I want to keep playing Disney Dreamlight Valley. Ive spent days assembling supplies to help Donald Duck rebuild his old houseboat that washed up near Dazzle Beach; Ive purchased flowers for Minnie Mouse to give to Mickey; and Ive collected flowers for Disney and Pixar characters I couldnt help but care less about, like the stinky Kristoff from Frozen or Rapunzel's evil mother who keeps claiming I look awful.
Dreamlight Valley has drawn a lot of criticism for its association with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, namely because it's a Disney and Pixar-based life simulation that includes familiar movie characters rather than Animal Crossing villagers. You do a lot of the same things fishing, gardening, and making friends with the people in the area, something that fans of the genre know and love, and something that's easy to slip into and out of, even with the ever-present urge of Ill just do one more thing
The major difference is that the Disney and Pixar characters in Dreamlight Valleys have their own friendship quests, alongside the games' main quest as an adult. It's soothing to mingle with beloved characters such as Minnie, who closes most conversations by saying she loves me, or Moana, who cheerful, adventurous spirit gives me chills.
The main focus of Dreamlight Valley appears to be building relationships. It's what composes the area's fabric, a kind of currency that makes all that wonder and wandering possible. It's also inspired me to think a lot about friendships in my own life.
I don't know. Maybe it's cheesy. But after the 19 hours spent in Dreamlight Valley, the sentimentality has worn off on me. I want to bring this kind of care back to my own life and relationships.
So, I like the spirit of Dreamlight Valley; repetition makes me happy. For the most part, I know that each step is peeling back another layer surrounding the best parts of Dreamlight Valley. Dreamlight Valleys has some serious issues with its finite resources, which you can forage for and collect across the world. For a while, my friends were locked inside their houses until I could pay the amount I needed.
After a patch on Thursday, Gameloft addressed that issue, making Dream Shards more scarce. However, the developer made no changes to other resources that have been problematic for players, such as flowers or other salvaged items that return very slowly, reshaping quests once again.
Because Dreamlight Valley is an early access title, it is a lot easier to forgive its technical flaws. Everything else the friendship and magic of it all is special, and once it has had its full, official release, it's a game that's on its own.