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Dreams (2019) is a creative game where you make your own games and play other people's creations. It's easy to dive in and create something simple using the basic controls, then as your skill and imagination grow the complexity and detail of your games can evolve too. It stands out for the ever-expanding range of games on offer, from professional-looking narrative adventures to silly and straightforward antics, and the ease with which you can create experiences to can share or keep with your family.

Anyone can learn how to create their own video games, music, animations and art in Dreams. Everything is controlled with approachable menus and interactions via the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create something simple, but more advanced and complex tools mean your imagination's the only limit to what you can make; quirky art, professional-looking games, original music, and detailed sculptures can all be incorporated into nuanced and unique homemade games.

What’s really clever about it is how simple it is to use, how quickly you can create something, and how you can spend a lifetime learning and developing your creative skills with it. Using just the PlayStation 4 controller you can create games as simple as noughts and crosses or as complex as the latest adventure game. PSVR is supported as well, letting you literally step into the worlds you shape. You can then share your creations with other Dreams users. More than that, though, you can also share elements or pull in things other people have shared to be part of your game.

Dreams come with a game made by the developer along with the thousands of unique experiences shared by the community of players. Browsing these creations uncovers a treasure trove of things to play, listen to or watch. Players can rate and recommend them to friends or take inspiration for their own designs.

For families with children interested in understanding what it takes to create a game Dreams is perfect. Not only does it open the door to video game development, but shows how diverse a set of skills are required to make an amazing game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dreams (Dreams) 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 2 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Creative game. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 1-4 players can collaborate to create and play in Dreams. Unlike the game creator platform Roblox, you can only play online by using the Share Play feature of the PlayStation (requires PlayStation Plus).

DurationDuration

While you can complete the developer’s sample creation in Dreams in a number of hours, there is an endless supply of community-created content that will keep you occupied for as long as you want. Making your own games can absorb many hours of creativity.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for realistic violence of a minor nature towards human characters and the use of offensive language. The dialogue in the game Art's Dream contains the infrequent use of ‘*!@?*, and ‘*!@?*’ and realistic violence of a minor nature, that does not result in any obvious harm or injury. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players and access to user-generated content.

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The best way to play Dreams is in shared family spaces if children are younger. You can explore the community creations together. Find a creator you like and see what they have made — a bit like subscribing to your favourite YouTube creator.

You can turn off the User Generated Content side of Dreams by specifying the Restricted setting in the PlayStation Family Settings for your child’s user account.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. To really get the most from this game you need to have the skill to process a lot of information and plan creations on a number of levels. Younger players will enjoy messing around with the tools, but to really start creating you need to be older.

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 specifies 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).

CostsCosts

Dreams usually costs £1.69 to £34.99. 

'Dreams': Beck

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

'Dreams': The Cranberries

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

Dreams

Amazon StoreSALE PS4 £34.99 £22.01 at the moment
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Price: 37% off

Out Now: PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Creative

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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