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Square Enix Launches “Dargon Quest IV” on iOS, Hilarity Ensues

by Ron Duwell | August 7, 2014August 7, 2014 1:30 pm PST

Dragon Quest IV iOS

Now I see why Square Enix has to take its time translating Dragon Quest VII on the Nintendo 3DS. It can’t even get the spelling of the series’ title right!

“Dargon” Quest IV is now live on the iOS market with a typo that makes even the $18.99 asking price seem not so ridiculous by comparison. Twitter isn’t letting up either with the #DargonQuestMyGame hashtag leading to some hilarious typos of other games like Domo 3: BFG Edition, Fire EmbalmFinal Fantasy IX Online, Hola: Combat Evolved, Lara Crafting: Tome Raider, and of course, Brad.

Oh! Let me try! Looking at my shelf right next to me, I got Mase Effect, Valkyrie Chronicles and Valkyria Profile, 2D Dot Game Heroes, ICE, Sly Cooper: Thieves in TimMetal Gear Sold, and Nier! Okay, that last one is a real game, but you get the idea. Man, I’m on fire today!

Dragon Quest IV

This “Dargon” Quest IV is a port of the Nintendo DS remake released in 2008 in America. The game is one of the most remade in the series’ history first appearing on the Famicom in Japan in 1990, jumping to the NES in 1992, getting a port to the Japanese PlayStation in 2001, and closing out on the Nintendo DS in 2008. Man, has it been that long since I last played it?

Originally home to five chapters of gameplay, this iOS version’s description hints at a “Chapter ???” followed by an “Extra story? Surely not!” label. Dragon Quest IV on the Nintendo DS is a wonderful game with fun characters and a great sense of pacing. I’m not sure if more is better in “Dargon” Quest IV‘s case, but iOS owners can now enjoy the game.

It’s also entirely sprite based, meaning it doesn’t have the complicated animation, extensive voice acting, and gorgeous scenery that Dragon Quest VIII had on the PlayStation 2. Square Enix most likely didn’t have to skimp on this iOS port’s performance in the same way, and you can enjoy it to the fullest.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...