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Left-to-Right:Yusha, Leo, Yumo, Le Viada, and Bahut
It's a normal day for Ordinary High-School Student Yumo and her friend Yusha, going out to eat at the restaurants in Ximending, Taiwan. After the two get lost, however, they find themselves plunged into a Dark World version of the city, fighting off Chaos Beasts, and trying to keep the boundaries between them from fraying and plunging both into total anarchy...

Dusk Diver (酉閃町) is a 3D, third-person Beat 'em Up developed and published by JFI Games and Jera, and released on PC through Steam Early Access on 26th March, 2019, with a Nintendo Switch version following a few months later. Gameplay is fast, frenetic, and combo-heavy, reminiscent of other anime-inspired titles like the Senran Kagura and Honkai Impact 3 RD, the focus on NPC partners and combination attacks especially.


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  • All Myths Are True: Yumo was surprised to learn the existence of the Japanese youkai, kappa during a conversation with Bahet in a Japanese restaurant, despite the fact that she is friends with an animate stone lion and talking animal gods.
  • Animal Motifs: Lions for Leo, unsurprisingly since he is a stone lion. He both has a lion-shaped tie clip in his human form, and he turns into a lion-like creature when Yumo is borrowing his power.
  • Animesque: The art style of the game is heavily inspired by anime. To add the cherry on the top, the developers hired well-known anime voice actors for the Japanese dub to help accentuate the aesthetic.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Talking to the Tao Master in Ximending will allow him to reveal the locations of all currently-available Dragon Vein Stone Shards in the area for $200 apiece. Since money isn't a problem in the game, it's very worth it.
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  • Assist Character: Summon Attacks allow Yumo to summon Guardians to unleash a series of attacks alongside her in combat. Their attacks will vary depending on what attack combos Yumo executes.
  • Backtracking: Some levels explicitly have obstacles that you cannot overcome, until you progress later in the game and acquire the necessary guardian/skills.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Defeating corrupted Kulunians proves to be an effective cure for restoring their sanity.
  • BFG: The anti-tank rifle, which its length looks to be nearly as long as Yumo's height, is the biggest weapon in Vadia's arsenal thus far.
  • Brand X:
    • The equivalent of the famous video sharing website, YouTube, in the game is called TheyTube.
    • White Dog Express is a reference to a well-known package delivery service, T-Cat, in Taiwan, as its Chinese name is called "Black Cat Express".
  • Break Meter: The tougher Chaos Beasts are coated with super armor that reduces damage and makes themselves Immune to Flinching, which the armor's durability is displayed as a yellow meter beneath the health bar. Once the meter is depleted, it shatters and leaves them vulnerable to Yumo's attack. As for bosses and mini-bosses, except for Nemea in human form, they fall limp the moment their shields are broken, leaving them incapacitated for a short time.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: RGB, for Leo, Le Viada, and Bahut respectively.
  • Combination Attack: Yumo and the three Guardians have three variations, where the Guardian unleashes a series of attacks alongside Yumo's regular combos, Yumo temporarily borrows their weapon, or both attack together as part of their Limit Break.
  • Combo: An important factor of the game is keeping up a high streak, as it rewards you with better drops, more powerful attacks, and more opportunities to make use of special abilities, both eliminating your enemies faster and just being fun to play and watch.
  • Creator Provincialism: The developers are Taiwanese, and the game takes place in Ximending of Taipei City, so Traditional Chinese characters can be found everywhere in the streets and Tumaz Mart.
  • Dark World: Majority of the game's combat takes place in Youshanding, a twisted copy of Ximending.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Yumo attempts this on Nemea, after she learns of her true nature and her plans to merge the dimensions, to catastrophic effect. Thankfully for everyone, it works.
  • Difficulty Levels: You have the option of replaying missions on "Hard" mode.
  • Difficulty Spike: As befitting a game with RPG Elements, enemies will gradually get more and more powerful, and Yumo will need to up her stats to keep up with them. Of particular note is the level immediately after recruiting Le Vieda, where you are introduced to numerous advanced "Blue" enemies and have to defend four different objectives from waves of attack.
  • Evolving Title Screen: The game starts off with an empty shot of the convenience store's tables, then gradually fills up with the characters relaxing and hanging out as you meet them in-game.
  • Flaming Hair: Whenever Yumo is in-combat or otherwise using the Guardian's power, her hair blows out and bursts into ethereal flames.
  • Gameplay Grading: Player performance is graded at the end of a quest, usually involving how quickly you accomplished the mission.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Dragon Vein Shards, pieces of the Dragon Vein Stones that maintain the barrier between the spirit and mortal plane. You need them to progress the story, so be prepared to scour every last nook and cranny of Ximending and Youshanding both, tackle the bonus missions at the Tumaz Mart, and patronize the local food establishments till you're a valued return-customer.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: Most of the time when Yumo engages in combat, pink walls will appear and confine her in a space, which she will have to exterminate all the Chaos Beasts in the area in order to proceed.
  • Hub World: The convenience store acts as this, serving as a place to get missions, save your game, change costumes, and hang out with your friends and Guardians outside of combat.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: All of Yumo's fighting skills are from having watched them from action shows on television, she has never gotten into any sort of combat before the events of the game. Lampshaded when Leo, an actually trained and competent fighter, and Yumo both comment on how that should not have worked as well as it did in a real fight. Of course, there's far more going on beneath the surface...
  • In Medias Res: The game starts out with Yumo and Leo fighting to get to an elevator, and chase down an "annoying kid." As soon as the lift arrives, it cuts back a few months earlier, when Yumo was stepping out of Exit 6, then unintentionally into Youshanding. This is the second to last level of the game.
  • The Insomniac: Before Bahet has completely succumbed to corruption, the residents of Ximending were suffering from mass insomnia under his presence.
  • Kick Chick: Kicking is the only melee based attack in Vadia's moveset. After she is done delivering multiple kicks, she will send out three geyser mines as a farewell gift.
  • Literal-Minded: When Yumo and Bahet go out to dine together in a Japanese restaurant, Bahet was quite disturbed when he sees "kappamaki"note  in the menu because he made friends with kappas in the past. While Yumo tries to calm him down, the last straw that caused him to freak out is when he caught sight of "Oyakodon", which literally means "parent-and-child rice bowl" in both kanji and hanzi, leading him to mistake that humans practice cannibalism.
  • Making a Splash: The theme of Le Viada's attacks, alongside her sniper rifle. An example of this is throwing out mines that explode into high-pressure geysers.
  • Money for Nothing: With how cheap everything is, and how much Vendor Trash any given stage will give you, you will never find yourself short on cash to buy items.
  • Musical Assassin: Bahet uses an electric guitar and blasts Chaos Beasts through the sheer volume of his music. On the other hand, the only time Yumo uses her own copy is when she is doing a Combination Special Attack with Bahet.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Yumo and Yusha, before they accidentally step into Youshanding and the weirdness just escalates from there...
  • Product Placement: Some real-life businesses in Ximending have their real-life stores in-game.
  • Relationship Values: The game implements the relationship mechanic in two types of ways. The first one is Yumo's camaraderie with her Guardian companions, and the other is the familiarity Yumo establishes with stores in Ximending.
    • Yumo can build up a relationship with fellow Guardians through combat or buying their favorite foods. When the relationship level is maxed out, an event will appear somewhere in Ximending with a small cutscene of how Yumo hangs out with her friends when they go out to eat together. After the cutscene for the event ends, a special sidequest will be available in the mission booth in Tumaz Mart. Said special sidequest restricts Yumo to one specific guardian, and the reward for completing it is an additional moveset for that particular guardian.
    • Frequenting food stalls and restaurants found all over the streets of Ximending will raise their shop familiarity ratings. Once the familiarity rating reaches five stars after each visit, they will accept telephone orders from Tumaz Mart, and the next time Yumo visits the stores she will receive Dragon Vein Stones after the people working there express their gratitude to her.
  • Replay Value: Completed levels may be conveniently replayed from the convenience store, in order to try for better score ranks and get their associated rewards, find the hidden Dragon Stones or break barriers you couldn't before, or do them at higher difficulties to reflect Yumo's growing power.
  • RPG Elements: Skill Points are used to buy new combos, upgrades to your stats, and special moves. You will need them in later levels.
  • Super Mode: D. Armament mode, which will make Yumo turn golden, greatly boost her stats, allow her to summon her guardians and their attacks more often, and also use an extremely powerful single attack that will instantly destroy any boss' super armour and deal significant damage, at the cost of ending the mode early.
  • Vendor Trash: Chaos Beast Shards, remnants of the monsters you fight, which can be sold to the Boss for money. Apparently they have numerous valuable uses to Kunlunian merchants much like herself.
  • Video Game Dashing: Yumo can evade attacks with her dash move, and she will start running right after the dash. If timed well enough to start up the Just Dodge mechanic, Yumo not only replenishes three bars of SP, but she also makes time around her slow down to a crawl.
  • Yakuza: Played With. Due to the gruff appearance of Leo's human form, Yumo and the Boss make fun of him by calling him a gangster at the beginning of the game, much to his annoyance.


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