The Dream Machine - A Point-and-Click Adventure
So, as it’s the Steam Holiday Sale all over again (God help my wallet) I thought I’d throw myself back at the point-and-click genre with full force, and at the top of the pile I found this awesome piece of interactive claymation.
The Dream Machine was released in December 2010 as two chapters of a five-part story, created by Swedish designers and developers, Anders Gustaffson and Erick Zaring. The story centers around a couple who have moved across the country to start a new life in preparation for the baby that they are expecting, the first night and morning goes well, until the couple notice that their new apartment isn’t what it seems, and their creepy landlord is more than he appears.
The gameplay is fluid and challenging enough for me to feel the need to text more experienced friends for hints at puzzles, but not so challenging that I want to flip my desk, or delete the game from my library in shame.
Claymation is a really interesting medium that they’ve chosen, and I find myself appreciating the effort that the developers have put into each object and each scene, not to mention the fluidity in each of the character’s movements.
Although only the first three of the five chapters are available, I’d recommend this to a friend looking for a couple of hours of chilled out puzzling, and I await the next two chapters with bated breath.