|Hong Kong 97|
Title screen of Hong Kong 97
Hong Kong 97 is a video game made for the Super Famicom, developed by HappySoft in 1995. In Japan and Taiwan, this game has gained cult status and been labelled as a kuso-ge (which in the literal sense, means "shitty game"), and some have labeled it as one of the worst games ever made.
Quoted from the game's English mode with spelling and grammatical errors left intact:
- The year 1997 has arrived. A herd of fuckin' ugly reds. are rushing from the mainland. Crime rate skyrockeded! Hongkong is ruined! Therefore, the Hongkong government called Bruce Lee's relative "Chin" for the massacre of the Reds. Chin is a killer machine. Wipe out all 1.2 billion of the red communists! However, in mainland China there was a secret project in progress! A project to transform the deceased Tong Shau Ping into an ultimate weapon!
This game's story is heavily anti-communist. Despite the fact that it had almost no release and was unlicensed, the game has 3 languages (Japanese, Traditional Chinese and English). The language in the English version is vulgar and contains Engrish. The only sound is the first three measures of the Communist song I Love Beijing Tinananmen, which loops for the entire game. The loop lasts for only six seconds and doesn't stop even during the Game Over screen, or when the game is going back to the title screen afterwards.
Immediately after the introduction above (which follows some ads and the title screen), the game starts without any warning. Since you die in one hit, if you're not prepared you will often die almost instantly. The player controls Chin, who tries to shoot and evade the Chinese populace and police officers moving about and spitting randomly on the screen. When shot, the enemies explode in a rectangle with a mushroom cloud, leaving behind a flashing corpse and items for either instant death or temporary invincibility.
After a while cars appear from the sides trying to run you over, and, after three cars, the final boss appears. The final boss is Tong Shau Ping, represented by the giant severed head of Deng Xiaoping. After a time, Ping will explode (this may not be related to how many hits he takes) and will give several hundred kills. The game then continues until more cars appear to summon another Tong Shau Ping, which repeats forever. The background is a random picture selected from among pictures of Maoist propaganda, Guilin, the logo for Asia Television Limited, the logo for the Chinese Coca-Cola or even Mao Zedong in monochrome, all of which were apparently taken from the Internet as evidenced by the JPEG artifacts.
If Chin is hit by anything other than the invincibility item, the game is immediately over (unless Chin is under invincibility), and a gruesome image of a corpse appears as the game over screen, with the words "CHIN IS DEAD!" in English and in a badly toned Chinese "Chén sǐ wáng" (陳死亡), can be interpreted as either "Chin is dead", or as a proper name "Dead Chin") superimposed on the screen. Then the game goes to the credits and back to the title screen and repeats again.
- Despite being made in 1995, the game correctly predicted that Deng Xiaoping would die in 1997. Xiaoping died on February 19th, 1997 at the age of 92 from a lung infection and Parkinson's disease.
- The game was designed by the Japanese game journalist, Kowloon Kurosawa. Kowloon said that the game was made in about a week.
- There's a site that possibly has been made by the creators of Hong Kong '97.
- Numerous celebrities have had their likenesses ripped and translated into 16-bit format, almost certainly without their permission, including Jackie Chan from Wheels on Meals (Chin), Bruce Lee, Chris Patton, Deng Xiaoping, the Coca-Cola company, and possibly Leszek Błażyński (see below).
- The corpse at the end of the game may be the corpse of Polish Olympic boxer Leszek Błażyński. Błażyński committed suicide on August 6, 1992, the same date in the bottom left of the screen. If this is true, it is likely the main reason why stores refused to stock it, along with numerous copyright violations.
- In the 3rd screen of the opening introduction there is a gruesome black-and-white image of the corpses of what are presumably Holocaust victims. The origin of this image is unknown.