Slip off into the dream world and go on an aerial adventure as NiGHTS in this classic Saturn remake. Collect Ideya (colored orbs), rack up points, and battle bosses to help Elliot and Claris save Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked.
User reviews: Very Positive (227 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 17, 2012

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About This Game

Slip off into the dream world and go on an aerial adventure as NiGHTS in this classic Saturn remake. Collect Ideya (colored orbs), rack up points, and battle bosses to help Elliot and Claris save Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked. With enhanced graphics, achievements, leaderboards, and playable content from Christmas NiGHTS, this beloved title is back and better than ever.

Key Features:

  • Hd Dreams

    See NiGHTS come to life like never before with HD graphics and widescreen. All 7 original dreams have been enhanced for an invigorated gameplay experience.

  • Christmas Nights
    Experience the holiday season early with playable content from Christmas NiGHTS.

  • Achievements and Leaderboards
    Track your progress against the most dedicated NiGHTS fans in the world.

  • Saturn Dreams
    Long-time fans can re-play the game in its original form.

  • Extras

    The Movie Theater and Gallery offer a behind-the-scenes look at the story and artwork that make NiGHTS into dreams… so special.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3/Vista/Win7/Win 8
    • Processor:Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8600/AT Radeon HD3650) & above
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Additional:2GB Memory required on Vista
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce GTS250/ATI Radeon HD 4850) & above
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Additional:2GB Memory required on Vista
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
It's a good port! You'll probably want a controller for it.

This was by far and away Yuji Naka's best game. It's an early illustration of how games can be art. How through level design and gameplay you could create a cohesive story with virtually no narrative. Armed only with metaphors and imagery you could create a story in a way that no other art form could allow.

In my 15 years owning NiGHTS on Saturn; I never realized any of this. It was only when I repurchased this game recently that I started seeing how brilliant the story is. I won't ruin the imagery and how I see the ways it relates to the overall theme. I will say however that it's a timeless coming of age story. Each and every piece of scenery is a metaphor for growing up. One can quite literally relive different phases of their childhood through this imagery.

When I say every piece of scenery, art, gameplay, and level design. I mean it quite literally. It was all designed metaphorically to relate to the process of maturing into an adult. You could write a book about how the art can be interpreted alone.

Not only this, but it's so simple anyone can complete the game. Yet so complex you'll never be able to truly master the tracks. If you're a Sonic fan and want a sense of speed. This game gave it to you like no other. By taking away the platforming elements. The developers could focus the gameplay on acrobatic moves and highscoring through high speeds with few obstacles to slow you down.

The dynamic or evolving music engine was also quite novel and innovative. As you either nurtured the nightopians and bread them with the nightmarens. Or destroyed the nightopians and mepians the music would change. Allowing the music to stay fresh and familiar, but never truly repetitive. Being able to interact with the nightopians in such a unique fashion really gave some players a bond with the world of NiGHTS.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
As a Sega Saturn fan you MUST have this game, It-s very interesting to see the HD conversion, althought the classic Saturn version is there for you to enjoy, along with the christmas nights, wich is fantastic. I would say I bought it more because of nostalgia than anything else, still I think is an excellent choice to buy it if you ever played before, or just if you wanna have a little piece of gaming history that SEGA helped us have
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Extremely fun score based game, it's quite fun trying get the highest score. There ARE a few hackers that hold the usually 5 or so scores which I wish they'd fix but other than that great game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It's Awesome to see the Classic Sega Saturn Title remade in HD and brought for us Sega Fans and Nights Fans. : D The HD Re-Release is just as great as the original saturn version, And the extra content like being able to play the game with the updated graphics or the graphics of the Original Sega Saturn Version is just the icing on the cake! It also includes some of the content seen in the Christmas Nights into Dreams, the Original Bonus Disc for the Sega Saturn. Even if you already own the Saturn Version of the game (Which I do) or the PS2 Remake (which this HD Port is based off of) don't hesitate to pass this one up! : D It's worth going through this game again!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
one of the best games on the Sega Saturn, sooo awesome to see this re-release, thumbs up to Sega
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Super old game surprised its here on steam now, i use to play this on Sega Saturn when that console was actually.....well a console lol. For an older game it has tight controlls and is a time attack game, if you dont like suqeezing every last second out of a game this one is not for you.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I honestly only bought the game so that I could relive my childhood. One of the most frustrating and nostalgic experiences. I remember reading the guide that was in a gamer magazine to tell me how to beat one of the bosses. The idea of being in a dream world with a vibrant and rich world and lively characters fascinated me along with the idea of a novel Sega game that wasn't sonic (don't get me wrong, I love sonic, but this was a nice breath of fresh air).

And let me tell ya how much BETTER it is to play with the graphics being more solid as opposed to the Sega Saturn! (which I still have with the original NiGhts into Dreams. And I didn't have the analog controller, so it was freaking hard. So is playing on a keyboard.)

So yeah, really only thing this can offer me is nostalgia.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
For someone who played NiGHTS since childhood, and being a big fan of the NiGHTS series, this has been amazingly nostalgic to me.
After my friend gifted this to me, i was surprised.. for how good the port is and that it actually exists in steam, including that there's both Saturn version and the newer version in the game, leaving the choice up to your nostalgic factor.
I'd recommend mostly for those who played NiGHTS before, but also for those who'd love to experience an amazingly artistic game of the old SEGA.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
NiGHTS into Dreams is a game everyone should play. The levels are filled with beautiful and creative imagery, and each level has it's own distinct features to compliment the core game mechanics. The bosses have very memerable designs and have unique ways of being defeated. For those of you who enjoy story there's not much to be seen here, but I feel the minimalistic approach to the story helps to immerse players into this world of dreams and forge their own stories from the few cutscenes they are presented.

I, myself, have a lot of fond memories of this game and feel it still holds up well even compared to more modern games. You even have the option to play with new, updated graphics in a modern screen ratio or go totally old school. It is a bit of a shame that not all the fun "presents" from Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams are featured in this version, but you will find certain things change depending on what day it is. ;)

I'm glad that after so many years NiGHTS is reborn into the modern world to give a whole new generation of gamers a chance to experience this amazing game. This short, but addicting game will bring you hours of fun, whether you're trying to beat your highscore, top the leaderboards, or just wishing to fly through the sky in a wonderful world of dreams.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This has been one of my favourite games since the Saturn, and this version is pretty much the same game with shinier graphics. I haven't had any technical problems with it so far and the controller is smoother to play with than a Saturn controller. NiGHTs is difficult to compare with other games, it is like a platformer but with lots of flashy acrobatic flying around the screen instead of jumping. The system will take a lot of getting used to but after that it's actually quite a simple game to play. It is good for short play sessions, most of the challenge will come from trying to beat your own scores as the process of completing the game is quite easy. The story and world are fun, you are in a dream world being invaded by nightmares, it ranges from chill-out to surreal to faintly creepy. There is no death, only running out of time, but the timing can be very tight and enemies will knock 5 seconds off your 120 second time limit. The music is pretty cool, if a little experimental.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
About
NiGHTS Into Dreams remains one of the best games from the Sega Saturn. NiGHTS HD recreates the Sega Saturn classic with the addition of a theater mode and art gallery, plus the Christmas NiGHTS extra story.

Gameplay
The game ultimately boils down to speed runs. There are 7 stages in total and the aim is to rack up the highest score by chaining links, combos and performing acrobatic stunts, all the while collecting dream energy to unlock special dream energy and returning it to the checkpoint. The game can be a little tricky to figure out at first but once you learn the patterns, you will have fun flying through the levels at high speed. My only concern is the controls doesn't quite have the same finese that the original has, but I am using an Xbox360 Controller. I would like to try this game with Steam's own controller.

There is also the option to explore the worlds a little and admire their design, however if you take too long the game pushes you to complete the level. This isn't a bad thing as afterall you are in a dreamworld.

Design
A game that was developed in 1996 still stands as having some of the most imaginateive landscapes and character designs. Each level is a representation of the characters emotions and the challenges they must overcome in real life, The levels are bright and colourful and you often spot something you never noticed the last time you played the level. After the wonderful dream levels are the darker boss nightmare stages which contrast the adventure levels. The boss levels just feel like a nightmare and give you the sence of dread.

The HD textures and character models are really good, and there is an option to play in Saturn mode, with the low poly models. Unfortunately the Saturn mode also reduces the screen to it's original 6:4 format.

Verdict
While the game is excellent, and it has all the charm of it's original. I still find myself wanting to play the original. However, I still highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a quick game to pick up and play a few rounds after coming home from school or work. You are looking at maybe 5 hours worth of Gameplay if you want to get all the achievements,

I bought the game at £9.99 and I fully entend to play this game for years to come.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The HD rerelease of NiGHTS into dreams isn't perfect (Christmas NiGHTS is missing practically everything but the levels themselves and the game overall runs slightly slower than it did on the Saturn) but overall this game is absolutely amazing and, in my opinion, should be played by everyone at least once. I could not possibly recommend this game any harder.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
I can get high just by looking at it
AcidTrip/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
After you play this game, every game you play will never reach the new standards NiGHTS set for you.

You've been warned~
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
You don't know how much acid to take to make any sense of this game.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Great game. Graphics are okay, the music is very good, the gameplay is something else! Really unusual and fun. Not very long, but it has got nice replayability. Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I have no idea what's going on, but it's captivating and I like it. Controls feel great and the soundtrack is super upbeat. Reading the manual — or "How to play" — is probably a good idea. (Never played NiGHTS before, so no nostalgia factor here.)
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Got from humble Sega bundle, don't know how to play, can't understand anything, 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
This game is great. Better than I remember.. Most of you playing are playing because its something nostalgic for you from your childhood.

Some of you are confused and wrong about what this game does and doesnt have..

Controller and Fullscreen Support -- It has both.
1080p -- Check.

That being said, it is apparently difficult for some people to find these options.
Right click on the game in your Steam Library, Click Game Configuration.

When that comes up, pick your controler, and or set your resolution and fullscreen mode if you like.

Next.. There are two game modes "Sega Saturn Dreams" and "Brand New Dreams"
From what I can tell, Sega Saturn Dreams is just that -- Full Saturn Port.. No high-res graphics..
But!
Brand New Dreams Fixes all of that, fresh new graphics, full 1080p support WIth at least the first level being almost exactly the same, but better! (I dont know about the others, i havent played fully through it yet.)

This game is everything you want.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
(Update - Turns out you can change to fullscreen AND enable controller support. Simply right click on the game in your Steam library and go to Game Configuration. All changes are made there instead of in-game. In my defense, the game does nothing to explain that this is how you change these settings, but at least the options are there. So please disregard the majority of my gripes in the following review. This version of the game is perfectly fine and I highly recommend it.)


Oh dear, if I hadn't gotten this at an amazingly low price from Humble Bundle, I would be a great deal more irritated right now.

I'll start by saying that Nights into Dreams is a great game. No denying that. The main character, music, and graphics are all delightful, and there's a great deal of replayability by learning the courses and memorizing the most effective paths. Aside from the camera being a little too zoomed in which makes it hard to see your surroundings, I could see myself putting some legit time into this game. Unfortunately though, not this version...

First, the biggest red flag. No controller support. This boggles my mind in so many ways. You'd be hard pressed to find a game on Steam that doesn't work with a standard Xbox controller. Maybe some that don't work with third party controllers, but generally Xbox is good to go with no problem. Not this game. Nights feels like it was DESIGNED to be played with an analog stick. Not this cumbersom WSAD format. Also it uses the J and U buttons to spin, which I found less than comfortable. So I at least expected to be able to rebind the keys, but you can't even do that. You can't use a controller, and you can't rebind the keys. This version of Nights will be played the way it wants you to play it.

A second big gripe for me, no fullscreen mode. Man, never before has a lack of such basic options felt so restrictive and distracting.

One thing I can commend the game on is that it offers a How to Play guide in the options menu. I was prepared to complain about a bit of a learning curve for new players since nothing is explained when you start the game. But this How to Play guide takes care of that issue thankfully.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this version of Nights into Dreams. Should the developers patch in these basic functionality options, then I can recommend it no problem. Until then, get it on PSN or Xbox Live.
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