Tasokare Hotel is a free-to-play escape adventure mobile game released by SEEC in 2017.
The game features characters who arrived at a hotel on the verge of death while their memories remain blank; as the story progresses, newly arrived characters work together with the protagonist to recall their background and the circumstances that led to their death.
Tasokare Hotel contains examples of:
- Amnesiac Hero: Neko Tsukahara, as well as most of the hotel guests when they first arrive at the hotel.
- Animal Motifs: Neko's name is homonymous with the Japanese word for 'cat', and has a cat-like mouth and is described as having 'dead fish-like eyes'.
- Anti Poop-Socking: Like most free-to-play mobile visual novels, you are given 5 free story tickets every day, and there are points where you have to complete missions in order to proceed with the story.
- Befriending the Enemy: In 'Another End', Neko offers to team up with Osoto as an accomplice in his crimes in return for leaving Atori alone.
- Bishōnen: Atori and Osoto. Unfortunately, the latter is a criminal.
- Earn Your Bad Ending: Another End. You have to make certain choices at four different decision points in order to get this ending, making this ending tougher to obtain than the other endings, but not any more favourable...
- Earn Your Happy Ending: With a plethora of bad endings in the game that Neko could end up getting, she has to make the right choices to find the Golden Ending to save Atori and send Osoto to hell.
- Evolving Title Screen: The game's title screen changes over the progress of the game; obtaining the true ending in a chapter adds the character's portrait to the title screen. Completing all of the endings changes the title screen image to the one above.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: There is a CG gallery with images, as well as character pages with the developers' notes, that can be unlocked if the player gets the Early Completion Bonus. They can also be released with coins if the player fails to get the Early Completion Bonus.
- The Many Deaths of You: Neko can die in various ways in the game, throughout all of the bad endings. She can get poisoned by an octopus, escape to the real world alone after discovering Osoto's true character, and get stabbed by him again in the real world, get pushed onto the train tracks in Atori's place by Osoto, get turned into a daruma doll by Osoto if she fails in her interrogation of him, get taken away by him if she confronts Osoto at the station without solving Kiriko's puzzle box, get struck by Osoto and lose all of her memories again, and thus being doomed to stay in the Hotel forever if she attempts to inform Atori when she discovered Osoto's true character.
- Multiple Endings: Featured in most of the chapters. In some chapters, making the wrong decision results in the guests(s) dying, or otherwise getting a bad ending for their chapter, thus their portraits will not be added to the title screen.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Neko and Osoto become this in Another End.
- Race Against the Clock: In Chapter 2 and Chapter 8, there are moments where you are given only 10 seconds to choose the right item to use, or you will get a bad ending.
- Stalker Without a Crush: In Chapter 7, Masaki Osoto is revealed to be this to Haruto Atori out of jealousy that his parents favoured him over himself, when Neko discovers the hidden room in Osoto's room filled with torture equipment and a wall filled with Atori's pictures that had been secretly taken.
- Taking You with Me:
- In Chapter 3, Kyoko attempts to do this to Toru in both routes that Neko can end up being on in that chapter, when it is revealed that while Toru survived, she died.
- In Chapter 8, Neko has the option of answering Kiriko that she was prepared to go to hell in order to send Osoto to hell, which will lead her to the True Ending of that chapter. Also, in the same chapter, Osoto tries to bring Neko with him when she opened the Gates of Hell to send him to hell.
- Temporal Paradox: Averted. Neko (and Ruri later on, too, in the special stories) time travels to the moment right before Atori was murdered to prevent the murder and deal with Osoto (by either sending him to hell or to the police), consequently preventing her own murder in the new timeline, and would have thus never gone to Tasokare Hotel, but was able to achieve all of that without causing any time paradoxes.
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble: In Chapter 8, this exchange takes place when Neko opens Kiriko's box to send Osoto to hell. Also qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Funny.Masaki Osoto: I remember now! In the future, I've been to hell because of you!Neko Tsukahara: Your English grammar was wrong!
- To Hell and Back: Haruto Atori. He was saved by Neko twice; once, when Neko went back in time to stop Osoto from pushing Atori onto the tracks, thereby preventing him from having ever visited Tasokare Hotel and the events that led to his accidental shooting of Osoto, and the second time in the special stories, where Neko went to hell in Atori's nightmares to rescue him.
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. In Chapter 4, Toru is suspected to be cheating on his fiancé, Kyoko, and even had a baby with another woman. However, if Neko solves the Rubik's Cube before heading over to the couple's room, it is revealed that the Kyoko whom Toru had a baby with and was about to get married to was a different Kyoko from the one who came to the hotel with him.