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Video GameFunky Bones IV (Dreams) Review
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Funky Bones IV is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play a cute skeleton in a cardboard Mexican Day of the Dead world. Jump and twist your way through various obstacles to defeat a final boss and complete the single level. It's a beguiling and unusual experience as visuals meld with the jazz soundtrack and Mexican folk music.

Gameplay involves jumping across platforms made from bones and coffins and cardboard to pulling switches and destroy barriers. There is a section where you have to avoid a light, and a boss at the very end to defeat. Timing is important as well as judging distance in this 3D environment.

Funk Bones IV is the only level in this series in Dreams, the others were made in LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2, and aesthetically this is very similar to those games. The Day of the Dead theme is very colourful if a little macabre and the obstacles and puzzles are challenging, appealing to a wide range of ages.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/03/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Platform (Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Lawrence Rowell (@Lawrence_Rowell)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. Time to complete will depend on skill.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 7 years old as minimum age. You must be 7 years old to have a PSN account, which is required to play Dreams. To set this up you need permission from a parent or guardian. Unless the parent or guardian specify not to restrict Network Features | Communication and User-Generated Content, or make an exception for Dreams they will only be able to access games and assets created by Media Molecule (rather than games made by the community).

CostsCosts

Funky Bones IV

Dreams Store PS5 Free
Dreams Store PS4 Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
This is an unusual "subscription" as you only need to purchase the Dreams game once on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, then you can access all the games for free.
 
You need to purchase Dreams to play the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Once you have Dreams the game itself is free via the about link. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Funky Bones IV Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:
Gameplay includes holding buttons and holding multiple buttons simultaneously.

Gameplay includes the use of the imp to grab objects requiring movement of the controller and simultaneously pressing a button.

As with most Dreams games it only saves your progress between levels and not checkpoints if you leave the game.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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