‘Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds’ Detailed Review

A new team-focused RPG based on the hit manga series of the same name, ‘Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds’ is now available on iOS Android. After our experiment, we would like to share with you our review of this new game.

‘Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds’, Square Enix’s new team action RPG is developed by DeNA, a company with plenty of experience in the mobile space – you might recognize them from Pokemon Masters EX.

Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds

Platform: iOS, Android

Developer: DeNA

Publisher: Square Enix

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What is Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds game?

If you’ve never heard of Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, I wouldn’t blame you. The manga series started in the pages of Weekly ShÅnen Jump back in 1989, following the exploits of titular Dai and his friends as they embarked on a quest for revenge in a world full of humans, demons, and the classic monsters of the Dragon Quest series. The comic ran until 1996 and was also adapted into an anime, as well as a few theatrical films, back in the ’90s.

After lying dormant for a few decades, Square Enix has revived the property with a new manga series, a new anime adaptation of the original manga, and a trio of games that were announced last spring. A Hero’s Bonds is the first of those games to make it outside of Japan. It’s a free-to-play RPG developed by DeNA and published by Square Enix. DeNA is a developer you probably most associate with Nintendo’s mobile output, but it’s worked with Square Enix before on the hit title Final Fantasy: Record Keeper.

A Hero’s Bonds represents the developer’s first crack at the Dragon Quest franchise, but rather than doing something bold with it to make the title stand out in a ruthlessly competitive field, DeNA has chosen to play it disappointingly safe.

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Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds story

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If you happen to already be a fan of Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, it might please you to hear that the title features a storyline that follows that of the original manga series.

A Hero’s Bonds actually has two connected stories to play through. “Dragon Tracks” covers the events of The Adventure of Dai manga and plays into “Bonding Journey,” which is an original story featuring a player-created character that focuses on building bonds with their partners. While some action levels will limit who you can have in your party, I could use my created character throughout both storylines if I wanted. As this is an RPG with leveling and all, it is important to make sure both Dai and my character got some time on the battlefield.

Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds gameplay

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In typical RPG fashion, Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds sees you upgrading weapons and equipment to overcome tougher challenges as the game progresses. Of course, as this is a team-based game, you control multiple characters – a team of three, as you go to battle with hordes of enemies. Each character has an individual lane, meaning you can partner with two other players and take a lane each, facing your foes together.

This game also has multiple currencies, an energy system, a crap-ton of lore, crafting, and everything else some AAA mobile developers can’t seem to move beyond. I’ve written before about how the pandemic has altered my outlook on these types of menu-heavy, free-to-play RPGs. That hasn’t changed even as we draw closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. It doesn’t help that I started playing this at the tail-end of my review session of Fantasian, another mobile RPG that lacks everything our readers consistently remind us they hate about mobile gaming.

Is Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds Worth Playing? 

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The best compliments I can pay Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds is that it’s got a unique gameplay hook. It’s beautiful, and its soundtrack is appropriately epic. It’s not the worst thing you can download to your phone, but at the end of the day, it’s another free-to-play mobile RPG that’s still clinging to old ideas of what those types of games should look like.

Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero’s Bonds is now available for iOS and Android.

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