Nightmare Hunter is an ActionRPG where lucid dreamers fight together to escape an endless cycle of nightmarish dreams.

Battle fiendish foes in a transcendental plane called the Dreamlands. Grow your arsenal of weapons and powers that get stronger as you learn to manipulate your dreams with your choices and journey deeper into the Dreamlands, to uncover the source of the Nightmare. But beware, every defeat of yours makes the enemy stronger, and they will grow into your nightmare if you do not learn to fight as a team.

Note: This is not in playable form yet

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USP

Enemies that kill the player get stronger, remember the player's tactics and adapt to them.
Procedural levels and loot depends on dialogue choices 

2 player Hack n Slash local co-op

GENRE

ActionRPG, Multiplayer, Local co-op

PLATFORM

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TARGET

Fans of Hack n Slash combat with
high stakes RPG choices

NARRATIVE

GOAL

PROGRESSION

GAMEPLAY

Two lucid dreamers meet in a
shared dream

They are attacked by Nightmarish creatures.
They try to escape

One entity - The Dream Eater
kills them

They wake up from the Nightmare

From now on, every time they sleep they're sucked into the shared dream

Slay the Dream Eater

CORE LOOP

Attack and Defeat enemies

Upgrade with essence and progress to  face tougher enemies

Gather Dream essence from defeated enemy

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DREAMLANDS

Explore a transcendental plane of ever changing places and venture deeper into the Dream Layers, each comprising of multiple levels.
Using weapons, and abilities, players will have to coordinate to solve puzzles. Meet the mysterious Dream Walker to upgrade your gear and complete challenges.

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HACK N SLASH COMBAT

Equip your favourite weapon among the many you can find and put your combat skills to the test with combos in tandem with your friend dreamer. The vigil system acts like a magic system that lets you use supernatural abilities.

Be careful in your approach as recklessness will cost you and your partner. Die and you lose all points to the enemy.

THEMATIC LOOP

Growing synergy between the
lucid dreamers

Growing consciousness
in the dream

Defeating nightmares gives confidence and makes wanting to hunt more for reward

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CONVERSATION

Contextual 2 way dialogue system where responses impact level layouts and loot found in the future.

Use this to express yourself better so your outcomes are what you wish happened. Your dreams 'are' what you imagine.

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NIGHTMARES

Those who slay you get stronger, and will return to get you, this time stronger and more resilient to your tactics.
Fail too much and you will create more bosses than there already are.