Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dragon Quest V - old skool fun RPG

A damn hard game. That is Dragon Quest V.

You start out as a very weak child and progress to 3 generations. This means that you will have to play your children later in the game. I don't want to get into that because that is spoiler territory.

All you have to know is that there is a DS version for this game. The one I'm playing is the SNES one.

Gameplay-wise, I must say that this is a typical JRPG. It is essentially Dragon Quest IV except that you can control your recruited monsters as if they were your party members. This feature alone is awesome.

Some complaints I have against this game is that it is very hard to level up. I think that the DS version is somewhat devoid of grinding, which makes it easier than the original version.

Another complaint I have is the arbitrariness of some game elements. I literally don't know where to go after finishing one quest. I had to look up Gamefaqs a lot while playing this game.

As disclosure, I have to say that I have not finished this game yet. I'm only about past the wedding scenario when I stopped. The grinding really kills me. The truth is, I'm guaranteed to die in a dungeon whenever I'm not properly leveled-up. This really hurt my chance of finishing this game.

The best stuff in this game is beating the crap out of bosses when you are properly leveled-up. I think this is a case of either beating the crap out of bosses, or getting yourself killed. I think that there is no way you can beat a boss by outsmarting it with your menu decisions.

I suggest that you play the DS version instead of the SNES one if you don't like grinding heavily.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

HandyGames free ad-supported games

HandyGames, the creator of the incredibly fun Townsmen series of strategy/sim games for the mobile phone has free downloads of some of their A plus games. These games are ad-supported or ad-wrapped, as they call it. Basically, you need a GPRS or data connection for your phone in order to start the game. If you have unlimited data service, this deal is the shit.

The screenshot above is The Glory of the Roman Empire. Just one of the great free games that you can download on their page. They have a lot more to offer like Townsmen Racing and some Townsmen games.
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