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Interesting untranslated AGs

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Maroko - 23 September 2020 02:18 PM

Capcom’s Fushigi Deka definitely piqued my interest. There aren’t simply enough anthropomorphic doggies doing fine police work in gaming! Its cover also doesn’t disappoint.

This is an interesting title because of its covert ties with Ace Attorney: Shinji Mikami (executive producer of Ace Attorney) and Kumiko Suekane (main character designer of Ace Attorney) worked on this title right before they moved on to Ace Attorney, and Phoenix actually wears a T-shirt with Fushigi Deka characters in one of the flashback scenes when he’s a kid.

     

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Veovis - 24 September 2020 03:01 PM

Many thanks for the link! I’d heard of a fan translation but I never really investigated further.

Yer welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy it Wink

Tantei KID - 25 September 2020 01:24 PM

This is an interesting title because of its covert ties with Ace Attorney: Shinji Mikami (executive producer of Ace Attorney) and Kumiko Suekane (main character designer of Ace Attorney) worked on this title right before they moved on to Ace Attorney, and Phoenix actually wears a T-shirt with Fushigi Deka characters in one of the flashback scenes when he’s a kid.

What a wonderful little piece of trivia my gerbil saiyajin! The 1st Phoenix Wright was the only one I’ve actually enjoyed and I’d never noticed it.
Have you played Fushigi Deka? If so, what’s your opinion of it?


Theeere they are lol

Speaking of iconic ex-Capcom employees, have you ever played Aragorn in Hell aka Hungry Ghosts, from the mind of Tokuro Fujiwara?
I think it’s mostly an AG with a sprikling of King’s Field if I’m not mistaken… It looks so cool, though. And are there any AGs out there you’d especially like to see an english transl. of?


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Maroko - 27 September 2020 09:25 AM

Have you played Fushigi Deka? If so, what’s your opinion of it?


Haven’t played Fushigi Deka, nor Hungry Ghost. I do know that least the former is available as a PS Archive game, so it’s fairly easy to get hold of, fortunately.

     

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Tantei KID - 28 September 2020 06:10 AM

Haven’t played Fushigi Deka, nor Hungry Ghost.

Hungry GhostSSS, he’s in hell after all Naughty

Another franchise that never stepped out of Japan is Boku no Natsuyasumi (aka My Summer Vacation), from the makers of the fun Attack of the Friday Monsters! for the 3DS. With its stunning, traditionally painted, backgrounds plus an overall relaxing gameplay composed of mini-games and chillin’ with the folks before the age of the internet, it’s a shame we never got a proper translation for one of them.

Here’s a trailer of the 3rd one, for the PS3.

     

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I like these threads as I always find another interesting game to review further.  So many non-English adventure games out there over the years that sounded interesting to me.  Sadly I am *really* not good with foreign language.  I had high hopes of learning enough German to be able to play the hundreds of German only adventure games out there.  The OP of this thread mentioned one (Cave World Saga AKA The Höhlenwelt Saga).  I had purchased it amongst a few others thinking I could learn some German and then play it no problem.  Hah!  That game was impossible to play unless you were fluent in German as there quite a few complicated dialogue puzzles one had to pass.  I did end up watching that YT walkthrough video, and I found it hilarious by the way.

     
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I think one of the most interesting, untranslated novel games I ever played was Trick X Logic (PSP), by Chunsoft. It’s a mystery game with scenarios written by famous Japanese mystery writers, and it kinda simulates how readers should solve/read a puzzle plot mystery. After reading the first part of the story (mystery), you go back and select various keywords/phrases throughout the text. Let’s say in an early part of the story it’s described a chair is in the corner, but later on it’s described as having been moved to the center of the wall. It’s somewhat similar to the Logic mechanic in Ace Attorney Investigations, but it’s not solely focused on contradictions, but also by combining facts that for example prove a fact together (for example, you find several parts that point out character A is left-handed) By combining phrases like these you create new keywords/phrases. Ultimately, you need to create a collection of keywords that allow you to solve the mystery. The stories are mostly presented in normal prose (and written by mystery pros), so the plots tend to be a lot more complex than most mystery games.

     

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I just found out about this one: Kajko i Kokosz.

What I think is very special about this game is that it is actually being sold on GOG, but only in Polish.

http://www.gog.com/game/kajko_i_kokosz

I can be wrong, but I believe this is the only game on GOG that is not available in English, so it’s a rare oddity in their catalogue. I don’t know if the game is good or not, but it’s interesting because on GOG games need to go through a review process for quality, and apparently it has passed. Being a Polish game in a Poland-based store probably helps too, but the game doesn’t seem to be available on Steam, which is also interesting.


EDIT: looking into this more deeply, there even seems to be a fan translation available for this game!

http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=32597

Weird that they don’t mention anything about that on GOG page, but whatever, at least there seems to be a hypothetical way to play it, if it actually works.

     

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