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The question: Should you buy Taboo? Well, it depends. If you are a diehard adventure fan (or shooter, or RPG, or whatever else) then pass this over; it'll bore you to tears. However, if you're looking for a party game (and I really don't know too many people who break out their NES at a party and go "Let's play a game" - not unless it's a kid's birthday party, and Taboo isn't exactly recommended for kids) or you just want something completely unique for the NES (which was my case) then Taboo might interest you.
This nongame may be entertaining
for fans of the metaphysical and tarot, but anyone else may see it
as a strange curiosity in the NES library. Adjust the rating based
upon your personal enjoyment of occult-based entertainment.
So there you have it. It's cryptic, it's dark, and it didn't tell me a damn thing. Well, I suppose that's a lie, because my question was indeed answered. This game is not much fun at all, and never got any better past the title screen. Don't waste much time on this, unless you are heavily medicated and want a five-minute freakout.
In short, Taboo sucked hard. It was only fun to ask jerky questions and watch the shuffle sequence. Everything else sucked. Control was alright in the one part that required control, but even then it still sucked. Replay sucked, but not as badly as the initial play, which may seem impossible, but then again you've probably never "played" Taboo. Be that as it may, I only ask that you try to see, that when someone asks me which I would rather do, I can proudly say, "Smash my scrotum!"
Now if I was going to casually barter away my immortal soul to the forces of darkness I’d expect something pretty major in return: eternal youth, my own personal harem of succubi, or maybe Panzer Dragoon Saga still in the original shrinkwrap. But if you want to meddle with insatiable forces beyond mortal ken just for an incomprehensible glimpse into the future, go right ahead. No really, see if I care. Just don’t blame me when ROB the Robotic Operating Buddy starts leaving the house at night in search of human flesh.
After you’ve received (and spit upon) the nonsensical answers to your question, you get to choose some Lucky Numbers. Not even the Taboo manual explains the purpose of the Lucky Numbers, so your guess is as good as mine. Put in your state (?), the amount of numbers you want picked, and the range of values for said numbers. The game gives you a set of numbers, then it’s back to the title screen for more, uh… yeah.
It didn't take long for me to realize that this cartridge is a pointless waste of time. You'd think the developer (Rare) might have snuck something clever in there like "You enjoy playing Nintendo", or "You will witness a murder tonight!" But no, it's always very vague and uninteresting. Once all the cards are read, you're presented with a series of "lucky numbers". What's especially annoying is how you need to re-enter all of your personal information before every question. Maybe little girls at a slumber party could have some fun with Taboo, but I doubt it.