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Inspiration's Title Screen
Latest Version



Rainychan/Spring Rain


[[:Category:English Fangames|English]]



Release Date

August 2, 2009


AlexSprite Alex

Nexus Doors







Inspiration (sometimes called .Inspiration, likely in the same style as .flow) is a somewhat obscure fangame by Russian artist Rainychan. Inspiration seems to be one of the first non-Japanese Yume Nikki fangames. The game centers around the story of a reclusive artist named Alex, who appears to live alone. His computer has broken down, so he has been reduced to reading books he's grown tired of and falling asleep to explore his dream world.


Being made in RPG Maker XP opposed to 2000 or 2003, the worlds don't loop and the game can be sped up by holding SHIFT, even morso when holding SHIFT + CTRL. Additionally, the game can be saved from the menu at any time.

Inspiration also makes use of character dialogue, which helps gain an insight into the mind of the main character and figures he sees in his dreams. Interacting with certain objects in the real world bedroom sometimes make Alex lend his thoughts on them.

The main character having any sort of dialogue is something of a defining and avant garde trait of the game, which only so many other fangames have made use of, such as the Looking Glass. Traditionally, the protagonist is left to be silent and their personality up to the player's own discretion.

Another feature that sets this game apart from the typical Yume Nikki fangame is that you can leave your bedroom in your waking life. You can't go very far, but you can explore the outside of your building.

Inspiration was cancelled without a proper ending on June 3rd, 2014, after over a year of not being updated. The download for Version 0.04 was deleted almost a month after the cancellation announcement.

Effects and ItemsEdit

For information on how to obtain these effects, visit the Inspiration Walkthrough .

Name Image Description
Mage InspEff01 Makes Alex don a purple hooded robe, in the image of a traditional mage.
3D Glasses InspEff03 Gives Alex 3D glasses. It appears as though the effect has no other use besides appearance.
Girl InspEff08 Turns Alex into a girl, giving him longer hair, though the difference is difficult to see.
Protagonist InspEff06 Gives Alex a red ballcap, yellow backpack, and blue striped shirt to wear; most likely a tribute to Ness from Earthbound.
Short Hair InspEff07 Shortens Alex's hair.
Talisman InspEff04 Places a paper with an eye talisman on Alex's face.
Suit InspEff02 Alex wears a suit.
Monochromika InspEff05 It changes Alex's palette to monochrome.

External LinksEdit

Version 0.04 (mirror) Edit

Developer's Tumblr

Original Uboachan Thread (Archive)

Current Uboachan Thread

Rainychan's Pixiv

Gameplay VideoEdit

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Inspiration Yume Nikki Fangame

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