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:
- 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.
- Quest for Identity
- 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
- 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...