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Overall, Dream Alone brims with potential but falls slightly short in multiple areas.
Dream Alone has a tired story, clunky controls, and flawed mechanics, and most of its problems can be traced to the near-fundamental incompatibility of this type of horror with this type of platforming. Its most promising aspect—multiple dimensions—is by far the creepiest part, which is enjoyable, but it seems to sabotage itself with a few key flaws that impact the entire game's playability.
Dream Alone tries so hard to capitalise on the inspiration from its formative peers that it forgets to carve out an identity of its own. The poor platforming engine, floaty controls, and frustrating level design leave far too much to be desired for this to be the game of anyone's dreams.
Dream Alone has a simple premise and a big atmosphere, with a background design that is genuinely chilling and puzzles that will make you think.
There could have been potential for Dream Alone to be at least a run-of-the-mill adventure platformer. Instead, the developer chose to see how far it could make a game so infuriatingly bad. It plays with the grace of a gorilla's knuckles being smashed in with a metal bat and it always looks like it's being viewed through squinting eyelashes, while a child is switching the lights on and off with great rapidity. Nothing in Dream Alone makes any sense at all; it is a void that sucks everything where no light can escape.
Dream Alone is an Edgar Allen Poe inspired 2-D platformer that constantly punishes the player, but not in a way that is rewarding.
"Nightmare on two-dimensional street."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
Of many 2D platform games out there, Dream Alone is an indie game that takes us by surprise and brings together the best of other genre games.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Dream Alone meets its goal of presenting a solid gaming challenge within a grim stylized world.