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Chu-Teng (中天, "Transit"), is a Japanese Point-and-Click Game by OutSide Director Osamu Sato, the sequel to Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, released for the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows in 1995, but became lost media until 2013.

Taking place an unknown time after the first game, the player first encounters Nanshu themselves, explaining the story. Nanshu explains he was set to guard Chu-Teng, but the darkness entity named Chu-In broke him into pieces. Nanshu called for help, and found Rin, and one of his eyes turned into a transportation device, while his ears became a tablet for Rin to use. Rin then sets off for Chu-Teng.

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Initially, the game was in Japanese only; however, on November 11th, 2020, seven years after the game's rediscovery, a full fan translation was created for the game, meaning non-Japanese players could experience the story for the first time. About half a year later, a longplay using the translation was created.


Chu-Teng contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: Similarly to the first game, part of the introduction is in a crudely-drawn art style, while the rest is pre-rendered 3D animation.
  • Broken Record: Similarly to the first game, most of the music is short loops.
  • Genius Loci: Nanshu. Or at least, his head. The same applies with his twin Chui-hei, which is only seen in the ending.
  • Mercy Kill: Chui-hei claims he's trying to pull this in the ending against all of Chu-Teng. If only he realized a lot of the suffering in Chu-Teng is directly tied to his actions...
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  • Starfish Alien: Taking place in space, all the creatures from Star Palace, Moon Palace, and Sun Palace, that Rin can interact with would certainly qualify for the "Alien" aspect, and Sato's signature style sure lends to the "Starfish" half. Some have lots of arms, some have lots of eyes, some have lots of both, some resemble Onis, some resemble weird bird-chickens, one resembles a telephone, and some are "Dark Amoeba" that resemble black blobs.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Unlike in Eastern Mind, Chu-Teng actually manages to feature boss fights—namely against Yamin (in the Five-Story Pagoda), Chi-tou, and Ru-hou (both in Ge-Teng).
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