Almost 15 years after the debut of Yume Nikki, and a year since the PC release of the updated reboot called Yume Nikki: Dream Diary, now the cult favourite horror adventure has arrived on Nintendo Switch.
Yume Nikki: Dream Diary stars a young girl who finds herself exploring the "mysterious and unreal world of her dreams." Just like a real dream, there is no narrative setup for the events that transpire, but you'll soon discover that there are seven doors through which you can visit "different worlds as many times and in whatever order you like. Discovering where the worlds are connected and what happens between them may be the key that brings you closer to your goal." Within these surreal worlds you will need to "run from the monsters that chase you, discover how to use the items you find, and solve the puzzles you come across to find clues to the mysteries scattered around you."
Unlike the retro RPG-styled presentation of Kikiyama's 2004 original, which can be played free on Steam, the reimagined Dream Diary by Active Gaming Media is a 3D side-scrolling adventure that nevertheless retains "the feel of the original world and characters." As you wander the "elaborate and terrifyingly beautiful world expanding before your eyes," you will need to "utilize an eclectic variety of items and effects to venture deeper and deeper into the world of dreams."
Initially a PC exclusive on Steam when it launched in February 2018, now a port of Yume Nikki: Dream Diary has arrived on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch.