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Seems harmless enough, right?

Maka Maka is an obscure (at least in America) RPG for the Super Famicom made by Office Koukan and published by Sigma Enterprises in 1992. It takes place on an Earth where Ultraman-style aliens, giant cannibalistic alien princesses, and evil, faceless ant-men are completely normal, and the main character is the reincarnated form of an alien prince who defeated an evil demon king millennia ago. Now, completely resurrected and full of power again, said demon king wants revenge, organizing the Maka Maka Society to conquer Earth.

Office Koukan took so much time working on the game that it only got up to prototype phase by the time the release date was beginning to draw near. Sigma, having no choice but to cancel the game if they didn't release it, did the only thing they could possibly do to avoid losing money: They copied, shipped, and sold the prototype of the game in bulk. With the game in such a terrible, glitchy state, it quickly became a part of many Japanese gamers' Bottom 100 games, and Sigma went out of business.

Not to be confused with a Yuri manga of the same name.

This game contains examples of:

  • Accidental Marriage: Near the beginning of the game after the airplane crashes in the Southern Country. Corum is rescued by the natives, and forced to marry Cynthia, the princess of the island and eventual party member. This comes back to haunt him when El finds out.
  • Alien Invasion: The Maka Maka society is made up of aliens who invade Earth.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Like most examples of a Womb Level, Princess Gourmet's body is big enough to house an entire dungeon.
  • Chef of Iron: Masa uses cookwear to attack.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Johnny, the box-wearing explorer, could count for this.
  • Cool Airship The Metempsychosis Ship in the Past Life World.
  • The Don: Michael, the leader of the gang in Monte Chicago, and eventual party member.
  • Doomed Hometown: The main character's hometown is destroyed right at the game's beginning, and stays that way the whole time.
  • Eaten Alive: Fortunately for the party, Princess Gourmet eats her croquettes alive, and they're able to escape.
  • Faceless Goons: The army of evil Ant-Men, referred to-in game as Zakos.
  • Fartillery:
    • This is Princess Gourmet's only real form of attack, and the party escapes her body via a fart.
    • Dekaiken also has a fart move.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Thanks to not being bug-tested there are quite a few.
    • The most obvious one is in New Queen Town when Corum has to fight Baseran alone. If the player loses to her Corum is thrown out of the castle, while the party will stand in front of the castle where the fight takes place, blocking him from getting back into the castle to re-fight the boss.
    • Another rather deadly bug is known by Japanese fans as the Shuffle Bug, which involves constantly using a healing item on any character with full HP until the game's graphics and area boundaries wig out. Improper use of the bug can cause your save file to be corrupted or the game to freeze... though it also glitches out shop data, allowing you to buy plot-important items and beat the game as soon as you start it if you know what you're doing.
    • For no good reason Corum and El's defense stat will get bugged near the end of the game, dropping their defense. There is also a chance of this happening to Johnny. (However if the former two have their equipment untouched for the remainder of the game after the bug activates, it will not take effect. Johnny would not be so lucky since he rejoins after a long absence.)
    • Only Corum's magic can be used outside of battle at any time, even if you're trying to use someone else's magic.
    • If a character's stats go past 128, there's a chance it will overflow and go to 0, severely crippling their stats. This can also happen on random level-ups.
    • Thanks to a memory overflow, the credit roll is rendered unreadable.
  • Gasshole: Princess Gourmet's only real attack is farting.
  • Guide Dang It!: Some treasure chests have secret compartments with other items inside, but to check this you'll need to check already open chests. However, you'll never find plot-important items this way, so unless you want to do a 100% completion run of this, you shouldn't worry too much.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Saizou-kun the giant green elephanty-rhinoceros-ish thing (which is apparently big enough for all eight main characters to sit on at once), given to the party by King Gallon in the Past Life World.
  • Human Aliens: Princess Gourmet and her brother King Gluttony are humanoid members of the extraterrestrial Maka-Maka society.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Princess Gourmet spends her time eating townspeople battered into croquettes, and dines on the party when they fall into a trap.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Fairly early on in the game the player can purchase the Powered Dress armor for El, immediately making her the strongest character due to its bugged stats. There is a Powered Dress II that can be purchased late in the game, but for a very high price.
  • Mirror World: The Past Life World visited late in the game. The Past Life World seems to be more of a conglomeration of the different time periods from the main cast's past lives, than one point in the past.
  • One-Winged Angel: The final boss starts out looking like a fetus, and transforms as a last ditch effort, only to be killed in one hit. Whether or not this was intentional is unclear.
  • Random Encounters: There are lots of them, but on the Overworld Map, they can be avoided by using the Kattobi Rocket, given to the party fairly early on by Dr. Pascal, to warp between already visited towns. The Harite item also helps, by allowing the party to fly, but it's only usable for a short span of the game.
  • Reincarnation:
    • All of the main characters are reincarnations of great heroes from the past, and are able to transform into their past selves to perform special abilities (which serves as the game's magic system).
    • Johnny and Cynthia were lovers in their past lives also
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Corum's Silver Sword, which is the only way to damage the boss "Galjin" but serves no purpose after that.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: One of the main characters, Mitchie, used to be a guy, but became a girl after jumping into the magical fountain in Ramonu's Castle. After defeating Ramonu, the player must use the magical gender changing fountain to change the male party members into girls, in order to sneak into a Women's Bathhouse to get a key.
  • Womb Level: After Princess Gourmet eats the party, they explore inside her body to escape, battling parasites and recruiting new party members along the way.