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Listen to our title track as you read!

Dreamscaper is an ARPG Roguelite blending elements from brawlers, top-down shooters, and dungeon crawlers. 

Every slumber is a different random dungeon and you must unlock the power of your dreams to see a new day.

Play as Cassidy, a young woman trapped in a deep depression. Dive into her subconscious to take on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with. 


We're three game developers that left behind traditional development to make a game that is fun, deeply replayable and has emotional resonance. We find the games we gravitate to the most strike a chord on multiple levels, interconnected in both gameplay and storytelling, and that’s what we plan for Dreamscaper. 


PLATFORMS

As we're a small team, we're focusing our efforts on a PC release first. We're also targeting additional platforms down the road (Nintendo Switch is planned and hopefully PS4, and Xbox One at a later date). With your help, those can be a reality much sooner! 

Adventure through haunting dreams to discover secrets, vanquish nightmares, and upgrade your gear all while uncovering Cassidy’s story.

Battle nightmares and make the rush of permadeath your ally as a multitude of surreal items, and an ever-changing world make Dreamscaper replayable over and over again. 

Live Cassidy's waking life - forge friendships, build relationships and learn more about the world around her to bring new hopes and memories into her next dream.


You'll explore both the waking and dreaming worlds  - your actions in one affect the other.

Waking

  •  Build Relationships -  Meet the people around Cassidy and empower her with their hopes and memories to dispel the darkness of her nightmares. 
  •  Unlock Stories -  The further you make it into your dreams, the more you'll learn about Cassidy and her story. Choices you make as the story progresses influence your dreams. 
  •  Earn Upgrades - Progress in the Dreamscape allows you to forge friendships, unlock new weapons, items and powers that will help you once you fall back asleep.

Dreaming

  •  Confront Nightmares - Face Cassidy's nightmares to help her see the dawn.
  •  Explore the Dreamscape - Gear up and build your dream powers as you see more of Cassidy's subconscious.

Dreamscaper features a rich combat system that rewards skilled play. Use careful positioning, exact timing and quick reflexes to defeat foes with an abundance of combat options.  


GET UP CLOSE

Each weapon class in Dreamscaper is unique, from rending the earth below your nightmares to whipping a yo-yo into their faces. You'll have a myriad of options to approach combat.  

Use devastating primary and alternate attacks to dispatch nightmares - send them flying up into the air, careening into a wall, or slam them into the ground. 

Put on some boxing gloves and weave through attacks as you drop her nightmares to the mat
Put on some boxing gloves and weave through attacks as you drop her nightmares to the mat

Cassidy grew up on a steady diet of games, action movies, and comic books.

As you explore you'll encounter weaponry (and not-so-weaponry) from her life that's been pulled into the dream.

Cassidy was pretty big into Yo-Yos in middle school
Cassidy was pretty big into Yo-Yos in middle school

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Don't like it up-close and personal? Ranged weapons allow you more freedom to overcome the nightmares.

Blast enemies away with finger guns, fry nightmares with laser eye beams, and rattle skulls with soccer balls. Cassidy has an arsenal to discover in her dreams. 

HARNESS DREAM POWERS

Cassidy uses Frost Fracture to put her nightmares on ice, and with a snap of her finger, shatters them and freezes the playing field
Cassidy uses Frost Fracture to put her nightmares on ice, and with a snap of her finger, shatters them and freezes the playing field

Warp the Dreamscape around you with "Lucid Powers" - surreal dream attacks and abilities that manipulate the elements, warp space, and even control time itself.

Dream Rush - slow time to give yourself the edge
Dream Rush - slow time to give yourself the edge

EVADE AND DEFLECT

Cassidy's nightmares are vicious, so you're armed with all the tools to handle them. Shields and footwear allow you to dodge, weave and deflect enemy attacks. 


WAKING

HOME

Cassidy’s apartment is the player’s home base, a reprieve from the intensity of the dreams and a space to dive deeper into the narrative.

As players progress and as Cassidy's character grows, this space evolves with them.

REDHAVEN

Venture through the town Cassidy lives in, Redhaven. You'll find locals to make friends with at bars, parks, gyms and more. 


DREAMING

HOMETOWN

This is where Cassidy grew up, she often dreams of the home she left.

As players learn mechanics, they’ll explore some of Cassidy’s most cherished memories and learn why it meant so much for her to have left it.

CITY

Cassidy's new home. The adjustment for her has been challenging. 

She feels isolated and lost amidst a very different world than she's used to. Her dreams become a reflection and amplification of this.


CAMPGROUND

The calm before the storm.  

This memory of her childhood spent adventuring in the woods with her family lets players look into Cassidy’s world and history before everything is upended as her dreams begin to take on a more nightmarish form.





DISCOVER A HIDDEN WORLD

Explore ever changing Dreamscapes and discover lost memories, surreal scenery and a multitude of unique events, challenges and puzzles.

As you venture through the Dreamscape, you'll find:

  • Challenge Rooms
  • Puzzle Rooms
  • Empowering Shrines
  • Restorative Ruins
  • Story Vignettes
  • Merchants
  • Challenging bosses

GEAR UP

It's dangerous to go alone.

Dreamscaper features a plethora of weaponry, abilities and items to give you the edge you need to take on Cassidy's nightmares.

Special modifiers and rare items add depth and variety as you plunder through the dreams, allowing you to create unique character builds that encourage strong synergies.

As you make progress in the Dreamscape, you'll earn Sand and Glass to unlock powerful upgrades, new weapons, items and more. 


Discover and do battle with the deadly shades and bosses that invade Cassidy’s dreams, clearing the dark miasma that surrounds her.

Challenging foes will push your skills to the limit as you learn their patterns and unravel the mystery behind their appearance.

Each shade represents a different emotion that Cassidy is struggling with. From anger to anxiety to hopelessness, her feelings take form as deadly nightmares that overrun her once peaceful Dreamscape.

Each boss in Dreamscaper is a representation of one of Cassidy's most negative emotions that she struggles with throughout the game.

Bosses not only have emotion dependent looks, but unique attack patterns that are also fashioned after these feelings.

Insidious and cunning, Isolation exists between dreamspaces, waiting for the moment that Cassidy can be totally separated from all that comforts her
Insidious and cunning, Isolation exists between dreamspaces, waiting for the moment that Cassidy can be totally separated from all that comforts her
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Mysterious, hulking, and inescapable, Fear follows Cassidy through the Dreamscape, dwelling just below the surface, ready to erupt at any moment and overwhelm her
Mysterious, hulking, and inescapable, Fear follows Cassidy through the Dreamscape, dwelling just below the surface, ready to erupt at any moment and overwhelm her

A dark, malevolent force, Loss rips apart her memories in the dream world -  “I will take away everything you hold dear”
A dark, malevolent force, Loss rips apart her memories in the dream world - “I will take away everything you hold dear”


Play as Cassidy, a quiet, young woman lost in her own daydreams.

She struggles with a move to a new city away from her support network; she feels more lost than ever. Even her dreams have changed.

A chronic underachiever, Cassidy is witty, sardonic, and opinionated with a strong moral compass. A natural introvert, she enjoys time on her own - anything that can take her to another world. Now shiftless and indecisive, Cassidy is dissatisfied with the direction she's heading - a malaise hangs about her life lately and she feels more lost than ever.
A chronic underachiever, Cassidy is witty, sardonic, and opinionated with a strong moral compass. A natural introvert, she enjoys time on her own - anything that can take her to another world. Now shiftless and indecisive, Cassidy is dissatisfied with the direction she's heading - a malaise hangs about her life lately and she feels more lost than ever.

She used to love dreaming, escaping to far away lands and fond memories. Now something feels strained - dark thoughts have been invading her sleep. Although concerned and anxious about it, she doesn't know who to reach out to or how to talk about it.

An unexpected tragedy sends her tumbling down a dark hole that she struggles to get out of.

Unravel Cassidy’s story as you plunge through her subconscious, meet people in the real world and discover dream vignettes. 




We would not be able to deliver the experience we wanted players to have without the help of an incredibly talented musician. 

We got Dale North involved very early on in production - as fans of his fantastic work on Wizard of Legend, we're thrilled to be working together to make sure Dreamscaper is as fully-realized as possible. 


DYNAMIC SOUNDTRACK  

All music in the dreams have a duality to them. While exploring, players can expect a more thoughtful, introspective experience - allowing them to fully take in the Dreamscape. 

When confronted by nightmares, the music ratchets up to a pulse-pounding crescendo, complementing the intensity of combat. 


UNREAL BOSS TRACKS

Dreamscaper features killer boss tracks - befitting of the haunting emotions that Cassidy is struggling with. As the bosses are manifestations of Cassidy's mental state, each boss track is inspired by one of Cassidy's own emotions.



AFTERBURNER STUDIOS

Feeling burned out in traditional game development, Rob, Ian, and Paul left it behind in the summer of 2018 to follow their dreams and build an indie title they could call their own. Through this, the idea for Dreamscaper was born; a very personal project, drawing inspiration from childhood favorites and focusing on an emotional through line confronting depression and mental health. Afterburner Studios was then formed in the summer of 2018.

PRESS

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/18/dream-diving-roguelite-dreamscaper-enters-open-alpha/ 

https://www.alphabetagamer.com/dreamscaper-alpha-sign-up/ 

https://80.lv/articles/dreamscraper-game-dev-in-ue4-shaders-and-animation/ 

https://www.indiegraze.com/2019/06/19/interview-dreamscaper-dev-team/ 


Because we need you! 

As a team of veteran developers, we are confident we can make a great game. But, in order to make an amazing game as a small, self-funded team, we need feedback, more time, and resources - that's where you come in.

Feedback

Feedback about run speed, animation and certain attack animations lead us to take another pass - we're constantly improving Dreamscaper with the help of everyone who plays it.
Feedback about run speed, animation and certain attack animations lead us to take another pass - we're constantly improving Dreamscaper with the help of everyone who plays it.

We have a small, but dedicated community at the moment, and the feedback they've given us over our year of development has been instrumental in creating an amazing game.

Working with you has been a highlight for us and we plan to continue developing the game in a transparent and collaborative manner.

Scope

We have big ambitions for Dreamscaper - we want to create a game that has the depth and quality for many repeat playthroughs.

Your support will allow us to reach heights that were not possible before. More content, higher quality assets, richer story, deeper mechanics - all of this comes from your help!

Risks and challenges

Although we know we can deliver a killer title, the exact depth and scope is still uncertain. As a small, self-funded team, the biggest challenge is where we will draw boundaries on the project and how we will constrain ourselves.

Development at this size is always a trade-off between our aspirations and our ability to deliver given time and resources.

The foundation is laid - we've already put almost all major systems in place and have moved on to creating a depth and variety of content.

We're determined we'll release a version of Dreamscaper, but your support will allow us the freedom to create the game that we've been dreaming about.

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