The writing is good and got me invested in a few good places. The problem is the lack of choices. Hopefully as things are worked on there'll be more added but as it stands it's more of a linear story with two paths than anything else.
While re:Dreamer is still fairly early along in its development, the project is shaping up into something amazing. It can be funny, it can be heartfelt, it can be methodical, it can be existential, it hits pretty much every note I want to see not only as a TG/TSF/Gender Bender story, but as a story overall.
Decent game with really good art and thought into the background story and world building. The story is well written and generally flows well from one part to the other however it also is not perfect.
One of the main cons of the story is that it can get unecessarily long winded at parts where it takes the player out of what's going on interrupting with the flow.
The writing is geared more towards a young male who is not straight but hasnt realized it yet. The MC thinks and acts far more femenine than masculine right off the bat. This is fine if you are trying to go the gay,bisexual, trans, femenine male route but does not work if you are trying to go for the straight male route.
Some of the writing does not match some of the choices you can make. For example if you are trying to go the straight male route, the writing does not seem to match what a of straight male would think or do in certain situations.
A straight male would display strong negative feelings/emotions/actions if another male got too close to them or approached them in a provocative manner and probably more extreme reactions towards strangers. Add to that finding yourself in a female body that you did not want.....the feelings/emotions/actions would be amplified by several levels nearing towards hostility and paranoia towards other males.
If you are approaching it from from any other perspective than a straight male though the story does flow well for the most part. Some of the scenes can still be a bit long winded at times and seem forced or cringy for what the story has revealed so far.
Generally a decent game so far for what is available but definitely geared towards a more femenine MC playthrough
For what it's worth, it's a good intro sequence. I can't really say much else. There just isn't a worthwhile amount of content to justify waiting 2 years for. After 2 years, the only meaningful additions were the Britney storyline. The main story is still stuck on the class scene.
The character Zoey or Zach if you fill, is truly autistic in the truest sense. I haven't played a character this polarizing, and even though you are given choices that are meant to meaningfully nudge you into a specific route, the underlying stupidity of the character and lack of awareness is simply unmatched in any other game.
So, the story, or what little exists of it, is well-written, and it's been revised like 100 times. The artwork has been redone, though I can't say it's a major improvement on the old sprites. If it weren't for the lack of content, this might be a half-decent game, even with a MC this bad, but sadly, after so many updates I can't really say the game has moved in a meaningful direction, and it seems it's stuck in development hell.
To those that haven't played this game, please give it a try. The initial impact is pretty decent, and you can skip the boring autistic screeching MC descends into at the beginning to get to the good stuff. A decent 5-10 minute run for sure.
Playing the free version atm.
- Nice visual and audio.
- Superior UI.
- Great effort in writing.
- Satisfactory length.
- Funny, likable characters.
- Inconsistency in artwork.
- Choices that changed with personality check could use a cue (like in Persona.)
- 4th wall breaking.
- Sprites manipulation. Some parts I liked, others just felt overdone.
8/10. Potentially one of the best. Let's hope the author's envision carry it out to the end.