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What is Yume Nikki?

Yume Nikki is a 2004 surrealistic adventure game by the enigmatic Japanese indie developer Kikiyama. It's a game in which you explore a reclusive girl's dreams; a huge open world to find strange items with various effects and discover weird characters and locations. It's a very... interesting experience. While playing, I ocassionally felt unsettled or dread, but I mostly felt curiousity, wonder and loneliness. It's sort of a seductive, meditative experience. A big part of this is due to it's interesting use of music: it uses extremely short loops. Some are only 2 seconds long, and you'll listen to them for a long, long time.

This may sound like something you'd get annoyed by, but it's actually extremely powerful and fits perfectly with the game's world and themes. Check out my video to find out why:

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