Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon As Spoiled By The ESRB

By Spencer . January 6, 2010 . 3:43pm


Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon was rated T for teen and the ESRB embellished why the game got the rating. Unlike other descriptions, this probably won’t make you laugh. It does point out things you may not be aware of such as the kinds of weapons Seto can use and a plot point.


Before reading any further, please note this is loaded with spoilers.


In the post-apocalyptic ruins of Japan, players control Seto, a young survivor who sets out to save a friend and prevent a villain from destroying the last remnants of the human race. With the aid of a flashlight and a ghost named Sai—she wears an open jacket with a "flesh"-toned bra—players explore dark passages, city ruins, dungeons, and ominous amusement parks and hotels.


Players sometimes encounter hostile animals (e.g., wild dogs), robots, and terrifying ghosts along the way. The creatures tend to attack, so players must defend themselves rightly: wooden swords, butterfly nets, and sticks can be used to strike at the enemies; cries of pain—sometimes unsettling shrieks—are heard when enemies are defeated. In one sequence, pools of red plasma (evocative of blood) surround a room’s two air ducts; the plasma substance is more prominent in the adjacent chamber, where the viscous fluid floats in glass casings (lava-lamp style) and settles on the ground.


During the course of the game, the central character will encounter another wandering survivor of the apocalypse: one of their meetings involves a prolonged, deep kiss, which surprises and unnerves Seto ("But that was my first kiss ever!") but leaves the older fellow nonplused ("Well then, I guess that makes me your number one buddy."). Players can unlock a special narrative by finding items hidden throughout the game; the storyteller sometimes references alcohol and cigarettes (e.g., "He said all we do anyways is smoke cigarettes," "A cigarette was lit," "the smell of pungent alcohol," "The last owner of this place died from alcohol poisoning" and "I think you’ve been hitting the bottle hard lately.").

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  • MisterNiwa

    I cant wait for this game. :D Wanted it day one, but i cant speak japanese! >=(

  • …I think I just heard several hundred yaoi fangirls squee with joy, haha.

  • Moriken

    Hey, it’s educative! People DIE from drinking! When I first saw the japanese trailer I was interested in this game, it looked very atmospheric. But I think it got mixed reviews?

  • Spekio

    That kiss was a big surprise for me and anyone who reads the ESRB’s comments is going to have that spoiled for them. These comments seem to reveal quite a bit more about the story than most of their descriptions. Not just the kiss, but it seems to give away a bunch of little details that will take some of the fun and mystery out of the game, like the mention of the “villain” who you barely know anything about until near the end of the game. Even if most of them are small, the game’s only real draw is the story and atmosphere. Also they mention Sai’s bra, but not Ren’s outfit?

    • Aoshi00

      I haven’t finished the game, still at the point of looking for “Sai”, no wonder I didn’t recognize that name. The kiss was a huge spoiler though for those who haven’t played it..I should get a move on before the US release… I’ve neglected my Wii and haven’t turned in on since NSMB Wii, not until trying the Phoenix Wright demo last night, need to play FFCC Crystal Bearers too (does anyone’s copy look bootleg w/ its blurry cover? It didn’t help either when my RE Darkside Chronicles is missing the Wii logo on the side, seems like a printing error). But for now I just want to finish FF XIII and Assassin’s Creed 2.

  • lostinblue

    I knew about that… It was the final nail in the coffin for my hopes of seeing it making it over, for a english release.

    Thankfullly I was wrong.

  • Oh, boy. I only saw “kiss”, but that’s enough for now. Spoilers really don’t bother me or cramp my experience with the game that often if not at all, but I kind of want to get into Fragile in a pure way.
    Lately, I’ve been wondering if the ESRB might be getting a little too detailed at times, but I figure these are mostly catered to parents who don’t play these at all?

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