- System: Microsoft Windows, PC (Steam)
- Publisher: Century Games
- Developer: Century Games
- Release Date: Dec. 4, 2019
- Pricing: $7.99 US
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Adventure, Casual, Indie
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.dreamdetectivegame.com/
Who it Caters to
Dream Detective also caters to more casual gamers and serious gamers that want something more laid back to play. There are timed levels to add some pressure but overall the game can be played at your own pace. There’s little pressure of losing, and it’s meant to just be fun. The art is all hand-drawn and painstakingly detailed, so it’s meant to be enjoyed and not breezing through quickly. Dream Detective caters to players that want a game that they can pick up and play casually, being entertained without being stressed.
What to Expect
The story in Dream Detective is told through thousands of lines of dialogue and interaction with a huge array of diverse characters. The choices that you make shape the future of Dream Land, and you can uncover countless secrets along the way. It’s up to you to repair Dream Land and fix the bridge between imagination and reality!
In addition to the hidden items gameplay, you also have your own castle to restore and customise within Dream Detective. You use items and gold you find in the other levels to upgrade the castle and have choices about exactly how you customise it every step of the way. It lets you make a castle that is catered to your taste! This part of Dream Detective is optional, so you can design the castle all you want if you feel like it. But if it’s not your style, you can just focus on the main narrative and hidden items gameplay. It’s up to you.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Dream Detective is an incredible value for its price. The game is very cheap but offers well over 20 hours of gameplay, and even more if you’re looking to reach 100% completion.
- You can stare at one scene for a long time and still notice new details, jokes, surprises, and more. Dream Detective has so much thought in its art!
- The ongoing feature of building your own castle is really fun. It lets you collect pieces and renovate alongside the normal gameplay—but there is also zero pressure to do so if you don’t want to, and you aren’t punished for not doing it.
- Your avatar is also super customisable with hundreds of different outfits to choose from.
- Dream Detective doesn’t explain all the intricacies of how to play as the game becomes more difficult. For example, you can click to enter some new areas or zoom in on some places—but not in the tutorial, and those features are never actually explained.
- For a game marketed as “from ages 0 to 100,” some of the text clues are incredibly difficult to understand, or very vague. It’s discouraging for younger gamers if they want to play (and some adults too).
- There are a lot of timed levels that cannot be skipped or avoided if you want to finish the main story. Timed levels are something that appeals to some, but certainly not everyone, so having so many mandatory ones isn’t a great feature.
- Some of the background music gets very old and repetitive and isn’t always cut together smoothly. There’s no way to turn just the music off without muting the whole game, either.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Have you played Dream Detective or were you considering picking it up? How did you find it if you did play? Do you agree with our opinions? How likely are you to buy the game now and give it a try? Do you have any advice for others that may be considering picking it up? Drop us a comment before you leave!