Swedish development studio Cockroach Inc has divulged information about its new game created entirely out of clay and cardboard

Posted on 07/27/2010


The Dream Machine is the latest game of Cockroach Inc. It is a point-and-click adventure game which is playable  online on PC, MAC and Linux with a browser which supports Flash 8 or later. It is made out of clay and cardboard which differentiates it from other games and gives it an amazing appearance. Players will be Victor and Alicia, a couple who have just moved into a new apartment. While trying to get settled, they discover that all is not as it seems in the quiet and unassuming apartment…
Cockroach plans to launch chapters 1 and 2 at least this summer and the full game will be in five installments. The first chapter will be free then each installment will be charged. The game will be only distributed through The Dream Machine website. Each player will have an account and his game and settings will be stored online, thus allowing him to play the game with any computer. No account will be needed to play the first chapter but players will have to be logged in to play the next installment and pick up where they left. Players will have automatically the latest version of the game and won’t have to bother about installs and patches. Moreover a system running discreetly in the background will allow to gather statistics on how many players actually solve any given puzzle in the game and it will allow developers to see if there is a significant drop anywhere. In this case,  developers can add clues or re-think a problem entirely. This  system will allow the developers to create new responses for interactions that the player attempts and the they didn’t think of. Their hope is to have a proper response to every possible interaction.
For the moment a demo is available to play online on The Dream Machine site.

Take a look at the blog chronicling the production of The Dream Machine.

Cockroach Incorporated is a Swedish game design & animation studio established in 2007 by Anders Gustafsson and Erik Zaring. Learn more about them on their website and Facebook page.

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