[PlayStation 4] Dreaming Sarah Review
Dreaming Sarah by Asteristic Game Studio and Ratalaika Games is a puzzle platformer about a young girl who you’ll try to wake up from her coma. Find out more in our Dreaming Sarah review!
Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements, an engaging environment, an incredibly diverse cast of characters, and of course, a young girl named Sarah.
When you start your journey with Dreaming Sarah, you will learn that i’s the story of a young girl named Sarah who is currently in a coma after being in a horrible accident. Your quest will take you through her dreams in order to try to put the pieces of her story back together, to finally wake up – hence the game’s name.
Dreaming Sarah plays from a side-scrolling perspective, and you move with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. You’ll be able to interact with items or doors with the Square button, and the X button allows you to jump. You’ll also gain access to a few items that you can use on your quest, which you’ll be able to toggle on or off by holding down the Circle button to display a wheel and highlighting the object you wish to toggle. Some of the items you’ll find include an umbrella to glide when you jump, a magnifier to turn into a smaller version of yourself so that you can go through small passages or a shell necklace that will allow you to turn… a fish!
In terms of gameplay, Dreaming Sarah features a nice mix of puzzles, quests, and platforming segments. Sometimes you will have to find specific objects to give to someone to move the story forward, while other times, you’ll find yourself taking on some platforming sequences with lava rising under your feet – and yes, lava is bad for you! Visually, the game has some nice pixel art with a lot of variety for the different dream locations you visit with Sarah. It also has a good soundtrack that does a great job of complementing the whole experience.
When I read the game’s description, I was really looking forward to seeing how Sarah’s story would evolve in this game. I was almost expecting the same kind of emotional experience that games like Distraint have – although the topic is not the same. What I found instead was more of a platforming experience with some occasional dialogue as you interact with characters that, in my opinion, didn’t add much to the story. The gameplay is fun, and there is some variety to what you need to accomplish in each section. My only complaint is that for some areas, there would be some rather long corridors that added nothing to the game’s design.
As for the trophies, everything is related to the story, and to collecting the many items you’ll find, so it shouldn’t be much of a challenge to get through everything and grab a Platinum, as long as you find the five specific secrets in the game. Moreover, Dreaming Sarah is offered as a cross-buy game, which means that if you get it on PS4, you’ll get the PlayStation 5 version at no extra cost or the other way around.
Dreaming Sarah might not have lived up to my expectations in terms of story, but it’s a fun game to get through in an evening as it deals with a serious topic in an entertaining way. It also has an easy Platinum to add to your collection, which will surely please trophy hunters, not to mention the game is only $4.99
This Dreaming Sarah review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.