Cosmology of Kyoto
A CD-ROM, both a game and a reference source, on ancient Kyoto, developed by Softedge (1995).
Cosmology of Kyoto is set in the 10th and 11th centuries AD, the Heian period when Kyoto was known as Heiankyo. It includes episodes drawn from a large body of tales, legends and illustrated literature produced during or after the Heian period. These vignettes are edited into interactive, experiential forms, to allow the user to realistically sense the worldview and lifestyle of an ancient time.
This CD-ROM offers two modes of interaction that you may change while using the program:
A Game Mode, where one can explore the city and inhabitants of Heiankyo. As a player you are "an ordinary human being, faced with opportunities, driven by desires, and bound to die. Your actions determine your path through this world, and many reincarnations to come." You may meet troublemakers, and demons, enter Paradise or Hell, be reborn, and re-enact the story of a scholar who played the devil in a high-stakes game of backgammon.
A Reference Mode with a database of over 400 screens of text and pictures that gives background information for the time and place where you are in the game.