Walking on A Star Unknown (Japanese: Shiranai Hoshi no Aru ga Kita) is a "hearwarming cooking adventure game" created by Segawa in RPG Maker 2000.
Fukuro and Eddie Owul, a pair of siblings, travel through space to deliver intergalactic home-cooked dishes in spirit of their late mother, whose wish is to spread delicious food across the cosmos.
One fateful day, their spaceship crashes onto a unfamiliar planet called Calpucca. This planet is having a cooking tournament, called the Gourmeet competition, where aliens come to share their dishes to be judged. The winner is granted one wish, and the siblings, knowing this is their chance to wish for their ship to be fixed, enter the tournament.
The duo befriends numerous aliens and residents of Calpucca along the way, some who hold mysterious pasts of their own. Calpucca itself holds many mysteries, being once at a war with aliens from another planet they call "starlings".
In the spirit of Segawa's previous, much darker games, the surreal, creepy side content is plentiful, however, it is infinitely more cheerful than it's predecessor.
Walking on A Star unknown contains examples of:
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: A totem can be interacted with to switch between Fukuro or Eddie. Fukuro can understand what sprites are saying, while Eddie can lift objects and doubles the amount of money you gain while walking. Some of the dialogue also changes depending on who is leading.
- Big Eater: Almost everyone in the game, but the most notable ones are Star Goddess (Phrodite) and Eddie.
- Book-Ends: The game begins with the siblings arriving to the planet Calpucca. If they win the contest, the game will end with them leaving the planet.
- The Cameo: Depending on which fishing rod you use on day 2, the "collaborative shelf" in Opti-Mart will have either Farethere City or End Roll merch.
- Contrived Coincidence: Fukuro and Eddie's spaceship crashed on the first day of Gourmeet. And it also happen to land on a empty field in the forest. Should it lands on the town, there won't be a festival...
- Conveniently an Orphan: The Owul siblings, Corme, and the Hamelin siblings. Averted with Ophelia's, who never shows up in-game but lives in a secluded residence that only Mayflaus can access.
- Crapsaccharine World: Calpucca is a peaceful planet with great cuisine, kind goddess, and a wise child as it's king. But it's still a planet that once at a war with a huge planet and some artifacts and buildings from the war still exist. Not to mention the spirits of soldiers that lingers in the Yunerium highway that gives aliens a weird vibe or headache everytime they cross it.
- Female Angel, Male Demon: Phrodite wears a halo on her head that make her look like an angel. Desmond has horns that make him look like a demon, but both of them are gods.
- Lighter and Softer: Compare to any of Segawa's previous games, this game holds a much brighter atmosphere and more lighter tone, although it still has its moments.
- Multiple Endings: There are three types of endings. The normal end, the good end, and the [character] end. The [character] end has 12 variations, making the total of 14 endings.
- Physical God: Phrodite and Desmond. Downplayed with Yurika who is describe to be something close to a god.
- To Serve Man: In the meat shop, there are aliens called "Huemins" who are awaiting slaughter, contained in large, dim cages. Approach them, and they will beg and plead for mercy- or hang their heads, awaiting fate. These are heavily implied to be based off real Humans, like you, from Earth. In addition, their meat and guts can be bought and used in dishes.
- Surprise Creepy: There are a few moments to remind the player that they're playing a Segawa game.
- A notable example is the Yunerium Highway, an area accessed by reading the back of a specific sign. The music is much darker, there are bloodied and mangled soldier ghosts wandering around, and a few jumpscare-esque moments. Don't drink the soup.
- The Stinger: After finishing a character's ending (by maxing their friendship level and giving them the golden medal), a stinger will show Fukuro and Eddie greeting them in Calpucca once again. Excluding Yurika, who actually goes with them to space.
- War Is Hell: Centuries ago, there was a war between Calpucca and Megalopolis that left devastating damage. The spirits of the soldiers are filled with hatred for starlings, leading to a hatred of any alien, starling or not.
- Worthy Opponent: Desmond acknowledged the Owul siblings as this, wondering if things will change if he had met them sooner.