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  • Summary: Dreamfall continues the story of "The Longest Journey," one of the most critically acclaimed adventure games ever made, and brings adventure gaming into a new era. Focusing on story and characters, Dreamfall features unparalleled 3D visuals, advanced character animations, stunning audio, and innovative gameplay - wrapped in a unique and magical ambience. Dreamfall is set in the 23rd Century, where a young woman accidentally uncovers a conspiracy related to dreams; a conspiracy that may herald the destruction of the twin worlds of science and magic. Confronted by mysteries that she cannot resolve on her own, she must seek assistance from the one person who might have the answers: April Ryan, the heroine of "The Longest Journey." Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. 100
    Dreamfall is an amazing journey that propels players into a world where science and magic and art and music combine to make a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. It's filled with enough nuance, emotion, and charm to be an instance classic-and with better, more difficult puzzles, could have surpassed the original from every angle.
  3. Overall, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey features an excellent story with a large cast of unique and great characters.
  4. 75
    While Dreamfall attempts to incorporate action elements, it just doesn't work. The stealth and battle systems are woefully underdeveloped. This wouldn't have been a big deal if there was still an enjoyable array of puzzles, but those too were drastically simplified.
  5. Let's just hope the attempt to broaden its audience works: Dreamfall ends on a cliffhanger. If it's all the same to the creators, we'd rather not wait another six years for a resolution.
  6. It needed a bit more work with its action and stealth elements, and it probably won't catch on with those unfamiliar with the series, but fans will enjoy the freefall into pure genius.
  7. Although the game holds an intriguing and extremely likable protagonist in the plucky slacker Zoe Castillo, the rest of the game in the gritty parlance of the streets, blows enormous monkey chunks. [Jun 2006, p.49]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. PeterP.
    Mar 12, 2007
    10
    Very good game, in some parts a bit to hard to control, but you have all the time you need.
  2. Jim
    May 3, 2006
    10
    Possibly the best interactive story ever told.
  3. RebeccaG.
    May 3, 2006
    10
    Best story so far.
  4. BenF.
    May 3, 2006
    9
    Good though somewhat flawed gameplay is quickly forgotten as you become wrapped up in the staggeringly amazing story!
  5. [Anonymous]
    May 23, 2006
    9
    One of the very few really good games to come out in recent years.
  6. Haze
    May 1, 2006
    8
    Dreamfall is more an experiment in interactive fiction than a game. Aside from a few easy puzzles, some boring combat (with no more than 10 or 15 enemies in total) and some running around to fetch various items, there is very little actual gameplay. If you're the kind of person who always breezes past cutscenes, you'll probably want to avoid this one since at least 75% of the time you're watching, not playing. While that may all sound fairly negative (and at odds with the 8 rating I'm giving this game) there is much to recommend this game. The soundtrack, voice acting, environments and imagery are all at a very high level and the story is great. From a pure gaming point of view, Dreamfall may fall somewhat short, but for those who enjoy movies as much as they enjoy games and who are able to set aside preconceptions, this is an experience worth checking out. What Dreamfall does do well is tell a story. Collapse
  7. ToddK.
    May 16, 2006
    4
    One word describes this game....BORING!! Unless you have had at least 4 Red Bulls before playing, make sure a pillow is near so your head doesn't hit the ground to hard when you fall asleep. Or better yet, play right from bed with your wireless remote. Expand

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