Yume Nikki: Dream Diary
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Developer: KADOKAWA CORPORATION
Publishers: AGM PLAYISM, Active Gaming Media Inc.
The RPG Maker team at Kadokawa has paired up with Active Gaming Media’s development team of ardent Yume Nikki fans to bring you this modern indie title in the form of YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY-.
This diverging follow-up combines influences from the original game and other recent indie juggernauts to create something wholly unique.
Yume Nikki’s legendary characters and locations reimagined in 3D
6 expansive dreams to explore
Exploring dreams with gameplay evocative of modern indie classics
An inventive concept that sets the imagination running
Deep item- and Effect-driven dream exploration
NASU the minigame: Evolved
FEATURING AN "ALL-NEW OLD" ORIGINAL CHARACTER!
A character dormant in Kikiyama’s imagination (and design documents) has surfaced 16 years after Yume Nikki’s original release.
YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- Release Trailer
Yume Nikki Trailer
Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- is not Yume Nikki, but that ends up working well for it in the end. Developer Kadokawa AGM shows that they are truly fans of the original work and this is proven time and time again through the visuals and sound design. I feel like I want to recommend the game to peers if only to have more people to talk about the story with and hear their interpretations of the events that transpired. Being on an indie budget might have held back this game from being better and it's never going to live up to the standards set by the original, but Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- definitely provides a decent surreal experience.
Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is a morbid, and profoundly engaging journey into a frontier rarely seen in games. It mostly succeeds with its concepts, and while the visuals might turn off most people, those who get accustomed to them will appreciate just how effective they are at creating a strong uncanniness to its atmosphere.