The Seven Colors: Legend of PSY・S City (found Masaya Matsuura Mac point-and-click adventure game; 1993)
The cover of the CD-ROM jewel case for the game.
Date found: 23 May 2015
Found by: HomeStarRunnerTron
The Seven Colors: Legend of PSY・S City is a Mac-exclusive explorative point-and-click adventure game. Of note is it being the debut of Masaya Matsuura (creator of PaRappa the Rapper, UmJammer Lammy, and Vib-Ribbon) in the world of game development.
History & Significance
Before game development, Masaya Matsuura was a musician, performing in a highly successful pop-rock duo called PSY・S, which was active from 1983 to 1996. Three months before the release of the band's tenth studio album, WINDOW, The Seven Colors was created, serving as the basis for the artwork and themes of the upcoming album. Three of the songs in WINDOW are taken directly from parts of the game soundtrack of The Seven Colors. Instrumental versions of other songs from other albums are played throughout The Seven Colors, as well. Specifically, the opening and closing instrumental for their ninth album, HOLIDAY, is utilized in-game.
Masaya Matsuura collaborated with Sony Music Entertainment Japan (which also published Eastern Mind and Chu-Teng), writing new music as PSY・S with his creative partner, CHAKA. The writing in the game was done by Yukinojo Mori, the lyricist/poet behind "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" from Dragon Ball Z, and the art design was headed by Mic*itaya, who had done a great deal of similar work for the past few PSY・S albums and singles.
The game debuted at a solo exhibit of Mic*itaya's art, an event which took place from May 7th to 19th, 1992. Later on, some time in 1993, the game would receive a Multimedia Grand Prix award. This would place the game's creation as preceding both MYST and The Journeyman Project (two of the games considered most often to be the trailblazers for the explorative point-and-click genre).
The game's objective is to rescue all the colored hearts (unlike American standard, Japanese culture dictates seven major colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Light Blue, and Purple.) in PSY・S City and, in doing so, bring back the night. The graphics are made primarily out of pre-rendered cel-shaded computer-generated environments. There is very little dialogue (written or spoken) in the game. Clues for how to find hearts are given in cryptic songs, and all objectives can be accomplished in any order. There are also hidden tasks throughout that give experience points and other non-essential interactive tidbits.
Much like every game to follow in Masaya Matsuura's library, the game has a penchant for quirky humour and surrealism.
For years, the game was merely mentioned by name a handful of times on the Internet, without even a single screenshot of gameplay shared. The most information on the game itself dates back to a Japanese thread from the late 2000s with nostalgic players trying to figure out how to beat the game.
In early May 2015 (right around the Lost Media Wiki's migration to this current domain), the CD was found being sold on the Japanese site Yahoo! Auctions. It was bought through a service for international customers called Buyee.
Shortly afterward, the game was dumped and archived on Macintosh Garden.
Hacking and English Fantranslation
Initially, when received, the game was unplayable on old Mac OS 7-9 emulation due to an incapability to run Audio CD partitions in-game. In hacking the MacroMind Player files, a workaround was created and released on Macintosh Garden to use compressed audio that could play without a separate audio partition.
Currently, a full English fantranslation is in-progress. A preview can be seen below in the gallery.
- The download page on Macintosh Garden. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Downloadable ISO archive of Chu-Teng. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Window, Blog Entry. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Window Intro Song, Blog Entry. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- "The Seven Colors" (Song), Blog Entry. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Heart no Patio, Blog Entry. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- The Seven Colors (Game), Blog Entry. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- The Seven Colors (Game), Blog Entry #2. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- The Seven Colors (Game), Blog Entry #3. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- The Seven Colors (Game), forum thread. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- PSY•S forum thread. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- PSY•S trivia page. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Wikipedia article on PSY・S. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Wikipedia article on Yukinojo Mori. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Wikipedia article on Masaya Matsuura. Received 10 Sep '20
- Blog entry about the history of WINDOW. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- HOLIDAY, full album on nicovideo.jp. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Mic*itaya's biography. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- Archived forum thread discussing The Seven Colors. Retrieved 10 Sep '20
- The auction in question on Buyee, archived. Retrieved 10 Sep '20