Dream

Welcome to the mind of Howard Phillips. A young graduate with no direction in life who develops an obsession with his dreams. Discover dreams and nightmares filled with puzzles and secrets to help Howard find the meaning to his life.

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What is Dream?

You take on the role of Howard Phillips, a young graduate with no direction in life who develops an obsession with his dreams. Discover dreams and nightmares filled with puzzles and secrets to help Howard find the meaning to his life.

Dream’s gameplay is strongly based around exploration with games such as Yume Nikki and LSD being the initial inspiration for the concept. On top of this we have been inspired by the narrative elements in Dear Esther and Deus Ex’s non-linear story telling and environments, the resulting gameplay maintains aspects of all 4 games. There will be many puzzles to solve, horror sections and some more narrative focused areas. So we hope it will have a range of elements for everyone to enjoy.

Key Features

  • Unique Interact-able 3D Environments

    Every environment in the game is lovingly hand-crafted by our close-knit team of three and with no worldly restrictions to the environments we can have a vast range of aesthetics and puzzles.

  • Non-linear Narrative and Gameplay

    Because you are free to explore the environments in varying orders the narrative is told in a holistic manner.

  • Multiple Endings

    It’s entirely possible to reach the story’s finale whilst having missed entire areas of the game, but doing so can affect the ending you receive.

  • Collectables, Items and Secrets

    Each dream is filled with secrets and collectables that help the player progress and contribute to the story.

  • Oculus Rift

    Dream will be supporting the Oculus Rift at its launch.

  • Soundtrack

    The game features an original soundtrack by our great composer Norman Legies.

Gameplay

In Dream you’ll run around a vast range of environments and listen as Howard tries to relate his surroundings to his life and future. There will be a lot of puzzles to solve ranging from the straight forward all the way through to point and click adventure style lateral thinking problems. There will also be horror segments and nightmares that create a strong contrast with the lovely dream worlds Howard usually inhabits.

The game opens in the house Howard inherited from his uncle. From here you can explore the house and interact with Howard’s bed to make him go to sleep. Once you go to sleep you enter a sort of hub world, a concept we really enjoyed the use of in the game Yume Nikki and decided to incorporate in our own way for Dream. From the hub world you can enter the first act of the game.

narrative

The narrative is split into 3 acts with multiple endings that are possible based on how much you as a player have explored. Each act is comprised of one large environment to explore freely and hidden within that are “doorways” to 2 to 3 side dreams. Finally, completing the main “objective” of the larger dream will take you through to a nightmare segment you must overcome to unlock the next act.

The story is hidden throughout the environments and the more you explore the more you know so check every nook and cranny. Given the nature of the game we estimate that it will take somewhere between 4 to 9 hours to complete depending on how much you want to explore Howards mind and how good an ending you want.

Throughout all these dreams there will be plenty of secrets, collectables and items to find as we really want people to feel rewarded for exploring the worlds. Items play a really big part in Dream and there are a good amount to find hidden throughout the game. One example is the compass we give you at the start of the game which can help lead you to some secrets or even just operate as a normal compass would.

compass

As you unlock more areas to explore you can still retread old ground and sometimes this can be very rewarding as items from later levels may have new uses in old areas. In the full game we really want to saturate the worlds with puzzles and secrets to add this metroidvania layer of gameplay and give people a reason to spend more time in all these different environments.

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Meet The Team

Lewis Bibby

Co-Founder & Lead Artist

I’m trained to handle the aesthetic side of things. I got into game design through my 3D art and have since developed a love for all aspects of creating indie games. I’ve played games all of my life and my adolescence defining game was Halo 2. Once Halo 2 had run through its glory days I gradually made the swap to PC gaming and I’ve been here ever since. My current love is Dota 2.

http://www.hypersloth.co.uk

Ashley Sidebottom

Co-founder & Multi-traits

I do a lot of everything, so I’m always occupied with my headphones on and cracking on with work. I range from doing web work, programming, scaleform, art & sculpting, running the business, house work and knocking up some meals in the kitchen – although there’s only so much you can do on a tick budget. I’m just the perfect housemate ;)

http://www.hypersloth.co.uk

Samuel Reed

Co-founder & Lead Designer

I’m a fames designer who has worked independently and as port of a team in game studios. I have a few games out on different platforms but nothing I have built from the ground up, so Dream really is a personal project for me.

I’ve always wanted to set up a independent studio and after meeting Ash and Lewis everything fell into place.

http://www.hypersloth.co.uk

Norman Legies

Music Composer

“I really hope I’ll manage to make an O.S.T to make you all ‘dream’. I found this project via Steam Greenlight and I was immediately interested and wrote mail to the team, including some of my work.
Many game soundtracks seem extremely influenced by hollywood-esque tunes, being very atmospheric and in my opinion very cold. I plan to make a soundtrack with melodies to remember.”

soundcloud.com/normanlegies

http://www.normanwerte.com

Jonathan Keith

Voice Actor

I’ve been working professionally as a voice artist for about a year, after I decided that I wanted a career change. For over a decade previously I’d been working as a web producer, for media companies such as Discovery TV and the History Channel.

Most of the voice work I’ve done so far has been for corporate clients, but some of the most entertaining jobs I’ve had include recording the trailer for the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games, and a commercial for ‘Johnny Space’ – Wolverhampton’s finest buffet style Indian restaurant. I’m also very proud to have actually been paid to say ‘remember, this product is not available in shops’.

I’ve been gaming for at least 30 years – one of the finest games I remember playing was a Star Wars arcade game in about 1984. In fact, gaming was the main reason that I turned to voice acting, as I’ve always wnted to be involved in making video games.

I’m really excited to be working with Lewis, Ash and Sam on Dream, helping to develop Howard’s character and discovering what, after all, he’s going to do with his life.

http://www.jonathan-keith.co.uk

Blog

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Our forum offers other insights into Dream as well as Alpha and Beta stages of the game for our donators. It  allows for discussion about in-game subjects, expressing your welcome feedback and posting any bugs you experience with demos of the game.

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