Wednesday, 04 July 2018 09:38

REVIEW: Dream Alone (Nintendo Switch)

Written by Kevin Lal
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If Tim Burton created a skin for games such as Braid.

Dream Alone is an interesting looking Platform game from the Developers at Warsaw Games in Poland. This is their Debut Title published by Fat Dog Games who have brought plenty of Indie games to the industry with more in development. Taking inspiration from the likes of Braid and Limbo.

You are a young boy from a small village stricken with an illness causing people to go into a coma. As the only member left of his family who has not come down with this sickness, you are approached by a black bird explaining that Lady Death is behind this and to search for answers you will need to face them. As Lady Death is able to cure and revive the dead.

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The first level begins in the Dark Forest. With a hand drawn Tim Burton style appearance, dark and flashing camera work to set the scene in this dark game. At times I found the camera style difficult to get use to, as it is quite heavily produced. With a grain effect and monochrome style to add to the atmosphere and difficulty of the game. As Dream Alone is not easy in the slightest and is a punishing platform puzzle game.

The levels are full of traps and plenty of unusual enemies to encounter. With the traps themselves I found the game easier to play on a television than handheld. As in handheld the traps feel even smaller and plenty of times I have met a bloody and unhappy end due to this.

In later levels you are presented with nothing but blackness, this requires one of your power ups such as the torch but these are limited and you will find yourself at times running around in darkness. Another power up switches to an alternative version of reality, showing dark figures and creatures but also showing areas that seemed un-passable.

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The controls can be irritating, finding running and jumping not responding at the best of times. With the famous not jumping late enough that you find in these types of platforms making you fall to your death on more than several occasions.

Dream Alone has the right ideas and is a nice style platformer but it did not seem to come together correctly. It is beautifully developed but as I said before the atmosphere can sometime be to harsh and making the game difficult to focus on. I also found spelling errors at times within the subtitles making the game feel more of an early release than a full title.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 28th June 2028
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Warsaw Games
  • Publisher: Fat Dog Games
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, 2D