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PHYSICAL THERAPY 5 Points Finish the tutorial.
TEAR IN THE WORLD 5 Points Enter a rift.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION 5 Points Find the incomplete area.
HAPPY FAMILY 10 Points Finish the first level for each character.
FULL POCKETS 25 Points Get at least a bronze in all Naaij levels.
JUST ANOTHER DAY 25 Points Finish Mell's story.
RACE FOREVER 25 Points Finish Fuzor's story.
SINGULAR SPEED 25 Points Get at least a bronze in all Fuzor levels.
THE QUEST TO BECOME 25 Points Finish Naaij's story.
RACE TO THE END 50 Points Get at least a silver in all Fuzor levels.
TREASURE HUNTER 50 Points Get at least a silver in all Naaij levels.
ETERNAL RECORDHOLDER 100 Points Get a gold in all Fuzor levels.
THE WORLD CHANGES NOTHING 100 Points Get a gold in all Naaij levels.

Author Comments

Before we have memory, before we know what this world is, we dream. Babies dream of what came before, of universes that are no longer there. Babies dream of dead worlds.

Babies Dream of Dead Worlds is the last of 12 games that I created in 2009.

Reviews


byronxbyronx

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

ehh

wow i didnt know i failed a tutorial



sweetcommandosweetcommando

Rated 5 / 5 stars

scary

shit man! this is very interesting but also very creepy



GaiacarraGaiacarra

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Sort of interesting?

The game does have an appropriate "dream like" feel. I suppose the "babies dream of dead worlds" thing implies this is supposed to be some sort of recollection of past life, or something like that. But this is pointless if it's limited to being just something you hint at in a cryptic phrase on the level-select screen.

That leads me to the biggest problem with the game, which is that it just seems... pointless. You've made a game about a baby's dream. Okay. But then you completely miss what's actually so interesting about that idea. It's not the dream itself, it's the fact that it's a baby having it. Why is the baby having this dream? What are these characters? ARE they people from a past life, or are they figments of the baby's imagination? You didn't touch on that at all, which made the game just feel without purpose. You can pat yourself on the back that you got across the fact that this was another world very efficiently (I didn't even read the author comments until after playing, and I still got it), but that efficiency is matched by the shallowness of it.

I like the idea that this is a glimpse into some strange, hidden universe that the baby is remembering in the form of a dream. It's mysterious, disquieting, and compelling. It's great that you managed to bring across that slight alien creepiness through not only music and visuals, but gameplay (with a completely alien form of control and gravity) as well. Nice one. It's also rounded off by the disjointed, non-linear structure of the narrative, which I think adds to the mystery and the incoherent dream-like feel.

...but, it is POINTLESS when it's just left in isolation like that. What is interesting about this world is that it is a baby's dream. But other than the game's title and very brief opening cutscene are the only things that tell us that. You need in some way to link the baby's world with the dream -- maybe splice in gameplay segments where the baby wake up momentarily, I don't know.

Anyway, technical aspects.

Music got the job done even if it wasn't completely stellar, control scheme was interesting and intuitive once you grasped the concept that gravity always tugged you towards the middle of the level. And as I said, it also added to the alien feel of the game's universe.

However, the level design was generally very poor. The racing and coin-collecting challenges were just pointless (not to mention boring to play anyway). The visuals were also probably out of place. You realize not all artsy games have to be done in retro pixellated graphics, right? In this case I really feel something easier on the eyes would have been preferable. I understand that retro graphics comes as much (if not more) from poor artistic skills on the part of the author as it does from artistic choice, but if that's the case surely you must know SOMEONE with better spriting skills that you can collaborate with.


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papapizzapapapizza

Rated 0 / 5 stars

duuude

i cant sleep anymore. thats... thats...... SOOO SCARY



BansheeslayerBansheeslayer

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I Remember...

I remember having this vision the day before I played this game