March 27, 2015 7:00 AM | Joel Couture
The dreaming world can be a frightening place - taking you to a world where reality crumbles and shifts with no reason, yet your mind simply connects the dots. What you're seeing shouldn't make sense, yet everything in a dream is logical to the dreamer. This is the kind of dangerous place poor Sarah has found herself in after an accident put her in a coma, leaving her stranded in a twisting dream landscape. Dreams and nightmares can be scary enough as is, but at least most of us have the ability to wake up. In the recently-released Dreaming Sarah, the title character does not.
It doesn't seem to be all bad in the dream world. Like a real dream, this place can shift from terrifying to hilarious to unsettling in seconds. Being stared at by a giant eye doesn't seem all that appealing, but hey, at least you found an enchanted trucker's hat in the deal, right? I'm not exactly sure what powers that hat will give you to help you with the game's puzzle platforming, but there are other items to be found that will make your trip across this world a little easier, and friends to meet along the way. Like...a talking tonsil in a huge mouth. And a sailor. Always got to be on the look out for sailors.
Using a comatose dream as setting is an interesting idea, as it really does open up the world to go to whatever dark or funny place the developers at Asteristic Game Studios want to take it. Lava-filled caves, an eye-filled cavern, the beach, a huge mouth - they can really take the game wherever they would like. I'm just curious about what it all means for Sarah, and if the wandering across each area is part of some narrative, spoken or unspoken, about what happened to her. Does this world tell a story, or is it just the broken meanderings of a dying mind? With it available now (and a demo is out for those who want to try it first), we can all find out for ourselves.
Dreaming Sarah is available for $5.99 on Steam, Desura, Itch.io, IndieGameStand, and Splitplay. For more information on the game and Asteristic Games, you can head to the developer's site, the game's site, or follow the developer on Tumblr, YouTube, and Twitter.