Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue is a game developed by Den-fami Nico Game Magazine’s Ladybug team for PC. The game was a limited time free offer on Atlus Japan's official site from October 16th to December 24th, 2017. An unofficial English patch has been released by Brento_Bento.
Initially, the game was labelled a hoax (嘘です, uso desu)? in the Japanese trailer for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux on October 13, 2017 upon which it received strong positive feedback from viewers for the production of such a game. Three days later it was revealed to be a fully playable game ready for public access as part of the 25th anniversary of the Megami Tensei series and marketing campaign for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux.
Taking place during the events of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Jack Frost is synchronized with the mind of a human in order to traverse and fight demon hordes. He rescues the non-synchronized Jack o' Lantern after he was frozen by Black Frost, who decimated all the Jacks that previously attempted an assault.
The game is a 2D platformer with the classic rule of the player character taking damage when it comes in direct contact with the enemy. Initially the player can only control Jack Frost but very quickly it will rescue Jack o' Lantern to join. Jack Frost can walk and jump. Switching to Jack o' Lantern allows hovering slightly above the ground. Mid-way through the game, Jack Frost obtains the mini-Demonica armor which transforms it into Demonee-Ho, this gives it additional null-poison resistance and change its attack to gun-type. The player can also obtain optional spells at various points in the map which cost MP to cast. Innate attacks on the other hand do not consume MP.
- Jack Frost's innate attacks:
- Horizontal ice projectile with moderate range.
- During air holding down button and pressing attack button allows downward ice projectile. Mashing the attack button allows Jack Frost to remain in air briefly during the attack execution.
- Holding the attack button until "charge" bubble appears and then release the button will unleash a larger horizontal projectile which pierces through enemies on its line of fire, has much higher range, and freezes the enemies briefly but does minimal damage.
- All ice projectiles can freeze water surface permanently until switching area or melted by Jack o' Lantern's fire attack.
- Jack o' Lantern's innate attacks:
- Three fire projectiles spread slightly like a sharp cone. It can change to 8 cardinal directions by holding the directional key and pressing attack button. For example, holding left and up buttons and pressing attack button shoots the fire projectile upper-leftward.
- Holding the attack button until "charge" bubble appears and then release the button will unleash a stronger single projectile which pierces through obstacles and enemies on its line of fire.
- During charging, its firing direction can be rotated freely with a trajetory line visible for indication.
- All fire projectiles can melt the frozen water surface.
All player characters and enemies possess elemental resistance affinities: Gun, Fire, Ice, Electric, and Wind. Jack Frost nulls Ice and is weak to fire. Jack o' Lantern nulls fire and is weak to ice. Element skills including ones for Gun, Wind, and Elec can be obtained by exploring each area.
Through out the map, there are save points and portals. Save point also recovers HP and MP fully upon saving. Portal allows free teleport to another previously visited portal.