games very often because I'm tired of all those stupid puzzles where you have to join more and more absurd items together to get even more absurd item...

But The Dream Machine is different. It's 100% logical. It's rewarding. It's mesmerizing. It's mysterious.

I love the graphics, I love the music and sounds, I love this game. Diamond among ordinary stones.

I've just finished chapter 5 and I can't wait for the final one!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Possibly the finest and most original point and click adventure I have EVER played. 'Nuff said.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
A somewhat traditional point-and-click adventure that nonetheless oozes charm through its visual style and intriguing narrative. Starts up slow, but never fails to deliver. Worth every penny, though perhaps a bit on the short side.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
jo let
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
just perfect.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Just finished up to chapter 4. I may update my review if I wind up picking up the other parts of the series.
7.5/10

Pros:
1. Good art/designs
2. Puzzles can be intriguing and challenging
3. Storyline is pretty good
4. Some cool and unique ideas here

Cons:
1. Seems a little buggy and laggy at times (I had to replay some areas 3 or 4 times over due to freezing)
2. Inventory was hard to access often
3. Sound is pretty bad
4. Doesn't have a soundtrack

Overall, a pretty good point and click that, if bugs were taken care of and sound updated with possible added soundtrack, has the potential to be one of my top favorites.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Awesome game.
Can't wait for the last chapters!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Too difficult. Unless you're super good at puzzle games it's nearly impossible D:
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5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
If you are a fan of point and click in the slightest, you need to do yourself a favor and play this game. On its point and click gameplay alone I would recommend this title but where it really shines is the stylized graphics. I love stop motion claymation and this is some of the best I've seen. Every screen is handcrafted and carefully detailed and I find the rarity of claymation to add to the overall theme of exploring dreams.

Some puzzles are a little harder than I care for and chalking up some of these solutions to "LOL DREAM LOGIC" gets tired after a while. As a whole the game is great and you'd be doing yourself a favor experiencing this little adventure.
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38.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I have just finished Chapter 5, every single chapter are amazing! The story is very engaging.
the art work is incredible (took over a year to "make" a chapter) and the puzzles are very logical.
altho some times need to FIND the puzzle can use some hint.

some part of the game have nothing to do with the story as a side puzzle but you dont know it, and broke my head just to solve the puzzle and end up something not as rewarding after it was solven...becarful with thos.

over all this game is REALLY worth to play
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
An addictive point-and-click claymation adventure with clever puzzles, on-point soundtrack and peculiar story.

This game knows how to make you feel at unease.
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I bought this game a few days before the Black Friday for around $14 (First I bought the Chapter 1+2, liked it, then bought the bundle). Usually in these kinds of situations I would feel really stupid that I forgot about such a big event and couldn't get it when it was on sale. But guess what: I have no regrets! The game is one of the best adventure games that I've played recently, so it's worth the full price. Highly recommended!
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