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Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (TurboGrafx CD)

Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi TurboGrafx CD Title screen

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Description

Its sub-title translated as True Scary Stories, Hyaku Monogatari is a video game homage to the parlour game Hyaku Monogatari Kaidankai, which was popular during the Edo period (17th - middle of 19th century) in Japan. The game involved gathering at night, lighting a hundred candles and telling horror stories, extinguishing the candles one by one until the room became completely dark.

The game contains a hundred horror stories told in a linear fashion through text, digitized photos and sound effects. Most of the stories are very short and non-interactive. The exceptions usually involve visual novel-like choices of locations or responses to situations, which sometimes affect the story's conclusion. A recurrent episode involves visiting various locations in Tokyo area and reviewing criminal cases and ghost stories.

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Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi TurboGrafx CD It's daylight! Don't be scared!..
Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi TurboGrafx CD An extremely short, one-screen story which is nevertheless very scary
Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi TurboGrafx CD I guess the moustache can be considered scary
Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi TurboGrafx CD ...to switch to something not scary. Well, actually, this story becomes scary as well

Alternate Titles

  • "百物語 ~ほんとにあった怖い話~" -- Japanese spelling

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Trivia

Junji Inagawa

The game was supervised by the Japanese TV personality and actor Junji Inagawa, whose digitized photo also makes an appearance in the game as part of one of the stories.
Cor 13 (171951) added Hyaku Monogatari: Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (TurboGrafx CD) on Jan 21, 2012