LSD: Dream Emulator

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LSD: Dream Emulator
Original name LSD
Release date 22 October 1998
Format Videogame
Lost? No

LSD: Dream Emulator is an exploration video game developed by OutSide Directors Company and published by Asmik Ace Entertainment for the Playstation. The concept for the game was based on Asmik Ace employee Hiroko Nishikawa's dream diary, which she kept for over a decade. The diary was released as a book called Lovely Sweet Dream to go along with the game.

The game received a limited release in Japan on October 22, 1998. Released alongside it was the music CD LSD and Remixes. The game received a D rating from CERO.

The game was later re-released on the Japanese Playstation Store on August 11, 2010 under the PS1 Classics section, for ¥617.

LSD: Dream Emulator has gained a cult following because of its surreal contents.


The game takes place in a first-person perspective in a 3D surreal environment. The player's "goal" is to explore said environments. The controls are tank controls; the player can move forwards or backwards, turn, strafe, run, look up and behind.

The game is played in short sequences or "dreams". The initial location of each dream is randomized. The player can access other environments by bumping into objects or going through tunnels, a mechanic named "linking". Bumping into certain special objects, like animal and people, will result in a "stranger" dream.

The environments are usually the same, like a Japanese village or a house, but they may be populated by random objects and the default textures swapped with other textures.

Each dream can be about 10 minutes long, then the player will "wake up". However, if the player falls off a pit or a hole, the dream will be cut short.

After a dream, another "day" passes in-game, and the dream is marked in a graph. The graph rates the dreams in relation to it being an Upper, Downer, Static or Dynamic dream. The more the player plays the game, the textures of the environments change more often. Also, there's the possibility of encountering the Spy, who removes the ability to recall a dream in Flashback.

After a certain number of days, the Flashback option will appear. It allows the player to play an abbreviated version of the last dream they played.

Sometimes, a video or dream journal excerpt may take the place of a regular dream.

LSD: Dream Emulator Fields
Bright Moon Apartment Long Hallway
Temple Flesh Tunnels
Kyoto Moonlight TowerTemple DojoMonument Park
The Natural World Black Space
HAPPY TOWN Sun Faces Heave
Violence District Clockwork Machines
LSD: Dream Emulator Entities
Bright Moon Apartment Bird CagesBookDoublefaceDying WomanFutonGiant AstronautGiant BabySky PaintingPterodactyl (Bright Moon Apartment)Teddy Bear (Bright Moon Apartment)Television
Temple Dancing ElephantsFlying ElephantPterodactyl (Temple)
Kyoto Buddha StatueDrumFlying WomenGeishaGiant Baby (Kyoto)Giant MinotaurGondolaGeishaKitsune FoxMinotaurMini MaikoOld WomanPeacockRickshaw MinotaurShrine BellTenguUnderwater Buddha
The Natural World Abyss DemonFather and DaughterFingerpostFishFloating CastleFloating Sail BoatFlower-Shaped CrystalGiant FishGiant TreeGiant TortiseHorseHot Air BalloonLionMapMirageSharkSpace ShuttleTortoiseUFOsWindowWrecked Ship
HAPPY TOWN BunnyFerris WheelFloating LipsFlowersKingMushroomsOpera SingerPenguinsQueenRainbow PenguinSoldiersSpinning ArrowSpinning Question MarkTeddy BearTrumpetersTrainWhale
Violence Town CanCarCorpseDumpsterGhostGhost SailorGhost WomanGunmanHanging WomanHeadless WomanHopscotch GirlMurdererPlaneStarship
Moonlight Tower Winged Minotaur
Temple Dojo Balancing ChildBlack WolfChildren Tossing a BallGeishaThrone
Flesh Tunnels BabySumo Wrestler
Clockwork Machines Orrery
Long Hallway N/A
Sun Faces Heave N/A
Black Space Hoop and Stick Girl
Monument Park Zeppelin