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Video GameA Puzzle in Time (Dreams) Review
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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

A Puzzle in Time is a puzzle game set in a laboratory. Your task is to escape the room and prove time travel is possible by solving puzzles set over four different years. Inspired by games like Portal and The Witness this short but challenging game has some mind (and time) bending conundrums that require serious lateral thinking.

Play is point-and-click style puzzles, but in a single room first person perspective that adds to the feeling of claustrophobia. There are no hints or instructions, you have to work things out from clues in the environment. But not only the time you are in, as you travel to different periods you can see how your actions affect the room in each year of the experiment. Experimentation is the key, try everything.

The result is a fascinating game from a creator who specialises in sci-fi escape room games.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/02/2021, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and half an hour to complete. Adept players may complete this relatively quickly, but for those new to the genre you may find this quite a challenge. A fun escape room over four dimensions.
 

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 3.
 
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

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Puzzles are difficult and possibly too hard for very young children to work out. Older children with an interest in time travel and the mind bending scenarios this can create will rise to the challenge here.

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

A Puzzle in Time

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 A Puzzle in Time Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
Some controls require you to hold down the button to activate, this includes subtitles and speech.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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