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 I
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.
- Arbitrarily Serialized Simultaneous Adventures: Occurs in Book II; see Involuntary Group Split below.
- Awesome McCoolname: 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: At one point in Book II, Ogden is left to deal with thugs trying to capture the party while the others goes on without him, and the group is split further when Serps takes Ramona away from Anders and Woodsy in the night.
- 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.
- Two skeletons Mooks from Book I's Chapter 1 are named Biggs and Wedge, whose names also appear frequently in the Final Fantasy series.
- Two important NPCs are named Harry and Sally.
- In Book I, Ogden can find a book about Westeria's previous rulers, including Princess Lucca, whose creations seemed futuristic.
- The names of the werewolf series of foes are Wolfman, Wolfowitz, and Blitzer (who "goes off the air" when defeated).
- One enemy from the Volcano in Book I is named Hunka Burnin' Love.
- In Jerald's Chapter of Book I, he can find a small shack that is bigger on the inside due to existing in an alternate dimension. And the only two people inside it are named Inspector and Constable.
- A Sandheim villager from Book I loves salads so much, his wife is nicknamed Princess Tomato.
- An optional enemy encounter/capture in Book II's beginning is called Rockman, which even wears the helmet of Mega Man X.
- The Arbitrarily Serialized Simultaneous Adventures in Book II is presented as a Final Fantasy VI reference, with a Rock Monster taking the place of the Moogle.
- During Ogden's solo adventure in Book II, there's a pair of dudes wanting to thank him for slaying a troll, named William and Theodore.
- 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.