Silhouette Mirage (シルエットミラージュ) is a side-scrolling video game that was developed by Treasure Co. Ltd. Initially published by ESP for the Sega Saturn on September 10, 1997 in Japan, the game was later ported to the Sony PlayStation on July 23, 1998 in Japan. In 1999 Working Designs translated and published the game in America, releasing on December 31, 1999
The setting is Earth, during a post-apocalyptic year 2000. Prior to the events in the game, a group of scientists conducted genetic experiments in a great facility called Edo. From their activities emerged the two attributes: Silhouette and Mirage. These aspects manifested in a child named Armageddon (Clod).
The two aspects were based on the dualistic nature of Yin and Yang: One's existence is crucial to the other's. Despite the complementary nature of the attributes, they repelled each other. As a result, Armageddon's attributes split to form two pure figures: Megido and Har, respectively the self-proclaimed Silhouette and Mirage leaders.
Eventually, the genetic experiments resulted in a biological explosion which contaminated the genetic structure of all entities on Earth. Many perished, and those that survived displayed either of the two attributes (a special group, called Proteans, can display both attributes).
In preparation for this disaster, the computer system Gehena created a being known as 'The Messenger of Justice' (hostile figures dubbed her 'Messenger of Destruction'), designed to repair Edo's computer's system and neutralise all the instances of the two attributes.
The game is an action side-scroller similar to Gunstar Heroes. What makes the game unique is that it works the concept of the two attributes into the game: A figure inflicted by an attack whose attribute differs from it suffers Power damage, and has its spirit (similar to MP) absorbed when inflicted by same-type attacks (it is never absorbed in the Japanese version).
The game is quite difficult to finish completely, especially in the English version. Most of the initial options are locked and can only be modified if you complete the following five tasks below.
#1 - Defeat The Reaper and complete one of the following tasks below.
#2 - Defeat Megido after defeating Zohar as Cypher Za-Zohar or Cypher Ha-Zohar. (Save afterwards).
#3 - Defeat Megido after defeating Serah. (Save afterwards).
#4 - Defeat Armageddon (Clod). (Save afterwards).
note - You can only fight Armageddon (Clod) after you defeat Zohar as Cypher Za-Zohar or Cypher Ha-Zohar.
#5 - Defeat Geluve. (save afterwards).
note - You can only fight Geluve after defeating Serah.
Silhouette Mirage is filled with biblical allusions. In the original Japanese version almost all the characters and places are named after places and figures from the Bible. In order for it to be accepted in the American market, some of the names were changed.
Developer(s) Treasure Co. Ltd
Publisher(s) JPN ESP
USA Working Designs
Designer(s) Koichi Kimura (producer), Masaki Ukyo (director)
Release date(s) JPN July 23, 1998
USA December 31, 1999
Mode(s) Single player
Language - ENG
Media - PS disc image (.ccd, .img, .sub)