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February 1, 2011

The Dream Machine – Chapter 1

Filed under: Free, Macintosh, Paid, Puzzle & Casual, WindowsJosh @ 05:02

How did a map get inside a fish?

The Dream Machine is a current work in progress by Cockroach Inc., the same guys who brought you Gateway and Gateway II. (Click the links to see reviews.) Similar to the Gateway games, this is a point-and-click adventure that has you solve puzzles to progress though a story. And just like Gateway II (not the first Gateway so much), The Dream Machine has a very intriguing storyline with eerie undertones. It begins on a desert island in the middle of absolute nowhere. After finding a map inside of a fish which leads to a buried alarm clock, Victor (the main character) awakes in the apartment he has just moved into. He blames the weird dream on a painting above the bed, but he can’t seem to shake it. On top of this dream-induced haze he finds himself in, he also discovers the remains of a mysterious note from the previous tenant, offering a bit of a warning about this place.

You must guide Victor as he searches for clues in his new apartment building while doing chores for his wife and trying to get the place settled. Along the way you’ll meet an interesting cast of characters, each with a unique personality and usually a mysterious back story. However, this is only the first chapter in much larger game, and you won’t get all of these characters figured out this early in the story.

It's the first morning in a new apartment.

Cockroach Inc. decided on quite an interesting distribution method for The Dream Machine. The first chapter is free, but following chapters will require a small fee. Chapters will also be available for pre-order for a discounted price. It seems like a great idea, since this first chapter is so intriguing, players will find themselves dying to know what happens next.

The look of the game is absolutely brilliant. All of the settings were made out of “clay and cardboard” (in the words of the developers) and have a dark, ugly-in-a-beautiful-way, artsy sort of vibe to them. The background music has an ominous tone to it (besides Mr. Morton’s jazz music) and will keep you in the right frame of mind for enjoying this piece of work.

The Dream Machine is a wonderful piece of art that needs to be experienced by all point-and-click enthusiasts. Hop on over to the Dream Machine website to begin your adventure!

Oh yes, and you can follow the progress of The Dream Machine on the official Facebook page here, which has news updates, concept art, and even sneak peeks at what the developers are putting into the next chapter of the game.

Mr. Morton. I'm pretty sure this guy is creepy.

The Dream Machine

 ★★★★½ 

Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Technical:★★★★★ 
A claymation point-and-click puzzler with memorable characters and an intriguing storyline.

Game: The Dream Machine | Developer: Cockroach Inc.

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