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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...
Release Date: May 11, 2012
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This Dream Machine Bundle will give you access to Chapters 1-6 as they are released.

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Spring Roll Update

March 28th, 2014

Citizen!

We've just released an update that improves the game in several ways. Not the meatiest of updates, we agree, but it represents yet another small step towards inevitable gaming perfection.

So without further ado, here's the change list:

• Engine: Optimized depth sorting
• Engine: Fixed inventory sliding bug
• Chapter 1: Fixed burned note freeze bug
• Chapter 2: Fixed graphical issue in Mr Morton's dream
• Chapter 2: Swapped lens graphics to hand-made equivalents
• Chapter 1 & 2: Upgraded graphical assets to high-resolution versions

As always, don't be shy if you encounter something strange or buggy in the game.

Cheers,

- a

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Beef Supreme Update

February 26th, 2014

We've just released another update to delight and amuse you. It contains a little bit of everything - reminiscent of what we in Sweden call a "Smörgåsbord". My personal favourite is the additional reading aid cues you can get if you have problems reading small text. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone not afflicted, but it's always fun to play around with voice synthesizers. I think it's strange that more games don't have such features.

Oh well. Enough ranting.

• Engine: Addressed general stability issues
• Engine: Optimized depth sorting
• Game: Tweaked UI
• Game: Added reading aid cues (Steam PC version only)
• Chapter 1: Reinserted high-resolution guitar (due to overwhelming popular demand)
• Chapter 1: Tweaked elevator buttons
• Chapter 4: Tweaked recipe puzzle

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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 the Game

The Dream Machine is an award-winning point and click adventure game made out of 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.

PC System Requirements

    OS: Windows XP or later
    Processor: 1.8 GHz processor
    Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 350 MB HD space

Mac System Requirements

    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: 350 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
137 products in account
1 review
15.4 hrs on record
Great adventure game! Puzzles can be frustrating but are really well thought through and that just makes them more satisfying to complete! Really unique and good looking art style, and an immersive attention to detail that puts you in the story
Posted: December 10th, 2013
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
71 products in account
14 reviews
13.9 hrs on record
The Dream Machine is, by far, one of the most complicated adventure games I've ever played.

You play as a man who has just moved with his wife to a new apartment. Something is amiss, however, and soon you learn that you'll have to take it upon yourself to stop a sinister plot where your dreams, and the dreams of all the apartment residents, are being infiltrated by your land lord and his out of control contraption. The graphics are marvelously creepy, being claymation, and the soft ambeint music and horror-like storyline set the scene for a truly challenging adventure that will have you immersed for hours.

Game play wise, I will say that some of the puzzles may be easy to solve in a few minutes, and other may take hours, or even days, depending on your thought process and how you deal with puzzles. There are puzzles for all types of people, so while I certainly don't suggest that you cheat, it's always fun to team up on this game. Some of the game play can get slightly monotonous while you're stuck, which can be frustrating. (But such is the bane of adventure games.) There were also a few times where I thought I was supposed to be trying to solve a puzzle to unlock something, but it wasn't time for that in the story yet. Still, when things become clear, it's easy to sit down and focus on the puzzle intently.

The story line is creepy and unsettling. It is not a full out horror tale, but at times it can be graphic and disturbing. It also moves slowly towards the disturbing, and as you get further into the plot it becomes stranger.

This IS the sort of adventure game where you may need to keep some scrap paper beside you in order to jot down notes and figure things out. If you are not into complicated adventure games, then this is not for you. But if you are, then welcome to The Dream Machine.



Posted: December 13th, 2013
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
638 products in account
38 reviews
13.9 hrs on record
Wonderful and intriguing story about dreams in a point-and-click adventure with environments, objects and characters basically hand-made from clay, divided by 6 chapters, each one granting like 3 hours of gameplay.

The first 4 chapters was already launched, and despite some delay on bring us the fourth, it seems like the fifth is coming and the sixth will not last too much for coming too. I played the first 3 chapters, and so far i got any bugs unless the Steam layer that doesn't work.

The puzzles are good enough, they're reasonable and you'll not have to try combinations of objects desperately trying to guess because of bad designing. You may found some difficult at the main/last puzzle of each chapter - they're hard, but not nonsensical.

It is a collection of great and beautiful craftwork, but it doesn't try to stand by the art itself, being part of a very good story with solid gameplay, so it's a great game.

If you're those who like point-and-click adventures, mostly with good stories, this is a game for you.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
28 products in account
2 reviews
16.4 hrs on record
Dark story undertones, handmade assets and a nice blend of challenging and fun puzzles lend a unique feel for this game. I feel that with the first two episodes it is a slow build up into episodes three and four but worth the investment. At this time episodes five and six have not been released and as research has uncovered it took almost 2 years for the fourth episodes final release but if history repeats itself it will be worth the wait.
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
125 products in account
10 reviews
5.2 hrs on record
I only bought this game becuse of the Steam sales, intrigued by the visual style. I had never heard of it and I expected it to be something I would play for 5 minutes tops. How wrong I was! This is a great old-style point-and-click adventure with gripping plot and mesmerizing athmosphere. If you like dream-like, oniric settings, don't miss this one!
Posted: December 29th, 2013
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