23 July 2012 @ 05:12 pm
Yume Nikki tours: the Sky Garden  
(repost from my college blog!)

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A lot of this scene is inspired by the game Yume Nikki. It's the neon signs, the shape and dead, empty light of the buildings, the UFO flitting about the sky, the character's detachment and observation of the scene; all heavily inspired by this charming and disturbing little game.

In particular, one area nicknamed the 'Sky Garden' was a large chunk of the inspiration. It's so named due to, in one area knwn as the Wilderness, there is a long staircase up to the sky; and at the top, this garden lies.

The garden is more like a park--the area's framed by trees, there are small clusters of trees here and there, there's lamp posts and benches. Then, there's a little cliff next to a building the further east you travel. Three faceless, anonymous, still figures stand on the cliff edge, overlooking, observing a distant, glittering city and the UFOs which flitter restlessly about overhead. You can move them with the Cat effect, and then attack with the Knife; but when you do so, they merely return to their previous spot to continue watching.

So, looking at the above image, it's clear where my inspiration was drawn. Combine this beautiful abstract videogame with no set meaning which thrives on interpretation, with this beautiful music with no set meaning which thrives on interpretation, and I think you have an idea of how my mind works; what I love, and how I see things around me. I love to think, make logical conclusions and theories to just about anything. I live in my head, basically.

The building I mentioned is also nicknamed the Crossover Garden (there are no official names for anything apart from the Effects, from characters to locations, so all names are fan-given). Through the door is a realm of pure darkness. You walk east quite a ways in there, and then, you come across a patch of white lillies. Interacting with them any odd number of times transforms the area you return to, and any even number of times will take you back to the Sky Garden if you walk back the way you came.

Going back on yourself after interacting with the lillies an odd number of times will bring you into the Ghost World; a maze.

I took some screenshots when I played through last night. There's some instances of me playing around with some Effects, and I'm sorry there's rain in the last screenshots--there shouldn't be, but I forgot how to fix that after using the Umbrella.


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