The Sailor’s Dream

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A peaceful narrative experience, in which the only objective is to satisfy your curiosity.

Explore an ocean dream world, in which time passes even when you are not there, visit forgotten islands and piece together memories – some even existing beyond the screen of your device.

“The Sailor’s Dream is a novella, a folk EP, and an art installation wrapped into one app ... It’s an inspired example of what storytelling can be in the 21st century and the way modern technology can shine new light on well-worn conventions.” - A.V. Club

“Its lonely, bittersweet tale—told in a wonderfully unique mix of approaches—is the best storytelling I've ever played on my iPad.” - Kotaku

“It's an experience that's entirely about the narrative, but one uniquely built for smartphones and tablets. The peaceful visuals, the wonderful music, the sharp writing, and the simple interactive toys all go towards creating an atmosphere and telling a story.” - The Verge

“... you can easily wander for hours through The Sailor’s Dream making music, playing it not like a game, but as an instrument ... If you are looking for a space to contemplate, a place to linger, a path to walk in patient consideration, you will find yourself at home in The Sailor’s Dream for quite some time.” - Kill Screen

“A world-in-miniature put in the palm of your hands, which rewards you for your exploration of it with sensory delight. And perhaps most powerfully of all, pushes you to feel deeply for its inhabitants.” - Gamezebo
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System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen
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Last Modified: Jul 30, 2019

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The Sailor’s Dream reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
I defy anyone, among the game designers, to do what Simogo does. Between year walk, device 6 and the sailor's dream, we only have the embarrassment of choosing to play really surprising games, which change the ordinary, and very clever. This is just an adventure without much interactivity, but it is very powerful! A game where there is nothing to do, if not to dream...
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Microsoft from Spain
You can Not value a game if you have never tried to create one, does not say an expert on the subject, but, I think without a doubt has a great programming in the rear, which is to be valued. In Addition This game is one that you can only understand if you have a very special taste for games. You can Not go there and criticize anyone and much less if you do not know the work behind I give 5 stars.
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Microsoft from Danish
Fine poetic visuals but the storyline is missing something. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just miss an actual game part, and a bit more coherence and complexity if it is ‘only’ to be a visual story. Sometimes ‘minimal’ is just that minimal. I think it’s too expensive for what it is..... and what ends up making me sad / disappointed, is a feeling of being cheated out of the great story I was promised ( read: hoping for ) ..... ( I’m comparing to the storytelling in Year Walk of course, so my expectations were high ).
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Microsoft from Italian
From the developers of Year Walk and Device6 I expected a more intriguing title of what this game offered me. The aim of the game, also this time, is to discover its history through small interactions with the various scenarios with a melancholy and mysterious atmosphere. As the experience progresses, you will discover songs that will reveal a piece of history through melodies and rhymes like the songs of a distant past. The Exploratory experience in this title is a bit ' too detached, in my opinion: when I scroll in the main scenario, I can only go left or right, then stop in an island where there is the goal to get to unlock other islands. I thought it was too artificial and restrictive. Being a fairy tale set in the open sea, these limitations really create a marked contradiction. It Lacks the immersiveness or illusion of freedom that has characterised the two previous masterpieces. All in all, it is a pleasant title to explore and less demanding than its predecessors. If you already know the latter and you loved them, then I suggest you also try this new creation, but if you have never played a title of these developers, stop and buy Year Walk.
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