Madō Monogatari

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Madō Monogatari (魔導物語; translates as "Story of Sorcery", romanized as Madoh Monogatari in some versions) 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 is 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 a magical element: Fire, Ice Storm, Thunder, and Bayoen. Some enemies are weaker against one particular magic attack than another.

Games in the series[edit]

  • Madou Monogatari: Episode II Carbuncle – MSX (1989); in Disc Station: Special Christmas Edition, prototype of episode II
  • Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 – MSX (1990), PC-9801 (1991); includes three episodes (I, II, III)
  • Madou Monogatari A-R-S – PC-9801 (1993); includes three episodes (Arle, Rulue, Schezo)
    • Madou Monogatari A – Game Gear (1995)
  • Madou Monogatari: Michikusa Ibun (道草異聞, Loitering around and the Rumor) – PC-9801 (1994); in Disc Station Vol. 3
  • Madou 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
  • Madou 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)
  • Madou Monogatari (2D) – Saturn (1998)
  • Madou Monogatari Mobile – i-mode (2005)