Azusa 999 is an RPG Maker adventure game developed in 1997 for the classic Japanese PC-98 personal computer. It's a heavy emotional story about suicide and an otherworldly train… among other things.
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Azusa 999 is def forward thinking and a first for not only RPG Maker games but games in general for all the dark themes it tackles. It is also a first to have its ost specifically made to give me hearing loss, look I am all for experimental music but I unironically would rather listen to the Crazy Bus ost instead.
CWs for Azusa999: sui*, child death, poisoning, burning alive, sexual harassment, homophobia,
A wide-swinging adventure game about suicidal ideation in the Lost Years and amid the rapid industrialization of Japan. The train is the vehicle that brings the worker, the student, the abandoned veteran, to their death, sapping their life force and general will to live as they struggle to get by. The writing here and smaller character sensibilities wear the 19 year old solo dev very proudly, but really lands a certain mundanity and annoyance in having such a simple space to navigate. The sensibilities about suicide and blame reek of the era and I just generally find musings about suicide in the abstract to fall flat, but I like this game a bit even beyond it's historical position. Not a must play but if it's in your interests already don't skip it.