Kowloon's Gate

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Kowloon's Gate
Kowloon's Gate Cover.jpg
Developer(s)Zeque
Publisher(s)Sony Music Entertainment
Composer(s)Kuniaki Haishima
Platform(s)PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release
  • JP: February 28, 1997
  • JP: April 14, 2010 (PSN)
Genre(s)Adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Kowloon's Gate (クーロンズゲート) is a 1997 Japanese an adventure video game developed by Zeque. Set in the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, it is considered a cult hit.

Plot[edit]

The game is set in Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong.[1] On June 22, 1997, before the handover of Hong Kong, the demolished Kowloon Walled City reemerged from the realm of Yin (陰界) back to the streets of Hong Kong in the living realm of Yang (陽界). The Hong Kong Supreme Feng Shui Conference (香港最高風水会議) determined that the reappearance of the walled city was a sign of an imbalance of the Yin and Yang, and if the two parallel worlds are not separated once again, great calamity would occur. To set things straight, the order of Feng Shui would need to be re-instilled in the realm of Yin. Thus the protagonist, a Super Feng Shui Practitioner (超級風水師), was sent into the Kowloon Walled City to seek and awaken the Four Symbols so that order would be revived.

Development[edit]

The game was developed by Zeque,[2] who also co-developed Planet Laika.

It was released for the PlayStation in Japan on February 28, 1997, and re-released for the PlayStation Network on April 14, 2010.[3]

Reception[edit]

Famitsu gave the game a score of 26 out of 40.[4]

Critic Shin Muramatsu drew on his experience with the game's "Hong Kong Gothic" version of the Walled City to compare the past and future of Hong Kong itself.[5]

Though never released abroad, Kowloon's Gate was a cult hit in Japan.[6] In the video game magazine Famitsu, a 2009 reader poll of games with highest demand for a sequel ranked the game tenth with 151 votes.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonogh, Gary; Cindy Wong (August 30, 2005). Global Hong Kong. Routledge. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-415-94770-1.
  2. ^ "Kowloon's Gate". C-games.info. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "ARTDINK BEST CHOICE クーロンズ・ゲート -九龍風水傳-". PlayStation.com(Japan). Sony. 2010-04-14. Archived from the original on 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  4. ^ "クーロンズ・ゲート -九龍風水傳- [PS] / ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  5. ^ McDonogh, Gary; Cindy Wong (August 30, 2005). Global Hong Kong. Routledge. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-415-94770-1.
  6. ^ Sato, Ike (November 30, 1999). "Planet Laika Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  7. ^ "Famitsu Readers Voted Their Most Wanted Sequels | PS3Hyper". web.archive.org. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2018-12-14.

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