Platform: Game Boy Color
Rating: E for Everyone
Price: $12.00 - $35.00
There's a new 3DS coming out soon, and it's coming with a 3D re-render of the Game Boy Color classic "Dragon Warrior Monsters." Since this is a classic game that inhabits so much of my childhood, I figure it's only fair to write a retro review about it.
Dragon Warrior Monsters tells the tale of Terry, the monster tamer who jumps into his drawer and finds himself in the world of GreatTree. In his quest to find his sister, he learns of the "Starry Night Tournament," where the winner gets one wish granted. Seeing as this is as good an option as any, Terry decides to help the King of GreatTree and win the starry night tournament.
|Simplistic graphics, yet highly addictive|
As you explore, you will fight monsters based on the Dragon Warrior or Dragon Quest series. Players start with the lowly Slime and Dracky monsters, and eventually gain the assistance of the mighty BattleRex and Wyvern monsters. In addition to this, there's also a "breeding" sub-theme that makes your monsters stronger. Breeding unlocks new skills, monsters, and higher levels in your monsters. This is also a great way to "tune" a particular monster to your specifications. Say you don't have the "HealUs" spell on your Unicorn. By breeding it with a Healer monster that has learned HealUs, the offspring (a Pillow Rat or SpotSlime, depending on which way you breed it) will be able to learn HealUs when it reaches a high enough level.
The breeding system is so deep that there are whole guides devoted to it on GameFAQs, amongst other places. Gamers can devote hours on end, just trying to get that elusive "ultimate monster." In addition, this gives the game a secondary objective for those that wish to accomplish it.
|What's not to love about this blue drop?|
All in all, Dragon Warrior Monsters is a true classic from the Game Boy Color era, and worth seeking out in this day and age.