There is something truly wonderful about cosy games. They’re perfect for all kinds of days, good or bad. It’s a class that’s undeniably on the rise, between farming games, life sims, and more. Today’s game is quintessential cosy gaming. By now, some of you probably only know me for my horror content. It’s my ultimate bread and butter, after all. However, I thrive with cosy games too, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Disney Dreamlight Valley.
So, what is Disney Dreamlight Valley?
Disney Dreamlight Valley is a hybrid between a life-sim and an adventure game. It’s filled with quests, exploration, and engaging activities featuring Disney and Pixar friends, both old and new.
Dreamlight Valley was a place where Disney and Pixar characters lived in harmony—until the Forgetting. Night Thorns grew across the land and severed the wonderful memories of its inhabitants. With nowhere else to go, the hopeless residents of Dreamlight Valley retreated behind locked doors in the Dream Castle, back to their own worlds.
It’s up to you to save the valley and bring back its residents!
Being early access, the amount of characters currently in the game is slightly limited. That said, each character has engaging quests. Although some do take longer than others. Here’s everyone you can unlock as of today!
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Scrooge McDuck
- Donald Duck
- Prince Eric
- Mother Gothel
Scar is also on the way in an upcoming update. Each character can reach a max level of 10, which makes them a best friend. There are also rewards for each new level, in the forms of coins, motifs, furniture and clothing.
At this point in time, for me, even with pushing 60 hours in the game (despite being insanely busy away from the gaming scene), I’ve not managed to unlock Prince Eric. Ariel is very broken, which I’ll talk about in a moment. Everyone else has been pretty fine to unlock and level up.
Let’s be real, most games these days launch with bugs. Especially early access games. I’ve been playing Dreamlight Valley on both Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Xbox has been fairly stable overall, with minor lighting glitches and movement issues. Nothing too bad. The movement issues can usually be solved by pausing and unpausing the game. Worst case scenario, a reset should sort it. These are the only bugs I’ve encountered on Xbox, but Gameloft has been sharing information online about all bugs and updates.
However, up until the first big update, there were some pretty game-breaking bugs on the Switch. The worst of these came in the form of crashing. For a solid week, my game was crashing at least once a day. Thankfully, auto-save is pretty solid, so I never lost much progress. There are minor issues, like the aforementioned lighting bugs, and clothing behaving oddly. Storms are a bit jarring, and some characters get stuck in places.
Normally, I’d be a little more annoyed about these kinds of issues. However, Gameloft has been doing a really fantastic job of addressing bugs and giving updates on everything they’re working on. Huge props for the level of accountability they’re taking, it’s a rarity these days.
But how cosy is it?
There’s no denying that Disney Dreamlight Valley isn’t perfect. But the bugs don’t take away from the charm. I was sent this game on Xbox and fell so madly in love with it that I bought it on Switch. And that’s even with the knowledge that the full game will release as free to play next year. The cloud save feature is fantastic, and having the ability to continue progress on whichever platform I feel like on any particular day added massively to my enjoyment.
I cannot recommend Dreamlight Valley enough. It is a true gem that I can genuinely see going far as more characters and quests are added to it. Honestly, this could very possibly end up being my game of the year. But you’ll have to wait to find that out.
If you’re interested in trying out Dreamlight Valley but aren’t sure about spending €30, the game is available on Xbox and PC GamePass. This is not a game you want to miss out on or wait too long for.