Sandman delivers a rich immersive experience in a world brought to life on the Oculus Rift. The game features randomised characters, enemies and pickups as well as permadeath, so making choices in the constantly changing game environment, becomes a matter of life or death.
The overall goal is simple. Travel, sailing your vessel down the river, and deliver Michael safely to ‘Morning’. In order to achieve this the player must first navigate the twists and turns of the ever-changing, often turbulent waters. Secondly, they must keep young Michael asleep, and awake inside the dream world, by collecting fireflies and grinding them into the fine dust of dream's sand. As the journey deepens and the underlying significance of this mystery comes to light, the player must always maintain his vigil, and protect Michael from the myriad dangers inhabiting the forests.
The game features three increasingly difficult levels: The Forest of Dreams, The Cave of Nightmares, The Marshes of the Moon. Each environment presenting new challenges to the travellers, from mermaids seeking to kidnap the sleeper, swarming bats and malevolent spirits, to ravenous beasts that stalk them from the shadows.