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Seven Mysteries is a Vietnamese freeware horror puzzle game made by sanggameboy in RPG Maker VX Ace. Late at night, several students in a cursed school encounter a string of supernatural events. One student, Tuan, goes on a supposedly fun treasure hunt, only to discover a notebook, which holds a dangerous secret. It involves mysterious accidents, disappearances, and murders involving transferred students over the course of a year, apparently because of a certain curse. What is it and how does it connect to the "curse" on the school?

There are 5 different endings for you to explore: the True Ending, Happy Ending and 3 Bad Endings. Different requirements have to be met and actions taken to achieve all of the endings. It is difficult to mention tropes without spoiling the twist in the True Ending, so be warned before reading beyond this point.


There's an official 2017 remake of the game, called "Seven Mysteries: The Last Page". The characters are more fleshed out and its given a better explanation about the school and the curse.

Seven Mysteries provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The idea that transfered students are dissapearing one after another and disposed of by an insane classmate is disturbing on its own.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Each chapter of the game focuses on a different lead character, though Tuan is stated to be the main protagonist.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sang.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In most of the endings.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The curse causes this in whomever it possesses, either driving the host completely insane, augmenting the darker emotions they keep inside, or controlling their actions to some degree without actually taking their sanity. For some reason, Tuan is inmune to it.
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  • Deconstruction: The series is a deconstruction of the school horror stories.
  • Doomed Protagonist: Poor Tuan. He is either murdered by Sang, succumbs to the curse and dies or is locked up in a mental ward.
  • Eye Scream: This game is fond of it. Linh lost an eye after someone threw a rock on his face. Tuan has visions of how Linh lost his eye and during half of the game, Linh’s pain is inflicted to him and becomes temporally blind. And, in the Happy End Tuan kills Sang by stabbing his eyes until there are only two bleeding sockets left.
  • False Friend: Sang's modus operandi. He befriends new students and tells them about the curse, so that they'll investigate the school at night and met their demise at his hands. This is the fate of Loi and his friends at the beginning of the story.
  • Foreshadowing: When Tuan reads the list of transfered students, it's shown that most of the characters at the beginning of the story were part of them. Also, Sang's name is absent, despite being one of the characters at the beginning of the story.
  • Golden Ending: The Happy Ending with Tuan stabbing Sang with the pen, the curse lifted and the school is closed down for good. Considering the True End, this is the best ending of the game.
  • Karma Houdini: With the exception of the Happy End, Sang never gets any comeuppance for murdering classmates and for putting the blame on an innocent girl. He ends up repeating school just to continue his murdering spree. Also, the Headmaster, who let it happen in the first place.
  • Knife Nut: Sang.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Why Sang keeps My alive despite being a transferred student is anyone's guess.
    • This has an explanation. Sang only kills the students who transfer or get too close to the truth (that there's no curse and the deaths are Sang's doing). My believes it's a curse, so this is probably why Sang has not killed her yet.
  • Meaningful Name: Sang's name, in French means "blood". I wonder why...
  • Mood Whiplash: What seems like a typical Japanese school supernatural story turns into horror and Reality Ensues.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • Bad End 1: After surviving the night, Tuan decides to transfer schools and start a new life away from the curse. While he is waiting for the Principal to get his report, he accidentally finds Linh's diary and realizes that Sang's the murderer. When Tuan tries to make a run for it, Sang enters and stabs him to death. He takes his corpse to the secret room where all the other bodies are, rotting away. It's also revealed that the Headmaster is in on it and praises Sang for his work.
    • Bad End 2: After surviving the night, the next day Tuan tells Sang that he has found a way to break the curse. Sang leads him to a mirror-filled room and shoves him inside.
    • Bad End 3: It goes the same as the former. While locked up in the room, Tuan finds the truth why the Headmaster is working with Sang and reveal a string of murders that have happened in the past, starting with Thuy, revealed to be a Red Herring. Tuan knocks out Sang and escapes to the library. Not long after, Sang will burst through the door and stab Tuan repeatedly and mockingly state that he failed. The next year, there is a new batch of students ready to start their school year. Ah, and Sang gets away with his actions and we can only assume he will continue killing more curious students...
    • Happy End: After being locked up by Sang, Tuan escapes and picks up the pen that he aparentally dropped. Sang will burst through the room with a knife and prepares to kill Tuan. Tuan uses his pen to kill Sang and goes back to the library to await midnight, where he succumbs to the curse. The school is then be shut down, the headmaster will be arrested for his crimes as Linh looks over the closed school before walking away.
    • True End: Instead of using the pen, Tuan stabs Sang with a knife. Unfortunately, the Principal decides to use Tuan as a scapegoat and blames him for all the murders. Tuan is placed in an insane asylum, where he continues to have hallucinations. Ah, and Sang survives his wound, waking up at the hospital.
      • The Stinger reveals that Sang disposed his partner Linh and has his corpse in an isolated well in the school backyard...Though it's unknown if Thuy's spirit killed him in revenge for provoking her death or if Sang has gone off the deep end.
  • Red Herring: A major part. After Spoiled Sweet Thuy was transferred into the school, mysterious accidents, disappearances, and murders started occurring, so Linh concludes that Thuy is a killer and convinces his best friend Sang to murder her. In order to avoid the school being closed, the Headmaster motivated him and Sang to be "secret-keepers" and murdering every student that got too close to the truth. Eventually he got fed up with it and transferred schools.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Tuan is one, so he decides to investigate more about the curse rumours.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Tuan has them, to accentuate his quiet demeanor.
  • The Reveal: There's no actual curse. In truth, Sang is a sociopathic killer that had killed seven classmates over a two-week period, framing Thuy for his crimes. Thuy's angry ghost was haunting the school, tormenting people who wandered in at night with horrific hallucinations. The headmaster knew about the haunting, but to avoid shutting the school down he conspired with the murderer to kill off the victims/witnesses and stockpile the bodies in a hidden room.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Thuy was one before dying and becoming a vengeful ghost.
  • Tears of Blood: When Tuan encounters Thuy’s spirit, she has this, complete with a Slasher Smile.
  • Twist Ending/Cruel Twist Ending
  • Wham Line: "This is how we keep the one."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: At least at first, according to Linh. Sang started off killing because the principal forced him to kill witnesses in an attempt to avoid shutting down the school, but after a while he began to enjoy it too much. After a while, Sang was just too far gone to stop. Linh's diary notes that he even repeated school just to keep on killing.
    • Ultimately averted. The end implies that Sang was the one killing the students supposedly Thuy murdered in the first place.

Seven Mysteries: The Last Page provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: With the exception of Sang, everyone's names are changed from Asian names to Western names. Examples include:
    • Tuan is called Nathan.
    • Linh becomes Neal.
    • My is called Keira.
    • Thuy becomes Jinny.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the original game, Sang was a stoic and sociopathic boy who lost his mind after he was forced by the Principal to murder students. Here, he's a kind-hearted yet isolated boy who's afraid of being alone and has a strong attachment towards his Only Friend Neal. And he only loses his mind to the curse after he feels abandoned by Neal.
  • Ambiguously Human: Is highly implied that the Principal was created by the demon itself in order to make Sang succumb to madness and despair even faster.
  • Arc Words: "Everything returns".
  • Ascended Extra: In the original Seven Mysteries, Linh was simple Sang's best friend who walked out from the school the moment Sang started enjoying murdering students. The remake? Not only is he much nicer and assertive and still Sang's friend, he's one of the protagonists and Sang's motivation to make a pact with the demon. Quite a departure.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • After Nathan transfers to a new school and finds out about the murders and that Sang was involved in them, he is forced to stab Sang in self-defense. Unfortunately, the Principal decides to use Nathan as a scapegoat and blames him for all the murders. He's placed in an insane asylum afterwards until he's rescued by Neal.
    • Also Sang firmly believes Ginny was the one behind the mysterious accidents, disappearances, and murders at school. Nobody believes him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Sang does not like other people talking to Neal and he becomes very anxious at the thought of being separated from him. Justified, as Sang was never able to make close friends in the past and was lonely for a very long time before meeting Neal.
  • Creepy Child: In a series full of emotional and moody teenagers, Ginny's otherworldly stoicism stands out. She's also weirdly knowledgable about ghost stories, which creeps Sang out.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Nathan is still the protagonist, as in the original Seven Mysteries, though the story is more focused on Sang and Neal's friendship.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tuan/Nathan. Also, My/Keira is much less relevant compared to the original game.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When the mysterious deaths and disappearances started, Sang concluded Ginny was involved in them, since she transferred around the same time. He tells Neal about this, causing Neal to shrug it off and call Sang delusional. This makes Sang feel abandoned by Neal and agrees to make a pact with the demon.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It took four years and a remake game, but in the end everyone gets to have a happy conclusion for the series.
  • It Amused Me: The demon's reason for causing the incidents.
  • Irony: Sang made a deal with the demon because he's desperate not to be separated from Neal. Only for the demon to possess Sang's body, murder people and distance from Neal even further.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A source of conflict in the game is the jealousy Sang feels regarding him and Neal getting separated into different classrooms. It makes his soul vulnerable enough for the demon to possess him.
  • The Jinx: After Ginny was transferred to the school, deaths and disappearances started to occur, making Sang believe Ginny was behind them. So he killed her in order to stop the disappearances. Later in the game the demon reveals he set up all these accidents and make Ginny seem as the culprit in order to broke Sang further.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Averted. The remake clarifies that there is indeed a curse. To be exactly, a demon feeding on negative emotions and despair.
  • Multiple Endings: 4 side endings (based on the original game and Tuan's storyline) and 2 main endings.
    • Main Ending 1: Unfortunately Neal is unable to save or reach Sang and he's fully possessed by the demon. Neal decides not to kill the possessed Sang and the demon mocks him for his naivety before leaving to cause havoc in the city. A few months later, the city has become an abandoned Ghost Town with Neal and Nathan being the only survivors. Neal leaves to search for Sang once again, leaving Nathan alone and resigned to his fate.
    • Main Ending 2: Neal decides to kill the possessed Sang and they have a final reconciliation. With Sang gone, Nathan is forced to return to the insane asylum. Neal wishes to see Sang once again. Because he had outsmarted the demon, this causes a Time Skip a la Reset Button where Neal is transferred to the past, where he befriends Sang once again. It's implied that Neal will make things work out this time so that Sang wouldn't feel lonely anymore. Therefore, the demon wouldn't influence him anymore, the students who were murdered by Sang are still alive and Nathan will live as a normal student the next year.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After the timeskip, Nathan absolutely despises Sang and wants nothing to do with him or Neal's rescue operation. But he has no choice but to help him, after Neal freed him from the insane asylum.
  • The Patient Has Left the Building: After being blamed by the Principal for all the murders in the school, Nathan is placed in an insane asylum. He escapes with Neal's help and spends the rest of the game running around in his hospital gown.
  • Reset Button Ending: In the True Ending, Inverted in this series, as compared to other Reset Button Endings. This undoes the existing Shoot the Shaggy Dog conclusion of the original game.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: A male example and central theme of the whole game with Sang and Neal.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Neal has one and he's definitively badass, especially when he returns to the city in the timeskp to save Sang and Nathan.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sang. Afraid of losing his Only Friend, he was tricked and possessed by a demon who forced him to murder other students. And he's competely aware of his actions but since the demon controls his body, he's unable to stop.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: After Nathan was used as a scapegoat for the school murders he acts so unhinged and loony while screaming about how Sang is the real murderer that it's no wonder no one believes him.


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