I was expecting a short RPG. I guess I was expecting this because the graphics are scaled back, so I figured the whole game was. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dragon Fantasy Book II
is quite a robust RPG with a relatively complex story that will take a number of hours to fully explore and beat. The overall play reminds me of a humorous version of the original Suikoden
, with a bit less intricate storyline.
Dragon Fantasy Book II starts off with Princess Becca trying to wake the hero Ogden, saying that the dragons are coming to eat them and pretty maidens "donít pair well with butter and jam." She needs him to go save them all from the dragons. When he leaves the castle, suddenly he is pudgy and his "luxurious" hair is gone, but he continues on anyway. Ogden is a Knight of Wisteria. At the end of the first Boss battle, Ogden wakes up and the story actually begins and Ogden is now with a pirate crew. You do get a bit of the story in the opening, but not enough to really know what you are doing. You know that you are searching for Voidstones to try and save the world.
The text is hilarious, making fun of itself wherever possible. Things like "Mrs. Rock Monster asks if Ogden thinks she looks fat" when the Rock Monster attacks are going to make you laugh or at least crack a wry smile. There is even an enemy called a David Bowelf who talks about being sparkling. I found myself waiting to see what the next monster would do or say. You can capture monsters to fight with you, but note that you can only have four party members at a time. If you capture a monster when youíre already full, it will just show up in town at the bar or tavern and be available when you are able to change your party out.
You will want to talk to various townspeople for side quests. There are lots of quests to be had that will give you bonus items and money. If you donít feel like doing them, you donít have to. After you get a certain distance in, the group will split up and you will choose which characterís path to follow. Eventually they will meet back up. You will continually be getting new characters to play with to continue on your quests.