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Video Game Pip Gemwalker (Dreams) Review
Pip Gemwalker (2019) is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a small mole character who needs to escape a maze to find diamonds. It's similar to Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, where each level is small enough to fit on the screen and be rotated while you explore. This enables you to look ahead and investigate where you need to go and what you need to collect. Figuring out how to then do that with your character is then a challenge of execution.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pip Gemwalker (Dreams) 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.

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Pip Gemwalker is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a small mole character who needs to escape a maze to find diamonds. It's similar to Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, where each level is small enough to fit on the screen and be rotated while you explore. This enables you to look ahead and investigate where you need to go and what you need to collect. Figuring out how to then do that with your character is then a challenge of execution.

Play involves guiding your mole through the maze-like levels. Some of this is working out which way you need to go and avoiding enemies. But also you need to solve some puzzles by fetching and carrying itemsĀ in different ways. For example, carrying tree stumps to buttons that open doors, or standing on switches to open locks. As you work through the initial 7 levels things become more complex and challenging.

The result is a game that offers an increasing level of challenge, but stays playful and low pressure throughout. It's a nice game to dip your toe in some gentle puzzle and traversal action.
 

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform game with Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. The main game will take a couple of hours to play through, depending on ability. Because this game was made in Dreams, and the created enabled other people to make their own levels, you can extend the experience with these levels:

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 Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young children may need some assistance solving the puzzles.

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

Pip Gemwalker

Dreams Store PS5 Free
Dreams Store PS4 Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/11/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform (Puzzle and Traversal)

Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)


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