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30 (Nov 06, 2020)
The Black Onyx is a very barebones, very old-school dungeon crawler, with emphasis on “old.” While it’s neat to see that the characters already have little animations going on and visibly display what equipment they carry – which wasn’t a given for RPGs at the time – this doesn’t help to mask that there is not much to the game. The SG-1000 certainly was no graphical powerhouse, but even with that in mind, the visuals are displeasing and monotonous. The primary color scheme for the dungeon doesn’t serve to create an appropriate atmosphere, least of all for a town supposedly shrouded in everlasting night. And gameplay-wise, The Black Onyx doesn’t have much to offer. It may be interesting for its place in the history of Japanese RPGs, and during its original release it might have awed a gaming populace that up until that point had no idea what a role-playing game was supposed to be.