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And the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the hexed day...
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Tsugu no Hinote  also known as The Hexed Day is a series of browser horror games made by the indie developer ImCyan. The gameplay is mainly just "press left" but what is alluring isn't the gameplay but rather the scares and the stories. The main premise of the game is that horror slowly creeps into someone's everyday life. As mankind has advanced they begin to invade the territory of spirits, this "Sin" causes the spirit realm to invade the world of the living in return and each day become more and more corrupted for the victims.

Each game focuses on a different incident of these so called "hexed days" experienced by either one person or a group of people (or in one case, a cat). The games are known for using photo like images for it's characters, giving them an eerie sense of realism.

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     Games 

First seriesnote 

  • Tsugu no Hi Episode 1
  • Tsugu no Hi Episode 2
  • Tsugu no Hi Episode 3
    • Ai’s Silent Cries (additional episode included with steam release).

Second series

  • Tsugu no Hi -A Closed Future-
  • Tsugu no Hi -The Cat Ghost-
  • Tsugu no Hi -The Parallel Train in the Dark-
  • Tsugu no Hi -Whispering Toy House-
  • Tsugu no Hi -The Call from Showa-

Death Smell -Another episode 1-

  • Death Smell
  • Pack Smell (packman parody)

Uramikko -Another episode 2-

  • Uramikko Episode 1 Sachi Mikura
  • Uramikko Episode 2 Yui Nishino, Kyosuke Ando
  • Uramikko Episode 3 Mizuho Kobayashi
  • Uramikko Death Episode Mizuho Kobayashi, Sachi Mikura, Yui Nishino
  • Uramikko Back route (Joke version)

Shikiyoku -Teru Yumemi is Dreaming-

  • Shikiyoku Episode 1 Disappearance of the high school girls
  • Shikiyoku Episode 2 Host Disappearance Case
  • Shikiyoku Episode 3 Scissor Girl Street Magic Case
  • Shikiyoku Episode 4 Underground Idol Disappearance Case
  • Shikiyoku Episode 5 Parasitic Surface Incident
  • Shikiyoku Episode 6 The Case Four Years Ago
  • Shikiyoku Episode 7 Night Festival Spirited Away Case
  • Shikiyoku Episode 8 Yumemi Case
  • Shikiyoku Episode 9 Mimiko Yumemi Disappearance Case
  • Shikiyoku Special Edition Mermaid Case Part 1
  • Shikiyoku Special Edition Mermaid Case Part 2
  • Shikiyoku Old Mermaid Incident (originally episode 1)

Other works

  • Tsugu no Hi manganote 
  • Death Smell the movie
  • Shikiyoku Yonkoma

Upcoming works

  • Steam version


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     Main series 
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The Cat Ghost ends with the main cat-racter becoming a feline apparition.
  • Call-Back: The fourth game has a brief cameo of the main character from the first one. Ghost boy riding on his back and all.
  • Creepy Child: The ghosts in the first game. Also the spirit of Kana Mizuki and Tsugumi's apparition after she dies.
  • Dead All Along: The ending of -A Closed Future- Implied that girl truly only killed her self the first time she died, and every "Groundhog Day" Loop has just been a Dying Dream or some sort of afterlife torture.
  • Dirty Cop: The cop from the third game does nothing to help find Tsugumi's mother and even laughs in her husband's face...but it's not his fault. He's fallen victim to whatever possessed/controlled her.
  • Downer Ending: So far, there don't seem any games which end happily.
  • Driven to Suicide: The girl from A Closed Future kills herself in order to reset the day.
  • Eyeless Face: The onryos that appear seem to have this.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: No matter how often the girl in the fourth game loops time, she fails at the thing she was trying to succeed at, and just when she finally realizes the mistake she's been making all along, she runs out of tries.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The fourth game consists of a girl lamenting how her day was a failure wishing to redo it, walking to the river and drowning herself, then starting the day again...and again...but more and more apparitions start showing up each time...and then it turns out that you can't redo the past, and she's been Dead All Along.
  • Hope Spot: The girl in the above-mentioned loop decides to stop re-doing the day, because she's tired of failing, and it looks like she's going to pass the river without jumping—-well, maybe just one more time. Just once.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The spirits seem to have a grudge on mankind in general and take it out on regular humans (and kitties!) who haven't really done anything wrong.
  • Suicide by Sea: The girl in the "Groundhog Day" Loop from the fourth game kills herself by pitching herself into the river. Over and over.
  • Something Completely Different: Cat ghost is about an animal and Toy Shop is set in a western country (presumably Britain).
  • Soul Eater: The apparition in the third game seems to be one of these, turning those it possesses/spirits away into what look like telephone poles or signs and then eating them in the other world.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: The Onryos, naturally.
  • Tropey, Come Home: The main character of The Cat Ghost is a lost cat, as we learn in the final chapter. He doesn't get found, at least not by anything human....
  • Weirdness Censor: The main characters of the games seem unable to perceive the strangeness around them, or at least disregard it, until it's too late.

     "Another Episode" series 
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The ghost Shikiko from Uramikko can only live on as long as people hear the legend about her.
  • Four Is Death: A recurring element in Uramikko. What separates the spirit Shikiko and the real Shikiko is the first kanji or their first name. The student has "four" while the spirit has "death.
  • Kill and Replace: The ghost Shikiko killed the real student Shikiko Muraoka and took her name, become the Shikiko of the urban legend.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Kana and Yukie in Death Smell.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: In the end of Death Smekl when the main character has figured it all out and goes to bury Yukie's corpse, he runs into the other ghosts and expresses sympathy for them. His kindness is enough for them to move on.
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     Shikiyoku Series 
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: "Yuri".
  • But Not Too Foreign: Jason is half Japanese, half American.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Mimiko had Teru call her "teacher", one of the things that drove them apart.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Luna and Mimiko for Teru.
  • Covert Pervert: When Yuri is fantasizing about Teru making her his "bride" she starts thinking about them making children.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The American woman is for some reason called Jason. Then again it could be an alias.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Played with: In the Akihabara chapter Luna and Yuri are stalked by a creep and Yuri unleashes her psychotic side to scare him away. However it turns out he wasn't a creep, he was just socially awkward.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Nina can detach her head from the rest of her body somehow.
  • Unwanted Harem: The women who meet Teru throughout the series start fawning over him pretty quickly, much to his distress.
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