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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game offers a positive message about overcoming fears -- players must defeat nightmares that are manifestations of negative scenarios.
Positive Role Models
Players are helping the inhabitants of the Dreamland by defeating nightmares.
Ease of Play
Simple gameplay: players roll a dice and move their character to one of the highlighted squares.
Violence & Scariness
Players battle nightmares in turn-based battles. Damage is indicated by a depleting health meter, and when hit, characters recoil in fear rather than pain. Attacks resemble beams of light or red scratch marks with some violence -- one of the bullies attacks with a baseball bat, for example.
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Products & Purchases
Players can use Facebook Credits to buy more turns or purchase exclusive items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dreamland is a unique turn-based board game played on the Facebook social network. It features battles with nightmares, where damage to the player is indicated by red claw marks; but there's nothing graphic or gory in this violence. The game is free to play, but players can use Facebook Credits to speed up the game and buy exclusive items. Facebook friends are also required to help build certain items, which might tempt players to "friend" strangers.
Is It Any Good?
Dreamland is unique in a couple of respects: not only is it one of the few board games on Facebook, but it also boasts a darkly stylish look that resembles Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride films. The enemies you'll face are all based on common nightmare scenarios, like being laughed at, monsters under the bed, or seeing an ugly reflection of yourself in the mirror. The boards can start to seem repetitive after a while, but it feels satisfying to clear them and buy new decorations for the bedroom, which is a joy to decorate thanks to the game's wonderful aesthetic.
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