[PlayStation 4] Dreambreak Review
Dreambreak is a point and click adventure game set in the Soviet Union in an alternate reality.
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Graphically the game looks great, and it made me be interested in this point and click adventure game. You play as a janitor called Eugene, which is a very popular name in Russia – I have personally known several Russian males named Eugene over the years, so the choice of name is very fitting. Eugene has, unfortunately, been caught up in the middle of a revolution that he did not want to be a part of. Youâ€™ll need to do some light platforming here and there as you clear gaps in the floor, but itâ€™s mostly a point and click adventure game.
Youâ€™ll be interacting with things, which you can spot thanks to their glowing orange tint, so that you can collect objects or carry out actions such as entering new areas, accessing machinery and more. The 2D presentation and the fact that thereâ€™s not much backtracking does make the game a bit linear, which is a tad unusual for a point and click game, but itâ€™s definitely not a deal-breaker.
Backtracking is a core gameplay mechanic of most point and click adventure games, but for Dreambreak it is minimal at most. Puzzles are confined to the rooms in which they are found, and you need to complete it there and then before progressing with the story. Sometimes you will need a tool to activate the power, and there is also a Pipe Mania style mini-game youâ€™ll play to solve puzzles. Oh, and there is also a betting mini-game! Dreambreak has a few different mini-games to enjoy throughout your adventure, so youâ€™ll always be doing something or fixing something.
Scattered around the game are collectibles in the locations youâ€™ll visit: old-school LP vinyl records! For those of you unaware of this, these were all the rage before CDs came along â€“ and if you donâ€™t know what a CD is… well, I canâ€™t help you with that! You will collect the very first one near the start of the game and, as expected, thereâ€™s a trophy for obtaining all of them, so get to it!
Overall, apart from the graphics and the music which both are very excellent, the story is thin, and a bit too predictable, not to mention the controls are a bit uncomfortable and take a bit of getting used to. The character movement is weird, and the animation is very stiff â€“ it feels almost rushed. Another thing to mention is that you can finish the game in less than two hours, so do keep that in mind. Trophy hunters will take notice of this since itâ€™s an easy trophy list that can be completed in a short amount of time.
Overall, Dreambreak is not a bad adventure game, but it is a short one with some flaws that might hinder your enjoyment. It features a great-looking art style but the way it is animated and how the gameplay works might not be for everyone.
This Dreambreak review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Digerati.