IGF Spotlight: The Dream Machine

We take a look at Excellence in Visual Art nominee, The Dream Machine, from this year's Independent Games Festival.

The Dream Machine is an Excellence in Visual Art nominee at this year's Independent Games Festival. The game is a point-and-click adventure where you play as a couple, Victor and Alicia, who have recently moved into their new apartment only to discover an unsettling secret about their new home. The developers wanted to stay far away from a polygonal look, so they decided to go with a Claymation aesthetic, which gives the game a great look.

The Dream Machine

Everything in the world is mostly clickable, with each click serving a purpose. The first episode in the game starts you off in Victor's dream; soon after, you wake up and help your girlfriend Alicia with household duties. From there, you get to explore the new apartment and begin to discover a disturbing secret that leads you to the next episode. The first episode is available to play for free, and the second episode is available to purchase now with other episodes being released each month. For more games like this check out the Downloads blog on GameSpot.

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4 comments
smithboy1177
smithboy1177

The first level is neat, but I'd rather it be downloadable, like Machinarium. I'm not always around Wi-Fi...

Cr4shV1p3r
Cr4shV1p3r

@wiidominance Yeah it is, comes out sometime this year, all about robots, don't think it's got anything to do with this game though! :P I played the first chapter of this and I thought it was pretty cool, although there aren't many point and click adventures that I don't like! Now just trying to decide if the rest of the chapters are gonna be worth the money...

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@MarcoM Not a downloadable game it seems, but an online browser-based game. Really quite cool! Go to http://www.thedreammachine.se/ to try out the first chapter for free - the subsequent chapters appear to require registration, though I'm unsure if there's also a fee. EDIT: Subsequent chapters come with a

wiidominance
wiidominance

isn't the latest film from now dead Japanese Anime film director Satoshi Kon also called the dream machine ? o_O