In 2004, someone releases a weird video game about dreams. It’s just a small, amateur game, made with software designed for hobbyists, and barely anyone notices it when it’s first released. But over the years, it develops a huge and passionate fan base. So what’s the deal with Yume Nikki?
Yume Nikki wasn’t released with much fanfare. Just a post on a Japanese forum, on a Sunday evening, in the summer of 2004. That’s almost 14 years ago. So what happened between then and now? And what happened to the game’s enigmatic creator?
Episode 3 (Interlude)
It’s been years since anyone last heard from Kikiyama. But halfway through making this podcast, something happened. And so, this means a brief update, an interlude, and a change of direction…
An update on what we know about Yume Nikki‘s return. Plus, the investigation takes us to Japan – a country of rich tradition and culture, but whose recent years have been blighted by tragedy.
More clues arrive about the new Yume Nikki. Meanwhile, Lewis spends time with the community, and tries to find out what makes them tick.
A new Yume Nikki game has been announced. Lewis gets a reaction from Jon Calvin, speaks to the game’s developers, and recalls on old conversation.
In the Dream Diary finale, Lewis looks at the legacy Kikiyama and their game have left – and ponders on whether we’re any closer to understanding what the deal is with Yume Nikki.