Posts Tagged ‘Yume Nikki’

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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