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SOS (SNES)

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Title Screen

SOS

Also known as: Septentrion (JP)
Developer: Human Entertainment
Publishers: Vic Tokai (US), Human Entertainment (JP)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: May 28, 1993
Released in US: March 1994


TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


SOS is an early example of a survival game, taking some inspiration from The Poseidon Adventure. You take control of one of four characters attempting to escape a capsized ship before it sinks, while rounding up other survivors.

Unused Text

Unused introduction text. The text that was used was different from this one.

Lady Crithania met its eminent
demise in an unexpected storm.

The ship, battered by
immense waves in a dark
and ferocious sea, went down
in just 6 short hours.

The luxury liner,
Lady Crithania shuddered
from bow to stern,
on the evening of
September 13, 1921, 11 min.
past 7.

In a small journal aboard the ship,
it is written that a gigan-
tic wave was observed
just before the ship capsized.

With 2,300 passengers
and crewmen, the ship
was the biggest luxury
liner at sea. Its end was
both tragic and ironic.

From the height of luxury to
the depths of misery and despair,
this unbearable reality has
brought a sense of solitude
and sorrow to people all over
the world.


(Discovery: Vehek)

Sound Test

A sound test can be accessed by holding down Select and L + R on controller 2 and doing either of the following on controller 1:

  • Press R + A, B, X or Y to go through the music.
  • Press Up or Down, then L to scroll through sound effects.
(GameFAQs: ReyVGM)

Regional Differences

A few changes were made between the Japanese and American releases, in order to fulfill Nintendo of America's acceptable content guidelines.

Redwin Gardner

In the Japanese version, Redwin Gardner's occupation is of a "Minister". The American release changes it to "Counselor".

The Bar

The Japanese version contains a bar, which is located next to a fire in a left wall on the middle deck; two drunks will follow you if you are playing as Jeffrey, but only one will follow you otherwise. The American version locks the entrance door.

Hmmm...
To do:
Is the bar still there in the American version?