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DreamWeb (DOS)

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Written by  :  n-n (52)
Written on  :  Jul 15, 2001
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

100 % pure atmosphere

The Good

The music is one of the best I've heard in a game in a long time (I recommend you play this game with headphones), the city and characters really give you the feeling of a future, gray, decaying city (fitting the game's cyberpunk orientation). The main character, Ryan, is deep and well developed, something rarely seen in computer games nowadays. He really seems to have a personality of his own and is a sort of "anti-hero" (or reluctant hero).

The Bad

The top-down graphics aren't good for ANY adventure game, this not only leads to many frustrating pixel-hunting, but also detracts from the immersive factor that's predominant in this game. The huge amount of items you can pick up: while this is good because it adds realism to the game, it is a double-edged sword; because makes the puzzle solving much more difficult. The game playing window is, for some unknown reason, very small. And the game's too short (once you know what to do you can finish it in less than 2 hours)

The Bottom Line

Dreamweb is one of those obscure, mostly forgotten (or unknown) games that appeal to the player through a story worthy of one of the best sci-fi / cyberpunk novels, well-developed characters and the addition of a wonderful, immersive soundtrack. It may not have mesmerizing graphics, it may not be remembered as a milestone in the adventure genre. But it's one of those few games that leave you hungry for more after finishing it.