Creepy Aum Shinrikyo ( A late 1990s Japanese Doom Cult ) game on PC-98


cares produced by video games is something being talked about, again, mostly due to the recent release of Resident Evil 7, though there’s also that Slender Man documentary on HBO. But you know what’s truly terrifying? Kamikuishiki-mura Monogatari.

FM Towns Marty recently posted an animated gif, the latest of several, from the aforementioned game. It’s basically a doujin soft published for the PC-88, which according to Tokugawa Corp is “Based on the Aum Shinrikyo cult responsible for the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway”. And those words are some of the precious few that has been written about the game, at least in English. There’s not much else as a whole actually, far as I can tell, other than the still and moving images above, plus some footage on YouTube. The best of which are presented below.

From what I’ve been able to figure out, Kamikuishiki-mura Monogatari operates as a resource management sim, with the goal being the successful deployment of the chemical agent to targeted trains. The graphics combine a variety of real world images and video with somewhat charming yet ultimately creepy cartoon renderings of mostly Shoko Asahara, the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s leader.

In the following video you’ll find a shot of him touching the head of a young boy, as if he’s being blessed (well, Asahara has claimed to be Christ), plus a close up of his hand, emphasizing either a divine or maybe even healing touch. We also see him sitting in a tub, with the bath water being collected into jars, and not long after is another image of presumably the same bath water being injected intravenously into someone’s arm, seen here…

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