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Video GameThe Snowgardens (Dreams) Review
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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Play involves collecting objects and interacting with this technology to traverse the varied islands as you attempt to escape the clutches of land and sea. As you progress you discover more contraptions and puzzles. The rain falls and atmosphere builds and the ancient beings awaken.

There's an exploration mode that enable you to explore more freely. This opens all the doors.

The game is part of a trilogy with the first two available and the final part planned next year. They each offer a unique experience and are similarly worth playing:
  • The Watergardens (2019)
  • The Snowgardens (2020)
  • TBA (2022)

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Half Up (@HalfUp_)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 2 hours to complete. Although you can get through the puzzles in as little as an hour, to find everything will take considerably longer.
 

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.

Skill Rating

10+ 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

The Snowgardens

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 above link. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our The Snowgardens Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
There aren't difficulty levels but you can opt to play in Exploration mode where all doors are open and everything is unlocked. So you can easily access the whole game. Playing in this mode means you never lose any progress (although you can't see the climax animation of the game).

Between islands a map is provided that offers hints on next objectives and where to go.

There are no full screen strobe effects, but the game does quickly cycle through bright colours of lights at a couple of points.

You can shoot the arrow you can either tap or hold a button. Holding provides a helpful targeting line.

Dreams Settings: You can turn down screen shake, motion blur. You can disable vibration.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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