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The War to End All Wars (2021) is a point-and-click game set in a World War One battlefield visitor centre. However, as you interact with the exhibits you get taken back in time to live the experience through the eyes of a soldier. Unusually, it uses traditional adventure game mechanics to create an educational presentation with well researched period detail and text information about the life of a soldier in a World War One trench.

You start walking down a road towards the visitor centre. As you reach it, you become aware that the scene has changed and you are now back in time. Explore further and you are returned to the present.

Once you get in the trench this time-slip happens again and you find yourself in a first person view of a soldier back in the past. This back and forth continues as you explore the exhibit. You escape a collapsing trench and go "over the top". Each time telling a different part of the soldier's story and adding first hand emotion to the experience. There are no other people to meet and you are not made to fight or encounter dead bodies, but it still manages to convey what it would have been like to be part of the conflict.

The result is a well researched game, using period music and sound to great effect, and is an excellent introduction for children studying the period, and would be suitable as a classroom resource.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked The War to End All Wars (Dreams) 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative game with Adventure and Point-and-Click elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour 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.
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.

The game does not feature violence, although it is about war. You hold guns but don't fire them. There are scenes of peril, dead horses, and a visit to a cemetery.

Skill Level

9+ 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 War to End All Wars

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: 14/02/2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative (Adventure and Point-and-Click)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

Developer: Dreams Heini (@DreamsHeini)

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