Madō Monogatari

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Madō Monogatari[a] is a series of first-person dungeon crawler RPGs by Compile. The first game was released in 1989 for MSX2 and NEC PC-9801. The characters of this series would later be used in the puzzle game Puyo Puyo.


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]

  • Madō Monogatari: Episode II Carbuncle – MSX (1989); in Disc Station: Special Christmas Edition, prototype of episode II
  • Madō Monogatari 1-2-3 – MSX (1990), PC-9801 (1991); includes three episodes (I, II, III)
    • Madō Monogatari I – Game Gear (1993), Mega Drive (1996), PC Engine (1996)
    • Madō Monogatari: Honoo No Sotsuenji (炎の卒園児, Graduate Child of Flame) - PC Engine (1996)
      • Madō Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyōchienji (はなまる大幼稚園児, Big Kindergarten Kids) (2D) – Super Famicom (1996); another episode of Madou Monogatari I
    • Madō Monogatari II – Game Gear (1994)
    • Madō Monogatari III – Game Gear (1994)
  • Madō Monogatari A-R-S – PC-9801 (1993); includes three episodes (Arle, Rulue, Schezo)
    • Madō Monogatari A – Game Gear (1995)
  • Madō Monogatari: Michikusa Ibun (道草異聞, Loitering around and the Rumor) – PC-9801 (1994); in Disc Station Vol. 3
  • Madō Monogatari: Hacha-Mecha Kimatsu Shiken (はちゃめちゃ期末試験, Confused Final Exam) – Windows (1996); in Disc Station Vol. 12
  • Madō Monogatari: Madoushi no Tou (魔導師の塔, Magician's Tower) – Windows (1997); in Disc Station Vol. 16
  • Mado Jeongi: Elysion e Bimil (엘리시온의 비밀, Secret of Elysion) – Windows (1997); in Disc Station Vol. 5 (Korean version)
  • Madō Monogatari (2D) – Saturn (1998)
  • Madō Monogatari (Mobile) – i-mode (2005)

See also[edit]


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