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"Apparently, there is a game worse than Big RigsWORSE than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeWORSE than CrazyBus or Desert Bus. It is known as Hong Kong 97."

The Angry Video Game Nerd about Hong Kong 97

Hong Kong 97 is an unlicensed shoot 'em up video game. It was originally released in 1995 for the Super Famicom and the Game backup device. Even though it claims it was developed by HappySoft, the only developer is Japanese programmer, Kowloon Kurosawa. It involves an unspecified relative of Bruce Lee (Chin) wiping out all of the communists in China. The game gained popularity when the Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed it back on March 26, 2015. Most people have polarized the game for its strange concept, short and repetitive gameplay, racism against Chinese, and the repulsive game over screen, featuring footage of a real dead body. Although, Kowloon Kurosawa himself has stated that the game was made purposefully to be horrible, as an insult to the gaming industry. Most call Hong Kong 97 one of, if not the worst game of all time. The soundtrack is a loop of the first two lines of I Love Beijing Tianamen ("Wǒ ài Běijīng Tiān'ānmén, Tiān'ānmén shàng tàiyáng shēng", which literally translates to "I love Beijing Tianamen, the sun rises above Tianamen").

Hong Kong 97 was so bad, that stores rejected and its release status was a huge question mark in itself - this makes Hong Kong 97 the most maligned game since Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to be reviewed by the Nerd. The game is so rare that James couldn't find a cartridge or picture of a cartridge anywhere, so he had to use an emulator on the internet.

Plot[]

The game takes place in 1997, where communists, un-affectionately nicknamed "a herd of fuckin’ ugly reds" are rushing into Hong Kong after Great Britain handed it over to China. The Hong Kong government calls in Bruce Lee's unspecified relative, Jackie Chin (Jackie Chan) to ”wipe out all 1.2 billion of the red communists”. But, in mainland China, a project was being developed to bring the dead Tong Shau Ping (played by the living at the time Deng Xiaoping) back to life as an ultimate weapon. 

Gameplay[]

The player controls Jackie Chin as you move from left to right, shooting white projectiles at communists. The enemies will move down the screen and if they hit Chin, the player loses. In less than five minutes, Tong Shau Ping will appear as a boss battle. He appears as a giant floating head, moving left and right and slamming onto the ground when Jackie Chin gets too close. When Chin defeats Tong Shau Ping, the game will resume from the start, with only the score maintaining, and loop forever. When the player is killed, they are shown a game over screen with an image of a dead corpse (which is a Civilian from the Bosnian civil War). Many have debated whether or not this is a real corpse, although it has been confirmed that it's real body from the Japanese Mondo film, New Death File III. Every time the player gets a game over, the game restarts to the main menu. Every time they start a new game, the background will change to strange images such as a Coca Cola advertisement and an image of the Chinese dictator Mao Zedong. Meanwhile, a constant loop of the first two lines of "I Love Beijing Tiananmen" plays throughout the entire game, never stopping or pausing.

AVGN Episode[]

It starts off with the Nerd being called to review Hong Kong 97, after hearing it was worse than other horrible games, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He gives a small history lesson of the game, saying how extremely rare it is and the only way he can play it is from the internet. Throughout the episode, the Nerd is constantly shocked at the game's content, such as it saying "a herd of fucking ugly reds" before swearing in video games was common, and the disgusting game over screen. Not much is said by the Nerd since the game is very simplistic and abstract.

The Nerd compares the plot of the game to if he made a game called "New York 2017", where "motherfuckin' demons" from the planet Jupiter arrive in Manhattan, so the leader of the United States calls upon master Joe, John Wayne's half cousin's step-son to annialiate the 2.5 Octodecillion alien scum of the universe, despite the fact that on Jupiter's secret moon, there is a plan to resurrect Dill Clyntin (Bill Clinton) into a mecha-doomsday machine.

However, at the end the Nerd ties loose ends. He says that the weirdest part about the game, which mostly has nothing to do with the game, was that Deng Xiaoping died on February 19, 1997. Because the game took place in 1997, this meant that the game predicted the future.

He then says that 1997 was the same year that Great Britain handed over their rule of Hong Kong back to China. He then says the film Hong Kong 97 stars Robert Patrick, who played as the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In Terminator 2, judgement day is the day when Skynet launches nukes to end the world, judgement day takes place in 1997. The Nerd takes a closer look at the Tong Shau Ping sprite, stating how his ear is slightly cut off. He connects this to when boxer Mike Tyson bit a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear off on June 28, 1997. He then goes on to say the car in the game is a Mercedes Benz, and that Princess Diana died in the same model of car on August 31, 1997. The background of Coca Cola reminds the Nerd of one of their drinks, Surge, which first released in 1997, and coincidentally all his surge protectors were made in China. He says rebooting the game is similar to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which was released in 1997. He then connects Jackie Chan to the film, Rumble in the Bronx. The Bronx reminds him of the Big Apple, which makes him connect it to the fact that Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. The song, "I Love Beijing Tiananmen" is also called "I Love Peking Tiananmen", and Peking duck is a famous dish in China; the famous character, Scrooge McDuck is also a Peking duck, and he had his 50th anniversary in 1997. The entire game was meant to be a titanic failure, which connects to the fact that the movie "Titanic" was released on December 19, 1997.

The Nerd wonders why the game is so attached to the year 1997. He then remembers the constellation, NGC 97, which is part of the constellation called Andromeda. Andromeda is also a Greek princess who in legend, was chained naked to a rock to be eaten by a monster. He then connects that to Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. He connects that to the Special Edition in 1997, and then becomes frustrated, realizing he‘d gone back to the same argument. He's puzzled why he keeps looping back again, but makes the final conclusion that Hong Kong 97 is the meaning of life. The game constantly looping back to the start after killing Tong Shau Ping each time is linked to the cycle of life, with constant births, deaths, and rebirths, and what keeps life going, being reproduction and food, which becomes shit, and finally, the Nerd makes the conclusion that the game is fucking shit, and drinks from a bottle of Rolling Rock as I Love Beijing Tiananmen plays in the background.

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