Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Another installment in the bestselling jRPG series which has been in development since the mid-80s. It is the first game in the franchise to be available for PlayStation 2. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is set in a well-known fantasy universe. The player controls a party of adventurers who have to stop the evil Dhoulmagus and remove the curse he placed on the king and his daughter. As we progress, the protagonists gain new abilities and items and become stronger. In combat, played in a turn-based system, they use not only typical medieval weaponry but also magic. They also encounter friendly NPCs with whom they can trade and talk. Visually, Dragon Quest VIII resembles Dark Cloud 2: it has three-dimensional graphics combined with cel shading rendering which gives them cartoonish looks. The characters' were designed by a famous mangaka, Akira Toriyama, known primarily for his work on the Dragon Ball franchise.

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) Cover
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King | PS2

RPG, TPP, fantasy, turn-based, reeditions\remasters\remakes, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Level 5 | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher  

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King release date for PS2:

game language:
English

01 November 2005 | Worldwide

13 April 2006 | Europe PAL

01 November 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 281 players' votes.  

Apple iOS
Game Dragon Quest VIII (iOS) Cover
Dragon Quest VIII

Dragon Quest VIII | iOS

RPG, TPP, fantasy, turn-based, reeditions\remasters\remakes, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest VIII

Level 5 | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher  

Dragon Quest VIII release date for iOS:

game language:
English

28 May 2014 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

A mobile reedition of the eighth installment in the Dragon Quest jRPG series (also known as Dragon Warrior). The franchise debuted back in 1986 on Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The eighth game initially came out for PlayStation 2 in 2005 and was released for Apple iOS-powered smartphones and tablets in 2014.

Plot

The dreadful Dhoulmagus managed to free hellish powers and cast a curse on the king as well as to turn the princess into a horse. The only person who can prevent an imminent disaster is, obviously, the player, who commands a party of adventurers (the warlike Yangus, adorable Jessica, and even the vicious ruler by the name of Trode himself, among others). The appearance of the virtual people was designed by the famous Akira Toriyama, who is primarily known thanks to his work on the Dragon Ball franchise. Naturally, over time, the characters gain new abilities, increase their strength and agility, collect various items, and so on.

Mechanics

While exploring the fantasy game world, we will encounter friendly NPCs (with whom we can talk, trade, etc.), but most of the time, we run into various hostile monsters. We use a number of more or less conventional forms of attack and defense to fight them. Therefore, we fight with typical medieval weaponry (swords, bows, etc.) as well as powerful magic. The combat system is turn-based.

Technical aspect

Dragon Quest VIII is the first installment of the entire series to feature fully three-dimensional world and characters, all created with the use of the cel-shading technology. The mobile reedition for Apple iOS comes with reworked controls and somewhat altered i.e. simplified combat mechanics.

Android OS
Game Dragon Quest VIII (AND) Cover
Dragon Quest VIII

Dragon Quest VIII | Android

RPG, TPP, fantasy, turn-based, reeditions\remasters\remakes, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest VIII

Level 5 | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher  

Dragon Quest VIII release date for Android:

game language:
English

28 May 2014 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

A mobile reedition of the eighth installment in the Dragon Quest jRPG series (also known as Dragon Warrior). The franchise debuted back in 1986 on Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The eighth game initially came out for PlayStation 2 in 2005 and was released for Android OS-powered smartphones and tablets in 2014.

Plot

The dreadful Dhoulmagus managed to free hellish powers and cast a curse on the king as well as to turn the princess into a horse. The only person who can prevent an imminent disaster is, obviously, the player, who commands a party of adventurers (the warlike Yangus, adorable Jessica, and even the vicious ruler by the name of Trode himself, among others). The appearance of the virtual people was designed by the famous Akira Toriyama, who is primarily known thanks to his work on the Dragon Ball franchise. Naturally, over time, the characters gain new abilities, increase their strength and agility, collect various items, and so on.

Mechanics

While exploring the fantasy game world, we will encounter friendly NPCs (with whom we can talk, trade, etc.), but most of the time, we run into various hostile monsters. We use a number of more or less conventional forms of attack and defense to fight them. Therefore, we fight with typical medieval weaponry (swords, bows, etc.) as well as powerful magic. The combat system is turn-based.

Technical aspect

Dragon Quest VIII is the first installment of the entire series to feature fully three-dimensional world and characters, all created with the use of the cel-shading technology. The mobile reedition for Android OS comes with reworked controls and somewhat altered i.e. simplified combat mechanics.

Nintendo 3DS
Game Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) Cover
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King | 3DS

RPG, TPP, fantasy, turn-based, reeditions\remasters\remakes, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Level 5 | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher  

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King release date for 3DS:

game language:
English

27 August 2015 | Worldwide

20 January 2017 | Europe PAL

20 January 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 5 players' votes.  

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for Nintendo 3DS is another installment in the RPG series which are also known as Dragon Warrior and have been in development since the mid-80s. Those games were so popular in Japan that selling them during the weekdays became prohibited to stop them from drawing people away from their work. This game is the first installment of the saga to be dedicated to Sony PlayStation 2.

Plot

The dreadful Dhoulmagus managed to free hellish powers and cast a curse on the king as well as to turn the princess into a horse. The only person who can prevent an imminent disaster is, obviously, the player, who commands a party of adventurers (the warlike Yangus, adorable Jessica, and even the vicious ruler by the name of Trode himself, among others). The appearance of the virtual people was designed by the famous Akira Toriyama, who is primarily known thanks to his work on the Dragon Ball franchise. Naturally, over time, the characters gain new abilities, increase their strength and agility, collect various items, and so on.

Mechanics

While exploring the fantasy game world, we will encounter friendly NPCs (with whom we can talk, trade, etc.), but most of the time, we run into various hostile monsters. We use a number of more or less conventional forms of attack and defense to fight them. Therefore, we fight with typical medieval weaponry (swords, bows, etc.) as well as powerful magic. The combat system is turn-based.

Technical aspect

Visually, Dragon Quest VIII for Nintendo 3DS bears some resemblance to Dark Cloud 2 (AKA Dark Chronicle), the reason simply being the fact that the same team is responsible for both games. The game world and the characters are three-dimensional and made with the use of the cel-shading technology. Thanks to this, the title’s graphics bring animated movies to mind, making it more attractive to the player.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS version launch trailer

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS version launch trailer | 2:35

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