Posts Tagged ‘Yume Nikki’

Wot I Think: Yume Nikki – Dream Diary

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Playing Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is like sitting across from somebody as they explain their dreams to you in great detail. No. Worse than that. It’s like listening to somebody describe an acquaintance’s dreams in great detail.

Every now and then, they pause and say something along the lines of, “you had to be there”, as people do when they’re telling a funny story that nobody is laughing at. In its transition from tiny sprites, abstract backgrounds and obscure free-form exploration to jerky 3d animation and side-scrolling running and jumping, Yume Nikki has lost almost all of its mysterious horror and charm.

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Yume Nikki: Dream Diary launches tomorrow

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Time flies, eh? It feels like just a month ago that Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa announced a successor to minimalist indie adventure Yume Nikki, working in close collaboration with Kikiyama, mysterious developer of the original game, and it’s almost here already.

Oh. It was just a month ago.

Sneaking up on us like a particularly unsettling memory of a nightmare, Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is less than a day from release. Accompanying this news is a rather unsettling trailer, painting a somewhat darker picture of protagonist Madotsuki’s dreams than anything we saw first time round.

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Free games of the week

Revenge of the Kid.

Dreams, nightmares, strange worlds created in your mind. You might have heard of Yume Nikki years ago, or like me you might have only discovered it recently as it found its way onto Steam. Maybe you’re hearing about it for the first time right now, in which case you should skip down and start reading the first entry in this week’s roundup of free games.

If you have played Yume Nikki already, don’t worry. I’ve got plenty of other free games to recommend. Some of them are about dreams! Others are slightly creepy! And for good measure, some that are just fantastically fun to play Read the rest of this entry »

Yume Nikki: Dream Diary revives cult series on Feb 23

I hadn’t heard of Yume Nikki until a fortnight ago, when the Japanese cult classic explore-o-horror popped up on Steam after over a decade and a sequel was announced. After reading Giada Zavarise’s praise of the first one, I feel I’ve really missed something. I’m now on a timer to catch up, as the publishers today announced that sequel Yume Nikki: Dream Diary will arrive on February 23rd. It’s no longer the work of enigmatic solo creator Kikiyama but an entire team, and the sequel’s also jumping from RPG Maker’s 2D to fancy 3D. Read the rest of this entry »

Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream

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To see Yume Nikki appear on Steam feels like the closing of an era. This surreal game is a relic from a bygone age, when the concept of “indie” was still strange and the World Wide Web felt smaller, darker and more mysterious. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, which is fitting, since it revolves entirely around sleeping.

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First footage of Yume Nikki follow-up Dream Diary

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Cult indie horror game Yume Nikki arrived on Steam this week and, more than a decade after its original release, we saw signs that the dream saga might continue. Yume Nikki is free and if you’re at all interested in wandering through subtle and not-so-subtle nightmare realms while trying to decipher their strange logic, you should play it!

A countdown site suggested we’d find out more about the new project in a couple of weeks, and now, with twelve days still to go, we have our first hints about what comes next. Dream Diary appears to be the title and the only other text says: “We can not wake up”. Oh no. I’m fairly sure there are no spoilers here because…well, you’ll see.

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Cult horror Yume Nikki now on Steam, follow-up teased

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I’m not a card-carrying member of the Yume Nikki cult. If I were, I’d be able to tell you how to pick your way through the dreamscape, and might even be able to decipher some of the mysteries that it contains. Since it’s original release over a decade ago, Yume Nikki has fascinated me but I’ve never spent enough time in its surreal environments to become a true acolyte. I hope there’s still room for me if I do decide to sign up because the cult of Yume Nikki is about to expand.

Yesterday, the game arrived on Steam. It’s still free, still weird as heck, but something has changed, or is about to change. Ten years on, solo developer Kikiyama is working on a sequel of sorts. Looks like we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.

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Freeware J-Horror: The Boogie Man Translated

Everyone should have a favourite freeware Japanese horror game. For me, Yume Nikki takes top spot. It’s an uncomfortable journey through weird dreamspaces, occasionally too vague and empty to maintain its grip on my nerve-clusters, but never far removed from the next jarring moment of dread. The first two entries in the Strange Men series, from designer Uri, don’t have quite the same unnerving charms as Yume Nikki but they’re certainly worth a look. Now, translator vgperson has released an English version of The Boogie Man, the third game in the series.

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