Video Game: Mogeko Castle
is an surreal horror game created by Mogeko (aka Deep-Sea Prisoner) in RPG Maker
. The main creatures are based off of the Geko cat. The game was originally made in RPG Maker 2000 and released on April 1st, 2012. A remake
made in RPG Maker VX was released on early 2014.
Yonaka Kurai, an ordinary high school girl, is taking the bus home. Her dearly beloved brother has finally come home, and she's looking forward to seeing him again. During the ride back, she drifts off, and reawakens to find the bus has stopped at an unfamiliar station.
While looking around, she encounters some strange yellow, catlike creatures: the Mogeko. These odd little creatures appear to be disturbingly obsessed with high school girls, and want to 'play with her'... Soon, Yonaka finds herself trapped inside the titular Mogeko Castle, searching for a way to escape back home.
Along her journey to the seventh floor, she encounters various Mogeko, which help her out. One of them, after she sets him free, joins her on her quest. Can she escape the castle with her sanity intact or will the Mogeko succeed with their perverted plans for her?
This game was translated by vgperson. Those interested in playing can find it over here
. Be forewarned, however, that the game contains some potentially triggering content, mainly violence and implied rape. The author rated the game 'ages 15 and up', but acknowledges this may be too low from a non-Japanese perspective.
Mogeko's other works are The Gray Garden
and Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea
Mogeko Castle provides examples of:
- All Just a Dream: Yonaka wonders if the castle was just this upon finding herself on a bus back home.
- all lowercase letters: King mogeko is distinguished from the usual Mogeko by the fact his name is in lowercase. This extends so far that somebody screams his name as "KING mOGEKO!"
- All Mogekos Are Perverts: Almost every single Mogeko Yonaka meets are after Yonaka because they want to have sex with her. They actually confess that they love high school girls, which might imply that they've abducted countless girls before Yonaka and either raped and/or murdered them. They also have a wide collection of porn and record their masturbation sessions.
- Almost Dead Guy: Hasu has been tortured and crucified by Moge-ko by the time you find them, yet hangs on long enough to explain how they were caught and about the castle's history before slowly succumbing to their injuries.
- Ambiguous Situation: Comes into play in the Happy Ending, which leaves Yonaka's status deliberately unclear. Is she trapped back in Mogeko Castle, or is she back home and the final scene just symbolic of her mental state? Is King mogeko drugging her or is she on antipsychotics/antidepressants?
- Armor-Piercing Question: Moge-ko asks Yonaka if she really wants to return home and she stumbles over her answer for a moment.
- Attempted Rape: The majority of the dialogue between Yonaka and the Mogekos is the latter alluding to what they're about to do to her, then Zerg Rushing her to try and make it happen. The first Bad End and a standard Game Over comprises of them getting exactly what they're after.
- Big Brother Worship: Yonaka thinks very highly of her brother.
- In the bonus room, one of the characters is bold enough to ask if this borders on Brother-Sister Incest. Yonaka denies this idea, of course.
- Bittersweet Ending: Regardless of if you get the Normal or Happy Ending, Defect Mogeko and Shinya are dead.
- Black Comedy: This is one way to look at the game, hidden among all of the perverted nature of the Mogeko and the homicidal behavior of Moge-ko.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Yonaka ends up this way after Nega-Mogeko is shot.
- Book Ends: The game's Framing Device is a Mogeko telling a bedtime story. In the Happy End, we return to this scene and learn it's King mogeko speaking to Yonaka.
- Bonus Material: Two if the game is completed with the happy ending.
- A trailer for Mogeko Castle Gaiden: General Hashasky's Great Adventure, a spin-off game with the Russian Mogeko saved by Yonaka and Defect Mogeko, will be shown after the final scene.
- A bonus room, complete with character profiles, a collection of music from the game, an assortment of outfits for Yonaka, in-game information and even a "radio interview with Yonaka" are available for the player to look at. The Denizen will let the player know that they can come back to the room if they want to look through it again.
- Break the Cutie: Yonaka, at an approximate rate of once every 10 minutes. It starts with a very clear rape threat, and somehow manages to get worse.
- Broken Aesop: While Yonaka comes to the conclusion that running away won't solve her problems, the two endings she can get after coming to this conclusion are both unpleasant: her happiest ending comes from running away with Defect Mogeko.
- But Thou Must:
- Given that Yonaka's already met and is running from the perverted Mogeko, and the castle has a giant Mogeko head forming one of the roofs, you'd think that heading inside would be the last thing she wants to do. However, choosing not to enter leads to the first Bad Ending.
- A few 'choices' ask if you want to take a certain action, with your options being 'Yes', 'Hai', or 'OK!'
- The Caligula: Moge-ko.
- Chekhov's Gun: The rocket launcher doubles as a bit of a boomerang; the first time it's used, it appears to be wasted with little effect. However, when King mokego appears, Defect Mogeko whips it out again and uses it more effectively.
- Content Warnings: The game starts with a warning about its violence and sexual themes.
- Cute and Psycho: The Mogekos may look like Cute Kittens with curly tails, but are disturbingly obsessive and casual about violence. Moge-ko is even worse about the violence.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: As mentioned before, the Mogeko masturbate. Even in the library, apparently.
- Did They or Didn't They?: One Mogeko sleeping in a bed asks Yonaka to sleep with him. She can accept. Nothing is shown and nothing horrific occurs, leaving what happened ambiguous. Maybe they just cuddled...?
- Though it's worth mentioning that after the scene, Yonaka's Student ID changes from 'Female Student' to 'Woman'.
- Double Entendre: The fifth bad ending sounds almost... sexual. Compared to what the game offers, it wouldn't be too surprising.
- Downer Ending: The so-called Happy End leaves Yonaka with a dead brother and a broken mind, either Trapped in Another World or just haunted by King mogeko as one of her personal demons.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: When Yonaka is hiding from a Mogeko in the storage room, he mentions that he'd be able to track her down by her scent much easier if not for his pesky hay fever.
- Emotionless Girl: Yonaka. She definitely has When She Smiles moments in the game.
- Escape Sequence: At several points, Yonaka must flee from oncoming hordes of Mogeko. Hope you don't take a wrong turn—!
- Evil Counterpart: Inverted with Nega-Mogeko, who is explictedly a Good Counterpart of King mogeko. As his complete opposite, they don't share any of the usual Mogeko traits with him, meaning they aren't a selfish, Psychopathic Man Child.
- Evil Gloating: Moge-ko and King mogeko both engage in this whenever they get the upper hand.
- Eviler Than Thou: King mogeko is obsessed with high school girls, sex, killing, and proscuito. Moge-Ko is feared even by King mogeko for her split personality, unpredictable nature, and being brutally sadistic in her tortures. It says something when the King wants her dead.
- The Fatalist: Defect Mogeko is initally resigned to his fate when he meets Yonaka, but becomes convinced while helping her that it's possible to Screw Destiny and help her escape.
- Fisher Kingdom: Mogeko Castle is implied to be one; many of the Special Mogeko mention that it was originally a much nicer place to live before King mogeko arrived and started reshaping it to their will.
- Various portraits show Mogeko with either completely blank faces or a single creepy eye in the middle of their face.
- One Mogeko mentions that he'd have an easier time tracking down Yonaka by her scent if he wasn't suffering from hay fever. Near the end of the game, this comes up again when Nega-Mogeko tells Yonaka that the stench of his blood should cover her scent and make it easier for her to escape unnoticed.
- Several times, Yonaka is asked if she really wants to escape.
- The choice leading to the Happy Ending is labeled "On the Path to Falsehood".
- Four Is Death: Yonaka and Shinya. Relatedly, Shinya just so happens to be an Ax-Crazy Torture Technician bent on making Yonaka his next victim.
- Gratuitous Italian
- Heroic BSOD: Yonaka teeters on the edge of a full breakdown after Nega-Mogeko's death, and remains touch-and-go for the rest of the game.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Nega-Mogeko makes a Last Stand after being shot to give Yonaka time to reach the seventh floor.
- Karma Houdini: The happy ending has the terrible King mogeko continuing his tormenting of Yonaka. Moge-Ko survives in either ending, though the normal ending implies that she serves Yonaka.
- Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: In Moge-ko's room and Yonaka's room, you can find their respective underwear.
- Klingon Promotion: In one ending, Yonaka takes over the castle by murdering the king, scalping him and wearing the top of his head as a hat.
- Laughing Mad: Moge-ko. She tends to giggle madly when she gets excited about killing or torturing someone.
- Morton's Fork: Yonaka has to deal with this near the ending: go back home and face her murderous brother, or return to Mogeko Castle, which is as about as far from a safe haven as you can get?
- Multiple Endings:
- Bad End 0: Everlasting Dream: If Yonaka decides not to go in the castle, a swarm of Mogeko will appear behind her and, after admitting what they know about her, they will proceed to gang-rape her and possibly kill her in the process.
- Bad End 1: Assimilation: If Yonaka decides to unleash the madness of the first Mad Mogeko, it will kill her and she will ask many questions about herself, including who she is. She will then "become one with the darkness of Mogeko Castle".
- Bad End 2: Insects: If Yonaka goes in the room with Mogeko larva, she becomes a host for Mogeko Eggs, which presumably have been laid inside of Yonaka by the larva.
- Bad End 3: Meat Party: If Yonaka decides to lift the cage filled with Mad Mogeko, they run towards her and Defect Mogeko and attack them, eating them alive.
- Bad End 4: Toy: If Yonaka and Defect Mogeko leave Moge-ko's room instead of going for her bed, Moge-ko will kill Defect Mogeko and make Yonaka her new toy. She will hang her on one of the many crosses in her torture room and torture her for a long time. Her followers will then spy on them during one of their sessions and see the worn-out Yonaka.
- Bad End 5: Parasite: If Yonaka decides to touch the blancfluff parasite, it will jump in her mouth and works its way to her stomach. While it's doing that, Yonaka is screaming as it squirms around in her body. Eventually, Yonaka will turn into a Yonafluff.
- Bad End? 6: Elopement (Prosciutto Love Affair: Vows on the Sunset Hill): If Yonaka chooses to elope with Defect Mogeko and abandon her quest to return home, she and Defect Mogeko will run away together and presumably get married. Actually the real happiest ending in the game.
- Bad End 7: Ficticious Truth: If Yonaka gets caught by her brother, he will pull out a knife and stab her multiple times while she screams in pain.
- Normal End: Yonaka Castle: If Yonaka kills any or all of the Special Mogeko and kills her brother, she will return to Mogeko Castle, knock out Moge-ko, and kill King mogeko. She will cut off mogeko's cap and wear it like a crown and, just as the other Mogeko are ready to attack her, she turns into Lord Prosciutto. She renames the castle after herself and decides to use her powers to resurrect her brother.
- Happy End: If Yonaka doesn't kill any special Mogeko and kills her brother, he will momentarily return and give her one more smile before passing on. After the credits, King mogeko will be by someone's bedside. He will initially start by talking about happiness. Then, he will reveal that he's by Yonaka's beside and that because she is either comatose or on an anti-psychotic/antidepressant medication, she is unable to see or hear him. Meaning, he will continue to haunt her and never leave her alone.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: One frustrated Mogeko declares that if he can't find Yonaka, he'll blow up the whole castle and sift through the rubble to find her body — "A corpse is fine, too!"
- Press X to Die: Most of the choices leading to a bad ending are explicitly labeled as such, with the game even outright stating "If you do this, you'll die! Do you still want to?"
- Psychopathic Manchild:
- King mogeko leads by example. Unfortunately, the example he sets is that of a Spoiled Brat with no sense of morality and a disturbing obsession with high school girls.
- Moge-ko is even more of a Spoiled Brat who treats her Mogeko followers as an endless supply of living 'toys' that she enjoys breaking.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Yonaka has these on the title screen. Moge-ko also switches between normal black eyes to slit-pupiled red eyes when talking about her cruel intentions or going into a rage. Also seen on Shinya; they turn black after Yonaka stabs him in the Happy End. Yonaka herself gains these once she's "On the Path to Falsehood" in said ending.
- Self-Made Orphan: Shinya kills Yonaka's parents while waiting for her to get back.
- Sequel Hook:
- The Happy End contains a pretty obvious hook, and leads into the trailer for Mogeko Castle Gaiden: General Hashasky's Great Adventure.
- One of the bonus room features is an in-character interview, where the host gleefully mentions that the sequel's going to take EVEN MORE from Yonaka.
- Shout-Out: The RPG Maker VX remake of the game includes several references to the author's past work, particularly The Gray Garden, which is an anime in the Mogeko world if the Yosafire figurines and TV broadcast are any indication.
- Split Personality: Moge-ko might have this. She easily goes back and forth between an almost nice facade to a bloodthirsty monster.
- This may also be the case for Yonaka's brother, Shinya. While waiting for his sister to return, he tortured, murdered, and mutilated their parents. His red eyes should be proof of this terrifying behavior.
- Stylistic Suck: The game sometimes uses the sound of a bad quality speech synthesis for the Mogekos. It may have been deliberately chosen for its creepiness.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Yonaka develops one when Nega-Mogeko is shot, and subsequently burnt at the stake.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Prosciutto. There are a few other foods mentioned, like peppers and sea-salt chips, but this is the primary obsession of the Mogekos, to the point that they have an entire religion revolving around it.
- Vendor Trash: Every item that isn't a Key Item amounts to this. All the prosciutto, dirty magazines and other things you find throughout the castle serve no real purpose other than giving you stuff to collect — and since cabinets, bookshelves and garbage can be checked indefinitely, you can collect up to 99 of each bit of trash very easily.
- You Can't Fight Fate: King mogeko taunts Yonaka and Defect Mogeko by claiming they can't escape the castle no matter how hard they try, and should just give up and submit already.
- Zerg Rush: Individually, your average Mogeko isn't very strong, and can easily be dispatched by, say... a knife to the face. However, they have a tendency to swarm, and in the various Escape Sequences Yonaka has to keep ahead of hordes of the little yellow beasts.