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In Chain: The Lost Footprints the player takes the role of Takeshi Shinonome, a private investigator. One day he accidentally meets a girl whose sister studied with him together in the school. She suspects her husband is unfaithful to her, and asks Takeshi to investigate the affair. What starts as a simple family investigation soon turns into a ghastly murder case involving a mysterious lethal drug that makes people insane.

The game is a Japanese-style adult adventure. The player is given several options at each screen (such as "think", "look", or "talk"); by selecting them repeatedly, the player triggers the advancement of the plot. There is no inventory or puzzles of any kind in the game, as well as no branching storyline: the game proceeds the exact same way regardless of the player's input.


Chain: Ushinawareta Ashiato Windows Reminiscing on the past events.
Chain: Ushinawareta Ashiato Windows A mysterious woman in Mayuki's bar
Chain: Ushinawareta Ashiato Windows Hitomi in action
Chain: Ushinawareta Ashiato Windows Ayumu feels safe at your place, can she stay for the night?

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Alternate Titles

  • "チェーン 失われた足跡" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Probably the most exciting bishoujo game yet released in the US. Recommended with reservations. Eurythmic (2694) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

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Animetric 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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The lyrics for the theme song is located in the game help file (Chain Online Manual): Content --> About 'Chain' --> Theme Song

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Unicorn Lynx (181459) added Chain: Ushinawareta Ashiato (Windows) on Oct 01, 2003