Birthday Bash of Many Deep Sleep Nights and Uncanny Valley – Featuring “Yume Nikki”

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It’s not my birthday. This post is a few months late, but regardless, here it is! My 400th entry for LR19 I decided to be a certain cult classic in the indie video games development department! “Yume Nikki”, translated as “Dream Diary”, also known as “Dreaming Nikki”, “Nikki’s Dream Course”, “Future Nikki” and “Vomit- chan” on different parts of the internet.

This game received sort of a remake, rather, a re- imagination, recently. Around one year ago is what I mean by “recently”. It did not do well, people were really hyped about it for two months or so and then I never saw or heard anything about it on forums and whatnot. For one thing, I think they made the game swing more towards actual horror, while the original is more on the psychological trip side. No way I find the original any scary or horrifying! Weird and a bit a feel of uneasiness, yes! But nothing more than that! Anyways, people did not enjoy all that much this new change of heart, given that even the original creator of the game took part in the development of this “remake”.

“Yume NIkki” has quite a bunch of really good fan- made games I’ve gotta say. It also inspired billion other games in all those years. I myself was not aware of the game until like… seven or eight years ago. Maybe nine, I can’t remember the exact date, even though the forum where I was introduced to it still has the posts active. I remember that we even recorded our opinions on the game and posted them. Sadly, I know that I used Mega Upload, so that file is no more. It’s kind of sad, because I could have used a good laugh from the past!

“Yume Nikki” also inspired to a certain extend games I was working on as well!

What about the actual game? Is it any good? I don’t think so!

I think that one of the reasons I was impressed by it was the fact that for an RPGmaker game, it was not involved in any way with battles. I always enjoyed the exploration parts in other, early 2k/3RPGmaker games, but I really, really hated the grinding and battles in them. Imaging having to slay the same monster over and over using like… a “Flare” spell constantly or something, all and all so you can get stronger and be able to bypass certain areas. Come on now, who would make exploring the map a chore, what is this?

If anything, “Yume Nikki” is pretty mediocre. You explore around, you collect effects which give you powers and you bring those back to the start, where you lay them as eggs. Judging by that, my theory is that the plot revolves around the dream of chicken who thinks that its a girl who’s having dreams. I mean, the areas are not all that complicated to navigate, one might feel like lost during their early playthrough, but honestly, a labyrinth of such level is more or less fitting for a chicken brain! The game manages to create quite the unique atmosphere, what with visuals, soundtrack and characters, but it lasts for not all that long. Game can leave you with a great early impressions, but they are bound to fade eventually. The only real difficulty that I ever had with the game is finding one of the effects that’s hidden in 8-bit land, which requires the traverse of a semi- confusing path with choices. Even that’s isn’t that much of a hassle. Perhaps due to the game’s player- friendly nature it managed to gather some of the total amount of its many followers. That and the fact that it’s free to play as well, maybe…

Yume Nikki 1.1 DONE!

The grand selling point of this game was the fact that people could discuss it and make all sorts of theories about the world it spawned. As time goes on however, people’s interest starts to fade away. Expectations for further game updates were there, but given that we got a remake that wasn’t a grand beef jerky store opening… then what’s the hope for when any actual updates come out?… If they come out! Something tells me that even the creator might be aware that at this point, we are all tired of watching the wall paint dry. The wall paint that we provided…

Yume Nikki Extra 1.1

Some fans made their own update to the game, that adds additional new worlds and an ending. This update for the most part tried to work with the effects and make actual puzzles, something which the original game lacked. It was an alright attempt, I liked it. There isn’t much to say about it really…

If I had to give this game a score, it would something look like a fridge in the desert, with a single carton of expired milk in it.

Case closed!

Toadette Strikes: Toad Strikes Back 2 – A Mere Example of the High Quality, Free Video Game Market, PC Eldritch God Race

toadette get down

What I like, is when free to play video games are of such high quality, that they make others, pay to game titles, look like complete garbage soup. There are lots of good, free games out there! “Toadette Strikes Back” is a title made by the same person who made “Psycho Waluigi” – Another very good, free to play game, that I covered in the past!

Nintendo’s cutie Toadette, gets her own fan- made game and it’s quite the feast for fans of the platforming genre! The author, Thunder Dragon, really knows how to bring us a quality product that managed to capture the style of magic of NIntendo, if not, with even more flavor to the recipe.

This is a pretty pretty game! The graphics are really nice and the controls are well done. Where it stands as your typical run and jump game, there is a lot more on the table, what with many gimmicks from classic Mario games enhancing the experience even further. You got the hammer weapon, the fire flower, the Yoshi, the Homing Pigeon, the Armageddon! Over 100 classic weapons, some of which are not even in the game!

The level design is really good! In addition, there are collectable medals in each level, that will provoke your exploration desires for sure! Levels are not too long or short, but just of the right length. This makes exploring and overall progress fly by,which keeps the player interested. Save feature is also available if you need to throw out the trash or lie down for a bit and rethink your recent life choices.

Toadette Strikes DONE!

Regarding difficulty, this game is pretty generous. For veterans, “Hard” is more or less of essence for a good time. As for the whole difficulty progress scaling, it’s done well enough! You are bound to have some trouble towards the end, but nothing too special to talk about over the phone with your mother. The bosses are pretty neat and challenging! Aiming for full completion of the game is kind of a must, if one wishes to experience all the great extra levels and the secret boss fight at the end! Level variety is pretty good! Just like in “Psycho Waluigi”, each one always adds something new and interesting to the gameplay experience!

If you are a fan of “Super Mario Bros 2 Doki Doki Popcorn Aquila”, this game is like a reimagination – sequel. Some levels from SMB2 do make an appearance, with some tweaks and changes here and there. There’s more to this, but I’ll leave it there! The music is great and the plot is pretty fancy and charming, the comfy edition.

It may seem that I do not say much about this game. Truth to be told, this title is pretty straightforward and there isn’t anything to complain about, really. I did find some glitches though…

… in the glitch level. THANK YOU! You were a great audience tonight! 9.8 out of 10 Toadette!!!

Pink Hour/Pink Heaven – I am a chubby-pink-blob-like lady and I can have my own games about me!

PINK HOUR!!!

Get them now!Quickly!

Get them now!On Steam!

Both of them!2,1,zero!!

They are free,they are short and I didn’t enjoy the jumping in both of them!Pink Hour/Heaven – Get them now and make someone you know,who is not good at video games,play them!What an enjoyable struggle to watch would that be!And even if they do manage to finish the games,you can always toss in their face the hard mode from each one!Wow!They really managed to include a hard mode for these really short games…

The graphics are quite enjoyable,typical PIXEL style of work.Same goes for the music and plot really.Both games pretty much revolve around platforming parts that require you to time yout jumps well,and as I mentioned,the jumping control is pretty unenjoyable…

The combat challenge is presented pretty much within the bosses.Even so,the bosses as a whole do not pose that much of a treat really.I do like the various gimmicks behind each of them.

Pink Hell 4

Hard mode makes the games even more enjoyable if you seek a real challenge.[not]////It involves even more precise timing on your jumps [how dare they make me do that in a platforming game] and whatnot,along with a pretty neat extra mid-boss in Pink Heaven.

Plot exist and there are various endings.On that matter,I really didn’t enjoy the replay value of these games.

Here’s a 5 out 10 for both!PINK GAMES!I don’t know…