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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White Day v16 [Manual Installation]

White Day v16 [Manual Installation]

Jul 1, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (화이트데이: 학교라는 이름의 미궁). The story of a young man's trip into school at the dead of night to deliver some candy in preparation...

White Day v16 [Full Installation]

White Day v16 [Full Installation]

Jul 1, 2014 Full Version 2 comments

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (화이트데이: 학교라는 이름의 미궁). The story of a young man's trip into school at the dead of night to deliver some candy in preparation...

White Day v16 [Manual Patch]

White Day v16 [Manual Patch]

Jun 30, 2014 Patch 0 comments

If you haven't installed White Day yet, I recommend you download the full v15.6 version and then update to v16 using this patch. This patch can update...

White Day v16 [Patch]

White Day v16 [Patch]

Jun 30, 2014 Patch 0 comments

If you haven't installed White Day yet, I recommend you download the full v15.6 version and then update to v16 using this patch. This patch can update...

White Day [v15.4]

White Day [v15.4]

Feb 10, 2014 Full Version 11 comments

The 15.4 version of white day by unnamedstudios, Pulled a few months before the site's closing.

White Day v15.6 (Manual install)

White Day v15.6 (Manual install)

Jul 29, 2013 Patch 2 comments

The story of a young man's trip into school at the dead of night to deliver some candy in preparation for the Eastern Holiday of the same name, White...

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LuckyClover
LuckyClover Jul 11 2014, 3:37am says:

Just started a new save for no reason and upon chance -- noticed this (look at the door towards the end of the corridor and you'll see two bright red lights/symbols):

Tinypic.com

If I move the camera in a clockwise fashion to the right, the two red lights don't disappear but if I move forward or elsewhere; they disappear. Playing this at 1920 x 1080 resolution on a PC with a: GTX 680 graphics card (4 GB Video ram), Intel Core i7 950 @3.07ghz (4 core, 8 core logical) CPU, 16 GB DDR3 ram and Windows 7 64 bit operating system.

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LuckyClover
LuckyClover Jul 8 2014, 7:45am says:

One more question (sorry for being so annoying, haha):

I've got the game installed, no problems regarding viruses or freezing, with v16 full installation; not manual.

I later set my antivirus (Norton 360) to ignore the shortcut so it doesn't delete "whiteday - start.exe".

Now my question --> when I run the game it asks me to install AppLocale. It then gives me several options alongside installing Japanese locale, like Korean locale and Chinese. I selected Korean as well as Japanese (main options). Then I run the game shortcut as Korean with administrator privileges but all the text when I click on it, e.g. Device Settings has mostly Asian writing? Is this normal?!

When I go in-game most of the text is English, haha, which is great to see :) Just wondering if I did everything right. So far the game has been great fun to play and I absolutely love FPS games.

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UnnamedStudios
UnnamedStudios Jul 9 2014, 4:09pm replied:

You shouldn't need to manually launch anything with Korean locale. WhiteDay - Start.exe should open white day with the correct locale automatically. It still needs applocale installed to do it of course haha

As for your actual question - that's normal don't worry. Don't be afraid to ask me any more questions :)

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LuckyClover
LuckyClover Jul 9 2014, 8:13pm replied:

Well on the installer for AppLocale I ticked 2 extra boxes for Korean (Japanese were pre-ticked), to be sure.

Thanks anyway -- but the only thing that I can understand in "Device Setting" is the resolution and on the second tab, the different audio setups (speaker, headphone). The rest I cannot read and that makes me think there's some important video settings I'm missing.

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LuckyClover
LuckyClover Jul 1 2014, 3:40am says:

Any chance you can make a full version of v16 so we don't need to download past versions and patches?

Thanks again.

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UnnamedStudios
UnnamedStudios Jul 1 2014, 10:43am replied:

No problem :) but you should find the bug is fixed in this version.

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LuckyClover
LuckyClover Jul 1 2014, 10:00pm replied:

Hey. I thought you said you couldn't fix that bug without changing a lot of stuff over or something like that?

Did you discover a new way to fix it or....

NEVERMIND: saw a user on the second page which you referred to had issued a fix for v16. Nice!

And thanks for the standalone v16 download.

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Triarch
Triarch Jun 19 2014, 8:23pm says:

Finally got this running and already love the atmosphere, but the cut-scenes and dialogue are running way too fast. I've seen a couple posts about this, but has anyone come up with a reliable solution?

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Triarch
Triarch Jun 18 2014, 11:48pm says:

Finally got this running after installing ti where it was expected rather than where I wanted, and the atmosphere already look amazing. However, cutscenes are running very fast and cutting off dialogue before the characters finish speaking. Any ideas?

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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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