Dreamtruder

a Fantasy Adventure by Mystic_Warrior

Commended by mizal on 7/15/2020 4:12:10 PM

Player Rating6.50/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 14 ratings since 07/08/2020
played 139 times (finished 8)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length7/8

"It keeps going and going"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.

"The delicate balance between the dream world and the real world is disrupted. You intruded and messed up the dream of an innocent. By talking about this with an Unknowing, the possibility of the dreamstage being unveiled is now greater than ever. The Jury has made a decision - we have no choice but to send you to The Jungle..."

Dreamtruder

 

 

Life was hard, balancing work and relaxation. Then the nightmares came, and all I ever wanted was to be free of them. Yet, I never accounted for this - finding out the truth about the dream world, exploring the vast plane of the imagination...only to be whisked away to the longest nightmare ever. 

Think a jungle's bad? Try a fictional jungle, where literally anything can happen, and the most creative minds have conspired to give you a hard time.

 

 

 

Note: This game was created for Mizal's 'Welcome to the Jungle' contest. There are several epilogues, and while the main one is the normal Dreamtruder path, others include Dream director, Dreamcaster, Dreamediator, and Dreamhero. Fancy a challenge? Try completing the Jungle challenge without picking up any dreampowers - it's possible, but requires a bit of thinking and planning ahead. Also, for some items, click the 'use' button as a link would not be provided (if this is the case, it would be specified in the object description)

Since this would be my first published storygame, I am still relatively new to this. Feel free to message me or spam the comments if you encounter any issues, have any suggestions for improvement, or just have something you want to say.

Enjoy!

Player Comments

SPOILER ALERT!

For those who cannot seem to get the clean water source at the first stage of the Jungle, do this (read backwards to prevent accidental spoilers):

Teg eht pmaws retaw dna esu ti no eht erifpmac.
-- Mystic_Warrior on 7/14/2020 2:51:29 AM with a score of 0
I really liked the game and would really like to learn more about the dream world in future story games, but will someone please tell me how to get a water source that doesn't kill you, I've really tried, and I can't figure it out.
-- Future1 on 7/12/2020 8:44:00 PM with a score of 0
Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, absolutely LOVED IT! That game is easily one of the best I've played in ages. Definitely understand why Miz had to take your game out of the contest. You completely obliterated the competition!

Now for the mean bit. The game is very clearly rushed. It's completely littered with spelling and grammar mistakes and needs a good two or three proofread to get rid of them all. Also, while the first couple of stages of the jungle are fantastic and the last couple of stages are an emotional rollercoaster, a lot of the middle stages felt kind of bland and I was disappointed by how little I actually used my dreampowers after the first couple of rounds (but then I guessed you were rushed for time by the competition's deadline, so I'll give you a pass for that.)

Now for the good stuff. Fully fleshed out and interesting characters, great puzzles to solve, some incredibly beautiful scenery and experiences as well as some very moving emotional scenes. To top it off, the plot was absolutely gorgeous! A game set in a dream world is just super, super imaginative and I really think you did a great job of exploring all the weird and wonderful things you can do with such a unique setting.

Got to say that the actual ending of the game was kind of disappointingly anticlimactic, but to be honest, I'm not even sure if I got the real ending. It didn't say "Epilogue" like some of the others. Going to have to play through the game again and see if there's a "true ending" I'm missing out on.

In the end, I rated this an 8/8. While there are a lot of flaws with the game that made me feel I should've rated it a 7, in the end I decided to rate the game based on how much I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it a LOT. ^_^
-- Avery_Moore on 7/8/2020 3:39:38 PM with a score of 0
I've created an account to say that I love the concept of this story. However, there are parts where it is frustrating to go through: namely in the RETURN links. For instance, during the first level of the Jungle, I decided to take the blue and purple berries but left the swamp water behind, deciding that it was dangerous. When Dramer woke up after trapping the lion, I could trigger the dialogue to 'eat the blue berries.' I got the speech from the official telling you about the berries, and asking you to drink water. But the only link from there was 'Return to the Jungle.' Naturally, I went to search for water that he could drink. When I did so, I only had four options:

- Light up the campfire

- Create a weapon

- Give in and sleep

- I'm ready to wake up

Lighting up the campfire is a dead-end that forces you to return to the sleep-inducing tree. Creating a weapon is useless since I have the stick and the net. Give in and sleep is a clear failure. The only option remaining was 'I'm ready to wake up' which triggers the dialogue with the berries again. I ended up in an inescapable loop.
To break the loop, try to add options where you can go back and explore the swamp and the cave with webs.It's very difficult to have to keep reversing every choice just to see what was missed. 

As far as the length, I found the beginning a bit short, but I liked the fact that the story began with action rather than a long dragging segment. The idea of a dream-jungle and dreamcourt were quite funny. I only wish that the gameplay was more streamlined with back-links.
-- throaway23 on 7/8/2020 11:04:54 AM with a score of 0
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