Tao (video game)

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Cover art
Developer(s) Pax Softnica[1]
Publisher(s) VAP[1]
Composer(s) Katsutoshi Ozawa[2]
Platform(s) Family Computer[1]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure[1]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 6-megabit cartridge

Tao (?, lit. "Road")[3] is an adventure video game for the Nintendo Family Computer about living the life of a nomad seeking spiritual enlightenment.

In the game players confront the major creatures of Japanese mythology. A ROM hack featuring an English translation was released in 2011.[4]


The town of Angolmois, the player's starting town in this game.

On the way to enlightenment, the player roams from town to town solving quests for various non-player characters during the year 1999.[5]

Along the way, the red-headed character develops an alter ego named Tao (which can be summoned by rubbing on a special piece of stone), they must prevent the apocalypse from occurring by accomplishing the necessary quests.[5] Players also have to visit cities that are made out of gold in order to complete the game.[4]

There are elders and common folk outside the village that give out advice when leaving the town by walking on the railroad tracks. A Buddhist temple can be explored near the player's starting point.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Composer information". SMS Power. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Japanese title". JPNES. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b "English version of Tao". The Snark. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Advanced game overview". Odino (GameFAQs). Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Game overview" (in Japanese). Rash. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 

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