A couple of nights ago, I visited the infamous Aika Village. If you haven’t heard of it, then you might live under an Animal Crossing rock. I’ll explain the village in a minute. In other news, I got to have some fun with my town’s very first firework show and I met a couple of rotten kids who took my fruit without asking and my Jacob’s ladder. I’m over it now, but I was raging yesterday.
Also, Toby announced to me that Pikmin 4 has been released for the Wii U. I’ll have to read up on it later and post an overview tomorrow on the game.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Aika Village, its a Dream Town you can visit via the Dream Suite. Its a horror town who was created by a regular Japanese player. The Dream Address for Aika Village is: 2600-0218-7298
If you don’t want the dream to be ruined for you, you can skip down to the * * * where the SPOILERS end.
I decided to give Aika Village a go, since everyone was talking about how creepy the town was and so on and so forth. I wanted to check it out for myself. I don’t recommend this, but I played at 12:30am, in complete darkness . . . if you truly hate yourself though, be my guest.
SPOILERS START HERE:
I headed to the Dream Suite, gave Luna the Dream Address and drifted off into a coma of sleepiness. Since I played in pitch blackness, fear wasn’t too far behind. I awoke in a village, shrouded by night, and after Luna encouraged me to have a good time in the town, I was already anxious. Beside the bed, I found a present, a gift from the creator of Aika and the precursor to the story about to unfold. Inside the gold wrapping paper was a dolly, cute, friendly looking, but something sinister lurking beneath the surface.
I decided to take a shovel with me for defense, just in case something happened.
I dropped the present there and headed north where I found an adorable child dressed in red and white. When I talked to her, she only spoke in Japanese and said, “I love my mommy.”
How sweet, there were also beautiful flowers planted everywhere and perfect fruit lining the river. It seemed so peaceful this time of night and I felt safe. I entered the red and white house and stumbled upon the child having a birthday with a similar gift wrapped present perched on the table.
It couldn’t have been a more lovely home. Oddly, the back room was blocked off with a dresser. What is she hiding? Something was strange . . . something was too perfect about this scene. I decided then to investigate upstairs.
It seems there was a similar dolly inside the present that Aika received on her birthday. In her bedroom, I also found paintings she drew herself, which were adorable, along with her toys and new gift. The first painting was obviously her mother, which she already stated she loved very much. The other painting was Aika with her mom and dad, and at the end, a painting of her dog in a doghouse.
It seemed there wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary in the house, just a little girl who loves her family, getting a doll for a birthday present. I decided to investigate further. I crossed over the only bridge found in Aika Village and soon found myself facing a carefully calculated maze.
The shovel came in handy digging up pitfalls. There were also chocolate coins, lollipops, and cake slices found everywhere. When I finally got out of the maze, by a miracle, I was soon in front of another house.
This one wasn’t as cute as Aika’s home, but it wasn’t ugly. In front of the house, in between two bushes, I discovered another present buried in the ground.
I opened it up to reveal a wetsuit! Since Lloid doesn’t give out wetsuits to dreamers, I decided it would come in handy and slipped into the new outfit, and then entered the house.
Inside, I was greeted with darkness, a room walled and carpeted in black. There were LED displays all telling me to run and exit signs lining the walls. I couldn’t leave yet though, something told me to go further. I crossed over the pillow and stool maze to the back room.
In the back room, there were stuffed animals and toys that left no room for exploration . . . and oddly . . . they all had their backs towards me. Why were they looking away?
I turned around and discovered . . .
I was being watched. I wanted to scream and run back to Luna, to get away from this nightmare, but my legs kept saying, “Look around some more!” They carried me back through the maze and then up the stairs, where I discovered Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It provided some relief from the dark and terrifying eyes that pierced my soul, but my brain still wanted to escape from Aika Village.
It must have been symbolic, trying to tell me something sinful was happening in Aika. To back up my theory, I headed to the basement, where I entered upon a tea party of dollies. There was cake, fruit bowls, tea, coffee, candy, presents, it looked magical and I wanted to sit down and join them.
Yet, there in the back of the room . . . there was the similar red dolly Aika had received for her birthday. When I walked around to her . . .
She had an axe hiding behind her back! The doll was possessed! What was she up to? A sin? Murder?! I darted out of the house and back into the cold village, when I discovered Aika again. She seemed . . . different.
She still says, “I love my mommy.” but there’s something odd about how she’s saying it . . . I went south, seeing as how I was close to the beach, when I discovered a cemetery.
Inside the graves were doghouses and in the cemetery I found some mittens. A murderer was lurking in Aika Village, could it have been the doll with the axe? What would be her motive though?
I decided to go see Copper about the murder, but when I entered the police station, it was overrun with beehives! I could see he would be of no use to me. I still hadn’t seen all of Aika yet, so I headed west, reluctantly.
The town of Aika was gradually becoming overrun with weeds, there were dead stalks of bamboo, holes, dead trees, and rotting turnips everywhere. It was nothing like the beautiful village I had woken up to at the plaza.
Then . . . I found a run down shack close to the cliff.
It seemed abandoned, but the front lights were on, so someone must have been living there. I entered the shack, upon which, I found yet another maze, except this one was formed with bookcases. There, in the middle, sat the dolly with her axe. Her eyes glared and the eerie smile that was painted on her face (no pun intended) just took the cake.
I felt helpless being all alone in the house, but I did manage to squeeze by her and work my way towards the back of the room. On the wall, I found a similar painting drawn by Aika that featured her and her mother.
I turned to the right, and rounded the shelves to the back room, when an ear piercing squeal crescendoed as I neared the room. A theremin could be seen behind one of the bookshelves.
A creepy device to have hidden in the main room. I couldn’t take the noise much longer, so I headed into the back room. I entered a white room, all white, and littered with pages of paper. It seemed an insane person’s paradise, someone who had scribbled endless phrases of insanity, and tossed them aside in reject.
In the center were two diaries, one of which was marked with a four leaf clover, which I assumed must be cherished by the doll. Maybe it was Aika’s diary . . . and maybe it wasn’t. the second book, I was able to flip through and see photos.
There wasn’t much else to the room, so I headed back through the maze and into the room on the right. This one was run down, much like the exterior of the house, and all that was in the room were Easter eggs and a piano. I didn’t really understand what it meant, maybe something about resurrection and death, so I continued upstairs.
On the second floor, I found the doll yet again . . . she was sitting there, her back towards me, staring blankly at the static on the TV. Everywhere, she had scribbled the picture of Aika and her parents, all over her furniture.
She was obviously planning something. Planning to do something. I didn’t want to the think about what the doll could be capable of at this point. I crept toward her, but she paid no attention to me. I flicked the TV off. Nothing. She was in deep thought . . .
I could was almost positive I saw her head turn a little, and that’s when I made my escape back downstairs.
Into the basement I went where I found the doll yet again . . . but this time, it seemed a murder had taken place.
I could see where she had carefully calculated her plans to eliminate the family. It seemed as though maybe she had already killed off someone, maybe Aika’s mother or father? I couldn’t tell. I knew the outline of the dead body was a perfect match to mine.
I didn’t know what to think! Obviously, the doll was planning to murder Aika’s mother, judging by the painting on the back wall. Maybe I had time to save Aika! I headed outside and found the little girl behind the shack . . . it seemed I was running out of time to save her!
She was no longer able to say “I love you mommy.” anymore. It was as if she was dying mentally and physically. I could still save her though, right? Right?! I headed further west, passing through even more filth. There was litter and dead plants everywhere, they littered the ground of Aika. The village had become a complete dump.
There were no longer perfect fruit or beautiful pink roses, nothing but dead trees and trash. I had made it to the last house in Aika Village, one that looked quite similar to the humble abode near the plaza . . . inside however, a different story was told . . .
The lovely ranch home with the beautiful cabinets and sink were now overturned, pulled out, while garbage and everyday household objects were left strewn about. I could see Aika in the back of the home. I crept toward her . . .
I was too late. Insanity had crept in and taken over the young girl. Her parents were gone–dead, along with Aika Village’s pets. I decided to see what chaos the doll had enforced upstairs.
It seemed as though the doll had finally carried out killing Aika’s dog, then her mother, and finally, Aika herself. Aika however, was not killed physically, but mentally and emotionally . . . and in the final room, the dresser was pulled out from blocking entrance to reveal . . .
Aika, trapped forever with the doll for all eternity. I had to be sure though, that Aika’s parents really were gone forever. I headed down to the beach.
I discovered that in Japan, its common for people to take off their shoes before committing suicide . . . a tragic fate for Aika’s parent. Down at the end of the beach, where the waterfall spewed ocean saltwater, I discovered a trail of wilted bamboo . . .
At the end of the trail, I could see something on the other side of the ocean.
My wetsuit finally came through! I dove into the chilled, autumn water and swam to the other side where I discovered . . .
A burial ground, most likely for Aika’s dearly loved mother . . . I had to know what was underneath the dirt, and when I used my shovel, I found this buried underneath.
I had had enough of the village after digging up some bones. It was time to leave this nightmare forever! I headed back to my peaceful town, breathed a sigh of relief, and finally went to sleep.
* * *
Besides creepy Aika Village, I got to hang with some friends on the day of the fireworks show–the very first fireworks show in Omorfiá. I was excited to see some familiar faces, such as fou and Misty! I also got a visit from a player I hadn’t seen in a while–Leia!
Before the fireworks, we goofed around and fou and I showed Misty and Leia the glitches in the game. Fou took a dunk in the ocean without her wetsuit!
She also gave me a blue cap, which I had been looking for for quite some time, and so I got to dress up as Ness!
I’ve also managed to finish my home loans a few days ago! Which means no more house payments AND I made a new character! Meet Ms. Lily, Omorfiá’s newest school teacher!
When the fireworks started, Misty, Leia, I had fun hanging out and watching our designs explode in the sky. I submitted a few of my favorites.
After some watching and staring up at the sky, Leia and I discovered, we looked quite similar . . .
It was a fun-filled day in Omorfiá! I definitely recommend checking out my dream town to see my bakery and brand new school, or we can swap friend codes and visit each other!
Dream Address: 4300-2183-7582
Friend Code: 0387-9170-7501
If you want to see more of Omorfiá even after all the fun is done, check out this post:
If you’ve visited Aika Village and want to share your tale, comment below! I’d love to hear your take on the story!
This is ncdogg,
Just another day in paradise.