Kami's Nightmare, endlessly falling from your Windows Phone (or Windows 8 device)

Have you ever had a nightmare where you endlessly fall? Well, that's the premise of the Windows Phone and Windows game Kami's Nightmare.

Kami is sound asleep and is dreaming of floating away on a bundle of balloons. Suddenly Kami's grip slips and she begins her endless fall. Along the way she has to avoid several evil stuffed animals that want to end her journey.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, there are a few bugs with Kami's Nightmare that need to be ironed out. However, for the most part the game is a casual but challenging game for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices.

The game's layout can't get much simpler

The main menu for Kami's Nightmare has options to play the game, quit the game, visit the game's Facebook page, visit the developer's webpage and mute the sound. When you swipe the Play button you'll get to watch the intro sequence (you can always skip it) that covers gaming controls and will eventually lead you to game play.

Speaking of which, gaming controls are minimal. As Kami falls, you can move her left or right by tilting your Windows Phone or Windows Tablet. To slow Kami's descent, tap and hold the screen and her nightgown will expand and slow her fall. The controls are responsive but if you're playing on a laptop or desktop that lacks tilt controls, you will not be able to control Kami's left or right movements. The developer really needs to add on-screen controls to help Kami cover the full spectrum of Windows 8 devices.

Nonetheless, as Kami falls a hodge-podge of evil stuffed animals will join Kami in her endless fall. You have evil stuffed bunny rabbits, ducks, teddy bears, monkeys and other animals. Kami has to avoid making contact with all these animals.

The goal is to guide Kami as far down her fall as possible without hitting a stuffed animal. Make contact and the game ends with the option to retry the game or quit it all together. Oddly, if you play the game three times the retry button will fail to work requiring you to re-start the game to pick things back up. I'm not sure if this is a glitch or a feature of the trial version.

Overall Impression

Kami's Nightmare is a decent game for Windows Phone and not too shabby of an option for a Windows 8 tablet. The lack of tilt sensor on laptops and desktops renders the game useless for these devices.

Kami can travel across the sides and top of the screen, which adds to the challenge of the game. You need be sure the coast is clear at the top of the screen as Kami travels past the bottom of the screen. The same can be said for the left or right sides.

Again, Kami's Nightmare is a decent game but needs an option for on-screen controls and a few power-ups to give the game a little more flavor (invincibility, slow down, etc.). As is, the game isn't a bad choice for times you need help passing the time but overall, the game needs a little fine-tuning to make it shine a little brighter.

Kami's Nightmare is available for both Windows Phone 8 (including low-memory devices) and Windows 8/RT.

  • Kami's Nightmare - Windows Phone 8 - Trial / $.99 - Store Link
  • Kami's Nightmare - Windows 8 - Trial / $.99 - Store Link (opens in new tab)

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Hmm not bad. Just bought it
  • Edit sorry there was no money in my credit card
  • Haha .. :D
  • Only you understood that it's a joke...
  • Is it good?
  • Yes but only if you want to waste some money or data
  • Hah, dude... Just because you maxed out your credit card, doesn't mean you should call the app you were about to buy a "waste of money and data."
  • Not what he said.
  • Oh hey, another game I won't play.
  • That's because it's more like a child's game
  • True but in full honesty, I'm not the hardcore mobile gamer.. Especially if there are no achievements included.
  • "Especially if there are no achievements included." Sounds like a hardcore gamer to me. Who cares about achievements other than hardcore gamers? >.>
  • True hardcore gamers couldn't give a shit about 'achievements'. The newer XBox, PS generation care about that sort of thing... Been playing games and writing a few too for over 25 years.. It's all about beating the game, not for 'bragging rights' about collecting achievements.....
  • To me, it's just a hobby. I'm not bragging about my achievements but I use them so they can push me into playing the game more and learning them better. Without achievements, I wouldn't care about collectibles or testing my skills at the higher difficulties.
  • I guess it's perspective. I'm a casual gamer and just like to beat the games and could care less about all the secret side quests or achievements. I have a friend that all he does is play video games all day. He not only beats the crap out of every game he plays, but he has to get 100% achievements on all of them. THAT is a hardcore gamer.
  • Do you have selective vision or something? I said no hardcore MOBILE gamer.
  • I don't care if it's mobile, PC, Xbox, PS3, or Atari. I was just saying that from MY perspective, only hardcore gamers demand achievements. But, I see the flipside of the coin where people consider a hardcore gamer as one who plays every game that comes out whether it has achievements or not. Either way, if it's not your type of game, why comment?  "Oh hey, another game I won't play." Douchebag comment-of-the-day.
  • You have some nerve to reply to my comment which obviously doesn't concern you and insult me in the process. I'm up for civilized conversations but if you're going to be a jerk about it, I won't bother. You should stick to talking to your friends like that and not people you don't know. Guess that will keep happening with kids nowadays until someone somehow magically invents how to send punches through the monitor and to the offender's face.
    No offence pal.
  • "Do you have selective vision or something?" Civilized conversation, huh? And actually it does concern me. I'm tired of you "No Xbox Live, No Buy" whiners. Glad to see your immature line of thinking is that anyone that doesn't agree with you is a kid. Guess that will keep happening with idiots nowadays until someone somehow magically invents how to send punches through the monitor and to the idiot's face. No offence pal.
  • And I'm tired of assholes like you, attacking people out of nowhere for the stupidest reasons possible it. Mind your own business and get a life so you'll stop caring about what people on the internet say. Much offence noob.
  • Lol, and you take people on the internet too seriously. Good day sir. Besides, you were subtly attacking the dev for the stupidest reason possible. 
  • This needs a full fledged review !!! Looks like wpcentral is out of news :P
  • I hate every single game that has an ads. Sorry.
  • i think the non trial version is adless
  • My nightmare!
  • Me as a kid thinking if u fall into a toilet u will fall forever :D #MagicalBrains.
  • Probably a new dev trying to enter the game industry :)
  • Fun game, got me hooked.
  • Another shit game....
  • Pointless comment : Lolz
  • High score 44 whaddup  
  • "Suddenly Kami's grip slips and she begins here endless fall." I assume Kami is female, so it should say "she begins her endless fall." Please WPC, use proper English!