Crazy Dreamz: Best Of - PC Review

The MagiCat failed to put us under its spell.

  • System: PC
  • Publisher: Dreamz Studio
  • Developer: Dreamz Studio
  • Release Date: March 22, 2018
  • Pricing:$9.99
  • Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Adventure, Indie, Platformer
  • Players: 1
  • Official Website: https://crazy-dreamz.com/
Specs (Minimum)
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Any
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000-5000 series (in 720p)
DirectX: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 1 GB available space

Who it Caters to

Crazy Dreamz: Best Of is definitely a game geared towards people that are in love with platforming. We don't feel like this is a game for casual gamers looking for a new game to enjoy and pass the time. The content is somewhat limited and basic. But, having said, that there are some things that everybody can appreciate from this game. For example the vibrant art style, the friendly music, and uniqueness of the game's core concept. Definitely try out the free to play version, MagiCats Edition, before purchasing this one. If you enjoy that game, then, by all means, jump right into this feline-lovers' dream.

Best Of is the first game developed by Dreamz Studio. It uses the same engine and artwork as Crazy Dreams: MagiCats Edition (early access), but this one is "crowd developed". We'll get into what that means later on.

What to Expect

You can expect to be immersed in a world filled with eye-popping backgrounds and slow-moving enemies that you will breeze past or mow down as you make your way to the end of each level. You can, of course, try to complete each level as fast as possible in order to earn the best time compared to other people who have the game. You can look forward to various types of level designs. Some levels will be filled with moving objects that you have to nimbly maneuver around. While others will be filled with different types of movable objects and devices that will either bounce you up into the sky or reverse gravity. Some levels even have side-scroller elements to them.

The biggest improvement from the other edition (and one that fans are very pleased about) is that there seem to be far fewer bugs. Many community members complained about issues with the early access version of MagiCats Edition, but this one is more polished. Dreamz Studio also added a few new environments exclusive to this title as well as various skins to customize your costume, hat, and weapon. These customizable items are earned through various accomplishments such as taking down bosses from each world.

So this version of the game is called “Best of”. That means that the best-designed levels from community members have been aggregated into one complete game. The developers are calling this "the first crowd-developed game". It's honestly a bold choice and one that aspiring developers can definitely appreciate.

What’s cool about it is that 50% of the revenue of this game goes to the creators of the levels. You can also donate tips through in-game options that go directly (as far as we can tell) to the creators of the levels. This game uses the same art design and engine as MagiCats Edition.

Crazy Dreamz: Best of - Gameplay Trailer

Story

Crazy Dreams: MagiCats Edition was designed to be a "2D sandbox platformer with a twist". The core concept revolves around players building their own levels and challenging other community members to top their designs. Story and characters are more of an afterthought.

Here is the underlying premise for Best of you are a powerful cat mage living in the MagiCat Kingdom. You were on a quest to find fish, your favorite food when suddenly the kingdom was invaded by an army. The soldiers are called Raters and they are stealing the magic from the kingdom. Your role in all of this is to return the powers to the kingdom before they are lost forever. As you progress through levels you'll receive advice from an ethereal cat-sage. You'll also encounter several monster types and the powerful bosses from each world.

Gameplay

It’s hard to deny that the game definitely has very colorful backgrounds that are vivid and pop. It takes a lot of work to hand-draw 2-D environments, so we can very much appreciate the time they put into adding new environments for this release. Also, the entire game gives off a very friendly and playful vibe. You'll be able to see for yourself in the various images we've included in this article.

The controls on this game feel very fluid and extremely responsive. It’s a real joy to move your character around the screen and throw attacks at the enemies all while constantly moving forward or jumping off of walls. We personally prefer to use a controller for these types of games. However, a keyboard works just as well.

Community members are praising this game for its unique level design and creative feel. Fans of platforming games will find that this game almost never feels repetitive or stale. Besides the environments themselves, enemy placement and behavior have been customized to meet the creator's desires. It's truly impressive to see what they've managed to do with the bit of coding options Dreamz Studio gave them to work with.

There are ten different levels in each world. Nine of them are regular levels and the center one is where you fight the boss. There are ten different worlds in all. After playing through five of the levels you will be able to fight the boss of each world. Once the boss is defeated, you can move onto the next world. The bosses are generals of the Raters army that has invaded the kingdom. They each have their own attack routine and movements. A few of them are actually challenging. You don’t have to complete all of the levels in order to progress (if you don't want to). There's replay value if you want to beat your current best time or beat the leaderboard time.

We did encounter one bug in our playthrough. After defeating a boss you receive a new aesthetic item. Every time we entered the menu to look at our items and then returned to the world select screen, we could no longer use our controller. We had to go back to the main menu, using a mouse. Then, we could regain use of the controller. It wasn't a big issue. It was just a little bit annoying.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

Overall, the game felt relatively bland lackluster to us. The community created levels and monetary compensation is a great element of this title, but it feels sort of like a gimmick. There’s a free to access version that is still incomplete. But, then they’re charging for this version and giving half of the revenue to the content creators. Their intentions are noble, but the execution feels a bit strange. The game itself can don’t stand out. We’d rather spend the money to purchase several other platforming games that have better mechanics and storytelling.

Honey's Pros:

  • Artwork
  • Crowd-developed content
  • Tight controls

Honey's Cons:

  • Bland gameplay
  • Lacking features
  • Lack of story and personality

Honey's Final Verdict:

We could see certain gamers enjoying this game. However, the majority will find this game coming up short on several core gameplay elements. It’s interesting to see developers trying something new with their releases. But, they should make sure to put out a complete game that fans will enjoy before tacking on a system that promotes new level designers looking to make a name for themselves.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read our review. We hope you found this useful. Have a great day and we’ll see you next time.

Javier Garcia

Writer

Author: Javier Garcia

Hey guys! I'm a huge fan of anime and video games. I used to be a competitive fighting game player (search my name in YouTube). So, I guess it was natural for me to make my way over here to Japan. I teach English, write anime articles, and put together videos when I have time. I hope you enjoy the content we've created for you here at Honey's Anime!

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