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The Dream Machine

1 year ago

The Dream Machine ending with Chapter 6 in May

The sixth and final chapter of gorgeous handcrafted adventure game The Dream Machine [official site] will arrive on May 11th, developers Cockroach have announced - six-and-a-half years after the series started. Oh the wait has been long but the games have been more than worth it. The Dream Machine's the story of a husband and wife who move into an apartment and soon discover a…

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Feature: Gorgeous gaffs and where to find them

The 11 bestest best apartments in gaming

Rather than marvel at digital houses we couldn't even dream of owning an armoire to put in IRL, let alone the whole building, we've turned our attention to the world of videogame apartments. These chunks of partitioned living are often just modular, nondescript spaces designed to house clues or bolster the sense of people living in a city, but occasionally there are apartments which offer…

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4 years ago

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The Dream Machine Chapter 5 review

The Dream Machine's episodic structure has been... sporadic. Chapters one and two came out in January 2011, with the rest promised soon after. Chapter 3 appeared in November 2011, taking longer than expected. Which was nothing compared to chapter 4, which finally appeared in August 2013. It was quite a wait, and rather a short entry. It's been slightly over a year since, and now…

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Have You Played… The Dream Machine?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Cockroach certainly never intended to take nearly five years to finish hand-made point-n-click The Dream Machine. What was intended to be six chapters over a few months has become essentially one a year. But with each one better than the last, and the…

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Wakey Wakey: The Dream Machine Chapter 5 Next Week

The Dream Machine's first chapter was so lovely that, in a fit of something or other, I vowed to wait until the whole thing was out before playing any more. Well. Whatever reason I had for that decision, I hope it was worth it. Four years later, the end is drawing near-ish. The fifth chapter of six will arrive on November 14th, developers Cockroach have…

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5 years ago

Feature: Bedtime Stories

The Dream Machine Chapter 4 review

Hand-crafted point-and-click The Dream Machine is taking Swedish indie devs a lot longer to make than they'd planned. So it's a shame that this extended development is really the series' only weakness. As Chapter 4 finally appears, almost two years after Chapter 3, the story of Victor and Alicia is pretty hard to have remembered this far on. But it's worth remembering, because this continues…

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Nightmare’s Over: Dream Machine Chapter 4 Almost Here

Well here's a spot of good news. The fantastic The Dream Machine series has awoken from its almost two year coma! I cannot believe it was as long ago as November 2011 that the third chapter appeared, but post time stamps never lie. Chapter 4 is due to appear on the 1st August, with promises of an enhanced look - and more importantly, a continuation…

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6 years ago

Indie Royale Crams Dream Machine Into Stuffing Bundle

The Indie Royale returns with The Stuffing Bundle, which makes me think of stockings brimming with gifts rather than breadcrumbs and sage shoved inside a carcass cavity. My headline-dominating opinion is that the three released chapters of The Dream Machine are the stand-out content and on this very site you can read what John and I said about the game in the dwindling days of…

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The Dream Machine Wakes Up On Steam

Just a quickie - the first three chapters of the extremely good cardboard-and-clay The Dream Machine are now up on Steam. You can still buy them directly from developers Cockroach if you'd prefer, and those who already did will receive a complementary Steam key. Steam has the first two chapters (bearing in mind that the first chapter is available for free) for £3.19, and the…

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7 years ago

Feature: Night time emissions

The Games of Christmas ’11: Day Five

If you were running a commercial website, the most important thing you could do would be to make sure you put the game name in a prominent position in the post, and of course in the title, to ensure the maximum presence on Google. What would be ridiculous would be an annual massive feature in which you hide the name of the games in question,…

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The Dream Machine Chapter 3 review

What a season we're in for adventures just now. With the re-release of Gemini Rue, the gorgeous Book Of Unwritten Tales, impending games from Amanita, and now a new chapter for the utterly engrossing The Dream Machine. The first two were groundbreaking for their remarkable use of claymation in cardboard sets, but how does it fare once it reaches a third part, and we're used…

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Sleepless: New The Dream Machine Footage

A new trailer for the wonderful The Dream Machine has appeared, which rather nonchalantly includes lots of new footage from the forthcoming chapter 3. Which looks... intriguing. The Dream Machine is one of the best written and most interesting adventure games in years, built entirely out of clay and cardboard, and glacially released in chapters. However, the new footage also contains the surprise at the…

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8 years ago

Anders Gustafsson On The Dream Machine

The Dream Machine has already become one of my games of 2011 (despite being released in 2010, pedants). Its touching story and elegant point and click puzzles, combined with a gorgeous claymation and cardboard construction, puts it in a rare crowd: a great adventure game in the new millennium. Wanting to know a lot more about how it came about, and the thinking behind its…

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The Dream Machine pts. 1 & 2 Are Out, Pretty

I'm currently listening to some of Nico's solo jazz stuff so I'm probably finding indie point'n'click claymation showcase The Dream Machine a little more otherworldly than it is, but it's still got a lovely, mysterious tone to it. Anyway, yes- chapters 1 and 2 have just been released, with the first being completely free (you could be playing it within 5 seconds via this link…

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Handmade Adventure: The Dream Machine

It turns out there's a direct channel to my heart. It's the words, "a Point & Click adventure game made out of clay and cardboard." Gosh. The Dream Machine is looking utterly beautiful. It's a hand-made game by Cockroach Inc., built in three dimensions, and then photographed. Below are screenshots and a trailer, which you absolutely must see.

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