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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (2020) is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourfully painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or faster running) they must be capitalised upon before they run out.

You run through the game left to right and use these timed abilities to their best advantage to traverse the platforms, rocks and bridges. You have the optional quest of collecting Shuriken (throwing stars) which are hidden in the level.

There are four separate levels representing different seasons and times of day. You can play any level from the level select screen, and it will show you how many Shuriken you have collected for each. There are no timers for the levels themselves, and it warns you if you have not collected everything before leaving the level.

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream has a beautiful art style similar to traditional Japanese art. It will appeal to children and adults due to its charm and unusual time-limited abilities. There is also an unfolding story in the game which reveals the identity of the caped character you have been chasing.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. The time to complete will depend on whether you want to collect the hidden objects or just run through the level in the fastest time. This is an ideal game to play if you want to complete a short adventure in an hour.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

7+ 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).


Kuro: A Shadow's Dream

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: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 8 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: A Bawnanable (@ABawnanable)

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