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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Snowgardens (2020) is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Play involves collecting objects and interacting with this technology to traverse the varied islands as you attempt to escape the clutches of land and sea. As you progress you discover more contraptions and puzzles. The rain falls and atmosphere builds and the ancient beings awaken.

There's an exploration mode that enable you to explore more freely. This opens all the doors.

The game is part of a trilogy with the first two available and the final part planned next year. They each offer a unique experience and are similarly worth playing:
  • The Watergardens (2019)
  • The Snowgardens (2020)
  • TBA (2022)

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Snowgardens (Dreams) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 2 hours to complete. Although you can get through the puzzles in as little as an hour, to find everything will take considerably longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

Skill Level

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 games made by the community).


The Snowgardens

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 above link. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Half Up (@HalfUp_)

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