If you’re a fan of classic 3D platforming games – we’re talking Nintendo 64-era games such as Banjo-Kazooie and the like – then you might want to pop Cavern of Dreams on your radar. It may be brand new, but this colourful game apes the platforming games of days gone by – for better and for worse.
Cavern of Dreams puts you in charge of a young dragon named Flynn. Flynn’s siblings, still in eggs, have gone missing, and it’s up to you to bring them all back. That means navigating 3D environments, figuring out how to access new areas and gaining new abilities as you go.
Of course, being a classic platforming game, Cavern of Dreams is filled with collectibles for you to find. To get them all, you’ll have to puzzle your way through reaching hard-to-get-to areas. You don’t need everything, but that’s the lure of the collectathon: you’ll certainly want to get everything.
We’ve only spent a brief amount of time with Cavern of Dreams and can confirm that yep, it definitely scratches the itch of the 90s 3D platformer. It’s rough around the edges – we suspect purposefully so – thanks to its blocky visuals. You’ll also have to fight against the camera sometimes, for the authentic 1990s gaming experience.
But there’s a lot to like here: the characters we’ve met are delightful, and there’s some very well written dialogue to enjoy. This is a fun and colourful game designed to appeal to those who miss the simplicity of their Nintendo 64. If that’s you, this is well worth picking up.
Cavern of Dreams is available now on PC via Steam, priced at £9.99/$11.69. Buy before 26th October and you’ll get a 10% discount.