When Disney Dreamlight Valley was first revealed for Xbox Game Pass a few months ago, we didn't quite know what to expect from it. Was it more like The Sims or Disneyland Adventures? Well, it's actually a bit of both, and it also incorporates plenty of familiar elements from games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. The good news is that we've been pretty impressed with it so far, and can definitely see ourselves sticking with it.
We've only put a few hours into Disney Dreamlight Valley, so we're not giving a score or anything like that for now, but we can at least tell you a bit of what it's about. Basically, once you've created your avatar, you're dropped on a Disney island that's been taken over by an evil force called The Forgetting, shrouding the island in darkness and covering it with Night Thorns. With the help of various Disney characters, it's your job to restore the island to its former glory.
To do this, you'll need to earn "Dreamlight" by completing various tasks. Each character gives you adventure-style quests to complete which will take up plenty of your time, but you'll also want to focus on growing and harvesting crops, cooking, mining, fishing and much more as you progress. Once you've collected a certain amount of Dreamlight, you'll be able to unlock a new area of the map or visit a new Disney character's realm.
Although the gameplay is intentionally somewhat basic, it's also packed with a fair bit of depth, such as the vast number of recipes you can collect for cooking purposes, along with the multitude of different quests that characters will send you on. We'll give you an example - we collected enough Dreamlight to visit the Moana world where we completed a few tasks and convinced Moana to come back with us to Dreamlight Valley (and then built her a house in our chosen location). Then, we were summoned to return to Maui who was upset that Moana had left him, and he reluctantly agreed to come to Dreamlight Valley if we brought him some high-quality meals first, which meant we needed to discover some three-star recipes, find the ingredients, and then cook them for him.
This is the sort of gameplay you'll be engaging in, although there's also another major element to Disney Dreamlight Valley in the form of customisation. Over time, you'll find new clothes for your avatar, along with items to decorate the valley and your personal house, especially once you've unlocked Scrooge McDuck's cosmetics store. This is where things get a bit Sims-like, and you can even go as far as creating your own t-shirt for your avatar. Some of the customisation controls are a little clunky, but you get used to them pretty quickly.
Based on some very early impressions, then, we're having a good time with Disney Dreamlight Valley so far, aside from a few bugs that we've encountered (hopefully patched out by the time you play this!). The game is now available on Xbox Game Pass with a free-to-play release occurring in 2023, and fortunately paid content is only limited to cosmetics for now, along with plans to implement "purchasable expansions" in the future.
So, is Disney Dreamlight Valley worth a download on Xbox Game Pass? It's a yes from us!
Just bought it for my partner as she loves most things Disney, tbh I'm tempted to play it myself 😂, but the lack of any combat is putting me off
I'd play it with my daughter, but don't want my Xbox occupied haha. Don't look at me like that. She's got my Switch all to herself 😛
This looks like something I'd download to have a quick look and still be playing 12 hours later
I was a bit skeptical regarding the developer, but, it's not actually half bad.
I admit that I'm sure that I will try and likely enjoy this. Actually, I downloaded it when it become available. I tried the Disneyland Xbox One game but it's clunky and I gave it up after the hug people achievement that was part of Microsoft Rewards.
Love it so far, to bad it’s doesn’t run at 60FPS.
@Ocat Not 60fps on Series X @FraserG ?
@Banjo- We could only get access to the PC build ahead of launch, so I haven't actually had a chance to try Series X yet.
@FraserG OK, thanks.
Nope, just 30FPS on my Series X. Game looks still looks very good tough.
@Ocat Too bad. It should have a performance mode on Series X at 60fps.
@Banjo- looks shoddy on Series X to me. Looks like a glorified mobile game... It is Gameloft though I guess
@Toner1984 I will have a look today. I wouldn't mind a lower resolution for 60fps. The best thing about the current generation is the elusive 60 frame rate, at least on Series X.
@Captain_Chao5 Exactly what I've done, currently 5 hours in 😁
@Toner1984 I just started it. It looks promising, the potential is positive and huge, but the performance, UI and animation need to be polished. Right now it has that Gameloft/mobile game vibes.
Worried to invest time/effort only for it to leave in 4 months and have to let it go (lol) or worse, buy it... Any microtransactions?
@Porridge2215 I don't know of any game that left Game Pass that quickly and I've been subscribed for over 2 years. And yes, it has microtransactions, which are mentioned towards the end of the article.
They're completely optional though (just clothing items) and don't affect the core gameplay from my own experience watching my daughter play it.
How is paying for early access for a FREE TO PLAY GAME not a con for gamepass subs? Mind blown 🤯
@Bleachedsmiles It will be free-to-play in 2023 but, right now, you can buy one of the founder's editions, standard, deluxe or ultimate, so having Game Pass lets you play without buying anything. The pricing is:
So right now, Xbox Game Pass not only lets you try the game but save money.
@Banjo- tbh I think the take on already charging for ‘packs’ in an early access f2p would be very different if it didn’t have Disney behind.
Which edition is gamepass giving access to? The review gives the impression paid content isn’t currently in the game.
@Bleachedsmiles It was the same in Fortnite.
Below the different editions, if you want to take a look.
Yeah, can’t play it on PS5 for free. $30 minimum.
Tried it on Series S out of curiosity.
Slow framerate, janky animation, almost non-existent tutorial/guidance to explain menus and functions to kids.
There's also a ridiculous amount of written (not spoken) dialogue for a kids game (and the dialogue is often too advanced for them), which means little ones can't enjoy it without a parent reading and explaining every damn text box.
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