[PC-88] The Black Onyx (1984) (BPS) [Translation]

Even looking at it today, I’m impressed by the customization options and interface in The Black Onyx. Early in the video above, you can see the player choosing from some 50 pixelated little hairstyles, and then from outfits of different colors, before venturing onto their first-person quest. Even the bars representing health, now a commonplace feature in games of all kinds, were somewhat novel for the time.


I understand why the Tetris movie didn’t take any time to touch on The Black Onyx. That’s a whole story unto itself. But I think it’s worth keeping in mind, when watching the film, that Rogers’ impact on game history goes beyond his involvement in that monumental saga, and may have helped spark the development of early Japanese role-playing games, as well.