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Hypnagogia is an exploration in themes involving deep dreams, liminal spaces, sleep paralysis demons, and much more.

Can you collect all 8 dream crystals and finally wake up?


Influenced by the nostalgia-fueled polygonal games from the mid and late 90's, Hypnagogia takes players on a short but intriguing journey through various worlds inspired by real dreams. 


Hang out with cats in a relaxing garden temple, mingle with sea creatures in an underwater quarry, or find meaning in a city full of strange people. Everyone has something to say, so meet and greet with every denizen you can!

Each hand-crafted and detailed environment has been amalgamated from different dream journal recordings over the years, with entries used by both the dev and some users on the LSD Revamped Discord channel. 


When dreams turn to nightmares, will you overcome the challenge of returning to reality?


If you enjoy this game, check out more from this dev below! There's also a comprehensive commentary file within the game folder if you're interested in knowing the origins of each dream.

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KNOWN BUGS/ISSUES

  • Mouse/controller sensitivity does not save between areas.
  • There's a possibility any one of the quest givers/npcs may bug out, resulting in not being able to complete the dream. If this happens, leave and reenter through the dream hub.
  • There is no way to save progress in the game currently.
  • I don't have plans on building for any platform besides Windows currently. My apologies in advance, but I don't have any way to test those builds and would rather ensure a cleaner experience.

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One of the best games I've played recently.

And it's weird, which is even better...

My gameplay:

This game was amazing. Design, music, atmosphere, aesthetic, everything culminated so beautifully.

One question, is the Snow dream the only secret level? I drove my self nuts in Dream+ slamming my face against walls for secrets...

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Hi ragingfails- Thanks so much for playing. Yes, it is the only hidden level in the game. I intended for more originally but ran short on time. 

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Thanks so much for the response <3

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What an absolute treat of a game! Congrats on the topic and idea/execution.

I usually remember my random dreams that make no sense whatsoever. For me sleep paralisys happened after I tried to control my dreams - something to do with lucid dreaming, when I realise that I'm dreaming, and try to do some things. But after that I stopped wanting to influence my dreams, and I never had it again. Maybe it is not connected, but that's something I'll never do again.

Thanks for this experience :)

I keep hitting an issue where my character began turning to the left uncontrollably during the first level and the bug carries over to whenever I restart the game and begin play from scratch- I.e. It keeps spinning from frame one of gameplay after the start menu.

This is due to a controller-related driver issue. It usually fixes itself if you restart your PC without any USB controllers plugged in, then trying the game again.

Some people mentioned issues with weird fullscreen resolution and lag. FYI you don’t need to install Reso, you can just launch the game with command-line options:

hypnagogia.exe -screen-width 640 -screen-height 480

You can do this via Windows Terminal or by creating a desktop shortcut.

Also, wait, does the game not save your progress? I quit after exploring 4 worlds, for testing purposes, and now I have to redo everything.

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Very interesting and engaging LSD-inspired walking sim, it's really cool that each unique little world in this came from the dev's dreams. The orange guy definitely took me out of my comfort zone a few times! Gonna try the sequel at some point as well, can't wait to see how it expands on the concepts from this. But this original was very well done, I'm really glad I checked it out :)
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Very possible I've already rated this after playing some months ago but it's clearly an awesome game.. the spaces feel kind of liminal, and the journey itself is calming and unnerving at once. Definitely recommend! Doesn't even take too long to finish. I love such vibes, and handcrafted dream worlds

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Amazing game. I loved how it got more creepy as you went along. The school part really creeped me out. Keep up the good work! 

Hey, I finally got around to start playing this! However, I tried to use a PS4 controller on my PC, and it didn't really work. It has to be a PS1/PS2 controller?

Hi mikebracais, I tested it an Xbox 360 controller but it should work with any USB gamepad. Have you tried plugging the controller in before you launch the game? If it still doesn't work, I'm not sure what could be going on =/

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Ok, so... I tried that, and the same that happened last time happened again: I can move and jump, but the camera is stuck looking up. It moves down if I hold the menu button, but that's it. 

Another thing... sometimes the game just kinda freezes when I get a crystal. Right now, it happened when I finished the school. 

Could possibly be controller drift, it happens to mine when I use it occasionally. As for the freezing, not sure about that... could you post your PC specs?

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You mean thiis: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8550U CPU @ 1.80GHz   1.99 GHz" ?

Also, I beat the game as well! Really good, the last two worlds were pretty creepy. Too bad the Hub+ isn't a permanent choice, but then again, if you found the Secret World, there is not much problem with it either.

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Glad to hear you enjoyed it! There will be bonuses in the sequel which will save properly, including another hub+ mode. I may go back one day after and implement saving into this one as well. I hope to have that weird controller issue and any other bugs worked out too. Cheers

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Hello! My laptop can run PS2 emulation very well, but this game is very sluggish. Please include an option to set ingame resolution to be lower, and please optimize for lower end hardware! I hope Hypnagogia 2 will run better! Very cool game from what I can see. <3

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I got a new PC and this is the first game I played!^.^ I beat it too! The snow world is my favorite! Such a cute game(:

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Hello, I took a lot of interest in your game, and I honestly really like your game. It's greatly executed and it gave me that 90s 3D vibe that

made me feel quite nostalgic when playing this game. I made a YouTube video on your game as well, so I'll link it here.

Hi Kimmy, thanks so much for checking it out~ sorry you fell off the levels and had to restart those few times, that will be something I improve on in the sequel. Cheers!

No worries! I enjoyed it nonetheless. Keep up the good work!

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Also I forgot to mention is there going to be a  2 player CO-OP feature in the later games? Are you thinking of continuing Hypnagogia after Hypnagogia Boundless Dreams? It'd be pretty cool if you and one friend were to complete these dreams together and make the dreams more puzzle-ish

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That's an interesting idea. I think coop would be fun to do for the third game if the second one does well enough =)

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It surely will from what I see. People will definitely love it a lot and it will overall be an outstanding experience for any player that has finished the previous game already. Keep up the good work!! Looking forward to the game and the s e c r e t s 

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I have been wondering ever since I finished the game. I found every Orange Guy's instances in every dream besides the secret one. I have also been searching for about an hour all over the level and couldn't find anything, so I was wondering if it at least exists and is present in the secret dream or it was all in vain

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Hey Whois, thanks for checking out the game. No, the orange figure doesn't appear in any of the worlds' secret dreams. The snow globe level is sort of a dream-within-a-dream, and it gets harder for them to follow you there.

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Oh alright, thanks for telling me. I really love this game and it just makes me so passionate about it. I even came up with some theories on this game. Maybe in the future there will also be some lore-thing to it

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Hey, you seem like the kind of guy who likes to find secrets. I just wanted to ask you two things: one, I can't find the Orange Guy in the Sky World; two, I can't find a secret in that world either... Can you confirm if there is one in that level?

Edit: Ok, nevermind about the Orange Guy, I found him. I really am blind :P

Still don't know about any secrets in the Sky Level though.

Hey. Well...there aren't any secrets in that Sky World. The only thing you could find is Orange Guy there. If you want, I did an entire Hypnagogia walkthrough on my channel, you could check it out : 

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Thank you, will do in due time, after I finish my run. Don't wanna spoil myself, right?

No problem, and that's right

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this is the best game i have ever played, honestly.

Thanks a bunch for playing - glad you enjoyed it so much! You will definitely want to check out the sequel coming later this year =)

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Cool chill game concept with some meta experiences!

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Hey Sodaraptor, I'm liking the game but something weird happened, I pressed some buttons and the game got fullscreen but not in 4:3, it lags the game a lot, do you know how to fix this?

Even downloading again doesn't fix it.

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Hey DRM, sorry you're having trouble. I've seen a few other people run into this issue also. 

One thing you could try is going into  C:\Users\(your PC name)\AppData\LocalLow\sodaraptor entertainment and then deleting the sodaraptor entertainment folder, then try relaunching the game. 

If that doesn't work, you can try using Reso, which can allow you to change how the game launches (window mode/resolution).  You can download it here: http://www.bcheck.net/apps/reso.htm

Hope this works for you!

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It's working now, thanks for the advice.

I used the "reso" method, for those with this problem that are reading, I used 640x480 resolution, the game now doesn't lag and I can see everything now.

I remember pressing a bunch of buttons in the first rabbit dialogue in the hub because the game freezed for 5 seconds, maybe it's that freeze while button mashing that the 16:9 fullscreen problem exists.

Also, when I started reso for the first time Windows warned me that it was from a unknown author and it could be virus, you guys decide if you want to fix your game or not.

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Glad it worked for you. Yeah, Reso seems to do the trick each time I've suggested it. I hope to have things more ironed out in the sequel so you hopefully you won't end up needing it.

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I loved it!!! I can't wait to play it in full!

Thanks for checking it out! Look for the sequel sometime later this year ;)

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you plan on giving this a steam release? it's so good it deserves it imo

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If I ever put this on Steam I'll probably end up going back and implementing things like saving, and other touch-ups. So it may happen one day. The second game however is definitely going on Steam once it's released.

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a second game? i am now looking forward to it a lot

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You beautiful soul! I couldn't stop grinning after recognizing the footstep audio, and your work is an inspiration. This is the truest childhood love-letter I've ever witnessed. I aspire to create something this pure someday. 

Thank you.

Thank you for checking it out - happy to hear you enjoyed it so much!

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Such a high quality game. I can't believe it was made in 26 days! Simply amazing. I'm sure the developer of this game will make even better games in the future.

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Very creative.

Comforting, sad, eerie, then outright disturbing. As a horror nut, world 8 instantly had me sold. Easily worth a good five bucks.

Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience =)

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Got it linked to Steam as a non-Steam game so I can go back to it with ease.

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This is probably one of my favorite games in recent memory, even though it's so short. The colorful PSX art style, the cute dialogue from characters, and the settings of the dreams are all so endearing to me. The tone of every dream was always so clearly communicated, as well. Cat World was a really nice place to be, Water World felt incredibly sad, and School World was unsettling as hell. Super well done game!

(The Morty secret was adorable, btw)

Thanks so much! I'm happy you enjoyed it. Morty says hello =)

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Thank you for making this game

Thank you for playing this game

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This game is amazing! The dreams are beautiful and eerie. I can't believe you made all of this in a month!

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fantastic game, gave me shivers

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This is great

Thanks for making it!

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sorry.

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This game is gorgeous! Exploring each world is so calming. Easily one of the best games I have played on itch.io.  Amazing job!!! 

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Absolutely loved this game! Sodaraptor would I be able to use screenshots from it for promos for an experimental music livestream? I can't believe how well you nailed capturing the vibe of LSD. 

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Thanks for playing! I don't mind if you want to use screenshots

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Hii, I've made a video about the game and I wanted tho share some feedback about it hopefully it is useful to you for your next projects :D

-The theme for the game is quite interesting and the levels feel very unique and interesting to get into.

-The visual style is quite good as with the other games you made happens :D

-The dialogues are quite well done and are quite interesting making the player have fun always.

Hopefully this is useful for you :D, also if you could subscribe that would help me a lot :)

Regards

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      • Hey, I loved your game, I loved how sensitive you were in every corner and field of the game. Each one has its own psychedelia .. I could feel it just by watching the video, because I don’t have windows for Play, I have an Android, and I would love to play this Psygame! Do you think about making this game available for mobile?

      Hi Dhonnye - first off thanks for checking out a video for the game, I'm sorry I don't have a way for you to play it. Second, I don't currently have plans to port it to Android, but I may in the future if I ever have the chance. Thanks again!

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      Will there ever be a version for mac? (This games amazing btw, it's very obvious you put a lot of love and attention into it.

      Hi Beef - I wish I could tell you for certain there would be, but I don't have any way to properly test Mac builds (or Linux) without a machine or going through the process of setting up parallels. I hope to get a hold of an actual machine I can do most of this on in the near future, so I won't say never. Sorry!

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      This is honestly the best itch.io game I have played. I'm not just saying that either. It's the only one I've cared to finish tbh I will most likely be trying sodas other games hoping to see the same wonderful creativity I saw in this wonderful dream realm of a game!

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      Thanks so much for the kind words! Keep an eye out for a potential future sequel ;)

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      WOW. Such a great experience. A lot of love went into this one. You can tell! P.S. I went on a coffee date with orange guy 

      Whoa, awesome video/review. Absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for taking the time to include the game, means a lot! (sorry your coffee date didn't work out)

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      My first console ever was a PS1. To this day, I love the early 3D graphics style and the 90's nostalgia as a whole (even though I haven't lived through it). You made a great job emulating the graphical style, and the atmosphere was great as well. Thank you for the experience.

      https://youtu.be/wTifqy3ZY1Y

      Thanks for checking it out! So glad you enjoyed it!

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      a work of art, felt so many things while playing this! great game!


      the artsytle is amazing too! PSX graphics alway get me haha

      Thank you, so happy you enjoyed it!

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      I achieved nirvana when I played this game

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      *Edit: Just read your rating review, wanted to say thanks so much for the kind words! 

      I knew I made the game too profound :o

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      as close to a religious experience ive ever had with a video game. its lit knowing other people have similar dreams/understanding of them

      Nice! Glad to hear. Thanks so much for checking it out!

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      This is everything I've wanted out of a game, well done! 

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      Cool! Haven't seen the game appear in a review video yet. Thanks for checking it out!

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      Best game jam example I have ever played! Frustrating to restart when falling off a level, but the music is great, the creativity of the levels is great, and the progression through the dreams was so interesting! Thanks for releasing it! Definitely got my two dollars' worth. ha!

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for playing~

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