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|Genre(s)||2.5D Action-Shooter Platformer|
The game opens with a narration from a character known as the Dream Weaver, a goddess in the land of imagination where she weaves the dreams people have, she talks about the peace in the land and general tranquility as Mr. Sandman, a magical individual travels between the land of imagination and the real world to give anyone and everything the ability to dream. In addition Mr. Sandman sets up Dream Catchers, which watch the dreams to make sure everything remains peaceful. However not too far from the land of imagination, lies the land of fear, where monsterous creatures reside that sometimes try to enter the land of imagination to cause havoc and create nightmares.
The Dream Weaver continues mentioning Mr. Sandman's army of Dream Pix, small fairie-like creatures that help Mr. Sandman giving him time to relax as well as provide protection of the land of imagination from the monsters of the land of fear. However on one night when Mr. Sandman was out on a special run, giving dreams the land of imagination was attacked by an army of monsters the likes of which had never been seen before. In a last ditch effort after being overwhelmed, The Dream Weaver lay down a protective field around the Castle of Dreams to prevent the monsters from gaining control of the land of Imagination, however this did allow the monsters to inhabit people's dreams and cause nightmares. Mr. Sandman is called upon through telepathy by the Dream Weaver to help bring the land of imagination back under the safety it once had.
Gameplay of Mr. Sandman is set up as a 2.5D Platformer with Shooter mechanics. Mr. Sandman is able to run, sprint, jump and slide to move around. In addition Mr. Sandman's primary weapon; the Lullaby Scepter is able to conjure whirls of sand to put enemies to sleep or trap them to allow Mr. Sandman to progress. In addition Mr. Sandman can find a variety of artifacts located across the Land of Imagination that can also help him.
Mr. Sandman's special ability however is the technique to travel between three lands; the land of imagination, the land of dreams and the land of nightmares. Traversing each land is necessary as events on one land impact another and some aspects of Mr. Sandman's abilities change in these lands. In the land of Imagination the gameplay is much like mentioned above, in the land of Dreams, Mr. Sandman instead focuses on transformative gameplay in which when he uses his Lullaby Scepter it will instead turn objects and enemies into things useful to Mr. Sandman, his other artifacts will provide a more expansive choice of transformations.
In the Land of Nightmares the gravity is more intense making the platforming sharp and difficult, in addition the Land of Nightmares incorporates Bullet Hell mechanics with enemies in this land being much more aggressive, this is also the land where the bosses of the game reside. However, Mr. Sandman now releases pulses of Sand which can damage the enemies and bosses.
|The giver of dreams, Mr. Sandman is a cheerful and petite individual, although he may not look it he's as old as time itself. For a while Mr. Sandman could on his own handle giving the dreams to everyone however as more and more life began to spring up he created small creatures from the clouds of the Land of Imagination known as Dream Pix. He is a kind and caring individual and follows Dream Weaver's word to the letter, given he knows her greater purpose on the land of Imagination.|
|Said to be the goddess of the land of Imagination, Dream Weaver is able to create the very essence of a Dream, her incredible powers make her also one of the most powerful individuals in the land of imagination, using her powers to maintain the barriers against the land of fears from falling. Dream Weaver also likes to create Dream Nets which can resonate the sounds of dreams in the real world into music in the Land of Imagination.|
|The main workers of the Land of Imagination, there are quintillions of Dream Pix each one being part of a group whom monitor a single organism's dreams. The Dream Pix were made from the clouds of the Land of Imagination itself and therefore once the organism they are monitoring has ceased existence they return to the clouds to rest, Dream Pix never need to sleep as they feed off a tiny amount of the energy needed for each dream.|
|The creatures that came from the Land of Fears, the Nightmares on their own aren't very threatening but their sheer numbers allow them to overwhelm when on the offensive. The Nightmares are lead by extremely powerful commanders that on their own can pose a threat.|
There are a variety of locations that Mr. Sandman visits, each location has three names, depending on which version of that location you are in, the locations are interconnected with each other creating a maze-like game in which the player must seek out the main nightmares to reach the Castle of Dreams.
|Imagination Name||Dream Name||Nightmare Name||Boss||Artifacts||Dream Pix|
|Lollypop Forest||Foggy Swamps||Darkness Pit||???||Sweet Teeth Claws||5|
|Floating Keep||Block Fort||Pyrocitadel||Nova Blazer||Fire Hook||5|
|River of Passion||Paper Lake||Rivers of Sorrow||Weeping Bride||Gillurian Scales||5|
|Questful Mountain||Caves of War||Venomous Skykeep||Headless Knight||Hero's Blade||10|
|Orbital Clouds||Astral Fields||Sky Abyss||Diving Shadows||Star Shield||12|
|Soda Falls||Paired Falls||Bubble Sands||Sand Bass||Cola Jetpack||12|
|The Love-Complex||Rose Garden||Broken Heart Crest||Eternal Chains||Cupid's Bow||15|
|Digigalacta||Porcelian Mansion||Red Ward||Broken System||Glitch-Bot||18|
|Memory Ocean||Diamond Seas||Forgotten Islands||Faded Memory||Propeller of Thought||18|
|The Golden Valley||The Glitch||Pressured Core||Breaking Point||Coin of Luck||18|
|Castle of Dreams||The Sweet Embrace||Grave Fracture||Reaper||The Pendulum of Time||20|
|???||This unknown entity is seemingly made of pure darkness, a malevolent and vicious creature, ??? dashes around the room in an attempt to attack and can bite down on its prey with its shining teeth. It can also release bursts of light from its tail and transform into a shadow glob to evade attacks.|
|Nova Blazer||This monsterous veing seemingly made of molten rock and lava is extremely dangerous, dubbed Nova Blazer by the grunts it is able to generate powerful flamethrowers from its hands and create a blinding light from the core on its abdomen, its fiery wings allow it to rain a burning storm upon its targets and its beard conceals small grunts.|
|Weeping Bride||A mysterious individual some mistake as a body of water in her elusive form the Weeping Bride is extremely dangerous, beneath her hair a distorted and twisted face lies ready to scream to the point of causing anyone who hears her to stand paralyzed with fear. Although her dress flows elegantly it is merely a disguise and can morph into water to suffocate her prey.|
|Headless Knight||This dangerous knight was once one of the most well-respected individuals of Questful Mountain, however during the invasion was attacked by a mysterious parasite that has taken over his body and caused it to mutated. The Parasite is very well guarded using its giant claws to attack with speed and aggression while the armour protects it from damage to its core.|
|Diving Shadows||A trio of mischievious shadows that have torn themselves away from their bodies to wreak havoc. Each one possesses a different attribute, the Red Shadow is the most powerful and can create dark fire, the Blue Shadow is the fastest and can create dimensional lightning and the Green Shadow is the bulkiest and can create shadow tremors. They tend to dive along the ground and shoot up in the air in an ambush attempt.|
|Sand Bass||A large fish monster able to meld its body perfectly into sand, this giant creature will dive, in and out of the sand lashing out at anyone or anything in its territory. The Sand Bass can also create Sandstorms to blast at its targets. This monster can even fling the sand of its arena around to change up its tactics.|
|Eternal Chains||A creature that was known for being a harbinger of torture, Eternal Chains is a monsterous individual who takes pride in the suffering of others. Using its mighty Titanium Wrecking Ball and Titanium Spike the creature may be slow but it attacks ferociously and without remorse. Its split mouth allows it to bite two areas at once and a mysterious force resonates from the whole in its chest.|
|Broken System||A supercomputer that is completely corrupted by viruses and malware, the system is able to infect anything with its programming making them obey its will. In addition the Broken System has a powerful defense system that protects it from physical threats and it can often change up which part of the defense system one face's in almost an instant.|
|Faded Memory||The monsterous beast from Lollypop Forest has returned after being seemingly destroyed. Its initial battle was merely a need to analyze Mr. Sandman, now having transformed into a nightmarish version of Dream Weaver, using its appearance to disturb and unsettle Mr. Sandman. It possesses the ability to weave nets of nightmares and lash out with its four limbs. In addition it can charge with its chest jaw.|
|Breaking Point||This giant behemoth has become known as one of the great generals of the armies of fear, it is constantly under stress allowing it to create deadly diamonds which it can launch from its body at an incredible speed. This monster has a molten body and its only weak point is its Sapphire eye which seems to be what gives the molten rock life.|
|Reaper||The leader of the fears, Reaper is a malevolent spirit that is unpredictable and completely psychotic. It is very hard to damage and even then it is resistant to the imaginative powers of Mr. Sandman, its 5 scythes provide both an incredible defense and offense with the main scythe capable of one-hitting Mr. Sandman. Its skull armour also possesses magical properties allowing it to conjure dark fire from the eye sockets, attack its "eye" to hurt it as otherwise Mr. Sandman's attacks just phase through it or are deflected.|
|Sweet Tooth Claws||Able to cut through Sky-Blue coloured clouds and weakened walls. Also good for close range combat and can cut down ropes.|
|Fire Hook||Can ignite flammable materials as well as pull Mr. Sandman to rings in the areas, or for very light objects pull them to Mr. Sandman. In combat the Fire Hook sets enemies on fire and pulls them to Mr. Sandman if they're small enough.|
|Gillurian Scales||Allows Mr. Sandman to swim much faster through water. In addition it also allows him to perform a corkscrew underwater to knock away enemies.|
|Hero's Blade||High Damage weapon with reasonable range. Can generate energy blast to charge machines and devices, the sword is fully charged when the Blue Crystal glows.|
|Star Shield||Powerful shield capable of lighting up dark rooms and absorbing damage if timed correctly. If timed perfectly the Star Shield can reflect an attack back at the enemy, does not work on physical attacks.|
|Cola Jetpack||The Cola Jetpack allows Mr. Sandman to ascend great heights with relative ease and can be discarded mid-flight to explode into enemies or in the air to activate specific switches. In addition the bubbles released from the Cola Jetpack can trap small enemies for a short while.|
|Cupid's Bow||Although Cupid himself doesn't appear his bow does, Cupid's Bow is able to halt an enemy in their tracks causing them to fall in love with whatever is directly in their gaze, this includes other enemies and even obstacles and traps. In addition Cupid's Bow can double as a way to create tightropes to cross chasms.|
|Glitch-Bot||A small Robotic Companion who is able to hack into special locked doors to unlock secret passages, Glitch-Bot can also be used to electrocute enemies to stun them in place temporarily and can hold onto pairs of wires to generate an electric current to activate machines.|
|Propeller of Thought||A special propeller which can generate a powerful cyclonic wind blowing most enemies away. In addition the Propeller can be used to give Mr. Sandman some extra lift to his jump allowing him to ascend even higher than usual, when using it for this purpose the Propeller damages enemies above it.|
|Coin of Luck||A special coin that will resonate when Mr. Sandman is near a secret of some kind. In addition the coin can be thrown at an enemy to turn it into something else, it does not work on bosses however.|
|Pendulum of Time||A mythical artifact long held within the Castle of Dreams due to its immense power, it can only be taken by one who's heart has guided them through a rigorous trial. The Pendulum of Time itself is a direct upgrade to the Lullaby Scepter and can freeze enemies in time as well as deal physical damage. The Pendulum of Time's alt-fire can be used to launch powerful fireballs to destroy enemies.|
- This is the first original platformer by Darklight Studios since Wisps of the Forest
- Each of the Locations names are related to a specific theme;
- Imagination Names refer primarily to Ideas
- Dream Names refer primarily to Aspirations
- Nightmare Names refer primarily to Fears
- The Bosses also play on these fears
- The game has a Metroidvania style of level design with the areas being open to exploration and able to be done in a semi-free choice of order