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Makai Kingdom is the fourth Nippon Ichi-developed tactical RPG on PlayStation 2 and it follows closely in the footsteps of the previous games of the same style, which are Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, La Pucelle: Tactics and Phantom Brave.

Lord Zetta, the king of Netherworld, tried to rewrite the history of the land but didn't succeed, and in the process brought demise onto himself. Three evil Overlords appeared before Zetta and promised to help him in his quest to take over the land once more. The player takes control of Zetta and his army to return Netherworld to its rightful owner.

The game mechanics consist of several stages in which the player must defeat the enemy or fulfill other tasks to advance to the next level. Fighting is done in turns, meaning that once the player has moved and attacked, it's the enemy's turn to move his troops one by one. When the battle is won, the next level becomes selectable. Between fights, you can improve your squad of fighters by buying better weapons, recruiting more soldiers and so on.


Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome PlayStation 2 Character creation screen
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome PlayStation 2 Buying weapons
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome PlayStation 2 Lord Zetta shortly before seeing what's in the Sacred Tome
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome PlayStation 2 Another enemy attacked with a vehicle - the expression says it all

Alternate Titles

  • "幻影之国:圣卷编年史" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Phantom Kingdom" -- Japanese title

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GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Aug 17, 2005 90 out of 100 90
IGN Aug 05, 2005 8.1 out of 10 81 Nov 07, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Video Game Talk Aug 23, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JustPressPlay Nov 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Diehard GameFan Aug 03, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Jul 26, 2005 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpy Jul 27, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
MAN!AC Oct, 2005 70 out of 100 70
Legendra Jan 19, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Evilhead (1048) added Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (PlayStation 2) on Apr 10, 2006