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Game Description:

Recommended for Eastern Mythology Buffs and Bibliophiles.

This game is a rare gem, and is recommended for those who take the time to savor its strangeness. Don’t expect to know everything at the onset, as the main protagonist is a spiritual wanderer. The first area is a Temple of the Shingon Sect. The monks speak in mystical abstractions, as well as the Christian monks in later towns. The quatrains of Nostradamus are also infused in the story. At the end is an oral eastern tradition that is not documented in English, which is the Tennen Kobutsu. If you like the writings of Umberto Eco, Cayce, or Blavatsky, you will enjoy this. :) The main character goes in an out of reality much like the Matrix, which adds to the dreamlike quality. Enjoy!

Translation Description:

The Sci-fi mystical RPG set in a post apocalyptic world, where a young man unravels a mystery regarding his origins and attempts to thwart an Nostradamus-tinged apocalypse that begins as a meteorite slams into his hometown. Find eight pieces of a trigram, 7 chakra statues and 7 amulets of the star lords in 7 mystic cities while fighting a cast of bizarre demons and gods!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Tao (Japan).nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 8326EE33
  • MD5: C7991931FCF2645CDD6712AF97A9DC5F
  • SHA-1: B7E3F28C856E42D799FB9B659FB2BB45A9871E40
  • SHA-256: 7ACDC9024B0EE8D09974B9F914B8AD28639712F92E9E427229DFF1DD47C0B6C6


Screenshots: Patch Patch Images


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snarkHackingHacking and Translation

User Review Information

Tried For the Life of Me to Get Into This

Reviewed By: Klaviaturist on 30 Mar 2011

I played some of this one before the translation was released and I figured that I should just wait till the translation was finished since I had no clue what to do. It didn’t help either that there is not much info about this on the net. With the translation just recently released I figured I would go ahead and give this a shot. Man, this game is just a disaster.

Not to speak ill of anyone but the translation is just not very good about explaining what to do and is just vague in detail. Everything is rather devoid of emotion. Not sure if this is the translators fault or if this was what the source material was. As a result I had a horrible time figuring out what to do in the game. Luckily, the readme file contains a walkthrough but it can still be rather vague at times.

As for the game itself, for a game released in ‘89 it doesn’t look terrible. There are some vibrant looking colors for the towns and surrounding. The game tricks one into believing at first that it is a tradition RPG but it plays more like a novel in that a lot of what happens in battle or exploring outside of towns, imagination has to be used. Frankly, I found it very boring and rather lacking in engaging me. Having said that, the music was nice!

I really can’t recommend this but if you have some patience than, by all means, take a look.

Recommended - No

User Reviews
Bizarre RPG--but don't blame the translator!Problembär18 Jun 2011N/AYes
Tried For the Life of Me to Get Into ThisKlaviaturist30 Mar 2011N/ANo