Video Game / DreamWeb
A 1994 cyberpunk/dystopian point&click adventure video game, developed by Creative Reality and published by Empire Interactive Entertainment.
Ryan, a bartender, can't get a good sleep for months. Haunted by nightmares and strange visions, he eventually dreams of a monk-like figure telling him about seven evil people who, united, will destroy the eponymous Dreamweb, and send the mankind spiralling into chaos.
Descending into paranoia and just wanting dreams to stop, Ryan accepts the mission, then wakes up in a puddle of cold sweat, next to his beloved girlfriend in her house, and late for work. Again.
The game is now free, and can be downloaded here
Provides the examples of:
- All There In The Manual: The game originally came with the "Diary of a (Mad?) Man", which greatly fleshed out the main character, his mental problems, and the world he lives in. In fact, the story of the diary is far more detailed than the game itself; it also features a progressive rendering of symbol seen in dreams, necessary to unlock one of the final doors.
- Anti-hero: Ryan himself.
- Bolivian Army Ending/Downer Ending: Ryan succeeds in his quest, but gets shot by the police.
- Computer Equals Monitor: A security computer gets disabled/destroyed by shooting the screen.
- Cool Shades: Ryan has to put some shades on to obscure his identity after he is wanted for murder.
- Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never been clear if the whole adventure was real, or if Ryan was just hallucinating and just killing random people.
- Our Graphics Will Suck in the Future: Home computers have no graphics at all. The user is stuck with a clumsy DOS-like interface to access everything from his e-mails to fetching the latest news broadcast (which consists of text, too, of course).
- Pixel Hunt
- The Law of Conservation of Detail: Averted - there's plenty of items a player can take, but most of them are useless, and would just clutter their inventory. (things like plates, cups, lighters, and so on)