Dragon Quest IV

Game Data:

  • Review Date: May 26, 2021
  • Release Date: October 1, 1992
  • Platform: NES
  • Publisher: Enix
  • Developer: Enix
  • Genre: RPG

Anecdotes: I’m only on the fourth game of the Dragon Quest series, and so far, I have not been impressed. The first game was awful; II was all right; and III was decent. It’s improved with every title. That’s true going into IV, as well, but I wouldn’t consider this a great game, yet.

Description: There’s a bunch of stories going on here and I really can’t do them justice here. In general, though, it is mostly the usual RPG type things. I might update this when I get a better idea of it.


  • The game is divided into chapters, so it’s got some distinct parts, each with different characters. The first four each have their own characters, some of which can be brought to chapter 5. Honestly, I haven’t gotten there yet, so I don’t know how that works.
  • The party members are all defined characters with set roles in battle. Chapter 2, in particular had a spunky princess sneak out on her own until two guys came and joined her. It made sense why party members were there.


  • This game is nearly impossible to figure out what to do. I had to use a walkthrough to have any chance of figuring out what’s going on. That includes finding things on the map, figuring out what levels to get to, what equipment to buy and equip, etc.
  • I also could not find a way to check how far any character is from the next level. It’s not hugely important, but it helps me decide whether to continue grinding at times.
  • The interface hasn’t been fixed. I still have to go to a menu to use a door. I still had to use Search to open chests. I also had to search completely nondescript places, such as the location where the Birdsong Nectar is.


Some of these enemy designs really stump me.
Why is there a purple 22 in the center of the screen?
I’ve been waiting for a giant blob to come along to restore my HP…
Alena is just going to jump out her own room. What spunk.
What is this, New York? Whoever he is, he’s a completely disgusting slimeball.
WRONG. It’s is always time for puns, no matter how big or litter they are.
I think I’m better off not knowing what Lifeforce Nuts are!
Please tell me he or she isn’t craving Lifeforce Nuts…

Final Opinion: While this game is better than the first one by miles, I’m still struggling to get into it. Perhaps if I get the time to play further into it, my mind may change.

Grade: C (only covers chapters 1 and 2)

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