This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 9 months ago.
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.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Suggestive Themes. This is a side-scrolling shooter in which players control a teenage witch on a quest for magical candy. Players ride a broom through the air and shoot magic attacks at cartoony enemies (e.g., owls, flying eyeballs, turtles, dragons). Gameplay can be frenetic, with frequent explosions, impact sounds, and several projectiles filling the screen. A bikini-clad fairy accompanies players, though is depicted from a distance; in a handful of menu screens, the fairy is more prominent, with deep cleavage and/or in somewhat provocative poses.
The best way to play Dreams, 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.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. 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 RatingAccount 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).
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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.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion
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