Legendary RPG Dragon Quest V : Hand of the Heavenly Bride originally released in 1992 for the Nintendo Super Famicon, re-released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004, again re-released for the Nintendo DS in 2008/2009, and more recently released for Android and iOS in 2014 and 2015 respectively , will finally be on sale for mobile devices from the original $12.34 price tag to $8.27, a discount of 33% . Similar sales are occurring for Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin, which has been drastically discounted from $9.99 to $4.99.
This sale has been a long time coming, although Dragon Quest remains wildly popular in Japan and holding much clout there, it still has yet to penetrate the American psyche even marginally when compared to similar Manga based shows that have been released in the U.S. such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, Pokémon, and Digimon. It’s evident that those who do play this game in the United States are without a doubt hardcore fans, Dragon Quest V boasts an astonishing 4.8 rating on the Google Play store while simultaneously receiving an abysmal 5000 to 10000 downloads.
Dragon Quest V starts off with your birth, as the son of King Pakraz you are born into a luxurious castle surrounded by maids and servants at your disposal. The first act of order is to select the name you’d like to go by. After choosing your name you are fast-forwarded several years later where you are asleep in the barracks of your ship, you wake up to your father there beside you and presumably you are off to visit an Island you haven’t seen in ages .
Not to spoil anything for those who are no to DragonQuest, essentially you travel the world with your father in search of the legendary “hero” of dragon quest lore. The storyline follows your character from birth into adulthood, and eventually middle age, spanning three generations until you see the birth of your own child. Travelling the world you get a chance to recruit new friends as well as monsters, to stand by your side during battle. Revolutionary in its incorporation of companions and monsters, this would be one of the defining features of DragonQuest V that would ultimate translate into similar efforts by future manga’s such as Pokémon and Digimon.
The first Dragon Quest series to include monsters, Dragon Quest V allows you to recruit monsters once you have defeated them in battle. There are 40 differing varieties of monsters, unfortunately, usually they will not elect to join you on your adventure especially if you are at a low level, on the plus side this adds quite a bit of replay value to Dragon Quest V. This isn’t a game you can merely tune into from time to time casually, there are people who’ve literally grown up with DragonQuest games and they still play them over and over because they’re just that good and the storylines and characters are so compelling as to create an immutable bond between player and character.
Monsters are great to have and in conjunction with your other allies they will add a lot to the overall strength of your fighting force. Monsters and other companions act in similar ways, both can be recruited, leveled up, equipped, and ordered to follow commands in battle. Taking place in a medieval type world, the Hero uses medieval weaponry as well as magic and spells to defeat enemies. The layout of this world is similar to the previous DragonQuest with The Tower of Heaven and Castle Zenithia being the only two locations still present from DQ4. Otherwise you will be whisked away to exotic villages, mansions, caves, with the final battles taking place in a secret underworld much like in the other DragonQuest games.
With the exception of the graphics quality, virtually nothing has changed in the iOS/Android rereleases of Dragon Quest V. Gameplay consists of the standard RPG mechanics, you level up via experience points, combat is turn based and you select from a predetermined list of actions that your hero can take. On this version gameplay is restricted exclusively to your mobile devices vertical view, there’s a circular touch dial at the bottom which is used for movement, and some button simulators to perform various actions.
The graphics are quite vibrant, you can expect the same music as featured in previous versions of Dragon Quest V. Koichi Sugiyama’s compositions sound much better on these next gen devices than they do on the comparatively primitive SNES, and the songs are just as catchy and exhilarating today as they were in 1992. The smartphone versions also have a cool feature called “Party Talk”, this lets you chat with companions at any point during gameplay. Also, there is a quick play feature that automatically saves so you can simply pick up where you left off.
Just looking at some of the upcoming events and offerings Square Enix has planned for the DragonQuest series, it’s obvious that this series isn’t going anywhere. If you got a chance to visit E3 or Comic Con San Diego then you may have peeped what Square Enix had planned for their new game DragonQuest Heroes. This is looking to be a wonderful next gen game with the stunning graphics you would expect for a game released in 2016 . DragonQuest Heroes comes equipped with all of the great characters and storylines from all of the previous DragonQuests in an “All-Star” best-of-the-best roundup. We have a feeling more generations will come to love this game as it matures and grows throughout the years.