Firefly’s Diary Guides Us Through Its First Two Levels

By Sato . May 29, 2014 . 1:42am


In Nippon Ichi’s upcoming PlayStation Vita game, htol#NiQ or Firefly’s Diary, players will have to guide the protagonist Mion out of the ruins but it won’t be as easy as it sounds. New gameplay footage shows how two players work together through the first two levels of the game.


Firefly Diary’s gameplay starts out at the 3:42 mark of the video, where Mion is shown waking up from her slumber in the ruins, next to the firefly who’ll help her find a way out. Instead of controlling the young girl, players will control the firefly and she’ll always be right behind.


At 6:50, we see Mion attempt to cross a plank connecting the pipes but falls down. Firefly’s Diary has similar puzzles where you’ll need to think outside the box in order to continue advancing. Glowing objects also mean that she can interact with it, so players will need to keep an eye out for that, as well.


Something strange happens when Mion heads to the upper-left at 8:47, but Nippon Ichi wanted to leave this part out to avoid spoilers. The gameplay resumes at 10:22, where she encounters the Shadow Firefly for the first time. Unlike the regular firefly, this one requires the PlayStation Vita’s rear touchpad to control.


If you ever find yourself stuck and can’t see a path, it’ll always be a good idea to try switching out to the Shadow Firefly, who might see different things. The regular firefly can go anywhere around the screen, but the shadow one can only travel within the silhouettes.


At 18:25, Mion and the fireflies see their first foe.


Since Mion can’t fight on her own, it’ll be up to the fireflies to find ways using the surrounding objects to take out the evil Shadows, which the two players do a good job showing at the start of the second video.


From 4:19, the two get the go-ahead from Nippon Ichi to play the second stage that has a factory-like appearance, which could only mean more dangerous traps and Shadows for Mion.


As Nippon Ichi president Sohei Niikawa previously mentioned that the game involves a lot of deaths and gruesome scenes, the second stage gives us a better idea of what to expect for poor Mion in the depths of the ruins.


htoL#NiQ will be released on June 19, 2014 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • negineBIT

    Mion-chan is similar to momoji (desktop buddy) XD

  • SatsukiYumizuka

    i still cant read that name

    • xxqwertyx

      i believe it’s pronounced as ‘hotaru no nikki’

  • AkuLord3

    MMM i can’t wait for this and then feel like a horrible bastard every time i get her killed :[ Got to be strong!

  • Prinnydoom

    Yeah this is looking really good. Very indie looking which is always good. And i only had like 9 cesuras from all the flashing so win win all around ^__^

  • Didn’t watch the whole video since I don’t want to spoil the whole levels, but it looks good.

    Confused about one thing though — there’s clearly a physical copy of the game on their table there? So is this not digital-only after all? I know there’s a premium box set with a book and CD, but the official site doesn’t show a copy of the game with it.

    • Slickyslacker

      Premium box includes a limited-run physical copy, and the standard game will be digital only.

      Yeah, I had to do a bit of digging myself to find the answer.

      • That’d be great; planning on picking up that set.

        Hm, has the price gone up? I’m wondering if I should wait for the release date. >_>

        • Slickyslacker

          Yeah, that price is horribly inflated. It originally went for around 6,400(?) yen.

          I got mine on Play Asia for $90, with shipping. Now pre-orders are apparently all gone…

          • 324234

            5300 yen on amiami, not sure why you went with Play Asia.

  • Kornelious

    This game is just TOO KAWAI to not be localized! XD

    • ChuChu

      Don’t give them ideas.

  • fairysun

    Mion, is that you?

    • Mion and horror stories just go together, don’t they

    • If it actually does get some Higurashi vibes this game would be crazy.

      In a good way.

  • Am I…interested in a Nippon Ichi game again? I forgot what that feels like

  • Yay~ gameplay!
    My prayers have been fulfilled!
    Really hype for this! How hype exaclty? Hype enough to do this fanart for it >w<

    • 4shiki

      Looks really nice!

  • Freakmasta

    This game is so brutal! I don’t know if I can take Mion dying a million times…

  • MiyuEinzbern

    …all sold out on playasia and cdjapan…..

  • Almost positive this will get localized

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