The Dream Machine

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From Sweden comes this charming, Flash-based adventure game that you can play in your browser. It’s unique in that instead of using flashy graphics or fancy 3D to wow players, the creators instead used cardboard sets and claymation characters to dress it up giving it a special look reminiscent of Wallace & Gromit.

It’s also a finalist at the Independent Games Festival and feels as polished as any game that you might find on a shelf. The first chapter is free to play. After that, you have to pay to see the other episodes in this five chapter series. As for the story, it follows a couple who move into an apartment and later discover a secret that turns their world upside down. The puzzles aren’t difficult with one exception in the first chapter, but they’re fun and the characters are as entertaining to watch onscreen as their dialogue is to read.

As something that can be a negative to some prospective players out there, you also have to be online to play it since the whole series is designed to be played from your browser. On their development blog, they’ve stated that this was necessary to protect themselves from piracy seeing as they don’t have the kind of protection that a publisher could have provided them with. They’re just indies who want to make a good game, but it’s also clear that there are those out there that really don’t care as long as they can get their product for free.

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Because it’s all online, it uses its own cloud system for saves though you will have to create an account to make the most out of it. But this also plays into another reason for why they chose this delivery method: you can play the game from any machine that can support the site, whether it’s a Linux box, Windows, or a Mac.

So give this a shot if you’re hungry for something that’s a little different. And when you do, be sure to pick up everything that isn’t nailed down. There’s no telling when that hangar might be useful. Give it a try at their official site here.