Parents' Guide to

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Japanese classic remake lets strangers wirelessly connect.

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Any Dragon Quest Game is suitable for most ages. This one contains bare minimal profanity and blood. Mild combat sequences with no blood are common and some of the monsters may ne frightening to very young kids. There is gambling with fake money and a little alcohol use but nothing major. There is one or two brief suggestive refrences.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Dual-world novelty aside, Dragon Quest VI should prove very familiar to fans. Players will encounter the series’ famed slime monsters, visit churches to save their progress and heal their party members, and even collect rare mini-medals -- all hallmarks of the franchise. The series’ sense of humor is intact as well, thanks to some droll dialogue that’s certain to elicit a few chuckles from kids and grown-ups alike. It might be generations old, but it stacks up nicely against more modern Japanese RPGs.

That said, we encountered a few telling signs of the game’s age. The battle system, for example, simply provides a view of the player’s enemies from a head-on perspective. Players don’t get to see their heroes in action. Also, it lacks a quest log and notebook, which makes keeping track of objectives and figuring out what to do next a little tricky at times. Still, it’s hard to imagine traditional RPG enthusiasts turning this game down based on those two quibbles. This one’s been a long time coming.

Online interaction: Players can create and share “dreamcards” -- profiles composed of text information regarding hobbies, appearance, and other traits -- with nearby players in Tag Mode. It’s not online (players have to be within wireless range of each other) but there is potential to share personal information with strangers. Nintendo recommends that players not give out their names, ages, phone numbers, or other identifying details.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: February 14, 2011
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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