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First Dream 5 Points

The infinite road.

Fifth Dream 10 Points

The escape.

Fourth Dream 10 Points

They.

Second Dream 10 Points

The big mountain.

Third Dream 10 Points

The graveyard.

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Get all the notes.

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Reveal the memories of Eddie Conner, an adolescent living alone in his rich parents' house. With his family murdered, the only way to discover the killer's identity is through his deepest dreams.

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WARNING: Jumpscares, dark themes, probable photosensitive epilepsy, blood, and most important PERMADEATH (now it can be disabled)
- The game saves automatically after you open a door.
- If you're trapped, press P and then "Load", except in the wooden house.

The game is like it is. The repetitive mechanic is part of the same dreams. If you don't like it, it's okay.
If you ever find yourself in a loop with the shadow, you should go to the menu and then load... but I'd try waiting.

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I honestly tried to play it. Don't get me wrong, I like myself a good challenge, I've got RPG on Isaac: Afterbirth and just finished NG+6 on Dark Souls: PtDE. This, however, isn't hard. It's frustrating.
As far as I've seen it, gameplay is garbage. There would be absolutely no challenge in escaping this Dream Eater guy save for one thing: his spawning script makes no bloody sense. I tried walking, I tried sprinting, I tried crawling a few steps a minute, I tried standing still. It won't matter. This guy spawns anyway, at random intervals. And he doesn't just spawn behind you or ahead of you, he spawnes wherever he wants. Seriously, I've died a few times just because this cunt spawned up my fucking nostrils!
Speaking of "ahead of you", this "loop with the shadow", as you call it, is shit. Wardrobes are too far to reach because when you move inbetween the rooms, this guy spawns not behind you like any sensible monster, but ahead of you, so you have to go back and forth inbetween the rooms until this "shadow" decides that it has better things to do with it's life(?). I don't blame the chap. I think the same of the whole game myself.
Then, there's death. Every time you die, you get back to the real world, have to munch on some pills and go back to sleep. A neat little thing, but there's a catch. You wake up at your bed, and your pills are in the kitchen on the other side of the bloody house, the process of taking pills is excruciatingly slow, and your character runs at a snail's pace. Not to mention there's nothing else to do, or look at in the house but collect notes.
Oh yeah, notes! Not only those ooze with clich├ęs, every time you die, those reset, and you have to collect them all over again. Some notes appear at places you can't return to, but they reset anyway, so I presume that if you die, those are lost forever. I stopped caring about those altogether the third time I died, because picking them up means waiting for a second or two before you can move on with your game. A second or two doesn't sound that much, but they add up, because there's a shitload of those notes, and, again, they all reset upon death.
Let's talk about death mechanics, shall we? Death in a videogame should be a punishment. You have to get better to avoid death, and if you die, you should be sent back indeed. The difference between a good death mechanic and a bad one is this: sending the character to the beginning of the challenging place is good. Sending them to an absolutely pointless time consuming fragment before the challenging place is bad. The player should be able to retry the challenge right away, not go to shove some drugs down his throat for the 27th goddamn time the same fucking night.
But here's the weirdest thing. Despite the game sending you back to have a walk of shame in your house and resetting all the useless notes, the ACTUAL challenging part - the clock "puzzle" - doesn't reset upon death. I'm sorry, what? You did it the other fucking way around, how do you even do that?
There's nothing even to give credit for, too. The atmosphere settles in for the first 5 minutes, then gets thrown out the window by shit gameplay. The soundtrack is unimpressive, the pixel-art is stale (it's 2017 outside, for fuck's sake think of something new already!) and jumpscares got too old about 20 years ago.
This game is really, really poorly planned. From the main character that's too dumb to realize that if you can't sleep without pills you could place them at your bed, not on the other side of your fucking house just so you can stumble upon furniture in darkness (because apparently our character likes it with no electricity at all - none of the lights switch on and he doesn't mind), to numb, unfair and repetitive gameplay to boring setting, this game leaves impression that creators made a home project to learn programming - a project that should've never seen the light of day.

Excuse me, what? IT WAS FRONTPAGED!?


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An promising but ultimately extremely frustrating experience.

Once I enter the house at the end of the road I go forward then I get chased by the shadow. I enter the next area and the shadow is coming right at me...so I have to back...but then the shadow now to the left of me.....I can go back out the door but then he is to the right at me so I AM STUCK and I cannot move away from the door.

In Firefox the "wooden house" is so laggy it is unplayable. Also, if I die to the shadow I have to do everything ? (reading notes and getting the pills) just to try it again if I'm not signed in?

It has potential but I cannot play it in its current form.


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There's a rather unpleasant delay in between using the interact button and the text popping up when you read a page.

Audio is great. Didn't like the art.

The small window size is really what ruined this for me though.

It's 2017. And people have monitors. And they have lots of pixels on them.



Could have been a really good game; the sound effects were great. But the ground-hog day repetitiveness really dragged it down for me. Having to go from the bedroom to the kitchen and back every time for about 50 times took the shine off this one. I also found that sneaking really didn't add anything to the game, especially since it was useless once you pulled a lever or picked up a page.



Needs a lot of work.


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