Video Game: Dragon Fantasy
Evil is afoot in the land of Westeria, and the only man who can stop it…is fat, bald, and retired! Rediscover what it means to be a hero in Dragon Fantasy!
Dragon Fantasy, a two-part indie RPG that pays homage to older games such as the original Dragon Quest
and Final Fantasy
, was developed and published by The Muteki Corporation. Initially for the iOS, a later version created for the Play Station Network
included enhanced graphics and sound for Book I (upgrading its style to SNES levels).
Book I is evocative of the original Dragon Quest (random encounters, static pictures of foes), and consists of four episodes. In Chapter 1: Dragon Fantasy
, aging hero Ogden Thomas goes on a quest to collect pieces of legendary armor in order to challenge the forces of darkness that kidnapped Westeria's prince Marlon. In Chapter 2: The Heir Unapparent
, Marlon's brother Anders goes on a quest of his own, having learned about the Voidstone while escaping from danger. Chapter 3: Operation Desert Plunder
looks at Jerald and Ramona, a man and his niece trying to escape a fascist country after stealing the Voidstone. Finally, Intermission M: A Minecraft Story!
has the protagonist of each episode join together with the mysterious Woodsman for a Minecraft
-inspired side quest.
Book II is more akin to Chrono Trigger (upgraded sprites, watching protagonists perform their attacks), and begins where Book I left off. The heroes have joined together to uncover more information about the Voidstone, and to prevent calamity from befalling the land.
These Indie Games include the following Tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: Rock monsters in Book II, after they infest the regular ammo.
- Another Side, Another Story: Anders' Chapter in Book I, which takes place during the beginning of Ogden's story, rather than after it ends.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Serpent Diablo.
- Badass Beard: The only hair left on Ogden's head.
- Bald of Awesome: Ogden lost his hair during a fight with a dragon when he was just 16.
- Bag of Spilling: Ramona's items do not carry over from Chapter 3 to Intermission M of Book I, despite being playable.
- None of the items from Book I are carried over to Book II, including the equipment that was an important part of Ogden's Chapter.
- Canon Discontinuity: Intermission M of Book I is not canon, though some of its elements (capturing monsters, crafting items) were implemented into Book II.
- Deal with the Devil: Marlon was captured because of a deal made by Westeria's first king, to bring prosperity to the land in exchange for members of the royal family.
- Decoy Protagonist: Jerald does not escape from his country and join the other heroes, but his niece Ramona does.
- Distressed Dude: Prince Marlon in Book I.
- Dream Sequence: Book II begins with Ogden having one.
- Five-Man Band: One starts to form in Book I (see Foreshadowing), but isn't complete until Book II:
- Foreshadowing: One of the treasures that Jerald collects in his chapter to help pay for passports is a large red gem initially surrounded by six statues. Half of them are incomplete, but the other three clearly depict Ogden, Anders, and the Woodsman.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Anesidora of Tundaria, encountered in Book II.
- Gotta Catch Them All: All of the regular enemies in Book II can be captured using items or a spell from the Woodsman. The Playstation Trophy for collecting fifty is even called "You just gotta".
- Hermit Guru: The Woodsman, who has lived in the woods so long that his real name is a mystery.
- He's Back: Ogden hadn't really done anything heroic since fighting a dragon 30 years ago, but when Marlon gets kidnapped...
- I Love the Dead: Sally, who finds her boyfriend Harry even more handsome after he becomes a ghost.
- Involuntary Group Split: Occurs in Book II, leading to a Final Fantasy 6-esque situation where the player can follow each subgroup until they are reunited.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Serpent Diablo. A brief optional scene in Anders' Chapter of Book I shows him hiding the Legendary Helmet under the demonic villain's orders...but a conversation he can have with Jerald in Chapter 3 reveals that he weakened the troll guarding it because it wouldn't be fair to the hero.
- Justified Criminal: Jerald, who lives in a fascist and corrupt country, and needs to plunder in order to afford an escape route for his niece and himself.
- Mascot Mook: The Rock Monsters.
- Meaningful Name: In Anders' Chapter of Book I, he briefly teams up with a strong guard named Chest (short for Chester) Mantough, and can later recruit Punchy (a physical attacker) and Casty (a mage) in town.
- Mineral MacGuffin: The Voidstone. Book II reveals that there's more than one.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Early in Book II, the party and their pirate allies are all captured by an old friend of the pirates, hoping to get a ransom out of it.
- Only in It for the Money: The reputation of Serpent Diablo.
- Rebel Prince: Anders prefers associating with pirates over dealing with royal duties.
- Retired Badass: Ogden, technically; he was given a position in the royal guard, but was assigned menial duties until he set out to save Prince Marlon.
- The Woodsman is implied to be the legendary hero that save the world even longer ago.
- Running Gag: Various bookcases and people mention Warren Q. Porkbringer and his onion-related products.
- Sequel Hook: Ogden's Chapter of Book I ends with the Woodsman commenting how the main villain was just a lesser demon, and something bad must be happening to have allowed his release.
- Chapter 3 of Book I ends with Ramona stowing away on a boat Ogden, Anders, and the Woodsman are using to try and track down her uncle Jerald and the Voidstone he stole.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Without a ship, the pirates of Bluefin seem fine spending most of their time drinking soda in a bar. Although their role is expanded in Book II, they are still mostly incompetent.
- Thieves' Guild: Jerald and Ramona are both members of one. Talking to an NPC at the right time reveals that Serpent Diablo was initially in charge, but was bad at management.
- Void Between the Worlds: Vetican.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the credits of Book I's Intermission M, we see that Notch forgot to kick the pirates off of the server.