Square-Enix’s Dragon Quest, one of the most powerful franchises in the history of RPGs, is always amazed.
It is one of the few long series with virtually no bad game and has been flourishing since 1989.
It has a lot to do with staying true to the basic concept instead of relaunching every few releases, as is the case with franchises such as Digimon or even Final Fantasy.
It is still the same game, but it tells new stories, introduces new characters and uses new features in a way that only tweak an already solid formula.
Of course, the artistic direction of Akira Toriyama and participation in the games were the key to the success of the franchise. And all this slowly created his rough, somewhat stupid, but deeply memorable personality.
Once you’re done with the DQ game, you’ll never forget it.
And I’d like to go through the Dragon Quest list to commemorate old fans and help newcomers get into the famous series.
20. Dragon Quest (1989)
I was very confused when I realized that Dragon’s first application for the NES was at the bottom of the list.
But with a franchise as fertile and constantly improving as DQ, maybe this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
It was a simple game whose goal was to explore the fantasy world and collect clues to help you save the princess from the evil Dragon Lord.
What made Dragon Quest – known in the United States as Dragon Warrior for copyright reasons – so unique is that the developer of Chunsoft made it a memorable event.
Colourful and beautiful sprites, a huge world, a complex combat system and a fascinating story have enabled DQ to lead a whole new generation of role-playing games.
Despite all this, gambling is lacking in many areas, which is contrary to modern standards. And even his own direct sequel.
I mean, one sanctuary in the whole world? Come on! Come on!
19. DragonBlade Quest (2008)
DQ not only created a new generation of role-playing games in the distant past, but also a new generation of motion-based games when the Wii console was released.
Few people are familiar with the Dragon Quest swords, but this has much more to do with an almost non-existent marketing campaign than with its overall quality.
It’s a bit like Link’s crossbow sword training, except there’s a poetic story in this game and you look 300% more ridiculous during the game.
Besides the fascinating gameplay for the time and beautiful graphics, this game is famous for its solid voice acting, which is always a plus.
18. Search for Dragon Heroes: Rocket slime (2006)
In this incredibly funny NDS name you lead one of DQ’s iconic mascots and do your best to protect your home and your loved ones.
Solve puzzles, increase the power of your city’s thin slime armor and use it to defend yourself against attacks… You know, other theme tanks.
Despite the strangeness of the concept, the gameplay will seem familiar to everyone who has played The Legend of Zelda from top to bottom.
Rocket Slime is one of the best spin-offs I’ve ever played.
And I’m sure you’ll put in many hours if you try.
17. Dragon Quest II (1990)
However, if you have some free time to immerse yourself in one of these games, try the classic DQ2.
Although many people know it is one of the most difficult role-playing games ever played, modern man still finds it easier than his predecessor.
Many of the technical problems and design flaws that were present in the original QD have been eliminated for the future – and yes, there is now more than one conservation site.
The story follows the descendants of the first hero of the game, 100 years after his adventures, as they try to stop the evil wizard from creating a demon and destroying the world.
It’s not the hardest story to tell, but it’s exciting enough to make you play.
One of the best aspects of the game at the time of release is that once you have your ship, it essentially becomes an open-world adventure – long before the open-world madness of recent years.
16. Search for dragons by master builders (2016)
One of the most important aspects of the Dragon Quest franchise is the ability to tell dark and emotional stories as you go down a less serious path.
For example, a fusion of their classic RPG gameplay and a story with, well, Minecraft.
That’s exactly what they did for Dragon Quest Builders, which is now available on all relevant Sony and Nintendo Switch systems.
In this game you have to remind everyone how to build structures and create tools for themselves.
Besides exploring the world, collecting materials and building mud houses, there is also a rather exciting battle with many monsters to fight and tame.
And there are many civilians you can hire to help you in your adventure.
In general, it is a very exciting game and can be an interesting introduction to the series for any beginner.
15. Torneko: Last heap (2000)
I don’t know why they would make a stupid Dragon Quest V dealer the protagonist of a PS1 game like Roguelike, but it’s the 2000’s for you.
The beloved merchant Torneko is thrown into several mysterious dungeons with a single hammer in order to protect himself from the horrors hiding inside.
Celebrity and wealth are beyond the human imagination.
In addition to the random combat system, which is similar to a dungeon maze, the combat system of the game is one of the most interesting aspects of the game.
Instead of real-time action or the traditional turn-based battles, enemies move through the dungeon and act alone while Torneko does, giving you the best of both worlds.
14. Dragon X Quest (2012 JP)
Typically, Dragon Quest games are released much earlier in Japan than in the West, and many of the many franchises derived from them have never been off the island.
This is the case with Dragon Quest X, the tenth main application in the series and the first foray into the world of MMORPGs.
The game looks more like spin-offs than the main disc. However, these are usually modifications of MMOs, because they have to fit into the current storyline and the army of protagonists.
The gameplay is that of a classic MMO, which allows you to create your own character – in my opinion perhaps the best part – and the adventure independently around the DQ world.
Despite not being available in the West, and despite the notorious lack of plans for a worldwide release, I thought Dragon Quest X deserved a place on our list.
13. Dragon sample (2000)
If I understand correctly, it’s Pokemon.
No, actually, it’s pretty much the same, except for the combat system.
All he needs are billiard balls.
But do not think less of the game, because it is so similar to other monster-catching adventures on GBC. DQM was an amazing game when it came out, easily overcoming some of the basic mechanical characteristics of the original Pokémon.
If you’re tired of Ken Sugimori’s merchandising and his beautiful drawings, I can’t imagine a more contrasting style than that of Akira Toriyama.
12. Dragon Quest VI (2011)
There’s a lot of good to say about the sixth mention of DQ.
It was first released in 1995 for the Japanese Super Famicom. The audience was enthusiastic about the sharp sprites, the deep and dense class system and the high quality of the content.
That is, if you don’t mind playing more than once.
Despite the intriguing story of jumping between parallel worlds to slowly bring the land back to life, the game cycle, in which vaguely tense search lines are traversed one after the other, can grow old very quickly.
Unlocking the most advanced classes and access to the best skills will also require more than a small looping.
Still, if you can live with it, it’s a great game, and although it took a long time to make the 2011 NDS remake accessible to a Western audience, it also offered the best version.
11. Searching for Dragon Heroes (2015)
If you’re not a fan of turn-based games, but can’t ignore the appeal of Akira Toriyama’s illustrations and the personality of the franchise, Omega Force will find just what you need.
DQ Heroes combines the famous series of hacker battles and diagonal battles with the colourful and unique style that Toriyama introduced in DQ, which proves once again that a gameplay like Dynasty Warriors goes well with anything.
There is much to see in this game, from the bright graphics to the beautiful soundtrack that picks up clues from many previous parts of the franchise.
It’s the best service for the fans, and I like it.
10. Searching for Dragon II Heroes (2017)
And if you liked the first one, you’ll be happy to know that the next one will take everything she’s done well and bring it to perfection.
Small changes to the formula include the ability to recruit monsters and even take their shape during the battle with devastating results.
In addition, there are many more characters for you in the franchise, and the protagonist now has the opportunity to master almost any weapon. That’s fine.
9. DQM: Joker (2007)
With the development of the Pokémon franchise, when it became clear that they couldn’t be defeated in their own game, the DQ sample series had to evolve into something new in order to survive.
The TOSE developers’ response to this challenge was doubled in what made DQM unique, making the story more detailed and adding a charming protagonist with strange hair and Dragon Ball vibrations everywhere.
But that’s not all that distinguishes this jewel from the NDS.
Not only the graphics are surprisingly detailed and attractive, as only the degree chart can be, but also the depth and versatility of the gameplay with the monsters just discussed in this issue.
The variety has also been expanded with more types of samples and a larger download list.
Snails, dragons, beasts and demons are just some of the monsters you will find in your adventure.
In addition, random encounters have been replaced by visible monsters roaming the fields, forcing Pokémon to try it until 2019.
8. DQM: Joker 2 (2011)
The continuation of the DQM: The Joker came out three years later and offered more of the same, but better.
The main improvements are the introduction of real-time online battles, while the original version allowed players to download enemy teams to control the AI of the game in battle.
The number of monster species has also increased, to about 311 totally different creatures.
As if that wasn’t enough, the professional version of the game was released later, with more than 100 types, as well as other advanced content.
7. Dragon Quest VII (2001)
The seventh major version of franchising is a complex beast for several reasons. The main reason is that, despite being a profound game with lush graphics, a complex system of tasks and a memorable common story and characters, for some players it is hardly a game.
You see, DQVII is a stupid slow rhythm, so much so that it’s starting to sound like a creator’s joke.
Although the game offers more than 100 hours of fun in solving the most important tasks, this is mainly due to the painfully drawn sequences and loops.
To put things into perspective, keep in mind that it can take up to three hours to get to the first fight, and before you can show how the handyman system works, the whole day of the game may be over.
Fortunately, the re-release of the 3DS system released in 2016 solves many of the problems with the re-release and makes the process much more exciting.
If you can get them, you won’t be disappointed.
6. Dragonjob IX (2010)
The ninth major release of DQ has always been controversial among fans of the franchise.
It is a game that focuses on the world and its characters, not the main character and his companions.
You are an angel who flies away from the Kingdom of Heaven, travels from city to city, meets various NPCs and helps them solve their problems.
The story focuses little on you and much more on the personal stories of the various secondary characters, who can become very emotional and dark.
In addition, the game shines with beautiful thermometer graphics and an excellent fighting system.
Character customization is also an important aspect of the game, and you can even customize your companions in detail.
For this reason, however, your companions will feel more like empty shells than real characters, which is very frustrating considering how many fans love party cats and these means of communicating with the characters.
However, the game is an incredible success on NDS, both because of the graphics and the gameplay variability.
It also has a very complete post-game that will keep hardcore role-playing game fans.
5. Dragon Mission IV (1992)
The latest version of Dragon Quest for the NES was unique in the way the developers decided to tell the story.
The game is divided into chapters, each of them dedicated to different characters who travel the world and grow as humans, until they all come together to form your party and save the world.
It was the first of its kind, and it was very well received by the fans because of the way the story was carefully woven, so what may have seemed like a trick really heightened the feeling.
At the moment the best and most complete way to play, surprisingly, is downloading it for iOS or Android.
There is also a version of the NDS, but the English localization eliminates the possibility of listening to your party, and this is one of the best DQIV offers.
4. Dragon Quest III (1992)
But the reason why DQIV is so successful is that the developer Chunsoft had already discovered many technical aspects of creating a beautiful RPG with its predecessor, the DQIII project.
This great game has been very well received by both users and critics because of its reliable class system and ability to recruit satellites with unique abilities and personalities – similar to those in Dragon Quest IX.
For the first time in the series there is also a day/night cycle available.
Dragon Quest III is extremely useful for managing your searches, and also offers you places on the entire map that you really want to visit after you get your ship.
The regions and culture of the inhabitants is , all are based on real places like Japan, Italy, England and Egypt.
If you want to discover this game and its exciting story that completes the first trilogy, I recommend that you continue to GBC.
3. Searching for Dragon XI (2018)
Although many people think that graphics should be left outside the objective evaluation of the game, I believe that aesthetics is the key to immersion, but also just the pleasure of the eyes.
This is DQIX, one of the most amazing games I’ve ever seen on PS4.
Akira Toriyama’s character design is beautifully translated into hyperpolished 3D and enriched with inspiring views and lush landscapes that keep you in a state of visual bliss throughout the game.
Of course, the DQIX wouldn’t be as high on the list if its only function was the card.
The world is full of secrets to discover and the interesting history makes you want to come back again and again to discover it.
Moreover, the beautiful voice of the action is a sure way to feel invested in the story.
Did I tell you that you can ride horses and other creatures to get around?
All this, combined with a solid skill system, entertaining battles and many additional features, makes DQIX one of the best classic role-playing games of recent years.
2. Dragon job V (2009)
In most cases the role play is a story.
This explains why the DQV is so highly regarded by fans of the series.
The story of this game spans several generations, giving it a sense of grandeur and at the same time somehow creating a sense of reason.
The bets seem real, as do the effects of your actions on the world.
Dragon Quest V can be considered the most advanced version of the classic Dragon Quest experience.
You can catch monsters, choose who you want to marry and explore a huge map, making you wonder what you’ll find next.
This solid gameplay is why the DQV was the basis for offshoots like Dragon Quest Monsters and Torneko: One last hope.
I think the developers were also a little surprised at how much the game has improved, because it was already so polished and deep.
It doesn’t matter who you are or when you play this game – if you haven’t tried this game yet, follow the NDS and fix it now.
1. Dragon Quest VIII (2005)
I’ve always thought that the quality of the game was directly related to the developers’ love of the project. And that’s exactly what happens when you play a game that’s carefully crafted.
Sometimes I had that feeling as intense as when I played the DQVIII game.
The first DQ game created entirely in 3D, which has become the starting point of the series for many western gamers, is one of the best role-playing games on the PS2 list and perhaps one of the best games ever created.
Not only are the graphics in Celtic tones beautiful, which you want to play in an anime with characters designed by Akira Toriyama, but for the first time in the series, the game is a spectacle in itself.
The property is also made of solid stone.
It combines the best parts of the previous shots and gives some of the most memorable characters from the franchise scene a chance to win your heart.
There are interesting stories and characters in every city on the world map, and there are hidden treasures waiting for you all over the world, which can be found by anyone who is dedicated enough to his work.
If you have a 3DS, this is definitely the first DQ game you should try.
He’ll make you fall in love with the show if you’re not already. And with that you have a new standard against which all other role-playing games are measured.