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Dreaming Mary is an original adventure game in a sidescrolling format, made using the free RPG Maker VX Ace Lite. It is inspired by the Japanese horror game Ib and the abstract game Yume Nikki, and is influenced by the indie platformer Eversion as well as the TV show Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Despite these influences, Dreaming Mary is not exactly a horror game. It does contain horror elements, though they might never be encountered by a player who chooses to indulge in the dreams instead of investigating.

The game's average playtime ranges from fifteen to twenty-five minutes to reach one ending, and there are four endings. In the game you are able to interact with items and NPCs. It is important to pay attention to dialogue and to your surroundings in order to proceed. Sound is vital in this game and can help the player move forward as well as provide hints to the situation Mary has found herself in.

This game is not intended for children or those of a nervous disposition and may contain triggering content. Please play with headphones or high audio in a quiet room. There are four endings and bonus content is available after all four have been achieved in one game file. For hints and information, please see the game's homepage at the bottom of the description.

STORY

Mary is a girl who loves to dream. In fact, she loves to dream so much she can spend an entire day dreaming. One day, when she falls asleep, she finds herself in a nostalgic place very different from her other dreams. Everyone there knows her and treats her like an old friend, and they invite her to play with them or help them. When she finishes all of their tasks, she is invited deeper into the dream.

Will you lead her to fall into her dreams? Or will you bring her back to the waking world?

As the player, you have the choice in the final decision of Mary's final dream.

FEATURES
*Custom graphics
*Custom music
*Vocal songs
*Voices
*Movie
*Bonus content (available after achieving all 4 endings in 1 game file)

ACE LITE CHALLENGE
Dreaming Mary was originally created and completed in RMVX Ace Lite. It was ported to the full version of Ace afterwards, but still conforms to many of the original restrictions of the Lite software, such as:
*No more than 20 maps
*Only 10 events per map
*No more than 10 common events
*Limit of 100 switches and variables
*No call common event option

The full Ace software was needed for file encryption and font change. Mithran's Text Cache script is used as well as a single line of call script in the game's eventing.

4/19: Updated download link added!
Fixed bugs:
-Premature notification of the 4 endings
-Removal of script which caused ‘sound file not found’

Still active bug(s):
-Bonus mode freeze from painting (please only activate bonus mode before the 'turning point' of the game)

Produced by Accha (story, art, programming, voice)
With support from Trass (music, advice on how to use RMVX)

Game homepage (tumblr)
12-track OST on Bandcamp (200 free downloads per month)

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  • accha
  • Trass
  • RPG Maker VX Ace
  • Adventure
  • 04/16/2014 04:29 PM
  • 04/09/2020 10:31 PM
  • 04/17/2014
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*clicks link*
*awestruck silence*
*hits download button*

Seriously, how do you guys do all these? Is there a secret recipe you use that I could follow somewhere? Hehe...

I can't wait to play it!
I just got the game and stupid me forgot to ask. Is there a certain way to remove the game from my computer? I don't see an uninstall option to be used later.
Cheshire you could just delete the game's folder. But how could you do such a thing?
author=Cheshiresriddle
I just got the game and stupid me forgot to ask. Is there a certain way to remove the game from my computer? I don't see an uninstall option to be used later.


RPG Maker games never install in your computer (at most the packaged blue exe cubes will need to run to unzip), so all you need to do is delete the game files =w=)b
author=karins_soulkeeper
Cheshire you could just delete the game's folder. But how could you do such a thing?

Why not? There might be different reasons for that.

e: By the way, gratz on 10k downloads, accha! A fantastic milestone.
e(1): I probably was too slow with that, wasn't I.
@karins_soulkeeper
I have a computer thats not gaming an mainly for collage. So I have to rotate my games a lot so I can have room.
@accha
I'll keep that in mind thank you. :)
Same here, Chesh, but I haven't reached the point were my laptop got full yet. Anyway, I understand.


Oh, and congrats on the 11k downloads accha! Keep it up ;D
Wow, 10 000+ downloads already for this, geez… That’s incredible. :O

accha, your stock value just keeps going up! Keep this up and you just might become the next "Misao Stealing Prince" (which I’m guessing would be entitled, “Dreaming Misao” or “Misao Mary,” whatever sticks).
Ahahaha thanks Karin's Soulkeeper and Addit! :'' D

accha, your stock value just keeps going up! Keep this up and you just might become the next "Misao Stealing Prince" (which I’m guessing would be entitled, “Dreaming Misao” or “Misao Mary,” whatever sticks).


Well, I'll certainly be hoping for such an honor haha ;w;
It'll be tough competition what with all the great games coming out of IGMC. Only time will tell!
Walkthrough please? I have no ideea what to do with those statues...
author=BlackLilith
Walkthrough please? I have no ideea what to do with those statues...


Jayisgames has provided a helpful walkthrough =D
http://jayisgames.com/archives/2014/04/dreaming_mary.php#walkthrough
author=Chivi-chivik
Based on Ib, Yume Nikki, Eversion, Madoka Magica, you put "This game is not intended for children or those of a nervous disposition" in there yet you say this is no horror game? I bet you're lying us. A lot.

*puts game in playlist*


Yeah, I mean, Madoka Magica!! this HAS to be really scary.
Just popping in to report that this game got a glowing review on infamous media critique blog Dragon Quill. Congratulations!
Finally I finished this game. First. there was the cute atmosphere, pink fluffy talking animals, but after some more playing I realised something was wrong. The symbols were epic, the graphics and the music were nice. Everything was well thought and I never expected to have so much fun and to experiment so many feelings while playing a game. The endings were a bit confusing because all of them gave me a sad feeling. I wish
someone would be there to understand and talk to Mary and help her . An ending where she could murder her bastard father would have been satisfying
. I didn't manage to get all endings in a save so I couldn't unlock the bonus content unfortunately...but I enjoyed this game. I'll keep waiting for your future projects. Good luck! :)
visually stunning and fun to play, but too short.
I've played till the end ,and loved it so so much, but couldnt get the password for the bonus content
Hey, I just listened to the soundtrack on Bandcamp, and it was great. I'm surprised by how long the tracks were; there's a lot I never heard because I rushed through too fast. They're really amazing, though; Trass has a very epic, orchestral style that sounds a lot like modern video game tracks. The vocals were excellent too of course.

Something weird is that the mirror world tracks don't seem to be there. (The bad end track, too.) What motivated the decision to exclude them?
Many thanks for playing! =D
You can shoot me a message if you'd like a link to the bonus page, since, well, anyone could find it if they watch one of the LP endings _( :''>_ L)_

@Argh, thank you, I'll be sure to tell Trass this! XD

I decided to keep only music from the "main" area of the game in the official OST to prevent spoilers, as it came out the same day as the game. Trass and I were thinking of releasing a Side B to the OST but considering how the second release of the game has unencrypted audio files I decided there wasn't much need to do so.

Considering the... nature of the files not included in the OST I'm actually surprised each time someone asks about them though, haha @_@