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1[[quoteright:358:]]²[[caption-width-right:358:Sarah, at the start of the first area.]]²''Dreaming Sarah'' is an exploration PlatformGame made by [[ Asteristic Game Studio]] and inspired by ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. You play as Sarah, a comatose girl who explores various dream worlds in a search for effects to advance further in the game. ²²The creator put the game on early access and released a version of the game on May 31, 2014. It was officially released on March 12, 2015. A demo of the game can be found [[ here]].²²Talks of a sequel began towards the end of 2017. In February 2018 it was officially announced and given the title ''Awakening Sarah''. [[ A trailer has been published]]. Between both installments, a UsefulNotes/GameBoy interquel named ''[[ Wishing Sarah]]'' was released in 2020.²----²!!''Dreaming Sarah'' contains examples of:²* AbandonedHospital: The hospital area seen near the end is... [[SubvertedTrope surprisingly normal]] and also home to one of the most comical characters of the game -- a clumsy purple [[{{Pun}} duck doctor]] who gets himself stuck inside a vending machine.²* AcidTripDimension²* AllJustADream: It's in the title, so the ending [[spoiler:comes as TheUntwist. Throughout the game, there are hints that Sarah might be, in fact, dead. The game ends with her awakening.]]²* BrokenBridge: Several areas in the game can be accessed only after you collect certain effects.²* CosmeticAward: The paint bucket item has no use other than hanging a few tones on your outfit.²* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Getting hit by any of the few hazards just sets Sarah back to the start of the screen.²* {{Expy}}: A creature blocking the way on an area is very similar to Kyukyu-kun from ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''.²* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Sarah jumps off a bridge and her Effects circle around her before fading away]].²* GravityScrew: The pink planet area.²* GreenAndMean: A green-colored girl who is trying to sneak into a bar club, [[spoiler: and ends up apparently killing everyone inside when she gets in]].²* HeroicMime: Sarah.²* {{Homage}}: To ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', in that you explore surreal and sometimes creepy dreams to get [[MindScrew a little]] insight on the protagonist's background while looking for "Effects" that give abilities [[{{Metroidvania}} required to explore further.]] Unlike most ''Yume Nikki-likes'', though, ''Dreaming Sarah'' is a sidescroller.²* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind²* LighterAndSofter: There are no hostile characters and Sarah has no weapons to hurt npcs with. The amount of disturbing scenes is also smaller in comparison to ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'' and similar games.²* MagicCompass: The compass item shows the correct way to go to find certain items.²* MentalStory: It's about a comatose girl trying to wake up.²* MentalWorld²* MindScrew²* MysteriousPast: Of which Sarah's dreams give a [[MindScrew certain amount]] of insight. One can tell she's in a coma from [[spoiler:a car crash and has been involved in some gruesome events]].²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Some actions [[CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption necessary to progress]] through the game have horrible consequences for certain characters.²** A girl outside the bar club area asks you to distract the person guarding the door for her to enter. If you do, [[spoiler:the next time you enter the building you will find that everyone inside has been murdered]].²** One optional thing to do is to bring a bullet to [[spoiler:a pianist. She suddenly stops playing and is gone when you next enter the bar. The piano is left covered in blood, and the bgm is named [[DrivenToSuicide "Suicidal Pianist"]]]].²** The odd Kyukyu-kun-ish creature blocking the path in the mouth area asks for [[spoiler:orange juice. It dies because the juice is expired]].²* ParasolParachute: The umbrella item allows you to fall more slowly.²* {{Sizeshifter}}: The magnifying glass item allows you to become smaller.²* SpikesOfDoom: One of the last hazards.²* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Much like in ''Videogame/YumeNikki'', the game requires you to collect all items and then jump off a bridge. In this game, however, Sarah is shown waking up just fine in the hospital after the credits]]. ²* TimeStandsStill: The watch item slows down everything around Sarah, including the camera scrolling and the level transition effect.²* TransformationTrinket: The shell necklace item allows you to transform into a fish.²* TrueSight: The glasses item allows you to see and interact with hidden objects.²* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: One optional event is to use the magnifying glass in front of the giant eye that looked down at the cap item, causing its iris to shrink along with Sarah.²* WrapAround: Some areas do this both horizontally and vertically, requiring you to fall around looking for certain platforms.²* YouBastard: A green girl asks you to distract the guard of a bar and [[spoiler:turns everyone inside to shreds once you do. The guard is a character you saw early in the game, now enjoying his job and trying not to mess up. Some distance away from him is a rock character who says he saw what you did]].²----


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