Dragon Fantasy: Book 1 Review
Review by Shawn Denney
Dragon Fantasy Book 1 is a downloadble RPG that is inspired by the Final Fantasy’s and Dragon Quests of the NES days, most specifically Dragon Quest IV. Like Dragon Quest IV the story is split up among several different chapters with characters interacting at certain points but mostly each tale being self contained and leading to a larger story when all put together. Their are 3 main chapters and then a 4th bonus chapter. The bonus chapter doesn’t relate to the larger story at all. Instead it is a humorous aside that pays homage to Minecraft and has the party looking for Notch’s magic hat. It was a bit silly but the integration was well done such as being able to destroy blocks in that scenario.
Gameplay is broken up in two separate parts: exploration and battles. Exploration has you traversing an overwolrd, going into caves and castles, and mines, and towns, and wide assortment of locales. Battles are initiated at random and spawn a battle window over the current screen. They are handled in a first person view where you only see your enemies and your character stats below the same way that the original Dragon Quest games handled battles. Your characters have a basic attack and then either skills or magic. Their is nothing particularly inventive or innovative about the combat.
The writing in the games is where it truly shines. Characters burst with absurd personality that really puts on the charm. For example one monster is just a giant tentacle whose attacks suctions to a characters face, or a female monsters may ask if she looks fat, or pirates may have cheesy pirate puns. It makes what would otherwise have been a dreadful experience one of intrigue. Sadly the story is rather bare bones just like the games that inspired it leaving the fancifully crafted dialogue not as prevalent as it should have been. Overall, Dragon Fantasy: Book 1 is a decent game though it could have used more of what made it special rather than sticking so closely to those that inspired it.