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Dream Detective

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Avoidable flaws undermine otherwise fun puzzle game.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2 ):

While bad games are, well, bad, games that have the potential to be good but mess it up -- like this hidden object puzzle game -- are just depressing. In Dream Detective, you have to find specific items in intricate pictures that are full of small objects. So it's kind of like Where's Waldo?, except you're not picking out some guy in a striped shirt out in a crowd, but different objects all the time. In addition, you get paid for finding these missing items, but you have to spend your earnings to buy stuff for the people who kidnapped you while you were lying on the couch, enjoying a refreshing nap.

Sadly, being abducted mid-nap isn't the worst part of this puzzle game. While it has an interesting and detailed art style, this just makes it super hard to find anything, especially if you play on your phone's small screen. Sure, you can pinch the screen to look closer, or watch an ad when even that doesn't help and you just want to find that darn cat, but the game's intricate visuals just make this more frustrating than challenging. You can also get a clue by tapping on the object you're supposed to find, but while they can be useful, they can also be confusing or completely unhelpful. All of which is why Dream Detective will quickly have you looking for the Off button.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 18, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Century Game
  • Version: 2.91
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.2 and up
  • Last updated: April 2, 2021

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