NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams

Game review by Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Nightmarish adventure with frustrating controls.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 10+

Nowhere as good as the original or it's psuedo sequel, but a passable reimagining

Aight first thing's first, *PLEASE USE A CLASSIC CONTROLlER/PRO, NUNCHUCK, OR GAMECUBE CONTROLLER*. The motion controls are abysmal, and ruin the experience. Now that that's out of the way, on to the actual review. JoD is a reimagining of 1996's NiGHTS into Dreams, the only SEGA Saturn game worth playing. You control one of two Perfect Dreamers, as they fuse with NiGHTS, essentially becoming one body with two souls, and use their combined power to take back the dreams of the Perfect Dreamers, and to allow NiGHTS the freedom she desires. An amazing score attack/time attack game, the mission-based structure is an improvement over the original, allowing more time in each Nightopia, as well as allowing players to opt out of what they don't want to play again when they inevitably return to enjoy the game using their old save file. The story is a bit lackluster, but more than we got in NiD; NiGHTS, a mysterious dream creature, allows two Perfect Dreamers who were able to hold on to their subconscious courage Ideya, to fight back against the forces of Wizeman, said to be a Perfect Dreamer who used all his Ideya to gain massive power and remain in the dream world, becoming the ruler of Nightmare. Over time, NiGHTS begins to empathize with the Perfect Dreamers, and wants to help them more. It all culminates in an emotional climax pitting the World of Dreams against Nightmare. The gameplay does get a bit repetitive, and one certain boss lives up to her title of nightmare creature, but otherwise, this is a fantastic introduction to my favorite game series of all time. Definitely pick this one up, it can commonly be found used for around $10, complete in the case with the manual. Just... don't get the HD release of the original NiGHTS into Dreams on Steam, the PC version is awful and ruins a fantastic game.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
not rated for age

Liked it, but way too hard

I played the first NiGHTS game that came out on the Sega Saturn, a much loved game. This version for the Wii is just as good in many ways and the controls are somewhat better--although I expected much more from the Wii's motion remote. What could have been a great 3-D experience is spoiled by a frustrating control system. Even if it just had an easier non-timed mode for less than talented players I would happily give it more stars. Instead, wait for the bargain bin price on this one.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: December 18, 2007
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Everyone
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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