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Dreadwine

by Eric Eve profile

Surreal
2006

(based on 5 ratings)
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About the Story

An entry into the MCDream minicomp, this game tries to capture the essence of a vivid dream its author remembers having many decades ago.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform
Baf's Guide ID: 2923
IFID: 95C30E59-A47B-42C7-8318-F20A12AF7A41
TUID: hah6uisf46qqqvxx

Editorial Reviews

IF-Review
"Dreadwine" uses the expectations of IF to emulate the frustration of a dream. There are places and props in the game that look like pieces of a puzzle solution, only the player is never allowed to put them together, to resolve things as he wants to. Instead, other events unfold and the player is swept along with them. At the time, I found this a bit baffling, but in retrospect I think I see the point: dreams are full of struggles like this, attempts to do things that never quite become possible. The best we can accomplish is to wake out of that state.
-- Emily Short
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SPAG
Should Dreadwine be judged as a game or as a conveyor of the author's emotions? As a game it provides little of interest, few interesting interactions and a solution that is arbitrary and unsatisfying. As a vector for emotion it fares rather better. [...]

The town has a drab sullen atmosphere suffused with a sense of forboding. The author writes very well and manages to create his dream with economical English that is interesting and evocative.

-- David Jones
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