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DreamWeb (DOS)

69
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Blood, sex, and point & click אולג 小奥 (168604) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
What went wrong? You really don't know... *Katakis* (37744) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A cyberpunk highlight in the history of adventure games Apogee IV (2336) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Edgy, violent, gritty, confusing, moody... that's Dreamweb for you folks. Zovni (9366) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
One of the best atmospheric cyberpunk games ever released Emanuele Ravasi (20) unrated
Everything games are not anymore. Sonic Terminator2 (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ah, the mixed-bag that is edgy software... Vance (98) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
100 % pure atmosphere n-n (52) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (70 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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91
Pelit
Varmasti yksi tunnelmallisimmista koskaan tehdyistä seikkailupeleistä, johon cyberpunkin idea ja ajatusmaailma on sisäistetty ihailtavan tarkasti.
85
Adventure's Planet
In definitiva cosa possiamo dire di Dreamweb? Come ho già ripetuto più volte, si tratta di un gioco più che unico nel suo genere, non solo per il fatto che dovremo interpretare il ruolo di un ambiguo giustiziere sempre in bilico tra eroismo e schizofrenia (dopotutto non abbiamo strumenti per sapere se i monaci e il complotto dei perfidi sette non siano solo un’invenzione della seminale pazzia di Ryan), ma soprattutto anche per le sensazioni che questa esperienza videoludica è in grado di veicolare. Il gioco dei Creative Reality non solo inquieta e angoscia, ma riesce a creare un micro mondo, una descrizione dello squallore quotidiano, un viaggio nella pazzia e nella paranoia, una sintesi di tutte le schizofrenie che albergano nell’animo umano e per fare questo rompe diversi tabù nel mondo dei videogiochi, come le scene di sesso esplicito.
85
Power Play
Vielleicht eines der witzigsten (und makabersten) Abenteuer der letzten Zeit. Besonders den Showdown der einzelnen Widersacher sollte man sich eigentlich in Zeitlupe zu Gemüte führen: „Sam Peckinpah meets the Blade Runner“. Dabei wird das Ganze von einer hypnotischen Musik à la Dead Can Dance unterlegt, die sich so perfekt in die Handlung einbindet, daß sie zu keinem Zeitpunkt als störend empfunden wird. „Dreamweb“ ist außerdem das klassische Spiel für den kleinen Detektiv. Beinahe jedes Objekt, und sei es auch nur eine zermatschte Erbse oder ein Fleischpflanzerl, kann man untersuchen. Überall gibt es etwas zu entdecken oder auszuprobieren. Dabei ist die wahlweise zuschaltbare Zoomfunktion bei manchen Kleinstobjekten eine echte Hilfe, wobei die Mausbedienung immer einfach und übersichtlich bleibt. Adventurefreaks mit morbider Psyche kommen an diesem Spiel nicht vorbei.
85
Retrogaming History
Purtroppo, a causa della sua brevità, della macchinosità insita nel gameplay e di un aspetto tecnico non proprio da urlo, Dreamweb si colloca nel “girone“ dei titoli di nicchia, apprezzabile soprattutto per la bella storia e per l’originalità del background, forte di un taglio cinematografico appassionante che cozza con una realizzazione tecnica mediocre. Un’opera che avrebbe meritato più successo e che, se riprodotta oggigiorno con le dovute tecnologie, porebbe ambire ad avventura più bella e affascinante degli ultimi vent’anni.
83
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
As a game, DREAMWEB is solid, full of mildly interesting puzzles and tense situations that require some creativity to resolve. It's technically backwards, but not deplorably so. There is enough mental and visual stimulation to keep a gamer occupied for a couple for hours. But that's not all a game has to deliver. As a text, for which the designer, as author, is morally responsible, DREAMWEB is on much shakier ground. I, for one, am always glad to see a nude scene in a game. I am a big proponent of envelope pushing. However, context must be considered, and here the storyline strikes me as ill-conceived, or if well-conceived then ill-executed. To be blunt about it, if you are going to ask me send a naked woman scurrying at gun point while I blow a gaping hole in her prone lover's chest, you'd damn well have a good reason for it. And “the voices told me to” just ain't good enough.
80
Joystick (French)
Dreamweb sait distiller une ambiance très prenante. Par sa réalisation sans artifices mais attachante, il devrait vous captiver des heures entières.
80
High Score
Men, som sagt, det har en tät, suggestiv atmosfär, en bra story, problem som ibland är riktigt briljanta och ett ljud som är det bästa som går att höra på en PC just nu.
78
PC Games (Germany)
(CD-ROM version)
Das Endzeitadventure Dreamweb kommt jetzt auf CD als „Talkie“-Version. Das heißt, daß neben dem phantastischen Depressiv-Soundtrack sowohl die englischen Texte des Helden Ryan als auch die der Nichtspielercharaktere in prächtiger Digi-Sprache erklingen. Spielerisch gleicht die CD der Disk-Version.
76
PC Gamer
A gritty story and style and almost unlimited exploration. Tiny view window and graphics give the game a dated look; more depth would be nice. An involving gameworld and premise; not as polished as the best adventures, but definitely worth a look.
76
PC Games (Germany)
Mit Dreamweb will Empire groß im Adult-Adventure-Bereich mitmischen. Eine thriller-ähnliche Spielatmospähre und ungeschminkte Darstellung selbst harter Gewalt soll diesmal vorzugsweise ein erwachsenes Publikum ansprechen. Leider wird der schaurig blutige Abenteuerspaß auch von einigen Schönheitsfehlern getrübt.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Les défauts, qui peuvent paraître nombreux, n’entament pourtant en rien la fascination qu’exerce DreamWeb sur le joueur qui s’y laisse prendre. La richesse de l’univers décrit et le ton désespéré de l’ensemble passionnent et libèrent l’imagination, comme un livre de bonne qualité. Bref, au-delà de la simple distraction vidéoludique : une œuvre.
70
Bordersdown
Complaints aside, Dreamweb is a title that has become infamous for one particular scene rather than the deeply provocative storyline that runs throughout. Anyone who has played it from start to finish is sure to be able to recollect, with clarity, the most memorable parts as the story unfolds; such is the power of its themes and distinctly downbeat ending.
68
MikroBitti
Upea konsepti valitettavasti järkkyy toteutuksen puutteisiin. Kaikki on liian helppoa, jopa niin, että järjettömän yksinkertaiset ratkaisut eivät tule aina edes mieleen. Kun pelin yleinen kaava on selvinnyt ei mikään tuota vaikeuksia - kokenut seikkailija ratkaisee pelin päivässä. Vetoa ei löydy toisen pelikerran vertaa kun vielä juonikin on liian lineaarinen. Loppukin tunnelma läsähtää järkyttävään bugisuuteen. Peli ei saata käynnistyä, räjähtää käsiin latautumisen jälkeen tai romahtaa kesken kaiken. Eikä vika ole laitekohtainen. CD- versiossa on sentään puhetta ja kauniit taustamusiikit - jos ne vain sattuu saamaan kuuluville.
67
The DOS Spirit
Grafisk er ikke Dreamweb særlig imponerende for året det kom, men musikk rettferdiggjør og oppveier for der det siger tilbake visuelt. Selve spilleområdet er nokså lite og presenteres fra et perspektiv ovenfra. I grensesnittet finnes også et zoom-vindu for den som er interessert i hver eneste lille detalj. Tittelen kan best beskrives som et eventyrspill i typen "Blade Runner", med hårrivende utfordringer og mysterier. Hent det ned og bedøm selv.
66
PC Player (Germany)
Eine Mischung aus Splatter, Dark Fantasy und Science-fiction kann Sie begeistern? Sie sind bereit, für sechs Stunden Unterhaltung rund 100 Mark hinzulegen? Dann - aber auch nur dann - wird Sie Dreamweb nicht enttäuschen.
60
Abandonia Times
And now we've come to the biggest problem: the game is much too short. It can be completed in a few hours time which is a shame considering the story had so much potential - I was really surprised to see how quickly the ending had come. It could easily have been twice as long if they had made it harder to track down your targets. This also meant that the story never was given the time to really deliver. A wasted chance really. In the end, it’s still a fun - if rather short - game with an interesting story. If you have a few hours to spare, why not give it a go? There aren't any other games quite like it and for Blade Runner fans, it may hit the right spot.
58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die „Obendraufansicht“ ist nicht so mein Fall, und auch das kleine „Zoom-in-Fenster“ bietet lediglich stark pixelige Einzelheiten. Nur die Musik schafft etwas Spannung und hält mich bei Spiellaune. Würden die sieben Leichen nur die Hälfte kosten, hätte ich ja ein Auge zugedrückt, aber so... Halt, etwas Positives gibt es: die Geschwindigkeit, in der das Game abläuft. Empire hat aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit gelernt. Und wir werden in der nächsten ASM sehen, daß sie in einem anderen Genre noch deutlich bessere Karten haben.
40
Adventure Classic Gaming
DreamWeb feels like it should be a much better game than it is. There is a lot of effort put into small details to give the game a great ambience. Unfortunately, not as much effort or creativity is put into the main script to make the game a worthwhile adventure. Together with the poor interface, I simply cannot recommend this game. It is not terrible, but there are too many better games to play instead.
30
Adventure Gamers
you’re a fan of cyberpunk and looking for a good adventure to suit your tastes, play the brilliant Blade Runner, the charming and hilarious Tex Murphy series, or the classic (and now legally free) Beneath a Steel Sky. As for DreamWeb? It doesn’t really belong. It simply follows the credo of cliché, ending up as nothing more than a red herring itself, leaving gamers hunched down in the rain, pining for the story arc, atmosphere, and philosophical undertones that great sci-fi has to offer.
20
Quandary
Quite frankly, this story made no pretence at sophistication. Not even the final sequence saved it. There were a few teasing puzzles but they were well and truly overshadowed by the dreary atmosphere. As far as I can see this title is only notable for the string of severed arms and mutilated bodies you will see and, of course, the 'sex' scene where you surprise one of your victims in bed with his lover. Although it had potential, it petered out almost as soon as it began.