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'The Empire of Dreams' is a (point-and-click) exploration game, where you get lost in a world inspired by the paintings of surrealist René Magritte.

You must choose a character to go and explore. Collect the tool items which you can use to recover 5 treasure items, so you can retrieve your favorite pipe and find your way home.
Every new game you start will have some objects distributes randomly to keep things interesting and every character has their own specific tool, already in their inventory.

  • Includes music by the amazing Ember!
  • Print you own cartridge label (pdf format)
  • Game Boy Printer compatible: there are over 30 scenes that can be printed, if you connect to a  Game Boy Printer (or via an emulator that supports this)


Game BoyKeyboard

Game play:

  • The A-button activates the cursor.
    Move it around until you hover over something important. It will change color and animate to indicate this.
    • While the cursor is active, using the A-button will give you an options menu to let you select actions ('inspect', 'open/close',' take' and 'use tool')
  • lets you go back or cancel options
  • START gives you a menu, which includes the Inventory, Saving and Quitting the game

The keyboard controls seen here, are for QWERTY, so yours may differ depending on the keyboard layout you use.

Updated 16 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Tagsartgame, Atmospheric, Exploration, Game Boy, Game Boy ROM, Indie, Point & Click, Retro, Surreal


Buy Now$2.49 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.49 USD. You will get access to the following files:

empireofdreams-3.0.1.gb 512 kB
empireofdreams-3.0.1.pocket 512 kB
empireofdreams-2.0.2.gb 512 kB
empireofdreams-2.0.2.pocket 512 kB
empireofdreams-1.0.2.gb 512 kB
empireofdreams-1.0.2.pocket 512 kB
Cart label (3mm bleed + trim marks) 1 MB
Cart label (3mm bleed, no marks).pdf 1 MB
Cart label (no bleed) 1 MB

Download demo

empireofdreams-demo.gb 256 kB
empireofdreams-demo.pocket 256 kB

Development log


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No sound? Or is the browser based emulator just acting up?

There's no audio in this version, indeed. I have a couple of upgrades planned but sound is pretty low priority at the moment.

Good news! The new version I just added (2.0.1) has music in it :)

as a big fan of magritte i really love this!


Glad you enjoy it! A++ for the Magritte avatar :D

Can you launch this game on google play?

Sorry, I have no plans to turn this into something for Android.


There are myriad GameBoy emulators on google play, you should be able to play this in any of them.


Great work! Really impressive translations of surrealist art despite the limitations of the format, looks lovely!


Thank you! It took a lot of work but it was very fun to do.