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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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  • Completed
  • 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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i'm glad to hear i wasn't the only one rifling through the audio folders for BADDAD
author=janebakedbads
I'm having trouble with the true ending. It keeps freezing during the ending song so I don't get a chance to save. I'd like to get all endings on one save file, so this is kind of disappointing. I'm wondering if this is a bug or if it's something wrong on my side somehow? Any advice would be great, as I really like this game and want every ending.

UPDATE: It turns out every ending but the good ending won't work, at least not the video part. Under movies there's only one file, so if there was supposed to be one for each ending then that's the problem, otherwise I have no clue. If it is the problem then I have no clue how to get the other files.

EDIT: Additional details: The audio still plays for other endings, but the video does not.


Press the down key. You have to move Mary through the screen. The Good Ending is the only credits sequence that plays by itself.
Wow, awesome!

A little question: how did you make your game so small, but still included the RTP files? :)
author=pLasterbrain
i'm glad to hear i wasn't the only one rifling through the audio folders for BADDAD

Σ(゚д゚lll)

author=metal_kitty
Wow, awesome!

A little question: how did you make your game so small, but still included the RTP files? :)


I didn't include RTP xP
I took out all of the non-necessary RTP, leaving only things like the Vehicle character set (which for some reason will crash the game if it's not there) and made it so that RTP isn't considered necessary for running the game in that game config textfile thingy.
Even tho I'm probably super late but is it possible for me to do a lets play for this? I absolutely Adore the art style of this Q WQ Its just to cute to pass.
author=StoocyStar
Even tho I'm probably super late but is it possible for me to do a lets play for this? I absolutely Adore the art style of this Q WQ Its just to cute to pass.


Of course, feel free! =D
I really like the look of this.. Its very cute.
Okay, I know you must have heard this a thousand times, but first off- THIS GAME IS SO BEAUTIFUL. And you know it's true when I use all-caps, I rarely use them. But wow. Art, aesthetics, ambiance, moral, story, etc. This game has become my inspiration. ^.^ I got all four endings and the special mode was really rewarding. XD I can't wait to play your next game.
XD Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the game as well as its art =)
I played this game not knowing it's genre. I actually had a lot of fun despite it's darker tones. Plus I had to play it because my name was in the title.

But I wanted to ask if there was an MP3 of the song that plays when you are at the menu screen. It's such a pretty song and I don't want to have to find it somewhere that doesn't have permission to distribute it.
author=MarySunshine23
I played this game not knowing it's genre. I actually had a lot of fun despite it's darker tones. Plus I had to play it because my name was in the title.

But I wanted to ask if there was an MP3 of the song that plays when you are at the menu screen. It's such a pretty song and I don't want to have to find it somewhere that doesn't have permission to distribute it.


Thank you for playing! The entire OST is free to download from the bandcamp link at the bottom of the game description (and a few of the vocal/instrumental tracks can be downloaded individually). Just enter a price of 0 when bandcamp prompts you to "name your price".

You can also find the entire OST on youtube apparently, or listen to it on Trass's soundcloud as "Dreaming Mary (ft. Usachii)". He also has title screen music for other games made by various developers on his soundcloud, which I encourage you to check out, too!
having finished playing this game and having finished getting all the endings
i have to say i couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience
the whole journey throughout.

not only did the art itself perfectly capture the feeling it was trying to convey every step of the way, the music and sound effects flowed seamlessly with this as well to boot.

the puzzles were fun, the story was intriguing and it only left me wanting more!
especially seeing the original constraints i have to say im more than impressed and look forward to any future releases you have planned, keep up the amazing work.
wow! looks great and pink!
I'll play it! :D
So first off, I am SOOOOOOO happy that Dreaming Mary got such a good reception! It's still a buzzing game on the front page and that's awesome to me. :D

Second: How's the sequel coming along? I know you were working one, any updates?

Third: there's a little known youtuber called TwoFacedTeller and she recently did a short, five-part let's play of this game. She even got the cool bonus content. :P Anyway I think its good, and while I'm sure you're inundated with videos on this game, but i thought I'd send it your way anyways in case you have time. :)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs0vVLMshT0
Thanks so much for playing!!

@Apollo, haha thank you XD
The next game of the series is Blue Dreams and it's on hold now. We actually have the story done, but after Painted Heart as well as some very enlightening convos here on RMN I decided that what we had so far in terms of gameplay and the story presentation had to go. So, right now I'm brainstorming some more "original" gameplay which, if successful, will have more in common with adventure games from the 90s rather than the "walk here, interact with spot, walk to next area" gameplay that's been criticized in recent RPG Maker adventure games.

Thanks for the link! Trass has been really adamant about watching all of the Let's Plays so I'm sure he had a field day once he saw your link =P
I'll start watching it now, too. She seems nice so far =D
This game was awesome! :) The art, animations, theme, voiceovers, music, everything was amazing. I made a Let's Play of it, it's the first on my channel though so I hope I didn't mess it up!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUs295JIi1a4KWEdJ42Xlu-ZJgLgVuKlJ
Thank you for playing, RazzleDax! >w<
I like that you mentioned that the painting looks real hahaha~
It actually is a scaled-down and color edited version of Birth of Adonis by Bernard Picart =D

I'll continue watching your LP now! Thanks for sharing it~
please make more games like that cause i loved it alot


Hey Accha, I was just wondering whether you would allow me to do a lets play of Dreaming Mary and upload the monetized videos to YouTube? I will of course link back to this page in the description and credit back to you :) Let me know if this is okay or not, I'll respect your decision of course. I wanted to make sure to get permission from you before continuing. The game looks so good though, I can't wait to play, regardless. Thanks a lot either way Accha :D
author=Lamoleon
Hey Accha, I was just wondering whether you would allow me to do a lets play of Dreaming Mary and upload the monetized videos to YouTube? I will of course link back to this page in the description and credit back to you :) Let me know if this is okay or not, I'll respect your decision of course. I wanted to make sure to get permission from you before continuing. The game looks so good though, I can't wait to play, regardless. Thanks a lot either way Accha :D


Sure, go ahead! Thanks for asking and also for playing the game =D