Dragon Quest for Android

Classic Square Enix role-playing game Dragon Quest VIII has launched on Android today. The game has been fully revamped with 3D graphics and a few other touch-friendly elements while retaining the setting's charm. The story follows a brave unnamed hero as he tries to break a malicious curse placed on his king and princess. There's alchemical crafting, monster gladiatorial battles, and gambling to enjoy throughout the game between working your way through the fantasy storyline.

Dragon Quest VIII originally launched in 2004 on PlayStation 2, but these games go back way farther than that. In the original Nintendo days, the series was called Dragon Warrior, and followed all of the same party building and turn-based combat mechanics that are still really popular. As you might expect from Square Enix, there's a premium pricetag included here; be prepared to drop about $20 for Dragon Quest VIII on Android.

How many of you guys played the original Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior games? Are you willing to pay $20 for nostalgic mobile gaming?

Source: Square Enix

There are 19 comments

benleclair says:

I was ready to use some long held Google Play credit until I saw it could only be played in portrait..

HeyImAlexD says:

....I'm putting my wallet back in my pocket.

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Yeah, why would they cripple it like that?

hmmm says:

Square puts these games on sale for 50% off a lot. I will wait until then. I haven't played it but it looks like it would be good on my Shield if it supports landscape. If I have to play this in portrait I will skip it. I wish they would add proper gamepad support like they do on iOS games but the button mapping of the shield is an OK alternative.

By the way it is $19.99 here in the United States of America.

Simon Sage says:

Gah, Canadian prices usually aren't usually that different. Weird.

Suntan says:

Ah Jessica... Great RPG character.

This was JRPG at its finest. Before FF took it all to pieces.


TaiwanTeddy says:

Toucharcade did a review on it. I'll hold off on the game until they put the original English voiceover in it.

They forgot FF7

rhino3081 says:

Dragon Quest 8 was already in 3d and it was by far one of the best RPGs on the Playstation 2. Why is it portrait only?

Galaxy K says:

No landscape mode. Sqenix fails again

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BoB16731 says:

Blah love this game but nope

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Ben Lutgens says:

20 bucks! wtf? Are they smoking something?

Renzc ode says:

it's already good enough they don't charge you console price for it.

ExtremeNerd says:

Square produces premium products. This isn't Candy Crush or Cut the Rope. This is a legit console title that comes with everything you'd expect.

Ben Lutgens says:

Thanks for your comment SquareEnix marketing droid. Please show yourself out.

20 bucks for a mobile game is too much. Besides last I heard consoles don't have portrait mode games.

emalasto says:

The whole landscape thing is stupid. Playing it on a tablet would probably be pretty cool though. It's a console title but it's a console title from 10 years ago so you can't really say that lol. I might just play it on my Ps3 haha.

dextorboot says:

These ports tend to get pretty mediocre reviews because of the controls and other bugs. Look at their ports of the DS remakes. To that point, I'd easily pay $40 for this on 3DS. But a shoddy version on Android or iOS isn't worth $5.

glazedfaith says:

Anybody else got the theme song from the original Dragon Warrior for NES stuck in their head?

rogue5 says:

Wow really? $20 for an old game? And i thought $16 was alot for a rpg game. I'm just gonna stick with my console version instead.