Yume Nikki Fangames Wiki
Advertisement
Game Walkthrough Gallery Theories
FlowChar2.png
Warning: This game contains horror elements
This game may contain jump scares and/or graphic imagery. Player discretion is advised.
I Cannot Drown
I cannot drown Title.png
I Cannot Drown's Title Screen
Release
Latest Version

v1.01 (2021/8/28)

Creator

pureiceblue

Language

English

Engine

RPG Maker MV

Release Date

June 30, 2019

Details
Protagonist

Ume Ume

Nexus Doors

3

Effects

11

Endings

3


Overview[]

I Cannot Drown is an English fangame created by pureiceblue for Dream Diary Jam 3. It was developed in RPG Maker MV.

Gameplay[]

I Cannot Drown plays like a traditional fangame. Interact with the bunny on the red ball to save. Interacting with the burial pit leads to another world. If the player gets lost, they can use the "Return" talent in the menu to get back to the hole. The goal is to explore and collect effects. There is an additional collectable called "parts" that have no function outside of affecting endings.

There are three different endings with one ending having an extra variant depending on viewed events.

Controls[]

  • Move - Arrow keys
  • Interact - Z/Space
  • Open Menu - X or ESC
  • Use effects - Shift

Plot[]

You play as Ume, who is stuck in a hole for an unknown reason.

Effects[]

Effect Image Description
Higanbana
I cannot drown higan.png
Ume's head becomes a red spider lily.
Mask
I cannot drown mask.png
Ume wears a noh-esque mask, revealing hidden objects. Tints the corners of the screen red.
Burning
I cannot drown burning.png
Ume is on fire and in pain. Increases her speed.
Hunger
I cannot drown hunger.png
Ume becomes a blood soaked Jorōgumo-like monster. Increases her speed drastically.
Smile
I cannot drown smile.png
Ume's hair becomes unkempt, and covers her eyes with an eerie smile. Pressing Shift caused her neck to snap and take the player back the the nexus.
Eigetsu Haiyū
Ume Eigetsu.png
Ume's hair turns white and she gains another pair of eyes. Pressing Shift causes her to condense and shrink, allowing her to pass through small spaces.
Artist
Ume Artist.png
Ume wears a clown-like outfit and holds a large paint brush behind her back. Interacting with blank canvases with cause them to be painted on.
Bride
Ume Bride.png
Ume wears a wedding dress and a blindfold and has a bloody hole in her throat.
Fungus
Ume Fungus.png
Ume becomes naked with multiple mushrooms and other fungus growing out of her body. Using the effect releases spores that record locations that can be directly returned to in the Nexus.
Ama
Ume Ama Wiki.png
Ume gains a pair of diving goggles, but has her hair put down with a cloth covering her bottom. This effect allows Ume to enter most bodies of water.
Glass
Ume Glass Wiki.png
Ume holds a large shard of glass that can be used to kill NPCs temporarily.
Color
Ume Color Wiki.png
Ume is no longer in black and white. Reward for getting the Coming Revival ending and doesn't affect any other endings.

Gameplay Images (ver 0.00)[]

Gameplay Images (ver 1.01)[]

Trivia (ver 0.02)[]

The Changelog of version 0.02 and 0.02.1 contains at the end of the file some text that apparently makes no sense. If you put it into a Base64 Decoder it says:

The term "memento mori" is meaningless if you relinquish your mortality. To force a being that has made herself eternal to exist outside her body in a special hell is a cruel act indeed. However, when you force a soul out of a body, one should be careful to make sure that you haven't created a martyr. Every second closer my children get to piecing me together, the closer I get to seeing you again. When I do, I will make sure that you know how it feels to have your soul torn from your body. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. And I will relish in it.

The Changelog of Version 0.03 has a similar message that can be decoded. Via Base64 Decoder:

I felt you watching me. I also know you heard my words intended for pcd evy wepac.

You must forgive me. I thought she would be keeping her eyes on me, but it seems she instead put me aside like a dull knife.

I can feel there being many of you. You can observe my predicament through some kind of window, correct? A window into my current home?

I must say, it is strange that I do not recognize any of you. If any outsider were to be involved, I would have expected them to be my children or Mr. Swine. I do however appreciate you using me as a sort of avatar into my world. Being surrounded by nothing but memories can be lonely.

Truly, I think a "thank you" is in order for all of you. Your curiousity makes all of these memories feel fresh again when I observe your initial reactions.

Due to the nature of my circumstances, I'm afraid I will not be the main focus of your little window anymore once my children free me. This will sadden me, for I consider you all to be my lovely little songbirds.

Ah! I have thought of an idea. Have you met the pink one yet? I know a good number of you have.

She is not from this place my soul has been trapped in. The very nature of her soul however causes our prisons' borders to blend on some vacations. Is she a witch? A demon? Or perhaps a god? This is unclear. I do know that she is also very aware of you.

If my children allow me to escape, there is always a chance for whatever connections to the mortal realm she has to free her as well. In that case, I may wish to meet her once more.

It really is a mystery, isn't it? What would happen if one were to eat the flesh, blood, and organs of a god?

Download[]

Version Date Announcement Download
Ver. 1.0.1

August 28, 2021

itch.io Itch.io
Ver. 1.0.0

August 19, 2021

itch.io Deleted
Ver. 0.03

June 26, 2021

itch.io Deleted
Ver. 0.02.1

July 21, 2020

itch.io Deleted
Ver. 0.02

June 25, 2020

itch.io Deleted
Ver. 0.01

August 5, 2019

itch.io Deleted
Ver 0.00

June 30, 2019

? Deleted
Dream Diary Jam 4

A month long celebration of Yume Nikki's 16th anniversary (2020). Site

New Games
Abashment · Alien Flowers · Burden 2: Remnants · Cats in Hell · Cerasus · Chiller · Distress · Dream Data · Fractured Dreams · Higurashiki · Kaizo Nikki · Lu:Cid · Memorial Playground · Mendum Memoria · Moonday · Moonlight · Motel Snooze · nana · None · Outsider · Planet Ennea · Rain And Red Roses · ____ send you a link · Super Mado Paf!! · talentless. · Twin Unconscious · Unduhagge · Ungus · V.D.O · Whiskers · Yellow Sails · Yume Dreamer
Updated Games
Cirrus · Fissure · GNOMEDROME · I Cannot Drown · Oblivion · Oversomnia · リーチ (Reach) · Sunlit · This Emptiness · Yume Kart
Dream Diary Jam 3

A month long celebration of Yume Nikki's 15th anniversary (2019). Site

New Games
Calling of my Nightingales · Caution · Cosmic Dream · di^ine · Ep3 · GNOMEDROME · I Cannot Drown · Is This Undertale · June 30th · mea culpa · MILK · リーチ (Reach) · Red Square · REM · She Awaits · sunlit · Sweet Dream · This Emptiness · YOU-REALM · Yume Kart · Yume Mienai: Pocket Version
Updated Games
Album · Bad Birds · Black Astral · I Had The Strangest Dream, Ivan · Manda no Yume · yqriel
Advertisement