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Sengoku TURB is a (kind of) untranslated action JRPG on the Dreamcast, developed by QNEP and published by NEC Home Electronics. It never left Japan and I don't speak Japanese, so I can't say for sure how much impact it had at the time, but seems to at least be big enough to have it's own JP Wikipedia page. Regardless, the game intrigues a lot of people in the English speaking world (me and like 3 other people). Let's run through some history.


Bio_100% was (is?) a doujin game circle that developed shareware games for the PC-98. Among their numerous releases, a few games concern Sengoku TURB in particlar.

"TURB" is a series of bite sized RPGs that released in 3 episodes. You can play as a little cat, and I honestly can't find out much more than that. It's hard to find any videos or screenshots of these games. But I did find an archive(?) of these games on this website here. I can't 100% verify whether this site is safe or not, so download at your own risk. If it means anything, I can't even get the games to boot. I have 0 knowledge of DOS and PC-98 emulation.

tell me that you genuinely understand this screenshot After presumable success, a spinoff of the TURB games was released. This spinoff was called "Sengoku TURB", a name it shares with the Dreamcast game. On this site, this version of the game will always be refered to as "Sengoku TURB PC-98" to avoid confusion. This game is a lot easier to find info and videos of.

Here's a video of a guy playing Sengoku TURB PC-98 on Nico Nico Douga:

As with the TURB games, I found this game archived on the same sketchy site. I had no luck getting this one to boot either.

The Dreamcast TURB

boxart for the dreamcast game On January 14th, 1999, Sengoku TURB was released for the Dreamcast, only in Japan. This game was developed by qnep, a development team mostly consisting of Bio_100% members. Sengoku TURB (Dreamcast) is an action RPG that appeals to a very specific low poly aesthetic that I (and many others) find really charming.

In Sengoku TURB, you play as Jino-chan, a human who crashlands on Raiyon (the setting of the game). Jino-chan is immediately led to the Cat King, who informs her that Raiyon is currently in a warring states-esque scenario, with cat and sheep armies battling it out. Apparently, the sheep army invited some cat soldiers to a party, but they never returned. Later, they sent the cat army burgers made of cat meat. Jino-chan decides to join up with the cat army because the sheep army seems pretty messed up, and begins her journey. Jino-chan and the Cat Army

heres nanoray, one of my favorite designs in the game Along the way, Jino-chan runs into a cast of colorful characters. Nanoray, Molina, and Gertrude have some of my favorite designs. Fun fact, the character designs were (at least partially) done by Yoko Kuroyanagi, the same woman that did many of the early tamagotchi!

The OTHER Dreamcast TURB

After Sengoku TURB came out, qnep got to work on a follow up game. Sengoku TURB: Fanfan I love me Dunce-doublentendre (here on refered to as Sengoku TURB F.I.D.). Sengoku TURB F.I.D. is an anomaly, because it kinda isn't a "game" like the previous release. Rather, F.I.D. is more like a fan disk full of bonus content and minigames.

Included is Episode 0, a prequel to Sengoku TURB, where you play as Gertrude. It's only 20 stages, but it plays the same as the first game, and I think it's really cool.

Other cool stuff that F.I.D. includes is a racing minigame, a shumup minigame, fanart, concept art, and a ton of other miscellaneous goodies. It's a really neat fan disk, and I really reccomend giving it a peak if the aethetics of TURB appeal to you.

Translation Efforts

As stated before, these games remain (kind of) untranslated. Cargodin is in the process of making a translated hack of Sengoku TURB, but I couldn't tell you how progress is going. However, tumblr user cat-on-earth has translated the script for all of the cutscenes! They also posted (most) of the cutscenes with subs, so go check it out!!!

Finally, Smug posted a few guides to help english players understand enough to actually PLAY Sengoku TURB. I used these a lot in my own playthrough!

All of these projects are really cool. I really appreciate the work that these people are putting in to make the game understandable to english speaking audiences.