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Tail Concerto is a 3D anime-style Action Adventure and platform game for the PS1 published by Bandai in Japan in 1998 and by Atlus in North America in 1999.The game revolves around a canine police officer named Waffle Ryebread and his adventures while he obtains magical crystals for the purposes of an investigation into their use. However, he constantly runs into the Black Cats Gang who is bent on stealing the crystals for their boss, Fool. The group is helmed by Alicia, a girl Waffle knew as a child. What either doesn't know is the unfortunate implications the crystals bring if they are ever reunited...A mostly underrated game that has a small following. A Spiritual Sequel to the game set in the same universe, Solatorobo, has been released on the Nintendo DS the 28th of October, 2010.Tropes in this game:
Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version had an opening theme song (that was kept in the French version), whereas the U.S. release had an original instrumental theme created by the game's composer.
Colour Coded Characters: Everyone to an extent. Alicia Pris is the leader and wears red, Stare Pris is The Quiet One in blue, and Flare Pris is the Genki Girl in yellow. Waffle, the hero, and Princess Terria are white. Fool wears purple.
Fantastic Racism: Alicia is prejudiced against the Dog-People at first due to her somewhat unclear past (reportedly, her mother died in a hospital run by Dog-People and blamed them for not saving her). It spreads to Flare saying that Prairia once belonged to the Cat-People before being invaded by the Dog-People (the details of the war are unclear). It doesn't stick with Flare when she actually interacts with the Dog-People.
The invasion and dog people seizing the land from the cats was just a lie fabricated by Fool.
Forgotten Super Weapon: The Iron Giant. (Not that one). After Solatorobo is released, fans speculated that the Iron Giant can be a Titano-Machina, similar to Laress and Lemures
Gadgeteer Genius: Apparently Alicia builds all the mechas for the Black Cats Gang.
Generation Xerox: Apparently Cyan's grandfather and Waffle's grandfather share the same vitrolic relation Cyan and Waffle share. Also, Cyan's grandfather used to be the captain of the royal guard, which is Cyan's current position.
Sneeze of Doom: At one point, you need to capture all the kittens to save an airship raided by the Black Cats Gang. The reason the airship is crashing in the first place is because the captain is allergic to cats and is constantly sneezing, unable to control the ship.
Stealth Pun: In the kingdom of Prairie there are felines and canines. The latter can be though of as Prairie dogs.
Subtitles Are Superfluous: The French version of the game, which retains the Japanese voice acting unlike the U.S. version, is a aversion of this, adding French subtitles in the opening and all anime cutscenes.
"Super Sentai" Stance: Aside from getting trapped in boxes and allowing you to save, this seems to be all Panta does.