It's Dragon Quest VIII's tenth anniversary today, and what better way to celebrate than making it available for everyone to play once more? Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is now available on iOS and Android devices, making good on Square Enix's promise to bring the first eight Dragon Quest games to the mobile market. What's even better is that the game is more or less untouched, including the original score by Koichi Sugiyama.
Featuring intuitive touch-based controls, the mobile release of Dragon Quest VIII puts you in the shoes of the story's hero once more to defeat the evil Dhoulmagus, recover the forbidden scepter he stole from King Trode's castle, and save the kingdom. The new touch countrols are configurable for one or two handed play. Sliding across the screen will pan the camera a complete 360 degrees, allowing the player to see past the edges of an already limited screen. An auto run button has also been added.
The battle system has also been reworked to allow players to tap a button to automate battles based on their selected in-game battle strategy. People that prefer a more traditional approach can still control each character's actions individually. The automated mode can be cancelled mid-battle if needed, allowing players to play more defensively to avoid having to restart a lengthy dungeon.
Dragon Quest VIII is the youngest RPG to find its way to iOS and Android devices as a re-release, suddenly making mobile re-releases for other classics like Legend of Dragoon or Shadow of the Colossus seem not as far fetched as some may have thought previously. Dragon Quest VIII is now available for download from the App Store or Google Play store for $19.99.