Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Guide

Yume Nikki Dream Diary is here, now with a Version 2.0 update that brings it closer to what most of us expected! Here I’ve documented a walkthrough of (most) of what you need to do, what effects do, the endings, and other information.

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.

Game Info

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
Price: $20
Length: About 4 hours
Genre: Horror/Exploration
Filesize: 3GB

Updates

Version 2.0

As a quick overview, 2.0 adds:

  • The Sewers, Block World, and Snow World, which are all connected
    • The Sewers is mostly a connection to existing worlds, plus a new puzzle/jellyfish is in it
    • Block World is accessed via The Sewers and is a puzzle blocking access to Snow World
    • Snow World has the Hat and Scarf effect, and access to Pink Sea/Poniko/Uboa
    • Most existing worlds are untouched beyond The Sewers connections
  • Two new effects, Hat and Scarf and Uboa Mask
    • Interact with Poniko’s desk while using the Lantern after triggering the Uboa Event (lights out) in Poniko’s room, then chase Uboa to get the Uboa Mask
    • Get Hat and Scarf in Snow World from Mafurako
  • Uboa’s Trap room added per above, it looks amazing
  • Four new subsections of The Wilderness added via a Lost Woods/looping maze puzzle including the Aztec Rave Monkey, some purple pylons, the hot springs room, and a lake you freeze to get some concept art
  • A new NES minigame added, Witch Adventure, referencing the Flight of the Witch event
    • This is found by finding the cat in The Sewers, then meeting it again at the roof of The Mall
  • The strangest addition, Madotsuki’s apartment now has a bathroom in the bottom corner, accessible only in the dream world. It has no apparent function.

All in all, 2.0 is a fantastic update that brings the game a fair bit more in line with the original and addresses several concerns of fans!

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.

Walkthrough

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium June Pirate Event (2018) Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the June Pirate Event (2018) information. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

Update 2018-06-03: This event/guide’s been so popular I had to pay to upgrade my server! As always contributing to my Patreon can help me make even more, higher-quality guides & articles, and it keeps the lights on of course!

I streamed the event earlier with my thoughts, and you can see a video guide instead below if you prefer:

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Ancient Egypt Event (2018) Guide

2018-05-29: The event’s almost over, but a method was discovered to get ankhs super fast from the crab without limit! Also I posted a video about the encouraging direction the game’s taken lately. 

This is a “mini guide” for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Ancient Egypt Event (2018) information, split out to be faster & easier to load on mobile devices. Feel free to add to your homescreen for easy access!
See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information.

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All hidden fish already found! Thanks a lot to the /r/AbyssRium community for helping get info so early!

See what the new fish designs look like here (design spoilers)

Abyssrium Ancient Egypt Event Fish Designs

Thanks to /u/ btbtiu13041 on Reddit for compiling the images!

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Makai Wars English Guide, Character Info, & Translations

Makai Wars (魔界ウォーズ ) released on Android and iOS (in Japan only)  in February and as a huge fan of Disgaea I started a guide to both get you started quickly despite the language barrier and also detail the more intricate details that are harder to understand without knowing Japanese. The guide will be expanded over time as new info comes in. As always, you can donate to my Patreon to support my guides!

Makai Wars is a simplified Strategy Roleplaying Game much like Disgaea (and half of NIS’ other games), and it’s Asagi’s very own game! For real this time! No really, stop laughing!

Feel free to ask questions or share info in the comments below or chat in the Discord server

Updates

Guide Updates
Current Events

Beauty Queen Contest

Vote for your favorite character by completing their quest. Pretty easy, can repeat quests with your “vote” points increasing each clear. If all you care about is the rewards, you need to get 13,000 points total, but it doesn’t matter who you vote for and you don’t need to do anyone’s quest but the one you “vote” for.

The characters’ quests are, in order, starting from the second quest:

Asagi
Verdanti
Etna
Sapphire
Seraphina
Pandora
Hilde

Banners: Laharl/Sutr/Unut, Kilia/Rozalin/Sapphire
Banners are boosted gachapon rates when selecting a certain ad banner on the gacha screen. The gacha without a timer is the “normal” one and never has boosted rates. Instead, the normal one shows the characters most recently added to the normal pool.

What The Heck Is Makai Wars?

Makai Wars is a long-running gag in the Disgaea/NIS community. Originally it was announced as a PSP game for E3 2004 and Asagi was to be the protagonist. It was a no-show. It was later re-announced as a PS3 game, which also never materialized.

Since then Asagi has shown up in a majority of NIS tactical games making cameo appearances, usually searching for her game, Makai Wars. She even got a full “Asagi Mode” side story in Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood (yes that’s a real title).

Finally, in the fateful year of our Overlord 2018, Makai Wars is a real thing and Asagi didn’t lie about it being her game; though it’s basically a Disgaea spinoff title featuring her. It’s a mini-SRPG playing like a simplified version of many of NIS’s other titles, specifically Disgaea.

Game Info

Title: 魔界ウォーズ (Makai Wars)
Platform: Android & iOS
Language: Japanese
Release date: 2018-02-15 (Android)
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software and Clover Lab
Price: Free with IAP/Gachapon
Genre: SRPG
Filesize: 520MB (installed and updated)
Always Online: Yes, persistent internet connection required
Gambling element: Yes (standard character Gachapon a la FateGO etc)
Battery Drain: High

If you’re just curious and not curious enough to download a Japanese app, you can see some standard gameplay of the game here:

Timed Events 

Banner Gachapon: Valvatorez, Artina, Fuka 

Ends: 2018-05-16

Banners have a roughly 50% chance for a 3* pulled in the gacha to be one of the listed characters. Odds of getting a 3* are still 8%, and the more characters in a banner the less likely getting any specific character is.  Remember 10 pulls have no benefits in Makai Wars, so there’s no need to “save up” 3,000 rubies before doing a banner/any gacha in the game.

Also note the “banner” without a time limit is the normal gachapon. New characters are listed on the normal gachapon’s banner image, but these characters do not have a raised occurrence chance.

Current Timed Events
Beryl Solo Raid 

Level Completion Rewards 50 Rubies, 50 Rubies, 50 Rubies, 100 Rubies

Total Score Rewards: 30,000 Hell, 30,000 Mana, 1 Evo Vial (M), 300 Rubies, 1 Red Orb

Earn score by beating levels, repeat the final level to get ever-increasing amounts of points.

To beat the raid just auto fight the last level on repeat and it should come pretty quickly (it’s pretty easy, low level teams welcome). You get the items immediately upon reaching the threshold unlike the April Fool’s event. 

Mao Event

Level completion rewards: 50 Rubies, 3 Evo Vial (S), 50 Rubies, 2 Evo Vial (M), 100 Rubies, 100 Rubies, 1 Blue Orb

Past Events
Makai Kingdom Event

Ends: May 1st

There’s a lot of stuff for the Makai Kingdom Event! A 15 day long “grind” event where you can get Zetta (Book), a free normal Gachapon pull a day (10 times), a new Background for the duration of the event, and a Banner Gachapon for Zetta (Overlord), Petta, and Pram.

Event SP Quest Rewards: 5x Dark Vial (M), 10 Zetta (Book) stones, 3 Evo Vials (M),  10 Zetta (Book) stones, 300 Rubies, 10 Zetta (Book) stones
Last two SP Quest missions drop Zetta (Book) stones randomly, 4 for second to last.

The final level of the event is even harder than Usalia’s, so work hard! It’s best to grind the second to last (15 AP) stage for Stones instead due to the extreme difficulty of the last one.

Valvatorez Event

There’s an event with Valvatorez and some Ragna Quest character, but don’t get too excited as it doesn’t give summon stones/tickets for either character. It just gives some “premium” items when certain levels are cleared the first time. So just play every level once to get all the rewards (repeats give nothing) and move on.

Rewards: 3 S Evo potions, 2 M Evo potions, 50 Rubies, 100 Rubies, 1 L Evo potion, 50 Rubies, 1 Passive Skill orb

Makai Wars Quickstart Guide

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium: Valentine’s Day Disaster Event 2018 Mini Guide

This is a “mini-guide” for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Valentine’s Day Event (2018) information, split out to be faster & easier to load on mobile devices. Feel free to Add To Homescreen for easy access! See the complete guide for a more comprehensive set of information or to post a comment, or visit the Addendum below for other relevant posts.

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If you have complaints about this event, email wanglei1@cmcm.com, the Cheetah Mobile PR person responsible for abyssrium

A Valentine’s Warning

So this event is basically the shark-jumping moment for AbyssRium. This event is exploitative beyond anything AbyssRium fans have seen before. This seems to be the point where Cheetah Mobile has completely consumed the original dev team’s intent and wants to milk us for every single penny by destroying the core game unless you pay.

I posted a comprehensive list outlining 19 problems with this event on reddit. I am not in the mood to repeat it here, but suffice it to say, the devs think you are both an idiot and gullible. Song of the Moon was disabled for candy gaining, wait times and an illegal (in Japan and China anyway) gachapon were introduced, they wanted to delete all of our stored candies at the end of the event too. And that’s just half of it at most. It’s all garbo.

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YouTube’s “Not suitable for most advertisers”: How To Appeal Demonetized Videos

Has Youtube marked your seemingly squeaky-clean video as “Not suitable for most advertisers“? What’s that even mean? Well, here’s how to appeal your Demonetized YouTube videos and how to best avoid getting them flagged in the first place.

If you’re here, you’re probably already aware, but YouTube recently started flagging certain videos as “Not Suitable For Most Advertisers”. This process is entirely automatic and is a process run on all YouTube videos automatically akin to Content ID. Here I’ll share the best information I’ve found on how this process works and how to work with it.

Note that YouTube’s process for this is highly variable and opaque; I meant to publish this weeks ago but only recently am I confident that the methods outlined here actually seem to work. Expect variation in your specific circumstances.

Tap Into YouTube is a series of articles from the perspective of a gaming YouTuber, covering both the use of YouTube and how to effectively work with YouTubers to promote your game.

What Does “Not Suitable For Most Advertisers” Mean?

When you get the yellow dollar sign symbol a video is “demonetized” or in youtube’s vernacular “Not Suitable For Most Advertisers”. Despite some conspiracy theories this does not mean YouTube is “skimming” your ad money; when demonetizing videos no ads are shown, meaning YouTube gets no ad money either. YouTube gets no inherent benefit from a demonetized video.

Despite the “limited or no” advertising, as far as I can tell no or effectively no advertisers actually put videos on “unsuitable” videos. You should consider a flagged video effectively demonetized entirely. It’s possible this will change in the future if advertisers choose to opt in to this class of video.

Find Demonetized Videos

If you had a backlog of videos before the “Not suitable for most advertisers” stuff started, you might have videos demonetized without knowing. There is a search filter you can use to find them immediately; this is where you’ll want to start your quest to re-monetize as many as you can. 

However, I’ve noticed that in some rare cases videos (unlisted ones in my case) did not show in that search filter, and recently re-monetized videos may still show in that view until monetization is turned off then back on for that video.

Demonetized Youtube Videos
The infamous Yellow Dollar Sign icon is the telltale sign you’ve been Demonetized

How To Get a Video Re-Monetized

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Lutie RPG Clicker – Guardians Guide, Stats, & Walkthrough

Lutie RPG Clicker is an extremely cute but rather byzantine RPG Clicker game with very high quality art. It’s a bit hard to keep track of which Guardians have which skills in the game itself, so I decided to make a guide starting with a searchable table of Guardians so you know which ones have the Skills you’d like to upgrade.

As always with my guides, feel free to post in the comments if you have any questions or info to give. I’ll expand this guide if I get more important information of if lots of people want more. I’m a fair ways into Lutie RPG Clicker myself (stage 1,000) so ask anything you like.

Lutie RPG Clicker is the story of an angel in the middle of a great war after Ragnarok. The story is unlocked as you progress the game, though the latest bits of the story are still only in Korean. It plays a fair deal like Politicats and Star Tap, a bit more complicated twist on the usual prestige-focused Idle Game template.

Game Info

Title: Lutie RPG Clicker
Platform: Android, iOS
Release date: November 2016
Developer: BlueSkyGames
Price: Free with IAP and optional Ads
Genre: RPG Idle/Clicker
Length: Long (Months)
Gambling element: Yes (Minor-Moderate invasiveness random elements)

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Almost a Hero – RPG Clicker Game Guide & Strategy

Almost A Hero is an RPG style Clicker/Idle game that’s a lot heavier on the RPG than most idle games. You lead a team of up to 5 (almost) heroes who have major flaws but interesting gameplay mechanics as you try to raise them from an unruly crowd of useless idiots to the real heroes every game needs.

I’ve had a ton of fun with this one so I wanted to start a guide even though Almost A Hero is quite complex, so it’s definitely a work in progress! If you have any questions or info to share please post them in the comments. There will be major updates to this guide in the coming days/weeks, see the Updates section to keep track of significant changes.

You can help me prioritize my updates by letting me know which sections/info you want to see first!

Game Info

Platform: Android, iOS
Developer: Bee Square Games
Price: Free with IAP and optional Ads
Genre: RPG Idle/Clicker
Length: Long (Months)
Gambling element: Yes (Gachapon with free/ad supported pull option. Moderate invasiveness.)

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Dig Station Idle Clicker Game Guide & Walkthrough

Dig Station is a short but fun Idle/Clicker game that has a proper ending (unlike most) and almost no push for advertising and no IAP. It’s also got a lovely, grim atmosphere and fittingly gritty pixel art. You’ll likely be done with it in a few days at the very most, but it’s a fun break.

Note this guide is for App Version 8, there are many resources out there for older versions of the game.

In Dig Station you take the role of a small drilling drone sent to an alien planet. Falling deep into the ocean, you must drill up all the Resources you can to augment your production capacity and go on Adventures™!

Here you’ll find a brief walkthrough of the main mechanics and how to make the most of what the game gives you. As always, feel free to comment with any questions!

Game Info

Platform: Android
Developer: C6H6
Price: Free with optional ads
Genre: Idle/Clicker
Length: Short (hours to days)

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Dark Witch Story: COMBAT Guide, Walkthrough, and Card Info

Dark Witch Story: COMBAT is the Collectable Card Game/RPG bonus game that comes with Brave Dungeon’s Switch release. It’s a supplemental and not as balanced or deep as Brave Dungeon so it should be played after the main game, you’ll get the most out of it if you’re familiar with the regular Dark Witch enemies anyway.

I didn’t see any other guides at all and Dark Witch Story can be a little confusing so I thought I’d make a guide for it as well, since I already covered Brave Dungeon  and The Legend of Dark Witch 2. As always feel free to comment to ask questions, offer corrections, or just discuss the game.

Game Info

Platform: Nintendo Switch Digital
Series: The Legend of Dark Witch
Price: $9 (bundled with Brave Dungeon)
Genre: Trading Card RPG
Game Modes: Singleplayer, Vs CPU, 2 Player Vs

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