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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Onirism is a whimsical narrative adventure where you fight monsters while traversing fantasy world to reclaim your stuffed animal, Bunbun. As you explore by foot, car, and boat, you discover a world full of creatures, some friendly, others not, and upgrade and equip new weapons, abilities, and items. It's a celebration of classic run-and-gun exuberance, but the usual power-fantasy is replaced by a young girl's quest for her beloved imaginary friend.

You play Carol, who wakes up to find a strange shadowy figure emerging from a portal stealing her plushie Bunbun. Not content to sit by, you follow them back through the portal on a quest to reclaim Bunbun from the dark forces and give the thief "a good telling-off". The world you discover is full of larger-than-life plants and glowing and magical flora, fauna, and crystals. As you explore, you encounter hordes of enemies you must defeat (and scold) using various children's toys and household equipment turned into weapons.

Gameplay involves defeating enemies with an assortment of weapons, including a water pistol, an umbrella and a blow dryer. You also need to run and jump across pitfalls and avoid obstacles and traverse the map. To cover larger distances you use a variety of vehicles like an off-road car and a powerboat. As you play, you meet some friendly locals who give you tips and can help you unlock new abilities. Sometimes, revisiting old locations with your new items and powers can uncover secrets and even extra levels. The game is constantly being updated, with new weapons, areas, secrets, game modes, and ways to play constantly being added.

The result is an intentionally bizarre combination of platforming and whimsical combat that creates a lighthearted and comedic setting. The sheer scale of the world and diversity of the areas, levels and enemies means you can get lost for hours exploring and experimenting discovering new secrets and new ways to play.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Shooting and Traversal

Developer: Onirism The Game (@OnirismTheGame)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete. Average playtime to finish the available content in the adventure so far (not counting side modes) is around 20 hours, but to see everything takes longer. Also the game is being expanded at the time of writing.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. There are multiple ways to play with other people, such as co-operatively working through the main story in shared or split-screen play, or playing against each other in various minigames.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game requires fairly precise aiming when using long-range weapons to attack enemies, and some of the platforming sections can be tricky, but these can be attempted again right away. It's more whimsical nature make it a good alternative to other shooting narrative games for younger children.

CostsCosts

Onirism usually costs £13.99.
 

Onirism

Steam Store PC £13.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Onirism Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@OnirismTheGame) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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