GLX reviews Dream:scape for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Publisher/ Developer - Speedbump Studios
There are plenty of games that either unoriginal and/or fail to deliver a satisfying experience. While hampered by some technical problems, Dream:scape is a game that stands out from the crowd and immerses players into a world filled with mystery.
To the outside world, Wilson is just a man trapped in a coma; however, Wilson's soul is trapped within the dreamscape. Guided by a mysterious scarecrow, Wilson must search the dreamscape to learn about himself and a dark secret from the past.
It is very hard to describe one specific thing that makes Dream:scape work as a game. In fact, it is several elements working in unison that make it great. The decision to have the main character as a formless entity in a deserted space is a risky one. After all, the game industry has moved in a direction that embraces customization, complex actions and social interaction. Instead, players move around the world of Dream:scape using two joysticks. The left one is to move, while the other one is to move the camera; the game's dialogue comes from brief, yet haunting audio clips from past moments in Wilson's life. It works wonderfully, as it really highlights the importance of the flashbacks. With the superb use of ambient noise, voice acting and musical arrangements, the game aims for the player's heart.
If the game's script was read on its own, it likely would not be a compelling read. However, Speedbump Studios' use of the interactive medium has made the script work, using the player's experiences and the world of Dream:scape to their advantage. The ending could have been better, but that does not take away much from the game.
At its best, Dream:scape looks amazing. The game is powered by the Unreal Engine and Speedbump Studios did a nice job of creating Dream:scape with it. Still, the game is prone to a graphical issue at times. The game's technical flaws are quite apparent. Dream:scape is a game that needs some more polish.
Dream:scape is very short game that has some characteristics that might annoy some gamers. If you can avoid the game's flaws and unorthodox gameplay, you will find a well-crafted story set in a world of love, heartbreak and betrayal. I'm anxious to see what Speedbump Studios has up their sleeves for their next game.
8.1* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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