Yumemi Mystery Mansion

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Yumemi Mystery Mansion
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), VIC Tokai (US)
Developer:
Peripherals supported: CD BackUp RAM Cart, Sega Mouse
Genre: Adventure[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥7,8007,800 G-6027
Sega Mega-CD
US
T-23015
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega-CD
EU
4430
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£49.9949.99[5][6] 4430
Sega Mega-CD
AU
OFLC: G8
Sega Mega-CD
AS
4430

Yumemi Mystery Mansion, known as Yumemi Yakata no Monogatari (夢見館の物語) in Japan, is a Sega Mega-CD adventure game. In North America, the game was published by Vic Tokai, who renamed the game Mansion of Hidden Souls. It is reliant on full-motion video and is compatible with the Sega Mouse.

The game was followed by The Mansion of Hidden Souls and Torico on the Sega Saturn.

Story

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Mansion

One night two siblings, Samantha and Jonathan, come across a butterfly while exploring a grassy field. Enchanted by the butterfly's haunting beauty, Samantha chases after it. Jonathan follows reluctantly, repeating their grandmother's warnings about ghosts who roam the area and turn people into butterflies. The butterfly leads Samantha into the Mansion, where she becomes trapped.

Gameplay

The game is a first-person point-and-click adventure that plays similarly to D or Burn Cycle. The player assumes the role of a young man named Jonathan, who must explore the Mansion, overcome several puzzles, and escape with his sister before the pair of them become permanent residents. The game has few puzzles, and gameplay instead emphasizes exploring the mansion and searching for important items. The Mansion is depicted by pre-rendered 3D images, and movement is shown through short full-motion video transitions. While exploring the Mansion, the player encounters several ghosts, who appear in the form of blue butterflies.

Jonathan moves through the Mansion with Up and turns with Left and Right. Jonathan opens unlocked doors, inspects objects, and picks up or interacts with items with Up. The player can invoke the item inventory with A. The player can cycle through the inventory with A, close the inventory with B, or use the selected item with C.

After finding Samantha, the player must complete the rest of the game within a time limit of one hour. Samantha and Jonathan must leave the Mansion before midnight or be trapped forever. The Pocket Watch item shows how much time is remaining.

Once the Diary is found, the player can use it to save progress at any time.

Items

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Diary
The Diary is found on a chair in the Study. The player can use it to save the game at any point.

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Keys
There are four keys in the game, which usually open doors. The first key is found under a pillow in the Bedroom and opens the door to the Art Room. The second key is found behind a picture in the Art Room and unlocks the Music Room. The third key is found in a bookcase in the Library and opens the exit door. The last key is found in the Fireplace and opens a cabinet in the Study.

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Tuning Fork
The Tuning Fork is found on a couch in the Music Room.

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Matchbox
The Matchbox is found in the Game Room and lights candles in the Candle Room.

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Flower
The Flower is found in the Chamber. Once it is placed in the empty vase in the Flower Room, the water drains from the Chamber.

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Butterfly
Samantha is found in the form of a butterfly in the Chamber. Once she is found, the player has one hour to escape the Mansion.

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Pocket Watch
The Pocket Watch is found behind an easel in the Art Room. The player can check it to see how much time is remaining. If it strikes midnight, Samantha and Jonathan become trapped in the Mansion forever.

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Candelabra
The Candelabra is found on a table in the Music Room, behind the violin case. It is used to light the way in the Fireplace in the Study.

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Plaque
The Plaque is found in a locked cabinet in the Study. Once it is placed into its proper position in the Fireplace, a ladder descends.

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Crystal
The Crystal is found on a table in the Bedroom. It is used on the Mirror in the Fireplace to escape the Mansion.

Rooms

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Main Hall
The Main Hall has two floors, which provide access to most of the rooms in the Mansion. The Study, Music Room, and Library are located on the first floor. The Game Room, Art Room, and Bedroom are located on the second floor.

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Study
The Study is accessed from the first floor of the Main Hall. It contains the Diary. The Fireplace can be accessed through the Study after finding the Candelabra item.

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Game Room
The Game Room is accessed from the second floor of the Main Hall. It contains the Matchbox, which is used to light candles in the Candle Room. The viewing screen and dartboard also provide important hints.

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Bedroom
The Bedroom is accessed from the second floor of the Main Hall. It contains the key to the Art Room and the Crystal.

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Art Room
The Art Room is accessed from the second floor of the Main Hall. Its door is locked, and the player must first find its key in the Bedroom. It contains the key to the Music Room and the Pocket Watch. The Candle Room is hidden through a painting in this room.

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Music Room
The Music Room is accessed from the second floor of the Main Hall. Its door is locked, and the player must first find its key in the Art Room. It contains the Tuning Fork and Candelabra.

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Candle Room
The Candle Room is accessed from the Art Room. It provides access to the Library and Basement by lighting and blowing out certain candles.

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Library
The Library is accessed from the Candle Room. After its door is unlocked, it can be accessed from the first floor of the Main Hall. It contains a book that provides a hint about how to access the Basement from the Candle Room.

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Basement
The Basement is accessed from the Candle Room and provides access to the Flower Room.

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Flower Room
The Flower Room is accessed from the Basement and provides access to the Chamber. If the Flower is placed in the empty vase, the water drains from the Chamber.

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Chamber
The Chamber is accessed from the Flower Room. The Flower is found inside it and can be used to drain the water so that Jonathan can reach the Butterfly. If Jonathan walks into the water without draining it, he is turned into a butterfly and the game ends.

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Fireplace
The Fireplace is accessed from the Study. Use the Candelabra to light the way. It contains a key to the cabinet in the Study, which contains a Plaque. Once the Plaque is placed into its location in the Fireplace, a ladder falls that provides access to three numbered doors. The player should follow any door that is a multiple of three and use the Crystal on the Mirror to escape the Mansion.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Yumemi Mystery Mansion Yumemi Mystery Mansion
English (US) Mansion of Hidden Souls Mansion of Hidden Souls
Japanese 夢見館の物語 Yumemi Yakata no Monogatari

Production credits

US version

Cast
  • The Hunter: Alan Bruce
  • Samantha and Woman Gambler: Maximilienne L. M. Ewalt
  • Female Soul and Woman 1: Rachel Fyffe
  • Pianist and Woman 2: Judy "The Wench" Montana
  • Butterfly Collector and Man 1: Will Southard
  • Jonathan: Greg Bowman
  • Man 2: Willis "Rushon" McGruder
  • Young Man: George McRae
Staff
  • Computer Graphics: S.S.D.
  • Music Composer: Yuji Nomi
  • Sound Effects: S.S.D.
  • Music Effects: Yuji Nomi
  • Coordinator: Keiichi Onogi, Hisaya Takabayasi
  • Audio Talent and Production Provided by: DMP Entertainment
  • Directed by: David Platshon
  • Script and Voice Over Produced by: Kent Russel for Sega of America
  • Supervisor: David S. Stone
Mansion of Hidden Souls™
The End
(C)1994 Sega Licensed to Vic Tokai
Source:
In-game credits
Mansion of Hidden Souls MCD credits.pdf
[7]

European version

Cast
  • The Hunter: Alan Bruce
  • Samantha and Woman Gambler: Maximilienne L. M. Ewalt
  • Female Soul and Woman 1: Rachel Fyffe
  • Pianist and Woman 2: Judy "The Wench" Montana
  • Butterfly Collector and Man 1: Will Southard
  • Jonathan: Greg Bowman
  • Man 2: Willis "Rushon" McGruder
  • Young Man: George McRae
Staff
  • Computer Graphics: S.S.D.
  • Music Composer: Yuji Nomi
  • Sound Effects: S.S.D.
  • Music Effects: Yuji Nomi
  • Coordinator: Keiichi Onogi, Hisaya Takabayasi
  • SOE Production: P Chapman/P Holt
  • Audio Talent and Production Provided by: DMP Entertainment
  • Directed by: David Platshon
  • Script and Voice Over Produced by: Kent Russel for Sega of America
  • Supervisor: David S. Stone
Yumemi Mystery Mansion™
The End
(C)1994 Sega
Source:
In-game credits

Japanese version

Cast
  • Boy: Ai Orikasa
  • Girl: Satomi Koorogi
  • Hunter: Kenyuu Horiuchi
  • Collector: Kinryuu Arimoto
  • Pianist: Ai Orikasa
  • Lady: Satomi Koorogi
  • Artist: Yasunori Matsumoto
  • Gambler: Akiko Takeguchi
Staff
  • Computer Graphics: S.S.D.
  • Music Composer: Yuji Nomi
  • Sound Effects: S.S.D.
  • Music Effects: Yuji Nomi
  • Vocal Recording: Audio・タナカ
  • Coordinator: Keiichi Onogi, Hisaya Takabayasi
  • Supervisor: David S. Stone
夢見館の物語 © 1993 Sega Enterprises
The End
Source:
In-game credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Yumemi Mystery Mansion/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #17: "February/March 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-11: "November 1993" (1993-10-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-12: "December 1993" (1993-11-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-01: "January 1994" (1993-12-08)

Physical scans

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Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
80
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
79
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
74
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
76
[15]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
80
[16]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
91
[17]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[18]
GamesMaster (UK)
65
[19]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
90
[20]
Hyper (AU)
80
[21]
Joypad (FR) PAL
83
[22]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
55
[23]
Mega (UK) PAL
66
[24]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-U
75
[25]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
69
[26]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
65
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
75
[5]
Player One (FR)
77
[28]
Play Time (DE)
69
[29]
Sega Magazin (DE)
70
[30]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
80
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
72
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
57
[33]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
81
[34]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
88
[35]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
75
[36]
Supersonic (FR) PAL
83
[37]
Todo Sega (ES)
83
[38]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
65
[39]
Sega Mega-CD
76
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Yumemi Mystery Mansion

Mega-CD, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Manual
Mega-CD, US
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Cover
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Disc
Mansionhiddensouls mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Manual
Mega-CD, AU
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Cover
Mega-CD, AS
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
612,331,440 CD-ROM (EU) 4430
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
632,579,808 CD-ROM (JP) G-6027
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
612,333,792 CD-ROM (US) T-23015

Track list

1. Data track  
2. CD Warning message (special) (0:38) 
Running time: 0:38

References

  1. File:YMM MCD JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/mega-cd/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-06-22 19:24)
  3. GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 183
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 33
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mean Machines Sega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-28), page 54
  6. Mega Power, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 56
  7. File:Mansion of Hidden Souls MCD credits.pdf
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 107
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 95
  10. EGM², "August 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 113
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 83
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1994" (JP; 1993-12-08), page 27
  13. Consoles +, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 100
  14. Computer & Video Games, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-15), page 102
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 44
  16. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1993-12-03), page 1
  17. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 5 May 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 38
  18. GamePro, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 50
  19. GamesMaster, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 72
  20. Hippon Super, "January 1994" (JP; 1993-12-03), page 38
  21. Hyper, "June 1994" (AU; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
  22. Joypad, "Mai 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 110
  23. MAN!AC, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-13), page 66
  24. Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 32
  25. Mega Force, "Juillet/Août 1994" (FR; 1994-07-04), page 92
  26. Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 111
  27. MegaTech, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 10
  28. Player One, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 96
  29. Play Time, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-04), page 130
  30. Sega Magazin, "Juni 1994" (DE; 1994-05-11), page 30
  31. Sega Magazine, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 92
  32. Sega Power, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-03), page 32
  33. Sega Pro, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 66
  34. Sega Zone, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-24), page 38
  35. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84
  36. Sonic the Comic, "October 28th 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 11
  37. Supersonic, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 34
  38. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1994" (ES; 1994-0x-xx), page 46
  39. Video Games, "5/94" (DE; 1994-04-27), page 87


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