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Dreams of how we once were


Explore a series of strange and mysterious islands filled with vinettes that represent moments in time that a young couple spent together. "Dreams of how we once were" is a short interactive story that allows you to physically explore a relationship between two people who were probably not meant for each other.


Windows Version (21.8MB)
Mac OSX Version (21.7MB)
Unity Source Code (46.7MB)



TimeLapse Production Video


I created this game for Ludum Dare #17 a 48-hour game making competition and the theme was Islands.

Having done so many simple 2D games over the previous 6 months for various game jams, I wanted to challenge myself to do something harder and a bit more substantial for Ludum Dare. I decided to make my first 3D game, using a combination of modelling tool SketchUp and 3D engine Unity.

My initial thoughts were to make something like Myst that was about exploring a strange island, but I wanted to try and do it without the tedious puzzles. I quickly decided to go with the relationship angle, where each of the island would represent a different phase of the relationship.

I worked alongside a bunch of other great indie developers in Cambridge that weekend, as we all made our own games but together. It was a great weekend and I was fairly happy with my finished game. You can watch a time lapse video above of what I did over those 48 hours.

The version of the game here on the site has had a bit more work done on it, I've fixed things I wasn't happy with or simply didn't have time to get done. As it's not very strong in traditional game elements I know this isn't something everyone will appreciate. None the less, I hope you enjoy it.


This game and its source code is made available under a Creative Commons license. You can use this in your own work as long as I'm credited.

Creative Commons License

Welcome to the home of Locked Door Puzzle, the independent game development studio of Richard Perrin located in Bristol.

My primary focus is on creating expressive games that explore different forms of interactive storytelling.

For contact details check the about page.