The FOREST PLAYGROUND is a large colorful playground located south of the STUMP. The VAST FOREST surrounds the east and west entrances of the PLAYGROUND. At the north entrance of the area, one of MARI's various picnics is set up on the left. There is also one of the many floating mirrors scattered around HEADSPACE. There are many toys, trees, eggs and characters scattered around the space. It is filled with many playground essentials such as swings, monkey bars, a slide, a tetherball pole, and hopscotch.
On the top left area of the area features a poster that constantly changes as the story progresses, ranging from an WANTED POSTER of BOSS to a promotion of the show SWEETHEART's QUEST FOR HEARTS. There is also a nearby MAILBOX that sells items consisting of CANDY, APPLE JUICE, JACKS and PRESENTS.
OMORI can also interact with SHAWN and REN to obtain the skill OBSERVE, after the hide-and-seek minigame. The player can complete a total of two quests, which consist of BERLY'S LOST BALL and DAISY'S DILEMMA. For the first quest, BERLY will join the party in search of the missing tetherball within VAST FOREST. Completing this quest will grant AUBREY the skill HEADBUTT and a BUTT CERTIFICATE. Interacting with BERLY again afterwards increases AUBREY's MP by 20 JUICE.
After having made plans to meet up with MARI and BASIL at the FOREST PLAYGROUND, OMORI and friends leave NEIGHBOR'S ROOM and head over to VAST FOREST. The group finds many young denizens playing around while spotting MARI and BASIL. OMORI and friends proceed to join them in their picnic.
After chatting and looking at BASIL's PHOTO ALBUM, BASIL proposes an invitation for the group to visit his house, which is south of the playground. The group can interact with the characters playing on the playground equipment before leaving the area. Before they can leave, the group is stopped by the rowdy BERLY, who wants them to play hide and seek with everyone. OMORI ends up being chosen but ends up finding almost everyone.
While searching for BASIL, OMORI and friends discover him being held hostage by the local bully BOSS. BOSS is upset that none of them invited him for the game and refuses to let go of BASIL. The group then engages in combat against BOSS, only prevailing at the last moment due to OMORI's willpower. After saving BASIL, the friend group (excluding MARI) head over to BASIL'S HOUSE without any interruptions aside from a few LOST SPROUT MOLES attempting to ruin BASIL's flowers.
The peaceful stroll would soon be disrupted when BASIL discovers a photo that he couldn't recognize inside of his house, unknowingly manifesting his SOMETHING by accident. This leads to BASIL being banished into BLACK SPACE and OMORI being flung back into WHITE SPACE. OMORI would soon regroup with his friends and head back to the playground to discuss on the whereabouts of their missing friend. BASIL's disappearance ends up kickstarting the plot of the HEADSPACE shenanigans for the time being.
TWO DAYS LEFT
Upon returning to HEADSPACE once more, OMORI discovers that the FOREST PLAYGROUND is completely deserted due to MR. JAWSUM and his GATOR GUYS tricking all of the children there into signing contracts to work for them at LAST RESORT. From there, OMORI can interact with the playground objects lying around but nothing will really change unless he heads north to progress the story. It is recommended that the player should complete all of the quests originating here before the TWO DAYS LEFT segment.
ONE DAY LEFT
Exclusive to the OMORI ROUTE, after sleeping in the NEIGHBOR'S BEDROOM, OMORI, now taking control of SUNNY's body, awakens in his room to finish the last of his chores before returning to sleep. OMORI once again awakens in WHITE SPACE, and goes through the white door to be greeted by his friends. They repeat dialogue from the very beginning of the game before setting off to meet with MARI and BASIL again in the FOREST PLAYGROUND. Interacting with BASIL after the cutscene will grant you a FLOWER CROWN as the boy mentions he'll cherish OMORI and the others forever in his heart.
If the player goes to LAST RESORT and interacts with MR. JAWSUM for the final time, the children hired by JAWSUM will return to the playground. All of them will mostly have the same dialogue as before. In addition, there is an additional GATOR GUY that joins in the fun by playing Hop Scotch, similar to that of HAPPY.
Oh, BASIL! Stop doubting yourself! I'm sure they'll be great.
You're right, AUBREY. Sorry... I'll try to believe in myself more.
Here! This way we can all see.
These photos are all so charming, BASIL. You really know how to capture the moment!
Thanks... I didn't take all of them though. MARI likes to steal my camera sometimes.
Hey, I have an idea! Did you all want to come hang out at my house?
I just finished planting some little sprouts and wanted to show everyone. Come on! They're really cute!
Yeah sure, that sounds fun! Let's go!
It's south of the playground, right?
Yup, that's the way!
Hmm... I think I'll sit this one out. You all go on and enjoy yourselves!
But if you're ever feeling weary, you can always stop by one of my picnics!
I'll always have some refreshments ready... and you can even SAVE using my picnic basket!
Awww... Thanks, MARI! You're always doing so much for us!
Bye, MARI! We'll see you again soon!
Run along and have fun now! You know where to find me!
Mari (Forest Playground)
Before entering Basil's House:
Run along and have fun now! You know where to find me!
Upon returning after Basil vanishes:
Just the other day, NOSE was telling about a cute little leaf she met... but... when she tried to be its friend, all it wanted to talk about was how much it hated bunnies...
How could someone hate bunnies!? I just don't understand some people...
Forest Playground Picnic #1
Let's see... There's DAISY... then there's NEB... then HAPPY... BROWS... NOSE... Wait, no... That's DAISY...
Whatcha doin', KEL?
Nothin'... Just trying to remember everyone's names...
You still don't know everyone's names!? How could you?
I'm sorry, okay? I just wanna have a good time... We're all having fun here, aren't we? Everyone's names are secondary!
It's alright, AUBREY... HERO never remembers anyone's name either. It's probably a family trait...
Hey, I've been working on that! For some it's natural, but for others it's a learned skill! We can't all have a memory like OMORI's...
Forest Playground Picnic #2 (One Day Left)
It's so nice to all sit and relax together like this!
MARI! BASIL! Why don't you ever tag along with us?
Oh, you know I'd love to... but I have to take it easy. I have a bad knee, remember?
Oh yeah... Do you think it'll ever heal, MARI?
No I'm afraid not... But that's okay! I can still help you by setting up picnics!
Don't you worry about me... I'll always do what I can!
And it's not at all bad anyway, since BASIL is always here to keep me company.
Yeah, MARI and I have the best talks.
You do?! What do you guys talk about?
Everything, really! Sometimes, we even talk about you guys!
Yeah! We talk about how cool and composed OMORI is all the time... Or about how AUBREY is so caring about everything...
Or about how nice it would be to be as carefree as KEL... Or about how the time HERO fell asleep and a bird thought his hair was a nest...
W-Wait... What was that last part again?
"Your friends warmly smile behind you."
"You are alone."
Distorted mirror jumpscare
The friend group share a group hug.
Poster (Post Tutorial)
Poster (Three Days Left)
Poster (After defeating HUMPHREY in OMORI ROUTE)
Berly and Van playing tetherball.
Mikal on the swingset.
Nose playing on the slide.
The overall structure of this area takes inspiration from FARAWAY PARK, evident by the equipment and the characters that show up most of the time.
There is an unused poster that could've showed up at the start of TWO DAYS LEFT. This one features the list of children that MR. JAWSUM tricked into working for him at LAST RESORT.
According to some unused dialogue, LIFE JAM GUY was originally meant to debut here after the party defeats BOSS, in which he helps them heal a toasted KEL recover by using LIFE JAM. This would also lead to his brief encounter, along with additional dialogue after he leaves the playground.
In the 2018 demo, the banana seen lying on the ground originally had dialogue where it advised the group to try eating food around picnic baskets if they feel weary.
↑BANANA: If you're ever feeling weary, try eating food around picnic baskets and you'll feel much better. Don't mind me though. I don't do anything special... I'm just a banana.