Ao Oni

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Ao Oni
Ao oni.png
It's raping time!
Protagonist: Hiroshi
Genre: Horror
Adventure
Puzzle
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Release Date: November 2007
Game Engine: RPG Maker XP
Developer: noprops
Publisher: noprops
Made in: Japan
Franchise: Ao Oni

Ao Oni is a role-playing horror video game, that was developed and published by noprops.

Bad Qualities

  1. All the characters are very surface level and aren't given much characterization besides their basic traits.
  2. There's a lot of unanswered questions such as "Why was the Ao Oni summoned?", "Why do people turn into Onis?", and etc.
  3. The game at one point shows a whole bunch of different kinds of Oni in a room, but doesn't do anything with them.
  4. The ending doesn't really make sense as it lacks context.
  5. Most of the time you do the same thing over and over, solve a puzzle, survive a chase, solve a puzzle, survive a chase.
  6. There's no real variety in enemies (aside from the BlockOni) as all the enemies are the same Oni with the only difference is having hair because they're suppose to be the characters who have turned into Onis.

Good Qualities

  1. Very well thought out puzzles, even more so in older versions of the game.
  2. Good scares.
  3. The Oni designs are pretty creepy.
  4. The graphics aren't bad.
  5. Nice atmosphere.

Reception

The independently developed freeware game gained a cult status online in Japan, gaining notoriety on websites such as Niconico and YouTube where Ao Oni-related videos exceeded 50 million views in 2013. The popularity of the game revolves around the effectiveness of its horror aspects despite being a simple game, with the background music often being cited as a key contributor to the chilling atmosphere used to incite fear.

Trivia

  • Ao Oni's design has an uncanny resemblance to Alexander Stuart Mahan, the developer of Yandere Simulator.
  • If the player types in South Park on the name screen, it will change the story to be more South Park-oriented and having the characters look like South Park Characters.

Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

21 months ago
Score 3

I don’t know if the game’s popularity died or not.

Someone help me here.
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Echidamu

17 months ago
Score 1
It didn't exactly "die", it more so calmed down. There's still a few media based adaptations that kind of resurrected the hype, such as a comedy series on Netflix (I think?), an animated film, and even a live action movie, as bad as it was.
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Echidamu

17 months ago
Score 0
I believe there is actually a port of the original Ao Oni where the game does have the other oni chase you after escaping the Oni Room.
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SpazJR61

12 months ago
Score 5
Ao Oni looks like YandereDev.
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HawkeyeSolo

12 months ago
Score 1
Are you coding, Son?
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SpazJR61

12 months ago
Score 2
Sure I am dad.
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HawkeyeSolo

11 months ago
Score 2
Good. *Close door* *Busts open door* ARE YOU CODING SON?????!!!!!
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GrammarFixer

11 months ago
Score 2
No
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Glitchedblood

12 months ago
Score 3
It's raping time!
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HawkeyeSolo

12 months ago
Score 0
Calm down, Pewdiepie.
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CarlFilip19

11 months ago
Score 0
Calm down, SMG4.
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Glitchedblood

11 months ago
Score 0
The sound byte came from this game and got popular because of SMG4 and Pewds
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Allistayrian

7 months ago
Score 4
This is YandereDev in 2022.
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Portrock1566

7 months ago
Score 0
So that's where the future YandereDev picture is from.
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SethShafergaming

7 months ago
Score 1
that game not that bad but i'm okay with anyonone opinion if they don't like that game
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HinD

6 months ago
Score 1
So here is where all that YandereDev memes came from.
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DoubleJumpMan

3 months ago
Score 0
Ngl when the picture of blue face loaded (I'm assuming it's an Oni) my heart jumped.
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Landslider

2 months ago
Score 0
That character in the infobox looks weird and funny.
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Freddy83

27 days ago
Score 0
It would had been better if there was a crossover parody between this and Curious George (2006) and features that grey kitten from one episode.

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