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Dreams Review

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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @gweronimo.

OverviewOverview

Anyone can learn how to create their own video games, music, animations and art in Dreams. Everything is controlled with accessible menus and interactions via the PlayStation 4 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create something simple. Then, as skill and imagination grow over time players can take their creativity in any direction that they wish to make highly detailed and nuanced experiences: quirky art, professional-looking games, original music, detailed sculptures. These can then be shared online or just kept for the family.

Dreams comes with a game made by the developer along with the thousands of unique experiences shared by the community of players. Browsing these creations uncovers a treasure trove of things to play, listen to or watch. Players can rate and recommend them to friends or take inspiration for their own designs.

What’s really clever about it is how simple it is to use, how quickly you can create something, and how you could spend a lifetime learning and developing your creative skills with it. Using just the PlayStation 4 controller you can create games as simple as noughts and crosses or as complex as the latest adventure game. PSVR is supported as well, letting you literally step into the worlds you shape. You can then share your creations with other Dreams users. More than that, though, you can also share elements or pull in things other people have shared to be part of your game.

For families with children interested in understanding what it takes to create a game Dreams is perfect. Not only does it open the door on video game development, but shows how diverse a set of skills are required to make an amazing game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Price: 37% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Creative

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @MediaMolecule

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. While you can complete the developer’s sample creation in Dreams in a few hours, there is an endless supply of community create content that will keep you occupied for as long as you want. Making your own games can absorb many hours of creativity.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 1-4 players can collaborate to create and play in Dreams. Unlike game creator platform Roblox, you can't currently create online game experiences in Dreams.

CostsCosts

Dreams usually costs £34.99. 

Dreams

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has received a PEGI 12 because it features realistic violence of a minor nature towards human characters and use of offensive language. The dialogue in the game Art's Dream contains the infrequent use of ‘*!@?*, and ‘*!@?*’ and realistic violence of a minor nature, that does not result in any obvious harm or injury. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players and access to user-generated content.

The best way to play Dreams, therefore, is in shared family spaces if children are younger. You can explore the communities creations together. Find a creator you like and see what they have made — a bit like subscribing to your favourite YouTube creator.

You can turn off the User Generated Content side of Dreams by specifying the Restricted setting in the PlayStation Family Settings for your child’s user account.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 14+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. To really get the most from this game you need to have the skill to process a lot of information and plan creations on a number of levels. Younger players will enjoy messing around with the tools, but to really start creating you need to be older.

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).

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is a control scheme that uses sticks rather than motion. You use the left and right sticks to control both the game camera and the imp. You can switch between toggling or holding buttons.

There are lots of ways to personalize how the cursor and camera move. You can turn down vibration strength to whatever intensity is best for you using a slider.

You can now adjust how much screen shake and motion blur you will see when navigating the Dreamiverse. This should help to reduce visual “noise” if too much is uncomfortable for you. You can also turn off UI effects such as animation and chromatic aberration.

When you are creating in Dreams you can change the size of the palette UI which can help with visibility as well as having a larger area to select so less precision is needed.
 
Our Dreams Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:

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