Devil Children Black Book & Red Book are the first two games in the Devil Children series. Black Book and Red Book were released for the Game Boy Color on November 17, 2000. The games were developed alongside the Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil anime, though they were released around a month after the anime debuted. Two years later, a remake for the PlayStation platform was released.
The story takes place in July 2000. Mysterious climate changes have been ocurring throughout the world and a mysterious black mist is spreading. Despite being summer, there is snow falling in the game's initial setting, Harajuku. Setsuna Kai and Nagahisa Kai are two young brothers whose mother has already passed away and who don't know their father. Setsuna has been having dreams of a mysterious man telling him to gather something.
One day, a mysterious package was delivered to their house and shortly afterwards, a group of Petit Frosts appeared to kidnap Nagahisa. As Nagahisa is taken away by the demons, Setsuna opens the box and uses the magical gun known as a Devil Riser to summon Cool, a Cerberus, to defend himself. After defeating the demons, Setsuna runs outside looking for Nagahisa and meets Zett Takajō. Zett tells Setsuna that Nagahisa was taken to the Expanse. It turns out that one of the other items inside the box delivered to Setsuna is called a Messiah Horn, which allows people to travel to the Expanse. With Zett's help, Setsuna decides to head to the Expanse and look for Nagahisa.
One day later, Mirai Kaname, Setsuna's neighbor who is also an orphan, runs into a boy named Yūki in the school corridor. Yūki appears to recognize Mirai and leaves a small box with her before running away. A boy named Souta appears looking for Yūki and tries to take the box away from Mirai after he saw she had it. During their struggle, Souta recognizes a jewel Mirai had with her as a "Messiah Eye" and steals it. Mirai runs after Souta since the jewel was a memento from her mother and finds Yūki on the rooftop. Souta appears and reveals himself as a Ratatoskr before trying to attack Mirai with magic, though Yūki jumps in the way and seemingly dies. In order to protect herself, Mirai uses the Devil Riser inside the bag to summon Veil, a Gryphon. After defeating Souta, Mirai runs into Zett, who tells her that her father is somewhere in the Expanse. Mirai decides to head there and look for her father.
- Setsuna Kai: The protagonist of the Black Book
- Cool: A Cerberus who serves as Setsuna's demon companion
- Mirai Kaname: The protagonist of the Red Book
- Veil: A Griffon who serves as Mirai's demon companion
- Nagahisa Kai: Setsuna's younger brother who is kidnapped by Petit Frosts
In area where there are random encounters, Setsuna and Mirai can ride Cool and Veil which grants them a faster walking speed but increases the enemy encounter rate. While riding, Cool can jump ledges and go through holes on the ground, while Veil can ignore special types of terrain such as pitfalls and slippery ice. Because of that, certain areas and even treasure are inaccessible depending on the version. Also, certain parts of the game may be easier or harder to go through because of that. In certain locations, there are blue and pink doors close to each other. Only Setsuna can open the blue doors, and only Mirai can open the pink ones.
Some demons are only avaiable in a certain version. Also, while Alternate Type demons can only be created through Fusion accidents in Black Book, they appear as normal enemies in Red Book. Red Book also has access to Rank Up Fusion, which allows players to fuse a demon with another copy of itself, something not possible in Black Book. This type of fusion increases the demon's HP and MP as well as awakens their three dormant skills. Certain demons may evolve when ranked up enough times.
The PlayStation remake features updated graphics as well as some voice acting for certain scenes. For characters who had appeared in the DeviChil anime, their voice actors are the same. However, there is no option to adjust the game's volume, meaning that the voice acting may sometimes be hard to hear over the background music. A new opening cutscene was added, inspired on the anime.
Furthermore, the formerly all kana script had some kanji added to it. In the main menu, the player may choose between Black Book, Red Book or Vinenet. The last options allows the player to connect two different save files in order to perform battles, fusions, or transfer demons between save files. Those features are equivalent to connecting two Game Boys together in the original versions.
Additionaly, there are twenty new demons in the remake:
|Kami wo Kure|
|A Bao A Qu|
|Abe no Seimei|
- Official Japanese site for Black Book and Red Book (Internet Archive)
- Official Japanese site for Black Book and Red Book PlayStation version (Internet Archive)
- Black Book Japanese Virtual Console
- Red Book Japanese Virtual Console
- Black Book & Red Book Japanese PSOne Classic
Devil Children Red Book & Black Book
|Playable||Mirai Kaname - Setsuna Kai - Cool - Veil|
|Non-Playable||Nagahisa Kai - Elegy - Zett Takajō - Lucifer - Azel - Hoshigami - Zebul - Michael - Diana - Dust - Paimon - Isis - Souta - Hel|
|Expanse||Ice Land - Marble Land - Sand Land - Forest Land - Fire Land - Central Land - Sanctuary - Deep Hole|
|Other||Vinecenter - Shop - Bank - Hotel - Casino - Trainer - Shady Laboratory|
|Songs||Go-Round - LOVE SICK - Tenkai no Aurora ~ AURORA HEALING - Idol ~IDOLL~|
|Terms||Devil Riser - King Riser - Macca - Magnetite - Expanse - Devil Child - Angel Child - Devil Database - Devil Phone - Keys of Norn - Vinecom|
|Lists||Items - Demons - Skills|