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An Ideya Capture (イデアキャプチャー Ideakyapuchā) is a jellyfish-like machine which works as a holding cell for visitors stolen Ideyas in the NiGHTS series.

NiGHTS into Dreams

At the beginning of every level but Twin Seeds, third level Nightmarens will attack Elliot and Claris, steal their Ideyas and lock them inside Ideya Captures. To recover them, the visitors will need to dualize with NiGHTS, collect 20 Blue Chips and go inside the Ideya Capture. This will make the Ideya Capture explode and the Ideya will be recovered.

Each lap in the level has one Ideya to recover. Once the player recovers an Ideya, they will need to leave it in the Ideya Palace to be able to change lap and go after another Ideya.

Chrismtas NiGHTS into Dreams

Just like in NiGHTS into Dreams, the Nightmarens will steal Elliot and Claris' Ideyas and lock them inside Ideya Captures. Once again, the visitors will need to dualize with NiGHTS and collect 20 Blue Chips to destroy the captures and recover the Ideyas.

The Ideya Captures also appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog into Dreams... mini game, where they are once again, keeping stolen Ideyas inside them and Sonic must destroy them with 20 Blue Chips to recover the Ideyas.

In this game, the Ideya Captures resemble Christmas trees.

NiGHTS Archie Comics

NiGHTS imprisoned inside an Ideya Capture.

An Ideya Capture makes a small appearance in Issue 3. Curiously, it is used to imprison NiGHTS instead of retaining Ideyas inside it and is even mistakenly called "Ideya Palace" by Snuze.

Other Appearances

  • NiGHTS into Dreams (LCD): The Ideya Captures appear in the LCD adaptation of NiGHTS into Dreams. Their function is the same as in NiGHTS into Dreams.
  • Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: An Ideya Capture appears at the floor of the NiGHTS thematic pinball table from Casinopolis.
  • Sonic Pinball Party: Ideya Captures appear in the NiGHTS pinball tables, when the player activates the Dualize mode. The player must destroy the Ideya Captures under 180 seconds.
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Four Ideya Captures appear at the finishing line of the Dream Valley circuit.