Testament - English translation patch

Testament - English translation patch

by ro on 05-10-2021, 19:23
Topic: Challenges
Tags: basho, msx2, testament
Languages:

The action-RPG game Testament has finally been properly translated from Japanese to English language. Frenchman Django released his MSX game translation patch for this 1988 MSX2 title.

Leave it to monsieur Django when it comes to unchaining Japanese narrated MSX games. As slave to the translating business, this free spirit has certainly a reputation to live up to. Looking at the long list of work he'd done, you might wonder if he gets paid over time. The man is spitting out MSX game translation faster than you can say "Hurray for boobies!". His latest work covers the game Testament.

Released in 1988 by Basho House and developed by Glodia, on 2x2DD Disks, running with 128KB VRAM for graphics and the standard PSG for sound, the game Testament never really got a firm grip on soil in the western worlds, like Europe. With Dango's latest craftwork, this might change as the game's context is now fully understandable.

relevant link: Django's translation of Testament
relevant link: Video footage of the Testament's intro in English

Comments (30)

By tfh

Prophet (3008)

tfh's picture

05-10-2021, 20:11

Hurray for boobies!

ehm,.. ehr...

Hurray for Django! Thanks for this new translation!

By hamlet

Scribe (3735)

hamlet's picture

05-10-2021, 20:39

Always one of my fav games. Walking around, eating too much burgers, feeling sick.
Now I noticed it wasn't all about the burgers. Nice!
Thanks Django!

By The Apeman

Master (165)

The Apeman's picture

05-10-2021, 21:22

One of the first MSX2-games I bought, now in English. Burgers and screaming spiders! Thanks, Django.

By ren

Paragon (1887)

ren's picture

05-10-2021, 22:19

Cheers!
Does anyone know of a Testament .kss btw? Face

By JohnHassink

Ambassador (5591)

JohnHassink's picture

05-10-2021, 23:51

ren wrote:

Cheers!
Does anyone know of a Testament .kss btw? Face

Of the PC-88 version, yes:
http://snesmusic.org/hoot/sets/pc88/testamnt.zip

By turbor

Champion (488)

turbor's picture

06-10-2021, 00:10

I have been waiting for this translation for decades!!
Thank you Django! thank you, thank you, thank you!

By Pippo

Champion (510)

Pippo's picture

06-10-2021, 05:10

Thanks a lot also from me, DJango! Big smile
Your work is always excellent! Smile

By JGM

Master (129)

JGM's picture

06-10-2021, 09:42

Thanks! Great work!

By TheKid

Paragon (1205)

TheKid's picture

06-10-2021, 11:42

Nice work, and with tiny yarou's nice Scc tool, you can enjoy the game with scc music Smile

By black hawk

Expert (111)

black hawk's picture

06-10-2021, 14:35

Chapeau!

By JohnHassink

Ambassador (5591)

JohnHassink's picture

06-10-2021, 18:30

Indeed, excellent work again! Smile

Some little notes:
The protagonist's name is probably to be spelled not as "Lyle" but "Laille" (as he's French).
(EDIT: the game's manual also spells it as such)

Regarding the continent on which this story takes place - here it gets spelled as both "Diodrun" and "Diodoran".
My guess is that it should actually be "Diodola".

Regardless of this - there is no actual record of any such continent in both the Old Testament or New Testament. So it's born from the fantasy of the developers, anyway. Wink
(Even if we can draw parallels to bibilical concepts and themes involving God's wrath, causing civilizations/communities/customs to disappear and be swallowed by time and history, like (from the top of my head) the fate of Sodom, Assyria, and the Canaanites)

By QBee Sam

Master (254)

QBee Sam's picture

06-10-2021, 18:31

Thank you... again!

By Bas040

Master (208)

Bas040's picture

06-10-2021, 20:16

Thanks a lot!
I have been waiting for this translation for a long time.

By Victor

Champion (499)

Victor's picture

06-10-2021, 20:44

I'm optimizing the game....

wait some days and you'll can play it better...

it's a real disaster...

By Zandig Slaytanic

Resident (42)

Zandig Slaytanic's picture

06-10-2021, 21:31

Thanks Django !

By tfh

Prophet (3008)

tfh's picture

06-10-2021, 22:15

Victor wrote:

I'm optimizing the game....

wait some days and you'll can play it better...

it's a real disaster...

So we will get an "ultimate" version Smile

By JohnHassink

Ambassador (5591)

JohnHassink's picture

06-10-2021, 22:28

tfh wrote:
Victor wrote:

I'm optimizing the game....

wait some days and you'll can play it better...

it's a real disaster...

So we will get an "ultimate" version Smile

Almost. It would need FM sound for it to be. Wink

By ren

Paragon (1887)

ren's picture

07-10-2021, 08:18

JohnHassink wrote:

Almost. It would need FM sound for it to be. Wink

So how are you progressing on 'porting' the soundtrack then? ;)

By ro

Scribe (4541)

ro's picture

07-10-2021, 08:18

FM? neh, SCC bro!

By ren

Paragon (1887)

ren's picture

07-10-2021, 09:50

Victor wrote:

I'm optimizing the game....

Looking forward to that Victor!

Do you think it would be possible (& feasible) to implement the TT Re-Player? :) (Let's get John motivated? ;))

By KdL

Paragon (1413)

KdL's picture

07-10-2021, 10:45

I love that game. Thank you!! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By st1mpy

Paladin (838)

st1mpy's picture

07-10-2021, 11:52

I guess there is a text length limitation in the intro, and not sure if it really matters in the game but there are more details/info in the Japanese text than the English translation.

By Meits

Scribe (6461)

Meits's picture

07-10-2021, 19:49

fm, scc, all good... as long as psg still is an option Smile

By Victor

Champion (499)

Victor's picture

07-10-2021, 20:43

ren wrote:

Do you think it would be possible (& feasible) to implement the TT Re-Player? :) (Let's get John motivated? ;))

No space in the DSK... sorry... the game should be converted to files .. as I did with YS II.. but that's a lot of work... sorry...

By dan

Master (202)

dan's picture

08-10-2021, 07:23

can't wait to play this game once again. thank you all!

By sunn

Expert (69)

sunn's picture

09-10-2021, 12:07

I tried the game in SofaRun and sometimes the game flashes in purple. Is this supposed to happen? And there seemd to be some graphical glitches especially after I tried to save with F4.

By Udderdude

Supporter (8)

Udderdude's picture

09-10-2021, 22:32

Thanks!

By turbor

Champion (488)

turbor's picture

09-10-2021, 22:51

sunn wrote:

I tried the game in SofaRun and sometimes the game flashes in purple. Is this supposed to happen? And there seemd to be some graphical glitches especially after I tried to save with F4.

if you eat too much burgers you get temporary sick and the games makes the screen flash purple. Is this what you're talking about?

By sunn

Expert (69)

sunn's picture

11-10-2021, 07:18

Probably.

By SLotman

Paragon (1238)

SLotman's picture

13-10-2021, 14:06

I had the intro of this game translated many years ago. Ricbit sent me the translated text, and since the intro was just a raw image on disk, it was easy to translate.

But then I found out there were much more text to translate: if you let the game idle, it starts to show a bunch of info on enemies - and that isn't stored on disk as images.

Glad to see someone actually took the challenge and translated it all Smile