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Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Kuro no Sho

Game Boy

Game Description:

The Devil Children series was Atlus’ answer to Pokemon. There are three Gameboy Color versions: Black, Red, and White. In each of these games, you play as a different Devil Child (half human, half demon).

It’s not quite like Pokemon as it has a somewhat stronger storyline (though that’s not saying much). Much like some other Shin Megami Tensei games, you recruit demons by talking to them in battle.

Translation Description:

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Black Book was the first in the Devil Children series. The first three entries were never released outside of Japan, but the GBA games were released as DemiKids; overall, translation choices from DemiKids were not used in this translation, instead opting to stick with most of the names used by the mainline Shin Megami Tensei games.

Title screen and battle icons are untranslated.

The readme includes a list of passwords that can be used to unlock event-only demons after the game has been completed.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children - Kuro no Sho (Japan) (SGB Enhanced) (GB Compatible)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy/Color (v. 20210227-015730)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: B6177175AB34B8301CE146306DC95C3702B38CA6
  • File/ROM CRC32: 55B9AF51

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
SpecialagentapeHackingPrimary hacking, script trimming
HigsbyTranslationTranslation
kkzeroHackingMinor hacking

User Review Information

Translation is not good, I can't understand the plot

Reviewed By: joshua_graham5 on 31 Aug 2021

I played the patch and updated it to the latest version, but the translation is very poorly done. I’m grateful for the effort, the spells and demon names were done well, but the actual story script and NPC dialog is not translated well at all.

At first it’s not so bad, but after a while you can tell there’s no proper context for the lines and you start seeing some mistakes. These mistakes keep compounding more and more as you progress through the story, until it ends up being an unintelligible mess at the end.

I really enjoy this series, I played through Demikids and I really was looking forward to playing the precursor to it, Devil Children. I know the game is old and had many technical limitations as well, but no matter how I look at it the translation is not good.

I beat the game and was able to do all of the side quests and didn’t understand it, so then I went to someone’s Let’s Play of this game and they were able to explain the plot of the game much better than this translation patch.

Version 1.2 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
It is a bad translation, but unlike other translations it is completeJosé luis06 Nov 20211.2Yes
Translation is not good, I can't understand the plotjoshua_graham531 Aug 20211.2No
Honestly, this translation is garbageGabrieliosP25 Jul 20211.1No
At long last!Adventdemon21 Jul 20211.0Yes
It seriously needs workGoznog18 Jul 20211.0No