In game narrative content
Goh Cher See | Nicholas Makoto | Zhou Yang
The transition from the main game page to chapter one game page:
This is the first time I am holding a gun. I was given a rifle along with my friends. We were trained to shoot and take cover from enemy fire. With a few days, we were sent to the front. We thought together with the British; we could protect our family from the Japanese.
We were wrong.
I miss them.
Content for chapter one
On the 8th of December 1941, with the major world powers engaging in power struggle throughout Europe, the Japanese took the opportunity to expand its empire through fighting various battles in an effort to drive out the white colonial master from Asia.
Photo 1: The push
In merely 55 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army drive the British Empire forces down the Malay Peninsular for over 600 miles.
The war was at our doorstep.
Photo 2: Battle for Singapore
After suffering a series of defeats, the British finally realized that they are fighting an army that is at least on equal footing with them.
Photo 3: British surrendering
15th February 1942, after more than a hundred years of colonial rule over Singapore, British surrendered unconditionally.
Photo 4: Japanese marching into the city
For those left in Singapore, what lay ahead was over three years of pain and suffering.
Photo 5: Plan to capture all Chinese rebels
The Japanese want to get rid of all its anti-Japanese elements in Singapore as they did not want guerrilla activity. They wanted to ensure the Chinese community was subdued.
Photo 6: Sook Chin
All Chinese male above the age of 18 must report to detention centers for mass registration. There were supposed to be no exceptions. There were 250,000 men on the island during the Japanese Occupation. For many, this was their final journey.
The massacre that history would call Sook Chin had just begun.
Transition from chapter one game page to chapter one game play
When the Japanese came to Singapore, everyone was afraid. They ordered all the Chinese from the Chinese communities to report to them. My dad and went with his neighbors. The other people from the neighborhood went with them as well.
I never saw my dad again.
Main game play
Dialogues for character interaction
Name: Tan Jiao Ming
Occupation: Warehouse labourer.
Family background: The eldest son of his family. He lives with his parents. Two siblings: a younger brother and sister.
TJM (Tan Jiao Ming): Please let me go! I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m innocent. Please.
T (Traitor): We shall see. Are you part of the Delta force member?
TJM: No, I’m not! Please let me go.
T: STOP LYING!!! (1) * Fine, we can sit here all day until you tell the truth. (2)
TJM: I am telling the truth. Please. I did not take part in the war. Please let me go.
T: ADMIT IT NOW!!! (1) * It is time to tell the truth. (2)
TJM: I really know nothing of the Delta force. Please let me go. I beg you. Please.
T: Are you kidding me? Letting you go? A rebel to the Imperial Japanese Army? (1) * You have to give me something so I can let you go. You understand me? (2)
TJM: You have to believe me. I did and know nothing. Please let me go. I’m begging you.
T: TELL THE TRUTH NOW OR I WILL KILL YOU!!! (1) * You have to give me something. (2)
TJM: Please…I really know nothing about the Delta force. Please let me go home. Please…
T: Take him away. He is one of them. (1) * He can go. (2)
Name: Ong Jia Yan
Occupation: Business man.
Family background: Married. Five children: three boys and two girls.
OJY (Ong Jia Yan): What do you want from me? I know nothing.
T: Are you sure? (1) We shall see about that. (2)*
T: Keeping quiet is not going to help you. (1) Tell me what you know. (2) *
OJY: Please just let me go. I seriously know nothing. I wouldn’t be of any help to you.
T: You better tell me what you know. Or else… (1) Mr Ong, I am sure you have a family. It will be pretty sad if anything happens to them. (2)*
OJY: What do you want from me? Please do not hurt them.
T: Why don’t you start by telling me things that I want to know? (1) They will be fine if you tell me what you know. Surely your family is more important than anything else. (2) *
T: Come on Mr Ong, I don’t know how long more I can keep up with this. (1) Come on Mr Ong, think about your family. Just by telling us where those rebels are operating, you can go home with your family and get protection from the Imperial Army. (2)*
OJY: I don’t know much… but I know one of their operating bases is located at the warehouse near the dock. They stored weapons and supplies there.
T: Tell me more! You definite know more than you say! (1) Anything else you want to tell me? I don’t think that is enough to keep your family safe.
T: TALK!!! (1) …(2)*
OJY: Their main operating base is located underground in one of the farms opposite the river bank. The exact location I’m not too sure. That’s…that’s all I know. Please do not tell people that I told you about all these. That’s all I know. Can…can I go now?
T: Take him away. (1) You may go now. (2)*
Name: Yan Hong Yi
Family background: The father of three children, two girls and a boy. His wife died two years ago due to malaria.
He lived next to your house and you went to regular fishing trip with him from time to time.
YHY (Yan Hong Yi): Ah Huang is that you?
T: Mr Yan, please know where you are now. (1)* Mr Yan had being a while since we last met. (2)
YHY: Why are you working for the Japanese? What will people think of you?
T: I don’t care. Just tell me anything you know about the rebels. (1)* I don’t have a choice. You think I want to do this? (2)
YHY: I don’t know what you talking about.
T: Mr Yan this is for your own good. If you do not co-operate with us, I’m afraid I can’t protect you from the Japanese (1)* Please Mr Ong tell me something so I can help you. (2)
YHY: What are you talking about Ah Huang? Do not forget you are a Chinese yourself. How can you expect me to help the Japanese?
T: Come on give me a break. Helping the Imperial Army is the only way to survive. (1)* I will guarantee protection for you and your family if you provide me with information. (2)
YHY: I got nothing to offer. And even if I did, I will rather die than tell you. Betraying your own people. You will meet with no good end.
T: Take him away. (1)* (Only left with the “Take him away” option)
Name: Xia Han
Occupation: Factory Worker
Family background: The second eldest child in her family. She lives with her father. Her mother died of malaria two years ago. Three siblings: two younger brothers and one elder sister.
She is your childhood friend. The two of you used to play together back in the earlier days. She told you she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
XH (Xia Han): Peh Huang!?
T: Xia Han, do you know why you are here? (1) …(2)*
XH: What are you doing here? Why are you working for the Japanese?
T: That is none of your concern. Please answer my question. (1) I don’t have a choice. I must protect my family. (2)*
XH: What will people think of you? How will your family cope with you as a traitor to the people?
T: Just answer my question! (1) I don’t care what people think of me. My family is what matters to me.
XH: Please, Peh Huang you need to stop doing things for the Japanese.
T: I don’t think you understand the situation here. (1) How? I can’t just stop. It is the Imperial Army you are talking about.
XH: Huang, do you have any idea the harm you are doing to the people? Do you have any idea?
T: I don’t care. That’s nothing I can do. (1) I know. But what do you want me to do? Do you think I want to do this? (2)*
XH: Huang being a traitor is not going to save you and your family in the long run. They will ask you to do more and more. And that’s when you will see the true colours of the Japanese. You need to find a way to get out of this.
T: Please shut up. I don’t want to hear all these. (1) Han, please… (2)*
XH: Huang we know each other for so long. I know you are not a bad person.
T: I don’t want to hear any of these. (1) Please stop. (2)*
XH: Huang please…
T: Take her away. (1) I am going to let you go. Please stay safe. (2)*
Transition from the end of chapter one page to chapter two game page
They were, I think some spies for the Japanese. They started going around and pointing out people. The people that were pointed out were told to stand up. There was this man in his fifties who was my neighbor. He was pointed out, and he stood up. When no one was looking, I signaled to him to sit down. Those that were standing were put in lorries and sent away.
They have never heard again.
My father provided the Chinese who were fighting against the Japanese in mainland China with money through buying of bonds. He hid them on the roof of the house. During the sook chin operation, the Japanese managed to find the bonds, and he was arrested, I don’t know how it was discovered. Someone must have told them. The soldier arrested him and took him away.
We never saw him again.