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Dreamscapes: The Sandman Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Dreamscapes: The Sandman

Defeat the Sandman and help Laura to wake up in the real world!
User rating: 29 (88%) 4 (12%) 10 comments

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Laura has a special gift: ability to enter the world of dreams. One day, the girl suddenly falls asleep. Nobody can awake her until mad professor Sanders comes up with an odd solution. He’s invented a dream machine, and your task will be to get into Laura’s dreams and defeat her nightmares.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: x86, 800 MHz; RAM: 2 GB; DirectX: 8.1 or later


1C Entertainment, Playrix



File Size:

883 MB



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Dreamscapes: The Sandman:


In Brief:
Dreamscapes: The Sandman was originally given away via Playrix Games (as the collector's Edition) on September 14, 2014, where it received a positive 79% from 513 votes with 91 comments which you can see HERE.
Young Laura was well protected from nightmares once her father gave her the Dreamcatcher. But after his sudden death the Dreamcatcher disappeared and Laura slipped into an endless nightmare. No one could wake her up. But you can try to save Laura! With the help of Professor Sanders and his machine take a dangerous journey to Laura’s ghastly dreams, dispel her awes, fight her fears, solve numerous riddles of Laura’s subconscious and find clues to her redemption. Collect all the pieces of the lost Dreamcatcher and help the girl return to the real world with this breath-taking point-and-click adventure game!

* 50 various locations to wander around
* Incredible dream worlds to visit
* 2 game modes to enjoy
* Dozens of achievements to get
* Astonishing cutscenes in 3D


The Game:
Laura Young has been plagued by hideous nightmares of The Sandman ever since she was a child. A magic dreamcatcher has managed to keep The Sandman at bay for all these years, but when Laura is reunited with the monster at her big violin recital, she realizes too late that her defences are futile. With her protective dreamcatcher shattered, Laura slips into an unexplainable coma. And that’s where you come in. You play as a silent volunteer, who has agreed to help a genius scientist enter Laura’s mind and rid it from these nightmares, in the hopes she’ll wake up.

The gripping story of Dreamscapes: The Sandman is introduced through bold, beautiful graphics and breath-taking imagery, like Laura collapsed on the stage, violin in her lifeless hand, and surrounded by roses. The character models are rendered in impeccable 3D, and The Sandman is particularly chilling in his voice and design. I can see why Laura is so afraid of this guy! I’ll admit the dialogue can be a little cheesy sometimes, but that’s a very small complaint compared to how the story stays with you, and refuses to ever leave. You find out more about Laura’s past and her relationship with her father through wonderful flashback cut scenes, and nothing about the game’s presentation ever feels rushed or gives the impression that the developers took the lazy way out.

When Laura’s dreamcatcher was broken, the pieces were scattered across a number of diverse and alarming nightmare locations, which are all interconnected and accessed through a centralized hub area in Laura’s mind. In each different nightmare scenario, you’ll have to rescue a dream version of Laura from a frightening brush with death, like being buried alive beneath a heavy tombstone or falling through the ice in a frozen lake. This forms the basis for some horrifyingly delightful areas, from a cold and empty winter wonderland, to an abandoned amusement park, and even Laura’s flooded childhood home.


The game has no qualms about littering the scenery with demonic clown heads and shadowy bodies hung from bare winter branches (also, this game wins the award for the creepiest, hollow-eyed paper dolls I’ve ever seen). There are some seriously dark and startling ideas in here. But the cool thing is after you’ve dispelled an area from Laura’s nightmare, it changes in appearance from a nightmare to a dream. For instance, after I completed the dilapidated church level near the beginning of the game, I watched as lush green grass and blooming roses grew around the structure, and butterflies began to hover through the air. And you can even pan the camera left and right in a few select screens, to get a wider panorama of your current surroundings.

Reference accessed http://links.giveawayoftheday.com/gamezebo.com/2013%2F02%2F05%2Fdreamscapes-sandman-review%2F 14th Sept 2014 and reposted 30th November 2021
Dreamscapes: The Sandman plays like a hidden object adventure game, but without the actual HOG segments to slow you down. Because of this, I managed to breeze through the entire game in only 3 hours or so, which usually isn’t the best kind of length for a game of this nature. However, the game offers a few other tasks to get your money’s worth, like finding all 109 neutralizing beholders (creepy one-eyed centipede creatures) throughout the nightmare environments; earning several achievements and assembling their icons in a neat menu screen; and playing through an additional bonus chapter for those who picked up the Premium Edition.

But I think the biggest qualm that people are going to have with Dreamscapes: The Sandman is that the game’s puzzles are a bit too easy, and the mostly segmented nightmare areas leave very little to overlook as far as the exploration goes. Most of the puzzles in the beginning of the game have to do with turning discs of some sort to form a picture or line up a circuit, and these can get a little repetitive and obvious before long, but you’ll encounter some much more interesting ones the further you progress: including using a cipher to crack a puzzling number code, and even completing an old retro arcade mini-game that pays homage to Super Mario Bros.
























There's no security scan becasue the games installed size is way over that allowed for uploads to the scan site.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)


Other Free Games:
Please check Delenn's threads over in the giveaway forums HERE {e.g. Crime Cities free for a limited time on GOG} and HERE for the latest non Steam and Steam freebies. Also for the latest Steam sales check THIS Steam database site out. You can list the games in 'price' & 'percentage off' by clicking the headers. If you link SteamDB with your Steam account, all games that you already have will be highlighted in green. When there are Steam games being given away, you'll see 100% off.
Don't forget to check Indie Gala's freebie section HERE, then click on the Showcase header, selecting freebies from the drop down menu; recent additions include Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, and Potatoman Seeks the Troof. Recent games such as Distortions, Dino Run DX, Cheap Golf, Kill Em All, Dead Hungry Diner and Contract with the Devil have now been removed. All remaining freebies can be found in the showcase section (around 100 are available). Not all games that go into the showcase remain free, so you should grab them as soon as you can.
The latest Epic games include Dead by Daylight, a multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed. We also get While True: Learn (Data Scientist Edition) - a puzzle/simulation game about even more puzzling stuff: machine learning, neural networks, big data and AI. But most importantly, it’s about understanding your cat.

Next week, from Thursday 9th December we will get Godfall Challenger Edition, (released last year on the 12th November) - Save Aperion. You are the last of the Valorian knights, masters of combat equipped with legendary armour called Valorplates. Ascend in Godfall, a first-of-its-kind, looter-slasher, melee action-RPG the challenger edition includes maximum level unlocks and skills from the outset. We will also be getting the excellent Prison Architect - Welcome Wardens! Only the world’s most ruthless Warden can contain the world’s most ruthless inmates. Design and develop your personalized penitentiary in Prison Architect.

If anyone who got last weeks TheHunter: Call of the Wild is interested in playing some coop with me, please leave a message in the thread I posted over in the forums HERE; I'll then contact you via the email you've used for your forum sign in and I'll send you a link to my Discord channel and make some arrangements to play. I've been playing the game regularly since June this year (accruing over 600 hours of game play). I've found playing with friends much more enjoyable.
The best Indie Bundles sites that have been operating from around 2011 are the Humble Bundle and Indie Gala sites where you'll sometimes find decent bundles with over 90% off the usual price of the games included in the bundles. The Humble site is in my opinion the best. A more recent addition that is worth checking out are the Fanatical bundles (used to be called Bundle stars)that you can find HERE (thanks Delenn for reminding me of this bundle, I've just recovered my account and found thousands of unused Steam keys listed from various bundles I purchased from 2012 to 2017).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

I was going to pass on this one but after reading wow looks really good!! Thank you for all the listings too! I will be checking them out!! Ive been playing a lot of those mosaic type games lately...my favorite bought is Dreamscape Mosaics and the sequel too! So hopefully we can get some like this too! Im really looking forward to what comes next! I will post my thoughts on this creepy game!

Reply   |   Comment by Pixieydust  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Just to let you know, The game kept crashing for me constantly on today's giveaway, I had to restart my computer 3 or 4 times, and the game just did not want to co-operate, it wouldn't even let me get out of the window so I could send the error information to the developer either

Reply   |   Comment by Mitch Larson  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have played countless hidden object games, usually once.
But this game was worth playing a second time because it was well written and emmersive.

Reply   |   Comment by Riff Seven  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I have this game's install date as Jan 02, 2014. Was it given away twice in 2014 and was the first time a "Collector's Edition" as well?

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Tried for a few minutes works fine Win 10.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Tryed three times everytime it froze, had to alt + control + delete and even that froze. no choice but reboot the computer. looked like a good game to but had to delete it bummer but thats tec for you.

Reply   |   Comment by oldjab1@yahoo.com.au  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)


If the game freezes again instead of rebooting try Alt + F4. That should work?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

In similar cases, rebooting into 'safe mode with network' may solve the problem.

Reply   |   Comment by alexyu  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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