Ten-year old Polaris finds herself trapped in a dream world created by a mysterious young man named Almond. Inside, things look magical and fantasical (despite their different perspectives), but things soon turn stranger as Polaris finds out why Almond doesn't want to wake up in the real world.
Dreamfarer is a freeware adventure exploration game by Harrymiao and Kagari·joshua made in RPG Maker XP. It has beautiful dreams (as well as nightmares), puzzles, a hint of si-fi and a teaspoon of horror elements.
Dreamfarer contains examples of:
- All of the Other Reindeer: Almond believes he was seen this way in the real world, due to his Ambiguous Disorder.
- Bittersweet Ending: Almost all of the endings that aren't a Downer Ending qualify as this.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Some parts of Almond's dream world show what a terrible life he has had. Born with an Ambiguous Disorder, he lived a dull life but still wanted to become a writer. Feeling that his stories were too depressing, he gives up writing. And his girlfriend (the only one who understood him) died because of an illness. Eventually, the truth about Almonds mental disorder was out and his family locked him in a mental ward. All this caused Almond to have a mental breakdown and overdose himself with pills. He fell into a coma and has been in that state for over 2 years. Its no wonder why he wants to continue living in the dream world.
- Death Seeker: Almond just wants to remain in the dream world forever, even if his body in the real world is in a coma. And in most endings he accomplishes it. Even in the Golden Ending.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: Polaris finds herself in a dream world created by the mind of an unstable young man and must find her way out.
- The Dreaded: Snake Pot is feared by the bees for some unknown reason. The Bonus Room reveals that she uses them for her pastries...and poor Bee is next...
- Dream World: The whole story happens inside a dream world created by Almonds mind.
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: The Candle Siblings lose their parts very easily, perhaps because they're made of wax. Candle Girl loses her arm and it's up to Almond and Polaris to find it. And in the Bonus Room, Candle Boy loses his head after Candle Girl pats him too hard.
- The Eeyore: Due to his Dark and Troubled Past, Almond is not the most positive of people, but he tries to act cheerful in front of Polaris for her sake.
- Friendless Background: Almond, due to his Ambiguous Disorder and Polaris because of No Social Skills.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Eather the bird was this to Polaris until she grew up and forgot about him. Remembering him is a clue that you're near an objective you need to complete to get the True Ending.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Between Almond and Polaris.
- Kill It with Fire: Almond can threaten to burn Lady Roses garden if she refuses to allow Bee to play inside.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Almond is willingly trapped in a dream world created by Nightmare so he would be able to sleep forever and avoid reality. In the (Happy) Bad End 3, poor Polaris is trapped as well.
- Multiple Endings
- Bad End 1 Keep Going Alone: If Polaris refuses to tag along with Almond, she gets lost in the dream world forever.
- Bad End 2 Unwilling to Recollect: If Polaris gets out of the dream world without finding any clues, she wakes up at the real world without memories of what happened.
- (Happy) Bad End 3 Abyss: Polaris finds Almond as hes about to be taken away by Nightmare. She traps them both in a never-ending happy dream. Only Almond is aware of what happened and apologizes to Polaris for involving her, but at least hes happy because he now can dream forever.
- Normal End Polaris: Almond and Polaris decide to part ways and while he stays in the dream world, Polaris wakes up at the real world. She doesnt have any memories of what happened, however she remembers Almonds last words to her, encouraging her to chase after her dreams.
- True End Dreamfarer: Despite all her efforts, Polaris cant save Almond, whos taken away by Nightmare so he would continue dreaming forever. She wakes up back in the real world, still maintaining her memories about what happened. Realizing that Almond is gone, Polaris vows that she will face the real world despite the hardships, so she wont end up like Almond did.
- Off with His Head!: What happens to poor Candle Boy after his sister pats his head too hard.
- Shadow Archetype: Almond can be seen as this for Polaris, in a way. Both have No Social Skills and very mature for their age. Like Almond, whose girlfriend died; Polaris lost her Only Friend, her pet bird Eather. Both are helped by a mysterious entity during the story (Eather wants to help Polaris to wake up while Nightmare wants to trap Almond in a Lotus-Eater Machine). And both prefer to dream of happier things rather than face reality. The difference is that Polaris eventually did grew out of her lonely shell while Almond was isolated in a mental ward. This is reflected in the True Ending, while Polaris wakes up and decides to face the hardships of the real world, Almond decides to sleep forever and is Killed Off for Real.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: The changing perspective of the dream. Almond can see the people of the dream as anthropomorphic objects while Polaris can only see normal objects.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nightmare wants to lock up Almond in the dream world forever, since she wants to help him escape his horrible life at the real world.
- Yandere: Nightmare towards Almond.