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  • Summary: The game that started the legend of DRAGON QUEST is here at last for mobile devices!
    Discover the RPG that won the hearts of two generations!
    Enter a fantasy world of sword, magic, and monsters in one standalone package! Download it once, and there's nothing else to buy, and nothing else to
    The game that started the legend of DRAGON QUEST is here at last for mobile devices!
    Discover the RPG that won the hearts of two generations!

    Enter a fantasy world of sword, magic, and monsters in one standalone package!
    Download it once, and there's nothing else to buy, and nothing else to download!

    Prologue

    The peace of fair Alefgard has been shattered by the appearance of the nefarious master of the night known as the Dragonlord, and the Sphere of Light which for so long kept the forces of darkness in check has been stolen!
    It's time for you, a young warrior through whose veins flows the blood of the legendary hero Erdrick, to set out on a quest to vanquish the Dragonlord, and save the land from darkness!

    Game Features

    * First in the Legendary Series
    Originally released as Dragon Warrior, you can now experience the classic retro RPG experience that swept up millions of Japanese players back in the Eighties...and never let go!
    Become the descendant of the legendary hero Erdrick, and embark on an epic journey through the historic realm of Alefgard, tackling fearsome foes and perplexing puzzles on your way to the dread Dragonlord's lair!

    * Simple, Intuitive Controls

    The game's controls are designed to work perfectly with the vertical layout of any modern mobile device, and the position of the movement button can be changed to facilitate both one- and two-handed play.

    * Experience the legendary RPG loved by millions in Japan and worldwide! Created by a legendary trio with the master creator Yuji Horii, the revolutionary synthesizer score and orchestration by Koichi Sugiyama, and art by master manga artist Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Oct 3, 2019
    85
    The Erdrick Trilogy still holds up as some of the best RPGs to this day. While copious amounts of grinding, a lack of direction, and gross new artwork hold these games back from true greatness, they are still worth playing through to see the roots of the JRPG genre. They’re charming, fun, silly, and just a little bit sad.
  2. Oct 7, 2019
    80
    Dragon Quest has beautiful graphics, an official modern translation, and plays great portably. The Nintendo Switch is the perfect way to experience this classic. So for those who are into retro gaming, or are curious about game history, Dragon Quest is a must-play.
  3. Feb 10, 2020
    75
    Dragon Quest is a fun, light-hearted JRPG with simple and enjoyable combat and classic Dragon Quest charm, though the lack of play time mixed with its other flaws leaves something to be desired, though at just £3.99 you really can’t go wrong.
  4. 65
    The first Dragon Quest feels like a relic from the past with its incessant grinding and tiring dialogue. But it’s hard not to recommend: it does have that Dragon Quest appeal that many games in the series have, and the soundtrack and visuals (save the character models) give this release a great classic feel. There’s no doubt this 33-year-old game shows its age, but Dragon Quest presents a simple, straightforward experience that’s worth playing if you can forgive its dated flaws.
  5. Oct 15, 2019
    60
    Unfortunately, the technical issues and art do take away enjoyment from playing this otherwise fantastic retro throwback. While diehard fans of the series may enjoy it, a more casual player might be a little bit lost when faced with its 30-year old design.
  6. Sep 26, 2019
    60
    There's no denying that Dragon Quest is a massively important RPG yet enjoying it without nostalgia in mind is tricky in this day and age.
  7. 20
    I love the classic Dragon Quest titles with a passion, but there is nothing that redeems these poor ports. They fail as an archive of classics, since the redesign fundamentally changes them. They fail as pieces of entertainment, because they're so ugly and poorly made. Finally, they fail as Dragon Quest, because Dragon Quest fans will be insulted by this trash being passed off as their memories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 24, 2020
    10
    This was a great game and an excellent port of the original. And having the ability to put the switch into sleep mode and continue playingThis was a great game and an excellent port of the original. And having the ability to put the switch into sleep mode and continue playing anytime is so much better than having to find a saving point every time I have to stop. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2021
    9
    This was my third ever Dragon Quest game that I played. I started like a lot of newcomers with XI, then played V because I heard that theThis was my third ever Dragon Quest game that I played. I started like a lot of newcomers with XI, then played V because I heard that the story was awesome ''And it was',. And then I decided that it might be better to go from 1 and onwards, so I bought the first Dragon Quest on sale for my Switch, and I had a total blast with it, it felt retro, sluggish at times, old, but soooo satisfying. The story was cliché, but that made it interesting in its own way. I loved that game, already getting ready to play the 2nd, and 3rd when the remake comes out. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2021
    8
    This game started the Japanese RPG genre. It is a mandatory game for all JRPG fans. When you play thinking about what it was like in 1986 itThis game started the Japanese RPG genre. It is a mandatory game for all JRPG fans. When you play thinking about what it was like in 1986 it brings an interesting experience.

    And you can enjoy it fast, because with 10 hours of play you can finish the game.
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  4. Mar 26, 2022
    4
    I like rpg games and i was very disapointing to discover this bland switch version made with rpgmaker.
    I wanted the original experience !