Yume Nikki Dream Diary is here and perhaps not what we all expected, but as Yume Nikki fans many of us will still want to explore every secret there is to see, so I’m putting together a guide with all the important info, collectables, and theories. I’m also collecting the references to the original game.
This is still a Work in Progress for the moment so feel free to comment to ask any questions or share info! I’ve provided links to some key terms in the Yume Nikki Wiki, feel free to get lost in the wiki as well, it’s quite enjoyable. I’m trying to link all the references to the original game, as they’re a rather significant amount of the enjoyment to be had in the game, so point out any I’ve missed as well!
For purpose of clarity, the full name Yume Nikki Dream Diary will be used when referring to this game, and Yume Nikki alone will be used to refer to the original game by Kikiyama.
Title: Yume Nikki -Dream Diary-
Platform: PC (Steam)
Languages: English, Japanese, French,Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese
Release date: 2018-02-23
Developer: Kadokawa Corporation
Length: About 4 hours
Table of Contents
What is Yume Nikki -Dream Diary-?
As a heads-up in case you haven’t purchased the game yet (or haven’t started it), Yume Nikki is something closer to a “reimagining” of the original than typical remake or sequel.
Many are disappointed by what they find (as, well, was I) so it’s best to be aware of what you’re going in for. That said, if you’re a big enough fan of Yume Nikki, you’ll probably dive right in and play it like I did so I figured I would make a guide to help those who have already committed to it.
Most areas can be completed in a first attempt, but others will require items from other worlds. In particular the School and Wilderness (desert with tentacles) areas will require items from multiple other areas before they can be completed. I’ve listed the areas in order of recommended completion to minimize re-visits, but feel free to wander the game as you please and come back only when stuck.
If you have not played the original Yume Nikki I would strongly recommend playing it first. Not only Yume Nikki free and on steam, and not only is it also a fantastic game in it’s own right (as I’ve said before), but much of the enjoyment of Yume Nikki Dream Dairy (such as it is) is in it’s callbacks to the original.
Note that you can press Down on the gamepad or whatever is defined as the “Wake Up” button in Controls to wake yourself up at any time. If you somehow get “stuck” in a dream, wake up and try something else.
The Walkthrough is still a major Work-in-Progress, but you can watch a completed playthrough by me to see how to get by certain things in the mean time.
Note the game saves automatically so there’s no need to actually use Madotsuki’s diary other than to view her drawings. Her dream diary serves as a progress indicator but is not a save feature.
The Nexus is the hub that you access by opening Madotsuki’s front door in the Dream World. The doors here lead to the following worlds, listed counter-clockwise, starting at Madotsuki’s room:
The Locked Door
Unlike Yume Nikki, in Dream Diary there are less “Deeper Locations” that require sometimes convoluted pathing through Original Locations to reach. Most worlds are simply linear, and only a few connections exist between The Wilderness and other locations.
This means you won’t get lost because you don’t know where you are, but you may still get lost because you don’t know what to do (that’s what this walkthrough is for!).
There’s also no return trip from the doors; the only way to leave the dream is to pinch yourself to wake up, or “complete” the dream; there’s a bed or event at the end of each world that will cause a scene to occur and add an “egg” by the door in The Nexus. The major goal of the game is to collect all of these eggs.
Just walk right for most of this world, which doesn’t even appear to have been inspired by the original Yume nikki whatsoever; I wonder if this level was made before the decision to acquire the rights to Yume Nikki, in fact.
Dodge the eyes (they don’t kill instantly, but a few hits will do it) and walk past the spooky red eye things in rhythmic patterns. You can jump to limit how long they see you which lets you skip a few. There’s a Shrine with a Concept Art here in a lull of the action, and also a Sewer which takes you to The Wilderness, which we don’t need to go to right now.
Just keep going right. If a hand keeps killing you, let it catch an eye first then run past. Eventually a big shadow thing and more eyeballs follow you; just keep walking right (scared yet?).
Toward the end of the eyeball chase there’s a Concept Art on the floor, just pick it up, it won’t get you killed or play the usual slow “pickup” animation.
Eventually you’ll find a meat locker and the Knife Effect. In the next room you need a secret code to activate the meat line to get past the Henkei Shita that wants to eat you. Secret code is 351; it’s just in the Meat Locker room written on the wall. From the beginning, pull the right lever twice then the left lever three times to get it.
Continue past the Floyag (uterus monsters) on the street until you find Onsen-san in the middle of the street. Stab him with the Knife to wake up and end the dream (and, bafflingly, turn him into Shitai-san).
Extra: After beating this area, come back through the chase sections and you’ll find a section with Monoko and the Bed Room which gives you an achievement. It’s actually based on a room that was removed from the original Yume Nikki Revisiting “ends” of dreams in this game will usually have extra content and references from Yume Nikki.
The Docks are initially confusing, but you can get past the first Toriningen (the bird women) by drawing its attention, running back a screen or two and jumping over it’s head via the platform in the middle once there’s two layers of docks.
If you fall into the water you’ll die (and immediately respawn in the same area), as Sea Snakes (or possibly Tasei’s Kid) attacks you.
Your first goal here is to explore and get all the 10 yen coins (there are 10 for 100 yen). Without all 10 you can’t best past Strober, the tall creature to the right of the Train.
Once you reach the Train be sure to check out the lower dock with the “hand” sort of logo to get the Wood Plank, a required item, and the Hamsa effect. Use the Hamsa any time you see that glowing hand-like symbol. There’s no need to use it otherwise, it’s only used in specific spots.
Explore the docks for the last of the 10 yen coins after getting past or tricking/killing all the Toriningens, there’s 100 yen total, enough to buy the Blood Bag from the vending machine early on in the Docks. Take the Blood Bag all the way to the left to the start of the area and give it to the Fisherman. He’ll fish up a Sad Fish, which lets you get past Strober.
Just keep going to the right and this dream is largely on autopilot now; there’s another stealth section with the light house, then a largely empty forest. In the forest there’s a Dirty Game Cartridge (requires Hamsa) which will let you play Ao Oni in Madotsuki’s dream world room.
After the forest is the Pink Sea. There’s a Concept Art piece south of the first balloon here.
Once you get to Poniko’s house, fiddling with the light switch will cause an Uboa Jumpscare (because of course) and end the dream.
You’ll see Tokuto-kun (the little blood bucket) as soon as you start this area, but he’ll run away every time you approach. He has an item you need, so chase him around the screen and trap him.
Your goal is to use switches to prevent him from using escalators (both Tokuto and Madotsuki will refuse to use an escalator going the wrong way) and trap him; the spot near the windows at the very bottom left is a suitable trapping point. If you just move around him and keep “disabling” both escalators and approaching him from the bottom he should eventually get caught, trip, and give you the Warehouse Key.
The Warehouse Key opens the door with huge locks at the very bottom right, but there’s some items to get here first. A storage room at the bottom left of the Mall’s first area has an item to get if you have the Hamsa effect, there’s a Concept Art piece behind a plant at the top floor of the Mall, and on the middle floor there should be a door you can open that leads to the E Man and O Man.
O Man will give you the Flute Effect (but won’t play his beautiful song). After getting the flute the door out will be locked, and talking to E Man will give you a sequence of notes. Play back the notes on the flute and the door will open.
With flute and key in hand you’re ready to head to the bottom right door, the warehouse. Here there will be Mannequins (this game really wishes it were Silent Hill) that move when the lights are out. They’re safe to be around when the lights are on, just stay several paces away when the lights go out.
This part is a simple semi-stealth section, keep going right and avoid the Mannequins. Eventually you’ll have to wait for a slowly lowering gate and have to dodge between two sets of Mannequins. Note in the background you’ll see some TVs with eyes shown on them, like the TV in Yume Nikki would sometimes show in the Dream World.
You’ll eventually find a bed to sleep in and (surprise) another jumpscare, ending the dream.
Throughout the game you’ll find several warps to The Wilderness, most notably the Train in The Docks and sewer in Street World. But you can also get here at any time from the second door to the right from The Nexus.
The Wilderness should be your second-to-last stop as you’ll need four Glyphs to complete it, most of which require Effects or Items found in other worlds to get. You’ll need both the Flute and Knife to do several required things in this world, as well as the Wood Plank from The Docks.
Having all Effects in hand, enter The Wilderness from The Nexus. You’ll be in the Sky Pyramid area. You’ll see four pillars that need 4 Glyphs to pass. You’ll find the first Glyph, the Death Glyph, to the immediate south. Stab the Batsu north of the train (the vine with an eye) to get the Red Eye, we’ll need it very soon.
Near the pyramid you can find The Toriningen Party, though it is notably lacking any Toriningens and you have to stand very close to the stereo to hear the music. There’s a Concept Art hidden to the left of the party.
Now head into the Train to the right of the area.
The Train links different areas in the game, and on each ride there’s different passengers based on where you’re going: if you see a red-eyed cyclops with horns, talk to him to learn a music sequence to play. Repeat his sequence to get a Kalimba. (You won’t really need it but might as well). There’s also a Concept Art on the seat when The Train’s empty.
The Train can take you to several locations; The Docks, Mural World, The Wilderness (Barracks), and The Wilderness (Sky Pyramid). The locations loop so just hop back in the train if you end up somewhere you don’t want to be.
First, stop by Mural World (the dark forest). You’ll find a Kite in the upper right area, and a strange beast in the lower area that wants you to play certain notes. Play Green Purple Pink Yellow and he should vomit out a Moon Glyph.
In The Barracks you’ll find a lone Piriori hiding inside as a black, hairy Pac Man roams the streets. You’ll need to handle Pac Man before you can finish this world, so head to the middle of town (from the left) to find a Cage. Prop open the door of the Cage with the Wood Plank, then place the Red Eye in the middle.
Now we need to lure Pac Man from the middle street down the left alley and into the trap. He’s faster than you so you’ll need to climb on top of the crates in this area and dash from one to another as you egg him towards the cage. Wait for him to pull back a bit after you climb on each crate before moving to the next to give yourself more time.
Once he reaches the cage he should head inside (or possibly, get stuck in geometry). Either way, activate the wood plank again to close the door and trap Pac Man. In my game he was trapped outside the cage, but it still counted so whatever.
After trapping Shaggy Pac Man, the Pirori start to leave their homes. A Piriori sitting on a crate at the top right gives the Sun Glyph if you give him the Kite. In the very bottom right of the town the War Glyph is in plain site inside a house.
You can give a Priori in the middle of this area the Kalimba to learn the song you were supposed to play in Mural World, but we already did that to save some time.
There’s a Concept Art here behind some boxes to the extreme left of the area, left of the cage. Stab one of the grey Piriori on the left street to get another Concept Art.
Sky Pyramid/Sky Garden
After getting all 4 Glyphs you can ascend the Pyramid. You’ll find the Umbrella in the Sky Garden in plain sight. Organoid can be seen in the distance.
The fourth door from the right in The Nexus with the big red “eye” leads to The School.
The School is completely inaccessible until the Umbrella Effect has been acquired (unless they still haven’t patched the bug where you can use the “pinch”/wake up animation to skip past the screaming girl).
Use the Umbrella to cause a rain storm which causes the screaming girl (who is ostensibly Monoe) to head inside the school.
Your ultimate goal in the school is to find 4 Photo Fragments, so keep an eye out for shining glints.
You’ll also find a little fetch quest where you will need to bring a Stack of Books from the upstairs down to the first floor Pirori NPC who gives you a Brush. Take the brush to the Walking Eye on the third floor, who gives you a Triangle. The Triangle belongs to Fleebie on the second floor, who gives you, you guessed it, a Photo Fragment.
Note that if you stab the quest NPCs they’ll simply respawn the next time you enter the room, so don’t worry if you “accidentally” stab them,
You’ll note a locked bathroom door here, you can’t open it yet so don’t sweat it.
The last photo piece you’re likely to miss requires pushing the locker at the third floor down the stairs (which surprisingly causes it no damage at all), then you can push it to the right until you see a glint at the ceiling. Jump on the locker, collect the Photo fragment.
With all four Photo Fragments you can show them to Monoe, who will peace out. Continue to the roof to find another bed. Sleep in it to enter the next area.
In the Destroyed/Red School continue right from the start and use the Umbrella to glide on the wind gusts, then move left. You should find a strange shower floating in the air.
Use the Valve you should have found earlier to spawn a Pain Blob who will break open the window to the school. If you don’t have the Valve you may need to pinch yourself and go get it (I forget where it is at the moment).
Inside the school is a series of some block puzzles. You’ll also find a Key that actually opens a restroom in the Normal School. A Jellyfish is there.
The Locked Dream World
The locked door in The Nexus is the final area as you likely expected. You cannot open the door until an “egg” shows for every other door (other than Madotsuki’s door).
Since this is the end of the game, expect ending spoilers. There’s not much guidance needed here, just keep going and you’ll figure it out. I’ll fill in this section with Collectables later.
To obtain the secret ending you’ll first want to beat the game normally and view the ending, then reload your save. Spoilers from here on out of course.
Yume Nikki Dream Diary has far fewer effects than the original Yume Nikki, though they all now have (comparatively) major gameplay impacts and are required to beat the game.
Dream Diary has a more story-focused progression now, so merely getting all effects does nothing and there is no “dropping” effects to finish the game (nor can you drop them at all).
Location: The Docks (Train Station)
Reveals hidden areas. Generally only needed when a glowing “hand” icon is present, so you’ll know when you need to use it. The Hamsa is not “dabbing” and you should feel bad for suggesting otherwise.
Location: Street World
Stab NPCs, killing them. Works on less characters than it did in Yume Nikki. Required to end the Street World dream, but you get it on the way anyway. Killing NPCs is generally optional but is occasionally needed for Achievements/collectables.
Location: The Mall (first area)
Play one of 4 notes. Required for various puzzles. Specific notes must be played in order for each puzzle, unlike it’s function in Yume Nikki.
Location: The Wilderness (Sky Garden)
Makes it ran when it’s out, and enables a double jump. Required for some late game platforming sections and to enter The School.
Location: The School (Destroyed School)
Lights up dark areas. Rarely useful and only does what it says on the tin, but still needed.
Play Super Nasu once in Madotsuki’s “awake” room. The cart does nothing, but it counts towards collectable items for an achievement.
10 Yen Coin
Obtained in the Docks, scattered around the first area. There are 10 total for 100 yen. Needed for the Blood Bag. No, you can’t get the 120 yen item in the vending machine.
Purchased for 100 yen in The Docks. Used to get the Sad Fish from the Fisherman.
Obtained in The Docks by giving the Fisherman the Blood Bag.
Dirty Game Cartridge
Obtained in the Forest section of The Docks if you have the Hamsa.
Glyph acquired in The Wilderness (Sky Pyramid) area to access the Sky Garden.
Steam Achievement Guide
This is a complete list Yume Nikki Dream Diary’s Steam Achievements, listed in a likely order of completion. There are 23 achievements.
They’re pretty easy on the whole so a dedicated fan should easily be able to “100%” the game. It’ll take you about 4-5 hours to get most of them unless you get very lost getting Collectables or very stuck on Super Nasu high-score chasing.
Spoilers will be unmarked in this section because why else would you be reading it?
Play Super Nasu, the video game in Madotsuki’s apartment (when awake).
Beat a level of the Ao Oni parody game after getting the Dirty Game Cartridge (I forget where this was for now?). Play this game in Madotsuki’s apartment (Dreaming).
Get the Hamsa effect in The Docks. It’s near a hand sign at the train station.
Watch the stars in the Sky Garden with the glowy head people.
Not So Innocent
Kill a Pirori in the Wilderness village with the Knife effect.
Play a game of tag with Monoko. Repeat Street World and go past where the dream ended last time to find her.
Find a hidden Jellyfish. There’s one in each world, though many can only be found around/after the end of the game.
Find all the hidden Jellyfish, one in each World that has an Egg.
The Dream Goes On
Find all hidden jellyfish, then find the special symbol in Apartment World and view the secret ending with Masada.
Lucid DreamsGet all collectable items, including concept art. Likely the hardest achievement you’ll work for.
Score 5,000 points in Super Nasu. This is easiest done by camping in a corner and calmly trying to destroy everything that comes towards you. Don’t make risky plays to catch eggplants and play defensively. It will take a few attempts to get this one for sure.
These Achievements you’re guaranteed to get by completing the game
Was it… just a dream?
Complete the mini-dream at the very start.
Get the Knife effect in Street World.
Get the Light Effect in the School.
Get the Umbrella Effect in (?)
Get the Flute effect in The Mall.
Kill Onsen-san at the end of Street World, causing Madotsuki to wake up.
Trap and tip over Tokuto-kun (the little blood bucket) in The Mall.
Reach the top of the Pyramid/Sky Garden after clearing The Wilderness.
Finish the game?
Play with the light switch in Poniko’s room after the
Finish the game with the normal ending.
Spoilers and possibly non-canon theories beyond this point!
The Secret Ending
The secret ending is the only particularly ambiguous part of the game’s “storyline”.
Not entirely sure I buy this was intentional myself, but on reddit /u/AestheticGamer puts forth an interesting theory.
The original game – Which should be played first in case you haven’t.
Yume Nikki Wiki – A comprehensive wiki for the original game.
Yume Nikki Fangame Wiki – A site to find info on and download various Yume Nikki fan games (most of which are more true to the core of Yume Nikki than Dream Diary is, cough)
100% completion info on steam – Still working to integrate this info into the guide, and the people here are very helpful!
Bug Reports – The game seems to have many bugs and I can’t personally help with that. Report ’em on Steam at this link.