Taiwan 2001 (lost PC game; 2000s-early 2010s)
Taiwan 2001 (台灣2001), abbreviated as TW2001 is a game created by 'Kuso Soft' (kuso being Japanese for crap) in Taiwan as a spoof of the 1995 homebrew shooter game Hong Kong 97 for the Super Famicom, in which the latter game has received a cult following in Japan and Taiwan because of the game's difficulty, anti-Chinese overtones, graphic content (namely the fact that the final slide in the intro features a photograph of Holocaust victim corpses and that the game over screen utilizes a forensic photograph of a man killed in mid-1992), and reputation as one of the worst video games ever created. The name of the company 'Kuso Soft' is most likely a made-up company as a parody of HappySoft, the company who distributed Hong Kong 97.
The gameplay of Taiwan 2001 is very similar to Hong Kong 97; however, Kuso Soft claims that it is intended to be worse than that of the original game.
Story and Content
The game can be played in three languages: Cantonese, Hua, and Mandarin. After the title screen, the intro follows, which is a near-exact replication of Hong Kong 97's plot:
- "The year 2001 has arrived. A herd of fuckin’ uglies. are rushing from the mainland. Crime rates skyrocketed![sic] Therefore, the Taiwan Government called Wang Shou En’s relative Wang Shou Min for the education plan of the mainlanders. Min is an etiquette expert. Reform all 1.2 billion people!
- "However, in mainland China, there was a secret project in progress! A project to transform the captured Wang Shou En into an ultimate weapon!"
According to the story, the game takes place in the year 2001 in Taiwan, relating to the international recognition and political claim between the People's Republic of China (mainland China) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) over each other.
Wang Shou Min is possibly the boy shown on the title screen and in the intro, and Wang Shou En is the head of the girl.
The second screen in the plot features Chen Shui-ban, who was the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 2000 to 2008. Since the game took place in 2001, he was the president at the time.
One of the backgrounds during gameplay features the face of the founder and first president of the Republic of China Sun Yat-sen on a $100 New Taiwan dollar banknote.
Little is known about the game's actual gameplay, other than its similar to the gameplay of Hong Kong 97 in which you control a character named Wang Shou Min and throw a projectile at enemies such as people from mainland China and passing motorcycles. It's possible that after defeating a certain number of enemies, the head of Wang Shou Min appears and after defeating it a new wave of enemies come again and the game repeats. Additionally, the game also had a 'bomb' command. The game over screen says "小明死亡 MinisDEAD", atop an image similar in content and tone (though noticeably less gory) to the one seen on Hong Kong 97's game over screen.
The only evidence of the game's existence is mentions and reviews of the game from an interview between Kowloon Kurosawa (the designer of Hong Kong 97) on Six Samana and personal blogs, as well as the screenshot of the title screen. However, downloads for this game have not been made available.
The game was made for PC and is freeware, meaning the game can be obtained for free with no monetary cost.
Although screenshots of the game exist, no download link has been found throughout the Internet as of now, and it is unknown if physical copies of this game exist or have been released.
- Note: All screenshots are uploaded under fair use for educational purposes.
- Interview between Kowloon Kurosawa on Six Samana about Hong Kong 97 and Taiwan 2001 in Japanese. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- Onee-sama's blog post describing the game. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- Article in the Encyclopedia Gaia in Wikia about Hong Kong 97, also mentioning Taiwan 2001. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- Blog post in Cantonese with screenshots. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- Codewalr.us forum requesting a search of the game. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- ZetaBoards forum also requesting the game. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- English Wikipedia article on Hong Kong 97, which mentions Taiwan 2001. Retrieved 27 Aug '17
- Chinese Wikipedia article on Hong Kong 97, also featuring Taiwan 2001. Retrieved 27 Aug '17