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TSUGUNOHI: Watch the Lives of a Group of People Turn into a Living Hell in This Horror Game Series

Updated: Sep 23, 2021


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Tsugunohi is a series of short third-person horror indie games produced by ImCyan and Vaka Game Magazine and published on August 13 of that year on the Steam store. Tsugunohi packs a total of 7 short J-horror games that show the lives of common people who end up getting involved in various supernatural manifestations and obviously finding a tragic end in the hand of these entities. The PC version features the seven episodes already known to those in the niche, and two original, brand new episodes. It is noteworthy that Tsugunohi became quite popular among a certain niche, a select group of Japanese indie game fans, and even became a live-action movie in Japan.


In terms of graphics, the game has something that was very characteristic of PC games of that time or consoles like Sega Saturn, for example. You control characters played by real people and that have been digitized into the game, in addition to the scenarios. The gameplay is extremely simple: you just steer the character (most of the time) to the left, but there are times when you use other arrow keys to move in various directions. The interaction is up to the Enter key or the left mouse button either to walk or to make the conversation continue. The progression (and story) of each episode takes place in a certain cycle of days: you start the episode normally, but as the days go by, things change and change until you reach the fateful "The Hexed Day" (hence the name Tsugunohi = Tsugu no Hi = The Hexed Day in Japanese), where the episode finds its ending.


By featuring a slow progression pace and a lot of on-screen text, Tsugunohi would certainly not be a game that would appeal to all horror fans, other than those more niche and Japanese horror fans. Despite that, it is an interesting game with a story and events that can trap the player who likes something different. Check out the gameplay of the episodes as they are added to the channel. Just click on the links below. If you are interested in purchasing, just click on this link here, and it will take you to the game page on Steam.


EPISODE 1: A male junior high school student on his way home from school. He feels a strange chill on his usual way home...

Link: https://youtu.be/GVcMDJEpBEk


EPISODE 2: A junior high school girl on her way home from club activities. She feels an unusual stare at her usual intersection...

Link: https://youtu.be/xWdqAoCvIQM


EPISODE 3: Tsugumi, an elementary school girl, returns home from school. Her mother, who always goes out shopping when she gets back, is missing...

Link: https://youtu.be/dCIcykAhtmY


EPISODE 4: -A Closed Future-: A high school girl on her way home from school. She mumbles, "I want to start over," and leaves...

Link: https://youtu.be/x8qBC3AEh6U


EPISODE 5: -The Cat Ghost-: The protagonist is just an ordinary cat. He goes on a field trip to patrol his territory...

Link: https://youtu.be/qnc4mzIeRRs


EPISODE 6: -The Parallel Train on The Dark-: A junior high school girl goes to a cram school by train. Strange things, however, begin to happen on her familiar commute...

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MnvjN_zdm8


EPISODE 7: -Whispering Toy House-: An unassuming house in a quiet residential area. A girl interested in antique toys wanders in, unaware of the horror that awaits her...

Link: https://youtu.be/-U1gD7sqZcY


EPISODE 8: -The Ethereal Railroad Crossing- (Steam Original): This new story that takes place at a train crossing awash with ghostly mystique is connected to the previous episode, Tsugunohi -The Parallel Train in The Dark-.

Link: https://youtu.be/BLhyPnf4o68


EPISODE 9: "Ai's Silent Cries" (Steam Original): Kizuna Ai is on her way home after a live broadcast. The road home today feels different but somehow familiar...

Link: https://youtu.be/rALaaO_OURQ


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