Remembering Tengai Makyo: The Apocalypse IV

Earlier this year, Mato & I played through the entirety of Tengai Makyo: The Apocalypse IV on the Sega Saturn. He live-translated it as we played, and boyyyyy it was an adventure. How can I describe it in only a few sentences? Well, it’s set in “America” in the late 1800s, and yet there are high-tech flying machines and a crazed sentient TV man. Oh, the Alamo is a combat tank and the town of Tombstone is a fantasy food land … until it gets blown up by a laser from space.

And that’s just a tiny part of the story! If you’ve never seen this game before, go on the journey of discovery with us:

If you don’t have the energy to watch hours of RPG confusion, Hardcore Gaming 101 wrote a really good article about the game here! Man, I really miss streaming.

6 thoughts on “Remembering Tengai Makyo: The Apocalypse IV”

  1. I was only there for about half the streams of that (and true to my style wasn’t there for the ending), so that’ll be interesting when I get there in the archives. I’m most of the way through Funky Fantasy right now, so it won’t be too much longer.

  2. I remember a few of their historical details being wrong in addition to the geography being extremely wrong.

    Didn’t they at one point reference Disney, who, according to Wikipedia was born two years after this game is set?

    Though an interesting question is the Sears Tower (Wikipedia dates actual construction in the 1960s). If that had been localized, would they have changed the name for legal/trademark stuff?

    1899, ALASKER 😀

  3. I think MANTO VS. GEISHA ROBO is still my favorite part of that stream. Also, has that poor Saturn officially given up the ghost? Have you even tried playing anything on it since?

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