Like the first two games in the series, general gameplay in Dragon Quest III revolves around exploring a top-down world map, towns and dungeons while gaining character levels from defeating enemies from random encounters and boss battles in turn-based combat.
The game builds on the Dragon Quest II's party system by allowing players to create and recruit party members from one of seven initial character classes:
In addition to character classes, all party members including the player character have a Personality which dictates the growth of their stats when leveling up. Personalities are often dictated by player choices made during character creation, but even these can be customized later in the game through class changing or special items.
Dragon Quest III introduced a day-night system for the game world, an in-game bank to store gold, and a monster arena for players to bet on outcomes of battles between parties of monsters.
Dragon Quest creator and designer Yuji Horii considered Dragon Quest III to be the game that finally cemented a proper template for future releases in the series. It was the first in the series to drop the password system to continue progress in the original Japanese release (localized English releases long adopted save files via cartridge battery backup).
Several remakes of Dragon Quest III have been released over the years on different platforms including the Super NES, GameBoy Color, Wii Virtual Console, and Apple iOS devices.
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- Genre: Fantasy RPG
- Developer: Enix
- Publisher: Enix
Released North America Jun 12, 1992
- Also known as:
- Dragon Warrior III in Europe
- Dragon Quest III in Japan
- Dragon Quest III in Europe
- Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
- Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
- Dragon Quest Wars
- Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
- Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
- Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
- Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey
- Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure
- Dragon Warrior III
- Dragon Warrior I & II
- Dragon Warrior Monsters