Terranigma is special and the developers clearly wanted to tell a more meaningful story than the typical, let’s save the world and make everything okay. I wrote a list about this at Kotaku and wanted to share this video from the scene in question which takes place with a goat in Tibet. At one point, you enter a cave and it’s slippery so you slide down, crashing into the mountains and causing an avalanche. You’re buried in the snow and when you wake, there’s a female goat next to you. You stand up and notice another goat, dead. It’s her husband, killed by the avalanche. As you’re stuck in the cave (myself feeling guilty), it turns dark, and it’s pitch black. You two talk, and when it’s morning, she realizes you’re both hungry and need to eat. I was expecting some snack or maybe something she’d dug up. She offers you meat from the body of her husband. Ark is torn by her willingness to sacrifice her husband to save them, but can’t bear the thought of eating from his body. That moment just devastated me emotionally. When they finally do break out of the cave, they come across an even bigger wall. Ark can escape, but the female goat obviously can’t. You have to leave her behind (most likely to death) and that was even harder than her willingness to sacrifice her husband.
It was tough to watch, tough to experience, and tough to rewatch. Play this game if you can.