Parents' Guide to

Dreams

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Extraordinary collection of powerful content-creation tools.

Game PlayStation 4 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Awesome tool for making whatever your imagination wonders too!!

Dreams is a great engine to create whatever your heart desires in any way, but you can also play the things that other people make. And that’s when it gets slightly inappropriate. Here is a parent review sorted into 5 sections: VIOLENCE: Violence is limited, and if it gets over the top moderators can remove the creation from the browser. This violence can range from mild-moderate fight scenes, violence such as shooting with blood sprays and splatters, dead bodies and mutilated corpses with innards hanging out rarely. Inside games, you can also explore dark and disturbing content of any kind, with an exception of rape and sexual harassment. LANGUAGE: Language is infrequent and hard to find in general, but you may hear some usage of “shit”, “damn”, “hell” and “ass” along with all of its variations. Sometimes, you may find a “fuck” or two that snuck under the moderators DRUG/ALCOHOL/TOBACCO USE: In games, characters can smoke, show and do drugs etc. without any restrictions. SEXUAL CONTENT: This is restricted in every way, and you will never see any of this as well as nudity isn’t present. OVERALL: 12-16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This bundle of content is highly imaginative, emotionally engaging, and artfully created. Dreams showcases what's possible with the enormous set of tools you've got access to in order to make and share your own worlds with the community (and even collaborate with others online). Dreams may be the best thing you've invested in in a long while. You can simply play Media Molecule's main campaign (blending combat, puzzles, and exploration) and mini-games, or test-drive an endless stream of other people's work. Or if you're yearning to dabble in content creation yourself, Dreams is the complete package, and all wrapped up in a beautifully produced experience that gets it all right. Except for a bit of a steep learning curve in the creation department (a collection of tutorials will help) and wrestling a little with the controls, it's a nearly perfect offering for PS4 owners

First, a word on Art’s Dream: This short but deep and dreamy experience familiarizes you with several mechanics, first by letting you play as Art from a third-person view, with many adventure-like elements. Then you take control of Art's childhood stars, Fox (yep, a fox) and Francis (a hammer-wielding bear), who must use their unique skills to find and rescue Lancewing, Art's toy dragon abducted by a huge crow, Thornbeak. The gameplay shifts to puzzle-solving robots before the adventure is completed. You may not want this adventure to end. But then, you can select from a ton of other content, including what's shared by the community (and thanks to an early beta program, there's already much to play with, even though the game launched officially on Valentine's Day 2020. When it's time to flex your own skills, you'll unlock several tools to draw on the screen, select objects and shapes, choose a flow and jump through scenes, and eventually export your work. Expect a lot of trial and error as you paint on the screen in a 3D space, which can take some getting used to. Your projects will get better over time, so just be patient, experiment, and see what others have done in the Dreamiverse gallery -- whether it's platforming on top of flower petals, engaging in space shooters, or racing cars through mountains. Plus, there's non-gaming content worth exploring, including graphic novels, short animated films, and musical performances. You can see ratings, how many people played this content, and more. The value here is humongous. Dreams is an extraordinary example of "Play, Create, Share" and it's worth every penny. These powerful tools help digitize your imagination and provide a glimpse into what's possible when a developer like Media Molecule empowers gamers.

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