Release Date: 6/9/2011
For Fans Of: Adventure Games, Countryside, Love Stories
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The Good: Touching story, high-tech visuals, warm atmosphere
The Bad: Almost no gameplay, can be beaten in less than two hours, bad voice acting, ugly vegetation, too much backtracking, no hints on where to go, bad swipe segments, lots of slow down
dream:scape is about a dying man who’s reliving memories of his love life spanning from childhood to adult hood. The story is very touching and the game has a nice warming atmosphere of a small country town, but there’s really not much game play here except walking around. The graphics are gorgeous, but there are some underlying technical issues.
You get a journal that has a hand drawn map of the town as well as journal pages that are in order on where you’re supposed to go. Once you get to that area a cut scene will play out or audio will be triggered delivering the memory. It will give you clues to the next location or an item to unlock the next location. This is where the problems start. Until you wander the large area enough to memorize everything you will be completely lost. I had to go on the official website and get a walkthrough just to figure out where to go next because there are no hints. Some times you will have to climb a ladder, a ledge, or a bluff, but other than that there is nothing else to do but wander around. There are occasional swipe segments but these register poorly and are badly designed.
There’s a lot of backtracking across the large area, but the walking is very slow. If it weren’t for the touching story I would have turned the game off after 10 minutes. The game can be beaten in less than two hours, and really is just a tech demo for the Unreal Engine for iOS. The lighting is beautiful and there are some nice looking textures, but the vegetation looks flat and terrible. There is a lot of slowdowns here with FPS dropping into single digits some times. The voice acting is also pretty bad, but for the low price point, it is worth a purchase if you love adventure games or want to see some great looking tech on your touch device.
Overall, dream:scape’s only redeeming qualities are the story and graphics. There’s no gameplay here and the game can be beaten in less than two hours. The game will kill a couple of hours on a flight or train ride, but that’s about it.