The lights are on, the stores are spinning, and your favorite Disney villagers have come back to town with smiles on their faces and a welcoming hug to greet you, but something’s not right. It could be the ever-growing nocturnal thorns or the dark silhouette of an evil, malevolent person slipping through portals in the shadows, but the more you play Dreamlight Valley, the more you feel like a horrible surprise lurks behind an unsuspecting quest. Here’s why Disney’s Dreamlight Valley is the psychological horror game you didn’t know you needed.
Disney Dreamlight Valley is literally nightmare fuel
The game opens with a city in ruins, overrun by night thorns and torn apart by something called The Forgetting. Before you can even settle down with anything else, you must help rescue Mickey, who is literally imprisoned in his house, confused, and forcibly separated from Minnie, who wanders in the shadows. That’s not the game’s only romantic sacrifice, though, as later on Kristoff will have to sacrifice all of his memories and his love for Anna to help restore the Valley. It is not known if these original memories really come back.
As the game continues, you travel between realms as certain characters return to their home portals or to smaller realms outside of Dreamlight Valley, where they relive moments from their source material. While these little vignettes are meant to be a fun nod to the stories the characters come from, they function like tiny prisons as the characters have forgotten about Dreamlight Valley and have no escape to the room or island where they must survive on their own.
The tension continues to mount in day-to-day gameplay. The music in the game is light, happy and creates a happy atmosphere for you to wander around and complete quests for characters like Mickey. Those upbeat tunes, however, have a different energy when you try to resolve oblivion and turn a corner to find Mickey’s smiling, unblinking face inches from your own. It’s almost as if the characters are trying to trap you in Dreamlight Valley and keep you from returning to the land of waking so they never encounter oblivion again. Perhaps it’s not so much a game of banishing darkness as it is of escaping a facade of carefree joy and laughter.
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