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A Bat's Tale Review

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Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale (2021) is an action puzzle adventure. You play Scoria, a female orc, searching for a herb that will stop her Granny from snoring. However, the plant can only be found in a castle guarded by dragons. With your sword and shield and guided by Herb the Bat you explore, collect keys, coins and health potions. Along the way you must solve pressure pad puzzles to unlock doors and bombs to tear down walls.

Gameplay includes pressing the square button to wield your sword. Holding the button will charge the attack, while pressing furiously will create a combination attack. You can attack barrels and boxes to obtain coins, but sometimes these can contain enemies instead.

There are locked-room puzzles, where you need to think logically to blow up walls, pull levers, and put objects onto pressure pads in order to get to a different area. There are three levels to complete which are unlocked as you play. Tutorials are incorporated into the first level. There are also handy game playing tips to be found in the notes left with the remains of earlier explorers.

The result is a cute fantasy adventure which, with the addition of the easier Fun mode, is suitable for players of all abilities.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale (Dreams) 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. In single player mode you play as Scoria a female orc searching for a herb that will stop her Granny from snoring. In local multiplayer you can also be joined by her twin brother Gabbro.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Game contains skeletal enemies and dead bodies, but these are presented in a cartoon style. The main character can be hurt and die.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Simple controls make this suitable for younger children, but some of the room puzzles require lateral thinking which may require help.

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).


Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale

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: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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