White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (화이트데이: 학교라는 이름의 미궁).

White Day stars a young Korean student who has a crush on a local beauty. A chance encounter leads into her forgetting to pick up her diary. Being a noble gentleman with a crush, he sneaks into the school at night to plant the diary and chocolates into her desk. The holiday White Day is upon them, which is similar to Valentine's Day, but in Korea (and some other areas in Asia) White Day is the day where boys gives girls chocolate, while Valentine's Day is the day girls give guys chocolate. But as he sneaks in, he gets involved into a story that runs deeper than the schools innocent exterior. Something is wrong. As the game goes on, the school slowly begins turning into some abstract and terrifying labyrinth that just continues to grow and grow into utter madness. Uncovering the secrets that have festered beneath rock and soil, long forgotten... but sometimes pain that runs this deep leaves traces...

I checked and searched as much as I could on many forums, but I don't think there was ever a mention of it on top horror game of all time lists. I found some threads on it but there was only a few responses here and there. This is understandable, as the game was released in 2000 for PC, and was only released in Korea... But it is a damn shame. For better or worse, it's here now.

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School remains the scariest game I have ever played.

Before Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Penumbra, there was White Day. I mention those games as I feel Frictional borrowed a lot from the game White Day. They are incredibly similar in quite a few ways, though I feel White Day still remains far scarier than either of those franchises and pulled off the, 'I'm a defenseless hero hiding in the dark' mechanic far better 10 years before Amnesia came out. The game was incredibly ahead of it's time, using a lot of real-world logic for various actions and puzzles in the game and stirring up an atmosphere that I feel has been unmatched by any other game to this day.

The game was so terrifying that many people emailed the developers saying they couldn't complete the game because of how absolutely frightening it was. They released some patches for the game that changed the scare levels dependent on what difficulty you choose.. There are more healing items and far less scares on very easy mode, but less save points and items on Hard difficulty mode, but more story and scares. Though not all scares will be experienced in a single playthrough regardless, as the game features quite a few randomized scares that may or may not happen in a playthrough. And these aren't just 'booo did I scare you' jump scares, these have to be some of the most well-done psychological horror I've ever experienced.

The game essentially has forces working against us that we cannot contend with, even the darkness itself is not much better. Strange paranormal occurrences are happening in the school. In the dark is where things start to get really messed up, and anything from something crawling through the vents, noticing something move in your peripheral vision or the school itself fighting your presence. Your main source of light is a box of matches, which dim out quickly and only shine light about a foot or two in front of you. Full of progressively twists and turns, environment hazards, and is progressively getting stranger and more dangerous. Finally, if you play the game on Hard Mode, there's additional notes containing ghost stories, as well as the ghosts of these stories being in the school, also randomized somewhat. From all of this, you are completely defenseless.. run, hide, pray and never give up.

The game had a complete mastery of atmosphere, scares paying off, and though outdated graphically boasted some extremely ahead of their time ideas. The team unfortunately was disbanded shortly after the game was released, there was an English version planned at one point but it was cancelled as they went under.

The game became abandonware (after the closing of Korean developer Sonnori) and now there are no holders to its rights or any copyrights on it, making sense as it didn't sell well, only was sold in Korea, and had almost non-existent advertising.

And because of this, the game has become incredibly hard to find for sale and is relatively unknown still, though in several circles of horror enthusiast it is known as one of the, if not the, scariest games of all time, and in my opinion it's the scariest to exist (and I've played a lot of horror games).

However, because it is abandonware, the game is now free and even the developers have kept up the website unofficially to link people to download the full game. People have also worked on an English patch, so these days you can easily download it and experience it yourself.

It's almost time for the season of Halloween. I welcome everyone to test their wits against this game, and see if you can disagree that it isn't the scariest game of all time. Try the hard mode, and see how it goes for you. It only gets scarier the further along you get, and if you want a real challenge try 'Real' mode (even more scares, die once and you get a game over, have to escape the school before midnight or else you lose). I'm going to keep my own game diary of my events in the game. I think this could be fun and bring some attention to a hidden gem that really deserves it.

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3 comments by UnnamedStudios on May 22nd, 2014

People have been complaining about viruses while installing the game. They are false positives. It is most likely because the registry is being modified to make the game run properly when you install it, and probably because "WhiteDay - Start.exe" runs in batch script. The installer itself also uses a program called Clickteam install creator, which AVs might find suspicious.

I'm considering a re-do of the whole lot in a different environment somewhere in the future (if this becomes a big problem), but until then, this is completely safe despite the warnings you might receive.

I have reprogrammed WhiteDay - Start.exe from scratch in visual studio and it shall be released in v16. This should stop any virus warnings anyone gets.

v16 has been released.

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ShinixMiana Aug 19 2015 says:

I have played this game before, with a different translation though (which i have to admit was completely terrible!) but i managed to finish it thanks to the walkthroughs available online. So yesterday i thought i should give it another go since it's been long since i last played it and since it has better translations and some bugs were fixed. Thing is, i am not sure if the last time i played this game was on this PC that im using or if it was on my old one. So basically the game isn't running right. I'm getting that bug where there's no HUD, there's a ghostly flying door nob, the door that leads to the girls is locked (which shouldn't be? why is it locked if it's not supposed to be locked in the game?) I tried all the solutions, i installed AppLocale and i set it to run on korean, i downloaded the registry and pressed yes and ok and it still didn't work, i went back to the v15 to see if it worked but it still didnt, then i tried to manually patch it for the v16 and still nothing. i also tried changing my computer's entire language to Korean but Nope. So now im thinking that the only reason the game might not be running is...... *drum sounds* Windows 10! (which i stupidly upgrated to without waiting for a few more upgrades and stuff...) Anyways, i noticed it has been a whole year since any upgrades were made to this game, so my only question is, is it possible to make it compatible with windows 10? because i see no reason why i can't be able to run the game in this computer..

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ShinixMiana Aug 19 2015 replied:

NEVERMIND! i finally figured out why it wasn't working! Guess what i was right my issue was exactly using Windows 10! Apparently AppLocale doesn't work on Windows 10! i did install it and i did click to Run as Korean BUT, in reality it didn't do ****! So i found another program called Locale Emulator that does indeed work for windows 10 and i managed to get the game working. WHOO HOO time to **** bricks while playing this.

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SamFisherRF Aug 4 2015 replied:

Yes GTAV is unplayable...yes your comment makes sense.
idk who your weed dealer is but he give you good stuff.

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widderune
widderune Jul 25 2015 says:

I have released my White Day Textures in the "addons" section of this game.
Enjoy!

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widderune
widderune Jul 24 2015 says:

I played and finished an earlier English version of the game, I think it was 1.6.
It had a couple bugs, but I was able to figure out how to work around them and finish the game.
I had also created some new textures for the game (only for a few items that you have or will find in the game). Most of the game textures are still intact, but here are the items I had re-textured or enhanced:

1. The player's backpack
2. Audio tape
3. Money
4. Bag of White Day candy
5. Coffee drink can
6. Lunch box
7. First-Aid Kit
8. Lighter
9. Matches
10. The Saving Pen
11. Soy Drink
12. Video Tape
13. Classroom door
14. Fire door

There is only slight hesitation when looking at objects enhanced with my textures. But if I had the program that repackages the textures into the original game files, I bet that would get rid of the hesitation.
If the people who are fixing up the game(or you who would like to play the game) are interested in at least looking at my textures, please feel free to inform me by replying to this comment.

You can contact me via email: lgfjdc@gmail.com

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mimepoison6
mimepoison6 May 23 2015 says:

Please help! whenever i start up the game, it gets stuck on the title screen. The game window is still responding but the game won't go past that point. It just stays on the title screen. Any advice?

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mimepoison6
mimepoison6 May 23 2015 replied:

Nevermind, i just needed to restart my laptop... i should do that more often...

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Nexes666
Nexes666 Mar 11 2015 says:

This game is the worst game i ever played full of bugs (never got the gamecrash thats a good point), If there isnt a major bug involved then maybe i consider as a good game, but it isnt. I cannot continue the game bc of the theft alarm bug at the end of the game. When i use the alarm the cutscene wont show up end i cannot finish the game (she will still hunts me down even though i used the alarm, maybe i do something wrong idk)) bc of this stupid bug i wouldnt recommend the game.

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ShinixMiana
ShinixMiana Aug 19 2015 replied:

You're meant to use the alarm when she's almost near you, or near the place where there's a hole so she can fall through it. It's not a bug probably, you're just using the alarm at the wrong time..

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Scarier than Amnesia... Right now making a let's play of it, and I have to say this game is terrifying! It's long, has alot of complicated puzzles but the atmosphere is... oh god... If you are looking for a game in which you crap yourself, this is your game.

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