Madō Monogatari

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Madō Monogatari
Genre(s)Dungeon crawl
Developer(s)Compile (1989-1998)
D4 Enterprise (2005-present)
Publisher(s)Compile (1989-1998)
Sega (1993-1994)
D4 Enterprise (2005-present)
First releaseMadō Monogatari Episode II: Carbuncle
December 10, 1989
Latest releaseMadō Monogatari
July 23, 1998
Spin-offsPuyo Puyo

Madō Monogatari[a] is a series of first-person dungeon crawler RPGs by Compile. The first game was released in 1990 for MSX2. Sega published the Game Gear remakes based on 1-2-3. The characters of this series would later be used in the puzzle game Puyo Puyo.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay combines traditional RPG with some unique twists. For example, there are no numeric stats; instead, everything is represented by character facial expressions and sprites. Another is the complete lack of physical attacks. Everything utilizes one of four magical elements: Fire, Ice Storm, Thunder, and Bayoen. Some enemies are weaker against one particular magic attack than another.

Games in the series[edit]

Title Details
Madō Monogatari 1-2-3

Original release date(s):[1][2]
  • JP: June 15, 1990 (MSX)
  • JP: November 23, 1991 (PC-9801)
Release years by system:
1990 – MSX
1991 – PC-9801


Madō Monogatari A-R-S

Original release date(s):[2]
  • JP: December 10, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – PC-9801


Madō Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyōchienji

Original release date(s):[3]
  • JP: January 12, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Japanese: (はなまる大幼稚園児, Big Kindergarten Kids), another episode of Madō Monogatari I.


Madō Monogatari

Original release date(s):[4]
  • JP: July 23, 1998
Release years by system:
1998 – Sega Saturn


Madō Monogatari

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
2005 – i-mode
Notes:
  • Developed and published by D4 Enterprise.


Remakes[edit]

Title Details
Madō Monogatari I: Mittsu no Madō-kyū

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: December 3, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – Game Gear
Notes:
  • Published by Sega. Remake of the first part of 1-2-3.


Madō Monogatari II: Arle 16-Sai

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: May 20, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – Game Gear
Notes:
  • Published by Sega. Remake of the second part of 1-2-3.


Madō Monogatari III: Kyūkyoku Joō-sama

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: December 30, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – Game Gear
Notes:
  • Published by Sega. Remake of the third part of 1-2-3.


Madō Monogatari A: Dokidoki Vacation

Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP: November 24, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Gear
Notes:
  • Remake of the first part of A-R-S.



Original release date(s):[6]
  • JP: March 22, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Mega Drive
Notes:
  • Remake of the first part of 1-2-3.


Madō Monogatari: Honoo No Sotsuenji

Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 13, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – PC Engine CD-ROM²
Notes:
  • Japanese: (炎の卒園児, Graduate Child of Flame), Remake of the first part of 1-2-3.


Disc Station[edit]

Title Details
Madō Monogatari Episode II: Carbuncle

Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP: December 10, 1989
Release years by system:
1989 – MSX
Notes:
  • Found in Disc Station Special: Christmas Edition, prototype of the second part of 1-2-3.


Madō Monogatari: Michikusa Ibun

Original release date(s):[2]
  • JP: July 15, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – PC-9801
Notes:
  • Japanese: (道草異聞, Loitering around and the Rumor), found in Disc Station Vol. 3.


Madō Monogatari: Hacha-Mecha Kimatsu Shiken

Original release date(s):[7]
  • JP: September 6, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Windows
Notes:
  • Japanese: (はちゃめちゃ期末試験, Confused Final Exam), found in Disc Station Vol. 12.


Madō Monogatari: Madoushi no Tou

Original release date(s):[7]
  • JP: September 6, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Windows
Notes:
  • Japanese: (魔導師の塔, Magician's Tower), found in Disc Station Vol. 16.


Mado Jeongi: Elysion e Bimil

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1997 – Windows
Notes:
  • Korean: (엘리시온의 비밀, Secret of Elysion), found in the Korean version of Disc Station Vol. 5.


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 魔導物語 (lit. Story of Sorcery), officially romanized as Madou Monogatari or Madoh Monogatari in some versions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -MSX2-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ a b c "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -PC-9801-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  3. ^ "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -スーパーファミコン-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  4. ^ "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -セガサターン-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  5. ^ a b c d "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -ゲームギア-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  6. ^ "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -メガドライブ-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  7. ^ a b "COMPILE GAME HISTORY -Windows95/98-". Compile. Retrieved 2018-10-20.

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