Otogi: Myth of Demons is a dark action game from From Software for the Microsoft Xbox.
Otogi: Myth of Demons Images
|# of Players||1|
|Publisher(s)||From Software (JP)
Sega (NA, EU)
|Release Dates||December 2nd, 2002 (JP)
October 2nd, 2004 (JP Platinum Collection)
August 27th, 2003 (NA)
October 5th, 2003 (EU)
¥ 2,800(JP Platinum Collection)
|Product IDs||M73-00001 (JP)
V3T-00001 (JP Platinum Collection)
(JP Platinum Collection)
5060004762101 (IT & ES)
(JP Platinum Collection)
PEGI 12 (EU)
USK 12 (DE)
Otogi: Myth of Demons Overview
Otogi: Myth of Demons is an impressive action game developed by From Software and published by Sega in Western markets for the Microsoft Xbox.
The plot follows a servant to the emperor who is given the order to kill his own father. Not wanting to take out dear old dad, you steal your ancestor’s magical sword and flee the city. As you make your escape, the seal on the sword becomes undone and all hell breaks loose – literally! A wave of demons invades and destroys Kyoto. You are nearly destroyed in the attack but a princess banished to the netherworld decides to spare your life in exchange for your services. Gifted a new physical body, you are now charged with defeating the demons you unleashed and restoring the seal.
Otogi shares a good deal of similarity in aesthetics and gameplay to the later hit From Software hit series Dark Souls. It’s a rather dark hack and slash action game filled with outrageous otherworldly enemies for you to overcome.
Steeped in Eastern mythology, the game is a breath of fresh air from the typical array of gods, demons, and other entities we often see in English games.
If you have an Xbox and like action games, this is an easy recommendation to pick up. It’s not perfect, but definitely worth playing.
The game received a sequel titled Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors, also for the Xbox.
You can download a 2MB PDF of the North American manual here.
Here is a rather… interesting print ad for the Japanese release.
A 97-page Japanese official guide book titled O･TO･GI〜御伽〜 オフィシャルガイドブック was published by Enterbrain (ISBN # 4757712774) in Japan on December 20th, 2002 for ¥ 1,400. It supposedly has a good number of illustrations but I have not seen it’s contents personally.
Available as a pre-order bonus for the Japanese game was O • TO • GI ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK (O • TO • GI ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK 御伽楽奏), a 4 track soundtrack album with music from the game. The album was published by From Software themselves and used the catalog # OTOGI-SOUND.
御伽草子－百鬼叢書 (translates roughly to “Fairy Tale – Hundred Demon Monographs” in English) is a 24 page book that was another pre-order bonus for the Japanese game. It contains artwork and lore for the demons in the game.
-The Western version of Otogi: Myth of Demons, in English, was bundled with the initial limited edition release of it’s sequel Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (O・TO・GI 〜百鬼討伐絵巻〜, Otogi: Hyakki Toubatsu Emaki) – but only in Japan! It was known as the “Special Pack” (Product ID # AF5-00001, UPC # 4949776302047) and only available for a very limited time. The game discs for both games are region locked to Japanese Xbox consoles.
Statik wrote a game guide that you can download here.
Cheats & Secrets
|Unlock Second play||Beat the game once to unlock second Play. You can use weapons from previous games.|
|Black Swallow||Kill Death Serpent behind the beginning of Stage 23|
|Butterfly Staff||Destroy some plants in Stage 10 close to the beginning and go into the hidden hallway|
|Dragon Point||Kill 30 enemies in Stage 7|
|Dragon Staff||Finish Stage 5 with a time of 3:20 or better|
|Golden Dragon||Look in the narrow passage in the beginning of Stage 20|
|Holy Staff||Beast Stage 15 with a time of 2:47 or better|
|Jaws of Mountain||Take the narrow path to your rihgt in Stage 11 and go over the bridge|
|Moonlight Sword||Free all souls in the first 28 stages|
|Ogre’s Horn||Defeat the Blaze Ogre in Stage 18|
|Orchid Malevolence||Kill the Hydra in Stage 25|
|Punisher||Look at the base of the hill in Stage 6|
|Rune Scimitars||Pull off a 20-hit combo in Stage 3|
|Skylarks||Beat Stage 14 in under 2 mins.|
|Staff of Duality||Look inside a tree stump in Stage 24|
|Sword of Voracity||Kill 60 enemies in Stage 26|
|Thunder||Look under the bridge between the middle island and the statue in Stage 22|
|Training Sword||Pull off a 400-hit combo in Stage 11|
These two saves can be used with the Xbox Pro Action Replay.
Development Dept. – 3D Graphics Section
Development Dept. – 2D Graphics Section
Concept Design Dept.
Production Dept. – Sound Section
Production Dept. – Design Section
Project Management Dept.
Quality Design Dept.
Business Affairs Dept.
SEGA of America
Executive Vice President
Vice President of Marketing
Noah P. Musler
Quality Assurance Lead
Creative Services Manager
Senior Media Specialist
Teri A. Higgins
SEGA of Japan
Official JP Site (Archive.org)
Special Thanks / Sources
-Kurt Kulata of Hardcore Gaming 101 for the Japanese print ad.
-John Szczepaniak for the artbook scans!
–Meweight for the unlockables list.
-A surprising number of still existing Japanese Xbox blogs and resources. Not a bad following for a flop, right?