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The War to End All Wars (Dreams) Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

The War to End All Wars is a point-and-click game set in a World War One battlefield visitor centre. However, as you interact with the exhibits you get taken back in time to live the experience through the eyes of a soldier. Unusual, it uses traditional adventure game mechanics to create an educational presentation with well researched period detail and text information about the life of a soldier in a World War One trench.

You start walking down a road towards the visitor centre. As you reach it, you become aware that the scene has changed and you are now back in time. Explore further and you are returned to the present.

Once you get in the trench this time-slip happens again and you find yourself in a first person view of a soldier back in the past. This back and forth continues as you explore the exhibit. You escape a collapsing trench and go "over the top". Each time telling a different part of the soldier's story and adding first hand emotion to the experience. There are no other people to meet and you are not made to fight or encounter dead bodies, but it still manages to convey what it would have been like to be part of the conflict.

The result is a well researched game, using period music and sound to great effect, and is an excellent introduction for children studying the period, and would be suitable as a classroom resource.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Dreams Heini (@DreamsHeini)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.
 

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.

The game does not feature violence, although it is about war. You hold guns but don't fire them. There are scenes of peril, dead horses, and a visit to a cemetery.

Skill Rating

9+ 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 War to End All Wars

Dreams Store PS5 Free
Dreams Store PS4 Free
 
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.

This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. 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 The War to End All Wars Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:
As with most Dreams games you cannot save your progress in the game other than at start of each separate level. As this is a flowing narrative it is not obvious exactly where these points are and you may find you return to the game a lot further back than you left it in the last session.

Although Dreams has the option to control volume of sound effects and music from the settings menu they do not work in this game.

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