Launching today on Switch, YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- puts you in the shoes - and the dreams - of a young girl forced to deal with the monsters she encounters in the world of her own subconscious. It's a surrealistic adventure from Playism Games with plenty of puzzle-solving to get stuck into as you explore the mysterious dream worlds and discover what's behind the seven doors within.
The game is described as an 'homage' or 'reboot' of Yume Nikki, a similarly unusual adventure game made in RPG Maker and released on PC back in 2004. It became something of a cult favourite, with fans including indie game designer Derek Yu. The original creator, Kikiyama, is said to have provided 'permission, cooperation, and supervision' for this new version which retains 'the feel of the original world and characters' while updating the design with 3D graphics.
More details are highlighted in the official press release:
Wander through the elaborate and terrifyingly beautiful world expanding before your eyes as you pass through the door to your own dreams.
Experience a unique and alluring realm that stretches the bounds of imagination.
Utilize an eclectic variety of items and effects to venture deeper and deeper into the world of dreams.
As you can see from the trailer, the game appears to be filled with dream-logic geography and some evocative - if not hugely detailed - environments. One to keep an eye out for in the flood of games hitting the eShop this week. It's available today for £17.99/$19.99.
Like the look of this psychological puzzler? Did you play the original on which it's based? Share your impressions below.
This could be a pretty interesting homage/reboot game.
Then again the original was super interesting with all the dream-like craziness, but also so intentionally confusing it was very easy to get lost (which is exactly what happened to me, never got far in that game XD;;; ).
After seeing some playthroughs of the original, here are my thoughts on purchasing this game:
From what I've heard, this reboot is not worth it.
Especially since it's of lower quality than the original who is free, and it costs $20.
The trailer kind of gives me Inside vibes for the first half
The original game is possibly the best horror game of all time. That being said, just play that one since it's free. It really goes to show that a lot can be made out of a tiny team and budget and that RPG Maker is more powerful than it's given credit for.
As others have said, play the original Yume Nikki instead. It's free and it will run on a toaster. Dream Diary is a weak attempt at making the surreal, free form original into something more "video gamey" and marketable.
I got it preloaded, so I can't wait to play it once it unlocks.
Yes, I played the original on PC.
Not heard good things about this remake, so I'll wait for impressions from other users.
Still gonna get it someday maybe regardless of the negative things about this.
Play the original instead. It's free and better.
The switch could use more indie survival horror, like it would be great to see the Fatal Frame clone "Dread Out" released on the Switch.
Or real Fatal Frames like the Wii and WiiU ones ported over
@whodatninja "Play the original instead. It's free and better."
What they forget it's not on the Switch. Such comments are just dumb to make.
Very unexpected to see this game revived with 3D graphics, but very cool as well!
The original helped inspire games like Undertale, and being the fan of pixel graphics that I am, I am not sure I can personally appreciate a remake like this, but I very much CAN appreciate that the game reaches a new audience!
You'd have to strain the already derogatory term "walking simulator" a bit to fit Yume Nikki in there. Have fun with that, I guess.
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