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Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked A Puzzle in Time (Dreams) 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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.
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 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).
A Puzzle in Time
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.
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