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"Great. You ''still'' think this is a dream. Why don't you open the door and find out?"

The Coma: Cutting Class is a 2D Survival Horror game by Devespresso Games. It was released on Steam on October 2015, and an updated edition was released on and PlayStation 4 in 2017. The updated edition was also released on the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

You play as Youngho, a Korean freshman at Sehwa High. After falling asleep while working on the first exam of his finals, Youngho wakes up to find that night has fallen. He is alone in the school.

Well... not completely alone.

Now Youngho must evade a mysterious killer and find a way out of Sehwa.


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  • Adults Are Useless: Mister Ma. His public image at Sehwa High School is that of a well-intentioned Stern Teacher and counselor who is determined to stop bullying at the school. It turns out that he is actually inept at actually changing the bullies. The school bullies get to victimize others under the pretense of "peer-to-peer mediation".
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Both Myung-gil and Seho love Mina, but she does not like either of them. In fact, it's all but stated that she's in love with Youngho, who has a crush on Ms. Song
  • An Axe to Grind: Coma!Miss Song wields a fireaxe at the last section of the game.
  • An Economy Is You: The school's vending machines provide you with all of the consumable items that you need. Food, drinks, bandages, and antidotes.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Yaesol is given a new outfit after you beat the game in the first time.
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  • Apocalyptic Log: Some of the notes that can be found in the game will reveal Seho's Start of Darkness after learning about the Coma dimension.
  • Artifact of Doom: Seho's flute, otherwise known as The Relic. This instrument is what allowed Seho to control the Shade as his personal "succubus". Early in the game, he actually loses the Relic, and the Shade regains possession of this object from Youngho. It is also revealed through several notes that there are more Relics within the school.
  • Back Tracking: A main part of the game will be searching for items within areas of the school that you've already checked.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Yaesol saves Youngho from Coma!Miss Young near the end of the game.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The true ending is Youngho escaping the Coma, and as a result of fixing things in there, not only does he re-claim his spot as the 3rd best student in class (as Seho was actually using the Coma to steal his work), but he passes his finals with ease. Unfortunately, Yaesol reports to her superiors that even though they managed to find the culprit (Seho), the Shade has the flute relic, and Youngho is now seen as a possible asset for the Vigilantes. An unspecified time later he ends up in another coma, albeit possibly on behalf of the Vigilantes, and Mina, distraught but determined to save him takes the pendant relic, unaware that Seho is stalking her.
  • The Bully: Myung-gil. He also antagonizes Youngho in The Coma of Sehwa High, where he blocks a hall until you give him his favourite food from the cafeteria. If you refuse to give the food to him, he will attack you once, and damages you for 3 hearts. Thankfully, he disappears afterwards.
  • The Can Kicked Him: An unnamed girl's twitching corpse was stuffed down one of the bathroom toilets. She's not visibly injured, so it's likely someone drowned her via swirlie.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Shade is able to use shadows of real people to do her bidding.
  • Chekhov's Army: All named characters in the prologue- Miss Song, the teacher; Seho, the geeky friend; Yaesol, the engimatic girl; Myung-gil, the school bully; Mina, the childhood friend; and Taehoon, the attempted suicide victim- return later in the storyline. The teacher is a crazed killer, the geeky friend is a budding Evil Overlord, the engimatic girl explores hell in her spare time, the school bully is an attempted killer, the childhood friend is a phantom, and the suicide victim ended up on the wrong end of an Artifact of Doom.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: If Youngho heals Shadow!Mina with a First Aid Kit, she will appear again to help him get rid of Shadow!Myung-gil (who's blocking the North Building's First Floor).
  • Cast From Stamina: Youngho can do a tactical roll or hold his breath as long as he has enough Stamina.
  • The Cavalry: When Youngho is cornered by "Miss Song" near the end of the game, Yaesol intervenes and gives the protagonist enough time to escape.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Before class, Youngho finds a pendant belonging to Ms. Song. He picks it up, and plans to give it to her later. While in the Coma, the pendant transforms into a cameo locket, and it is his only key out of the dimension.
  • Collapsing Lair: Near the end of the game, Coma!Sehwa High starts to collapse and crumble into nothing.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: The events of the game were jump-started by Seho's curiosity towards a mysterious girl (who is revealed to be the Shade).
  • Cynical Mentor: Yaesol actively explores the Coma- the dark side of humanity made manifest-and has seen a lot of people die (by their own hands or another's). As a result, she's rather cavalier about both. But beneath all the snark, she is genuinely trying to help Youngho.
  • Dark World: Referred to as ''The Coma''. Youngho is trapped in the Coma of Sehwa High School. While not the same place literally, it is a spiritual reflection of the school's dark side. The destruction of Coma!Sehwa does not cause the actual demolition of its counterpart in the real world. In the Coma, Sehwa is outwardly corrupted by a dark presence: records of bullying (often written by the victims), and other pieces of confidental information are pinned to its walls. The school's water is tainted, many of the mirrors are shattered, and shadowy parodies of people stalk its halls.
  • Dean Bitterman: Principal Lee is revealed to be quite a stickler. She wants to cut down on the school budgets for the music and PE departments.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Justified and downplayed. Yaesol is much calmer about their situation than Youngho, but she's not inhuman or emotionless- just more experienced. She actively cultivates this mindset because it's an effective survival mechanism.
  • Driven to Suicide: Taehoon, as a result of Myung-gil's bullying. It's unclear if he survived the attempt. In the notes found near the end of the game, it is revealed that the Shade was originally a Sehwa High student who committed suicide to escape from the pressures of life.
  • Downer Ending: In four endings, Youngho fails to escape the Coma and is left in a critical condition after experiencing a seizure in real life. He's brought out of Sehwa High in an ambulance.
  • Dude Magnet: At least three guys are attracted to Mina. Unfortunately, most of them are assholes.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: The evil shown within the Coma leads to the doppelgangers' appearances getting worse. "Miss Song"'s appearance goes from slightly disheveled hair to turning into a weird abomination with teeth for eyes, tentacle-like hair and unnaturally long arms. Myung-Gil's Coma version has a giant, black hole for a face.
  • Fetch Quest: The Shade won't stop blocking a particular hallway in the Main Building until Youngho brings her Seho's recorder. The player has the choice of completing several optional side-quests that will affect the game's ending.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Miss Song's horrific screeching noises, her menacing footsteps (when she's walking or running), and the terrifying chase music that plays when she spots Youngho. When you enter Sehwa High's North Building, the background music gets even more demented.
  • Hearts Are Health: Youngho's health meter is represented by five chalk-drawn hearts.
  • Hiding In A Bathroom Stall: Youngho can hide in bathroom stalls, though some hallways also have closets he can use.
  • Hot for Teacher: Youngho is attracted to his teacher, Ms. Song. He fantasizes about dating her.
  • Hot Teacher: Youngho remarks how Sehwa's male student body believe that Miss Song looks like a K Pop idol.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Youngho's health can be restored through consuming burgers, chips, chocolate bars, and soda. As for Stamina, it will gradually restored over time, and it can be refilled by drinking water bottles. Drinking tea will increase how fast Youngho's endurance will regenerate for a limited time. Canned coffee will temporarily grant infinite energy to Youngho. Most of these must be bought from vending machines, but these resources can be also found by scavenging from the school.
  • Infinite Flashlight: Youngho's flashlight never has to be recharged or be given new batteries.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Seho commanded the Shade to bring Mina to him. The resulting...thing was not Mina, much to Seho's disappointment.
  • Implacable Man: The demented version of Miss Young will chase down Youngho until he runs out of stamina. There's absolutely no way to fight back against her; he can only run and hide to evade her.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: It turns out that Headmaster James Mott was looking up porn on his computer at Sehwa. When Youngho manages to access his computer, there are two suspicious images that appear on Mott's monitor, which have been heavily blurred with Pixellation.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Youngho has to scavenge through the school's numerous hallways and rooms to find the objects he can use. It's the only alternative to having to pay for the goods that you need from vending machines.
  • Knife Nut: Miss Song wields a box-cutter at first, but later upgrades to a kitchen knife. Yaesol is also revealed to carry her own box-cutter when she attacks Miss Song near the end of the game, in order to buy time for Youngho to escape Coma!Sehwa.
  • Limited Loadout: Youngho can only carry a total of 24 consumable items in the 2015 Cutting Class edition. The backpack space was further reduced to just 'six' item slots in the 2017 Recut edition.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Seho's infatuation with Mina played a significant role in his desire to use the Shade's powers for his own selfish agenda.
  • Messy Hair: Miss Song usually has her hair styled in a neat fashion during the day. When Youngho wanders outside his classroom after waking up (as he fell asleep during his finals), he immediately encounters Miss Song. For any keen players, they will notice that her hairstyle is slightly messier than usual. Aside from her eerie Empty Eyes, the hair is another indicator that this "Miss Song" is an imposter. Her hair also gets even more dishevelled as the story progresses.
  • Ms. Exposition: Yaesol calmly explains to Youngho that he is not dreaming, there really is a killer on the loose, and how to escape the nightmare world.
  • Multiple Endings: The game has 5 different endings, though 4 are the same ending, with minor differences that depend on whether the player has or has not completed certain sidequests.
  • Mundane Utility: Changes made in Coma!Sehwa ripple into the real world. This fact could revolutionize dimensional theory. Seho mainly uses cheat academically. (To be fair, though, he was just testing the phenomenon's existence at that time.) Youngho also has the choice of using the Coma in order to change his grades.
  • Murderous Thighs: When the Shade attacks Seho, she immediately wraps her thighs around his neck.
  • Mysterious Informant: Yasuho and The Noteman provide plenty of optional written notes for Youngho to read.
  • Nightmare Face: Coma!Myung-gil has a huge gaping mouth and no face.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Sehwa High in the Coma starts to self-destruct as the Shade grows more desperate to hunt down Youngho.
  • Office Romance: Miss Nah and Headmaster Mott are in a secret, sexual relationship.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Killer transforms into a tentacle-haired, elongnated-limbed parody of Miss Song during the final section of the game. At this point, she's quite aggressive, and can nearly One-Hit Kill Youngho with her fire-axe.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
    • Referred to as 'shadows' (not the same as that kind of ''Shadows'', but pretty close), they are reflections of people from the real world. During the course of the game, Youngho will encounter shadows of multiple students within Coma!Sehwa High. One example of the shadows that Youngho will encounter is Mina's shadow. This copy was brought into existence by the Shade on Seho's request. Her true nature is ambiguous: she's extremely pale, and both Seho and Youngho believe she can't be the real Mina. Interestingly, the reflection possesses the original's memories, and is able to feel emotions as well as physical pain.
    • There's also Shades, which are pale human-esque entities. The Shade (the game's main antagonist), and the Noteman are revealed to be part of this species. According to the Noteman, the Shades originated from the Coma dimension. They are capable of independent thought and choice. They mainly keep to themselves, and are not fond of human trespassers.
  • Overworked Sleep: At the beginning of the game, Youngho fell asleep while cramming for his finals. When he finally arrives in his classroom to do his exams, he loses consciousness due to his exhaustion.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: As the plot progresses, Coma!Ms. Song becomes less human, while becoming correspondingly faster and stronger. After Youngho unlocks the North Building, her eyes are replaced by teeth (replaced with Black Eyes of Evil in the Recut version). She eventually transforms into a humanoid Eldritch Abomination with tentacle hair, and she can nearly One-Hit Kill Youngho with her attacks.
  • Oxygen Meter: Youngho's Stamina meter doubles as an oxygen meter. He has to turn off his flashlight in order to crouch down and hold his breath. When the meter is full, it gives Youngho enough air to hide in plain sight to avoid Coma!Miss Song within an area until she disappears.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In 4 of the 5 endings, Mina will scold Myung-gil for his behavior in the real world.
  • Rejection Affection: Seho refuses to give up on courting Mina, even when she does not like him. He goes so far as to bring her into The Coma as that they can rule together as a couple.
  • The Rival: Both Headmaster Mott and Principal Lee are at each other's throats due to their differing backgrounds: the former is a wealthy American man whose father was the former Headmaster, while the latter is a Korean woman earned her position via hard work.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When you find out about what Seho was actually doing in The Coma, his glasses serve as a visual reminder of his dark, deranged nature.
  • Standard Status Effects: The player can be afflicted with bleeding or poison. These effects have same function of doing damage to Youngho over a period of time. These can prove to be fatal if Youngho doesn't have any bandages to staunch his bleeding, or an antidote to nullify the poison.
  • Tentacle Head: Coma!Miss Song's final transformation. Her unkempt hair transforms into long, wriggling, tentacles.
  • Trail of Blood: As Youngho explores more of Sehwa, he finds more and more bloody trails and stains.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked and subverted. Youngho considers art "subjective", so he slacks off in art class, figuring he'll pass anyway. He is wrong.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Even before shit hits the fan, Youngho never questions the bandages wrapped around Yaesol's hands.
  • Voice of the Legion: Youngho mentions how the Shade and Seho's voice speak in unison, when the former has taken over the latter's body.
  • Voodoo Doll: The Shade makes use of life-sized mannequins in order to manipulate certain people in Sehwa High. Seho also addresses how the Shade can turn a person's shadow into a living puppet.
  • Why Won't You Die?: One of the Shade's notes will state her intense frustration at Youngho's inability to die.

Alternative Title(s): The Coma


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