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LOCK (Dreams) Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @LadyLexUK and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect keys, and unlock further rooms. You will need all your powers of observation, codebreaking, and lateral thinking to solve the mystery of the island and the mysterious male voice who says he needs your help.

Everything in this game is designed to be part of the puzzle, from the colours, to the shapes, to the position they are in, to the sounds they make. You will need many different skills to complete the level. A codebook is provided to help you with things such as Morse code and Semaphore puzzles but mostly you have to work things out for yourself.

There are levels of complexity to each room which is revealed as you progress through the game, as each room has more than one puzzle to solve. You may find a pen and paper handy. There is a written walkthrough available if you get stuck, but you will get the best out of this game if you work out the codes yourself.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete. The game will save your progress as you go, so you can play this over a weekend.
 
Players: This is a single player game. Although this game is a single player experience, most people play this in couples or small groups, as you can all try to work out the puzzles together. In fact, it may be difficult to keep the game to yourself as people will inevitably start looking over your shoulder and start giving you advice.

CostsCosts

LOCK

Dreams Store PS4 Free

Dreams

Dreams Store PS5 Free

Dreams

 
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.

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.

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 gamemade by the community).

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