Makai Kingdom - Chronicles of the Sacred Tome - Box

Makai Kingdom - Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
Ages: Teen

Ah so -- you have elected to serve Lord Zetta in recreating his Makai Kingdom. Lord Zetta, once the most powerful of the netherworld characters has, because of his overarching hubris, gotten himself bound into the Sacred Tome and therefore needs your help. You have seven possible options for your characters - Healer, Male/Female Magician, Male/Female Warrior, Thief, and finally Merchant. I must admit that I have a hard time taking these Kewpie doll figures seriously.

Makai Kingdom - Chronicles of the Sacred Tome is a battle oriented RPG. There is almost no story, a fair amount of wry humor and your main activity throughout is killing enemies. It is absolutely important that you make your characters as strong as possible to be able to fight the enemies as the game progress. Your strategy is to work the system to increase your score using combo attacks, picking up bonuses and employing your team to its best advantage.

Those who liked Disgaea by Nippon Ichi will probably be comfortable with the game's format. For me -- there were too many statistics to keep track of. Drop-down message screens as a technique to move the game along breaks up the flow of the game. I have the feeling that I am giving instructions where better programming by the designer would have taken care of the intermediate steps. You cannot simply attack someone. You have to:

1. Select character - press X
2. Select Attack from menu - press X
3. Open command menu - select "Execute"
4. Open command menu when finished and select "End turn"

It's just too much work. But there are those who thrive on this sort of stuff. More power to them!

Reviewed by: Editor - 10/05

  • Makai Kingdom - Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
  • © NIS America
  • PlayStation
  • To Order: PS2 $49.99