Dreams is available to all those who signed up for Early Access, and will be out to everybody else on February 14, 2020. In the meantime, we've taken a look at all the great projects that are already available in Dreams right now, and sorted them into the five best creations for you to find and enjoy.
Five Best Creations on Dreams
It's worth mentioning that these are only the opinions of the writer, but what we have below is a wide range of available games made in the Dreams creator for you to see what's possible, and hopefully inspire you in the process.
How to Play Player-Created Projects
All of the following creations can be found in the "Dreamsurfing" option from the main menu, with a search option at the top of the screen that allows you to check through all uploaded projects. If you want to find any of the projects mentioned below, simply type in their name and Dreams should provide them. Then you simply click on the project and select the button with the picture of the game controller.
Art Therapy (KeldBjones)
Have a go on a Van Gogh, whale on a whale and bust a bust. Art Therapy is a simple stealth game about a sculptor who gets one-too-many rejection letters from the local museum, and decides that the most reasonable option would be to go round and break everything before they catch him. Framed in the first person, you have three minutes to destroy as many artistic and historical artefacts as you can, or less if the security guards catch you. A simple idea well-realized, I'd like to see this one built on and developed into something really substantial, because it's worth it.
Southpaw Cooking (Kapten_basse)
Hey, it's Surgeon Simulator, but with bigger knives! Another timed game, Southpaw Cooking gives you just one minute to chop, cook and serve as much food as possible. The problem is that you're holding a phone to your ear, leaving on your left off-hand free. Fumble about with food, cutlery, pots and quite a lot of fire before trying to dump the charred mess on a plate. I suspect we'll see a lot of games like this one going forward, but for now this is a little gem of a game that everybody should try.
This isn't a game as such, but it is worth making a note. MechaWhale is a gorgeous controllable model of a mechanical whale on two legs, with - and pay attention, designers - two miniguns strapped to its sides. MechaWhale is a gorgeous creation that should stand as the current high point of design, and the idea of a whole game working on this aesthetic is something to be genuinely excited about. The fact that MechaWhale is also Remixable means that players will be able to pull it apart, see how it works, and maybe build on it. If Dreams ends up becoming a platform for MechaWhale games and nothing else, it still would've been worth it.
Blade Gunner (Jimmyjules153)
Blade Gunner takes me back to an era of cell phones of the early 2000s, where practically every flip-phone had some 2D bullet-hell rail-shooter spaceship game on it. Blade Gunner is an homage to that kind of game, albeit a lot prettier and built around orbiting a giant metal ball, rather than running on rails. It's a lot of fun with a lot of polish, not to mention a real difficulty curve. See if you can beat your high score or battle against your friends' score for extra bragging rights.
Art's Dream (Media Molecule)
This is perhaps a bit of a cheat, considering it's made by the developers themselves, but Art's Dream is really the high point of the Dreamsurfing right now, a two-hour adventure game/platformer/puzzler/musical experience unlike anything else available. The story focuses on Art, a double-bass player who has seemingly lost his chance at fame and broken all his relationships off in fits of anger and arrogance, leaving him alone with his thoughts. It's a bit unfocused at times, but overall it's beautiful and charming and feels like a declaration of everything that Dreams has the potential to become. I'm looking forward to seeing who tops it.
If that was helpful to you, why not see some of the developer's favourite community creations, all of which we've listed here? Or if you want a complete beginner's guide, check out our page here.