Blue Sango (found Japanese PC adventure game; 1997)

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Box Art of Blue Sango.

Status: Found

Date found: 01 Apr 2023

Found by: beanstalk_redump

Blue Sango (ブルー・サンゴ) is an adventure game released for Windows and Macintosh in 1997, developed and published by Gyro Ltd. A Pippin Atmark version had been announced but was cancelled. The game is a puzzle-based point-and-click adventure game, which uses Apple's QuickTime VR technology.

Most of the known information about the game can be found on archives of Gryo Ltd.'s page, including an in-depth story synopsis. This page at one point contained various images of the game and its development, however, only one screenshot was archived by the Wayback Machine. The website states that Kouhei Takabayashi, Mariko Akino, Toshiki Hidaka, and others provided voice acting, with Yuri Ohashi providing vocals for the game's soundtrack and Chie Ueta working on the character artwork.[1]

Blue Sango was listed on various software lineups[2], the most notable being Bandai's Pippin Title CD-ROM Catalog for Summer 1996, which provides the only known gameplay footage. This catalog also lists the game as a Summer 1996 release.[3]

Gyro Ltd.'s current website lists Blue Sango on its "History" page, displaying an image of the game's box artwork.[4]

On December 13th, 2020, Twitter user @gula_sound posted images of the game's front and back cover, asking if anyone knew anything about it.[5] This same copy was subsequently sold on Mercari for 490 yen.[6] The game surfaced for a second time on March 19th, 2023 when a copy of the game was listed on Yahoo! JAPAN Auction.[7] The auction ended six days later on March 25th 2023, selling for a final price 301,000 yen. It was unknown who had won said auction.

On April 1st, 2023, Internet Archive user beanstalk_redump uploaded the whole content of the game online on the Internet Archive, rendering the whole game found[8].

Gallery

Images

Gameplay

20 minutes of gameplay uploaded by Jeremias.
(Spoiler Warning) 10 minutes of gameplay + ending cutscene uploaded by Mr^Burns - Obscure Games & Software Tester.
Opening cutscene uploaded by mb.
Footage of "Pippin Title CD Rom Catalog Vol. 1", which contains a video preview of Blue Sango.

Videos

Coverage of "Pippin Title CD Rom Catalog Vol. 1" by Play Different (commentary).
Coverage of "Pippin Title CD Rom Catalog Vol. 1" by Pierre Dandumont (commentary).
Video covering Blue Sango by Jeremias (commentary).

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