Disney has maintained its success over the years with its various movies, TV shows, games, and other projects. Now with the upcoming launch of Disney Dreamlight Valley, the company is once again proving its worth by letting fans explore magical worlds featuring all their favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and others you meet along the way.
Like many others, I’ve been a fan of the media conglomerate since childhood and have continued to keep up with its many episodes, including Disney Dreamlight Valley. But even if you’re not a long-time fan of the universe, the game offers details on all of the storylines that you might be unfamiliar with by allowing you to ask the characters questions.
My first impression of the gameplay was that it reminded me of Minecraft’s building mechanics due to its crafting components. At the same time, due to the game’s constant adventures involving Disney characters, there were also some elements of Kingdom Hearts. But of course this part is still its own entity as it has hidden easter eggs to capitalize on nostalgia and allow players to embark on many exciting quests.
The story begins with you leaving city life and venturing into a place you frequented as a child, but everything changes once you fall asleep and wake up in the realm of Dreamlight Valley. Instead of the cheery worlds we’re used to, darkness has surrounded the area since a mysterious ruler left it in ruins, which is a refreshing look at the classic stories we’re all so familiar with.
As a player, you can customize your character to your liking and collect more Disney-related clothing to make the experience more rewarding. Then you will meet Merlin, who will accompany you on your journey by assigning you missions that can improve the condition of the once magical area. During this time, he tells you about The Forgetting, a phenomenon that causes the Disney characters to forget everything, causing some of them to leave Dreamlight Valley.
This is where your character comes in as a hero who can restore the place to its former glory, where you must get rid of the Night Thorns by using your new powers. When I first started playing the game, I spent a lot of time running around the map eliminating this threat, as it’s satisfying to see the realm being cleaned up and making more room for other landmarks. In addition, this process gives you resources such as seeds and coins, which can come in handy when you need a specific material or want to buy a building improvement project from Scrooge McDuck.
As you clean up the land, you will also get a house that you can customize as you like and store items in the storage chest. The only thing I liked the most about this aspect is that there is a tiny radio that plays popular Disney songs like musical compositions from Wall-E, Moana and Frozen.
In addition to the main currency, coins, you must collect Dreamlight, a powerful source capable of destroying larger groups of Night Thorns. These resources are essential for locked areas that can take you to new realms featuring more popular Disney characters. From there, it’s up to the players to decide on objectives and build relationships with their neighbors.
In this preview, I explored Moiana’s vibrant realm after gathering enough Dreamlight. This special world features the characters Moana and Maui asking for your help on the island’s sandy beaches. You will explore different areas and take part in several tasks that could lead to one of them returning to Dreamlight Valley with you.
Each conversation with the characters gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into their universes and hear intimate stories in their films. In addition, the Disney Dreamlight Valley soundtrack is delightful to listen to while playing the game and you can’t help but sing along to the familiar bops from your favorite movies.
After playing a few mini-games and making friends, I’m excited to see how the game will showcase other characters we know and love. When it is officially released there will undoubtedly be more storylines and more varied gameplay that may include additional content to expand the different realms. Overall, the storyline and characters make this an excellent game for Disney lovers and could inspire future newcomers to the franchise.