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Yume Nikki (ゆめにっき) is a japanese indie freeware PC game by the developer KIKIYAMA. A surreal adventure game based around the dreams and nightmares of a girl named Madotsuki, the game has became popular on the internet for it’s creepy and scary gameplay and settings, and has a large fan following.
Yume Nikki was created by the Japanese developer KIKIYAMA and was created using the popular game-making program RPG Maker 2003. The title “Yume Nikki” translates to “dream diary”, reflecting the games gameplay, in which the player must traverse through a number of surreal dream worlds in order to collect 25 effects. The game is noticeably lacking in any form of plot, with nearly all of the characters names and backstorys being fanmade.
Interest in Yume Nikki first began on the japanese message board 2channel , where it soon gained a cult following. The popularity in the western world began after the release of an unofficial english patch for the game, with an official english patch added to the game with version 0.10 in October 2007, the most recent version of the game so far.
Uboa : Almost certainly the most famous character in the game, Uboa can appear randomly (1 in 64 chance) after flicking a light switch in the house of a girl named Poniko. When he appears, the room transforms and the exit dissapears, while he begins to chase you. If he touches you, you are transported to an alternate dimension with a bizarre demon like creature in the background. Uboa has become popular enough to become a meme in it’s own right, and much of the success of Yume Nikki outside of japan can be attributed to him.
Seccom Masada-sensei: A black and white humanoid figure dressed almost entirely in black, with lazy eyes that point in opposite directions, who is found inside of a white UFO. He is frequently interpreted by fans to represent Madotsuki’s piano teacher due to the presence of a piano in his ship.
Monoko: At first glance a seemingly ordinary girl, if the Spotlight effect is used in Monoko’s presence, she will transform into a more grotesque form, with multiple limbs sprouting on her body, including her head, while some form of liquid seeps from her face. Interacting with her in this form leads to a fullscreen event where the image of her as shown above spins round the screen.