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Video Game: Palette
Why is it that creatures need memories?

Sianos B. Sian has had a long night. After staying up late working on the latest installment of 'Concealed Memory', his weekly column for the Central News, he's more than ready to head home. But before he can make it out the door, a woman comes knocking with an urgent request. One that she's not about to let him refuse...

Thus, he finds himself counseling a girl called B.D. Having lost her memory and eyesight in a tragic accident, B.D. needs his help to uncover her forgotten past.

An RPG Maker Adventure Game designed by Yoshitaka Nishida, aka Finger Puppet. First released in 1998, it won the grand prize in a competition held by the creators of RPG Maker. Later, Enterbrain created an Updated Re-release for the Playstation called "Forget Me Not -Palette-".

A translation by vgperson for the original version can be found here. While the game is old, modern systems can usually run it; however, the colors may not always display properly.


This game contains instances of:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: B.D. was socially isolated and treated horribly because of what her father did.
  • Alliterative Name: Sianos B. Sian.
  • Anachronic Order: B.D.'s memories jump around a lot. To help sort things out, each scene is numbered and named.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Vector saw Macilt Krim as this. Unfortunately, he also lumped Krim's family into the same catagory.
    • The Aging Man in the finale.
  • Bad Liar: At the start of the game, when the Woman's trying to convince Sian to listen to her:
    Woman: "I look forward to your column every week, doctor! Er... what was it called, again?"
  • Bittersweet Ending: B.D. regains her memories and is reunited with her mother. However, they have to keep running away from the police because of her mother's crimes, meaning there's little chance she'll ever get to have the normal life she wanted.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: One of the first things B.D. remembers is red on her dress, which takes the form of red splotches.
  • Bloody Handprint: Found on a wall in one Scene.
  • Color-Coded Characters
  • Color Motif: Especially red.
  • Cycle of Revenge
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: If B.D. runs out of 'health' in her memories, she complains that her head hurts, and ends the call. However, the next call simply puts her back in the starting room to try again.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Combined with Splash of Color for the game's distinctive visual style. B.D's maze of thoughts is gray, with only splashes of red filled in. When Scenes are active, the room changes shades.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Scene 11: A Distant Day's Dream, where B.D. recalls waking up from a nightmare where she'd gone blind.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: invoked In-Universe: The moral of the Just So Story is that you shouldn't try to change yourself or become something you're not. Red Silhouette states that while they used to believe this was true, they've since changed their mind.
  • Girlish Pigtails: B.D.
  • Hannibal Lecture: During the final scene, the Aging Man tells Red Silhouette that despite their experiment being 'reasonably successful', some victims of violent crimes are destined to continue the cycle.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Vector wrote 'The Inherited Sin', which claims that people who survive being victimized in terrible crimes are likely to become criminals themselves, and should be monitored closely. Vector himself was the Sole Survivor of a terrible crime, and his murderous revenge combined with his own writings led to him facing the death penalty.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: B.D. declares this near the end, just before going to face the Awful Truth anyway.
  • Identity Amnesia: B.D. suffers from this; her name is just something she calls herself because it sticks out in her mind, and she isn't even sure if it's her real name or not.
  • In the Blood: The book 'The Inherited Sin' questions whether or not this is the case.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: B.D. must gather and place Shards in order to reconstruct her own memories.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: B.D.'s maze of memories.
  • Just So Story: One is told in Scene 33, stating that the reason the moon waxes and wanes is its desire to become more like the sun or stars. However, it cannot become as big as the sun or as small as the stars, and thus is constantly changing, unable to mantain either charade.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lassa Tobacco can cause this.
    • Heel-Face Brainwashing: Zebub is trying to invoke this by erasing the memories of people deemed likely to become criminals.
  • Life Meter: Depicted as a meter filled with white rectangles. Moving from one room to the next, breaking through barriers, or certain other actions will deplete it, while finding memory Shards will extend her maximum amount of moves.
  • Mama Bear: The Red Silhouette. The Aging Man made a big mistake by mashing her Berserk Button.
  • Meaningful Name: B.D. is eventually revealed to mean 'born of disorder', which was applied to children exposed to crimes.
  • Mind Screw
  • Nice Hat: The Black Hat Man, with said hat being the first thing B.D. clearly remembers about him.
  • Once More with Clarity: 'Final Scene: Palette' revisits Scene 46: Red of Beginning and the subsequent scenes, with B.D. finally remembering what happened.
  • Paparazzi: Seen in Scene 17: Light and Crowds.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: B.D. agreed to live in Zebub and have her memories erased so that her father wouldn't be executed. When he broke out of prison and came to see her, he got fatally shot, and the Aging Man declared the project was a failure in her case.
  • Shame If Something Happened: The Woman who enlisted Sian's aid makes it very clear that if he doesn't help, her gun might 'misfire' again.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Canary's family was murdered because of Macilt Krim's own crimes.
    • In addition, B.D. was isolated and made to suffer for her father's crimes, including when somebody killed the stray cat that hung around her garden.
  • Sole Survivor: Retro Vector survived the murder of their family, as did Canary Krim when he took revenge.
  • Spoiler Title: Some of the Scene names reveal important details of the scene itself... before you find the vital Shard. For instance, Scene 13: Straw Hat, reveals what the present B.D. got from her father was long before you find the item in question.
  • Tomato in the Mirror:
    • B.D. is Retro Vector's daughter, and became part of the Zebub study in order to try and save him from being executed for his crimes.
    • Sian is a persona created by B.D. that she retreated into after her trauma, based off a TV personality.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Zebub, with elements of Stepford Suburbia and Gilded Cage.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia
  • Quest for Identity
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The minds behind the creation of Zebub. Wanting to prevent traumatized people from becoming criminals sounds good on paper, right? But when that involves completely erasing their memories and identities, well...
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