Hong Kong 97 (SFC)

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Hong Kong 97
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Platform: Super Famicom
Year: 1995
Developer: Happysoft

Hong Kong 97 is a bootleg vertical shooter created for the Super Famicom (or rather, the illicit disk drives produced for the system) that was an attempt to create the worst, most offensive game imaginable. To put it lightly, they succeeded.

The game's storyline revolves around the UK's returning Hong Kong to China in the then-future year of 1997. With Chinese people flooding into the country, the former government hire Bruce Lee's long-lost relative Chin (who looks oddly like Jackie Chan) to carry out the small task of murdering the 1.2 billion strong population of China. In response, China unleashes their ultimate weapon in the form of the giant disembodied head of their deceased former leader, Tong Shau Ping (Deng Xioping, who oddly enough actually did die in the year 1997).

While the gameplay is at least functional and lacks any show-stopping bugs, at best it plays like an Atari 2600 game. The bigger problem is the offensive imagery contained in the game, including a photograph of what appears to be a real corpse used for the game over screen.


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The title screen.

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This game doesn't hold back with the language!

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The martial arts skills of Bruce Lee and the looks of Jackie Chan? He's gotta be good!

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Communists and bullets and cars, oh my!

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Man, Coca-Cola endorse the weirdest things!

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Facing off against the dreaded Tong Shau Ping.


The game only has a single song, a roughly six-second-long loop of the Chinese anthem "I Love Beijing Tiananmen." It starts as soon as the game boots up and repeats endlessly. There are no other songs in the game, and no sound effects. Needless to say, this soon becomes incredibly grating. About the only positive thing that can be said is that the looping is at least done fairly seamlessly.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 I Love Beijing Tiananmen TraditionalYoshihisa Kurosawa 0:16


(Source, personal confirmation from Yoshihisa Kurosawa)

The game's designer, Yoshihisa Kurosawa, has confirmed that he sampled the game's only song from a laserdisc and turned it into a loop, which was then programmed into the game by an unnamed colleague. The colleague in question actually moonlighted from Enix to make the game, but it does not appear to use any of Enix's sound drivers (presumably so that it couldn't be traced back to the employee), instead just using a simple program that calls the game's only song and repeats it endlessly.

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Hong Kong 97 - SFC - Japan.jpg
Title: Hong Kong 97
Platform: Super Famicom
Released: 1995-??-??
Publisher: Happysoft