Taboo: The Sixth Sense (NES) Retro Review


Taboo: The Sixth Sense is a 1989 Tarot card reading simulation for the NES developed by Rare and published by Tradewest. Oddly enough it was advertised as a party game intended for players 14 and older. They also pointed out you’re obviously not meant to believe what it tells you since its just entertainment.

 

Taboo - The Sixth Sense (U) (PRG1) [!]-0

 

To be honest I wasn’t looking forward to this although the graphics didn’t look too bad for a NES game. The music on the other hand was confusing, it was like a frankenstein made from multiple jingles that would sound ok if they were on their own (and longer) but really stupid the way they did it.

You then have to write your name, date of birth, gender and question before it shuffles the cards and generates a tarot reading. It blew my mind that the game didn’t have support for the NES keyboards.

 

Taboo - The Sixth Sense (U) (PRG1) [!]-1

 

The animation of the cards getting shuffled sure is trippy with a flashing color changing background that can’t really be explained or shown in a screenshot although I didn’t like it, it hurt my eyes and I imagine anyone with a history of seizures should stay well away from it.

As a half joke I asked the game “Is the UK fucked?” and it was slightly amusing for a bit before it was too obvious it was very randomized or at least I just got a bit grumpy how I managed to be unlucky enough that the game kept throwing stuff at me like one that claimed I had a “tendancy to cling to past ideals or principals”.

Also note that there seems to be a lot of spelling mistakes despite the fact that is game is mostly text based other than the tiny animations and small pictures.

 

Taboo - The Sixth Sense (U) (PRG1) [!]-3

 

It got awkward after the cards though where you get to choose fortune numbers which doesn’t just includes the min/max number and the amount drawn but also the state you live in meaning that it can’t really be used properly if you don’t live in the US (I’m from the UK). Not that it makes any difference since all that happens is a screen of numbers is immediately thrown in your face with no pictures or animations to even try to make it interesting.

After that you go to the title screen and the experience is over, some people may decide to give it a second try to see if anything really happens but I definitely didn’t feel like it. Its unbelievable that they wanted people to use this at parties. Remember this was sold at the same price as other NES games despite essentially being over in a tiny amount of time.

Overall while this sort of does what its advertised to do it doesn’t make it any less boring. I wouldn’t recommend trying it ever and I especially wouldn’t pick up a copy unless you were desperately trying to complete a collection or something.

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