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Touhou Kenbun Roku
Box artwork for Touhou Kenbun Roku.
Developer(s)Natsume
Publisher(s)Natsume
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Genre(s)Adventure
System(s)Famicom
Players1
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Touhou Kenbun Roku (東方見文録?) is an adventure game developed for the Famicom and published in Japan by Natsume towards the end of 1988. It is the first title ever published independently by Natsume, who beforehand was a development house for Konami. The title of the game is a play on Touhou Kenbun Roku (東方見聞録? The Travels of Marco Polo) such that it is pronounced entirely the same as the novelization of Marco Polo's journeys to the east, but alters the fourth character so as to make the title nonsensical.

The game is a command selection adventure game, common at the time, which allows you to switch characters throughout the story. The package of the game bills it as a "New wave psychedelic adventure" and the story of the game is considered quite bizarre, in which a character is transported back in time to the year 1275 where he encounters Marco Polo, and generally interferes with Polo's efforts to establish trade between Asia and Europe. The game is intended to be comedic and even parodies several game design elements which were common at the time. It has never been released outside of Japan or translated from the original Japanese.

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