Historically, the Japanese and Chinese have not always gotten along. But Hong Kong 97 was probably a low point.
After a week of effort, HappySoft Ltd., a Japanese homebrew game company, designed by Japanese game journalist Kowloon Kurosawa, rolled out with Hong Kong 97.
It was designed for the Super Famicom, the Japanese version of the Super Nintendo that just didn’t sound right for the American audience.
The game starts with several advertisements.
Oh yeah, this is going to be good. Then it dives straight into the meaty plot.
The year is 1997, following the British handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. And apparently it’s not just “the reds” who are colorful.
It’s not going so well, and the only person who can stop the chaos is Bruce Lee’s cousin “Chin.”
Now while you’d think it’d be as easy as offensively wiping out “1.2 billion red communists,” the game has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Deng Xiaoping (Tong Shau Ping), despite being dead, has been turned into the ultimate weapon…
The game then immediately begins, usually resulting in an instant game over.
But if you last long enough, you’ll start to notice some truly wonderful things. First, the background. You will be randomly selected to receive one of several backgrounds, such as…
The logo for Chinese Coca Cola!
The logo for Asia Television!
Or even Mao Zedong himself!
The player then runs around like crazy trying to shoot everything on screen. Enemies explode in poorly cropped nuclear explosions, occasionally dropping items that either grant temporary invincibility or kill you. So…best not to touch them.
If you die, you’re greeted with this. A picture of what very much looks like an actual corpse. And then the game loops back to the ads.
If however, you manage to last long enough, you’ll discover the truth behind the secret project cryptically hinted at in the beginning title screen. The giant, bloodied disembodied head of Deng Xiaoping.
And your reward for beating him? The game just carries on, until the head returns, on and on endlessly.
Endlessly, like the song that loops throughout the entire game, from the moment you turn it on to the moment you turn it off. It’s just the first two lines of a song that goes, “I Love Beijing Tiananmen; sunrise in Tiananmen Square.”
And no one ever heard from HappySoft, Ltd. again.
Watch below…if you dare.