What to know about Yume Nikki and its 3D remake Yume Nikki: Dream Diary

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Feb 10, 2018

Yume Nikki: Dream Diary, the full 3D remake of the cult classic Yume Nikki, is already scheduled for release this month. You’ll be able to get your hands on a new version of a game that came out 15 years ago, with added content and completely new graphics and content. It’s pretty crazy to think about, but it’s happening, and this totally isn’t a dream. Some of you may be wondering, however, what all the hubbub is behind this game. What is it, even? What can you expect from the game? Most importantly, why should you care? Relax, I’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about Yume Nikki: Dream Diary, before the game drops on Steam on February 23. 

What is Yume Nikki: Dream Diary?

Simply put, it’s a 3D remake from the ground up based on the 2003 PC title Yume Nikki. It was confirmed via publisher Kadokawa Corporation and will be distributed via PC on Steam and Playism. It’s being developed by Active Gaming Media under the supervision and guidance from the original creator Kikiyama, and it will also include unused design concepts and other content that wasn’t included in the original game. Instead of a top-down, pixelated look for the game, it’ll look a lot more like a “modern” game and will be created beyond the constraints of games made in RPG Maker 2003. It’s been nearly twenty years since the original game’s release, so of course there’s room for a lot of significant improvements. Newer graphics is just the tip of the iceberg, though. 

What is Yume Nikki about?

Yume Nikki follows a reclusive young girl who spends a lot of time indoors. Created in RPG Maker 2003, it’s a pixelated and stylized adventure game that has you exploring the girl’s dreams and the various ways she must interact with them. Her name is Madotsuki, and her dress range from the slightly strange to the terrifying, with surreal landscapes and monsters. You can pinch yourself as Madotsuki to return home at any time from the dream world, and you’re tasked with collecting items known as “effects” to finish the game, at least in the way you’d normally be asked to “finish” a game. It’s a classic indie game by a mysterious developer, and years later fans are still puzzling over some of the game’s content and what it means. It can be played for free here

Do I need to know anything about Yume Nikki to play the remake?

Nope! That’s the beauty of this project. The remake is said to have expanded content and designs from creator Kikiyama that never made it into the original, but other than that you can go into this project fresh, like you’ve never heard of Yume Nikki, and presumably enjoy the game. Playing through the original game would be a boon for you, of course, so you have something to compare the new version to, but it’s not required. 

What kind of things can I expect to see in the game?

Lots of weird stuff, let’s put it that way. As you explore Madotsuki’s dreams by way of 12 different doors, you’ll take a look at brightly-colored maze worlds, bird women, fountains with eyes, walls with eyes (and other body parts), severed heads, bizarre patterns, a being known colloquially as “Kyukyu-kun,” and if you’re lucky enough (and patient enough) to search for it, a being known as Uboa. If you like your adventure games combined with enormous jelly-like creatures that caress staircase bannisters, then you’ll find plenty to love here. Just know that it’s all about to get even weirder in the new game, because it won’t be relegated to pixelated graphics. Get ready to be freaked out. It's awesome

Is there more media I can check out after playing the game?

So glad you asked! There are several fan games out there like the excellent .flow and Yume 2kki and also a manga series and light novel. The horror never has to end, not if you don’t want it to.