Once upon a time, the brave warriors of the Fire Clan fought the dark lord Masakado and defeated him, saving the beautiful land of Jipang. Many years later, the followers of the Daimon Cult tried to resurrect Masakado, but were defeated by the thief Ziria and other descendants of the Fire Clan. Kabuki Danjūrō, a flamboyant kabuki performer who fought together with the great hero Manjimaru and helped him defeat the guardians of the Dark Orchids, receives a letter from Orochimaru, one of the heroes of the battle against the Daimon Cult. It seems that the followers of this evil organization have raised their ugly heads again. Several young women were kidnapped, and Orochimaru suspects it was the work of Daimon Cult. Being a perfect gentleman, Kabuki agrees to abandon his flourishing acting career for a while, rescue the girls, and slay the evil.
Tengai Makyō: Fūun Kabuki Den is the third entry in the Tengai Makyō series, and a spin-off of Tengai Makyō II: Manjimaru. Gameplay-wise, it is very similar to the preceding game. The player navigates Kabuki and other characters who join the party on a large top-down overworld, visiting various towns and villages, exploring dungeons, and fighting randomly appearing enemies in turn-based combat. Unlike the two previous games, the battles are viewed from a third-person perspective identical to the combat view of contemporary Final Fantasy games. Like in the other games in the series, magic must be found rather than learned, and can be freely swapped between characters.
The game has a more distinct humorous tone than the previous entries in the series. As before, full-screen anime style cutscenes with voice-overs advance the story. As opposed to the protagonists of the other installments, Kabuki is anything but silent, frequently engaging in dialogues with other characters and displaying his extravagant personality. Fūun Kabuki Den is also the first game in the series that takes the events outside of Jipang: a large part of the game is set in an anachronistic, comical version of London.
The game's manual contains the following quote in English, attributed to the fictional Western historian Paul Hieronymus Chada (who is in fact Teruhisa Hiroi, the creator of the Tengai Makyō series):
It's time for the Japanese creators to enter the world-wide stage. This is a great new challenge which offers an entirely new perspective in the development of the fantasy world. Movie is dead, and we will enjoy a new form of drama through the computers in our homes. I feel "KABUKI" brings a whole new dimension to RPG not present in the western RPG. I hope "KABUKI" will strike Hollywood and Disney with this oriental magic.