Parents' Guide to

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Huge, gratifying portable RPG has slightly mature themes.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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Whether you're new to the series or remember the original version of this game, this portable adventure offers a ton of fun to sink your sword into. Seriously, we're talking huge dungeons here, as well as big towns and rural areas to explore and battle through. It's a classic Japanese RPG that still holds up all these years later. It does take a while for the first fight to commence, but once it does the game's simple turn-based battle mechanic, streamlined user interface, and strong narrative all work hand in hand to drive the tale further. Side quests offer some variety, too, and you'll have party members with different abilities to keep gameplay fresh, along with many areas to explore. That said, there's a lot of back and forth between areas, and some of the NPCs (non-playable characters) repeat themselves often, but overall, you'll find this game hard to put down.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past also offers rebuilt visuals and new controls (designed for smaller screens and Nintendo 3DS buttons). And if the estimated 100 hours of gameplay wasn't enough, this Dragon's Quest game also supports the Nintendo 3DS' StreetPass, which lets you send and receive traveler's tablets to explore new dungeons that contain rare monsters and unique equipment. Despite a few minor grumbles, this $40 remake is well worth the cost. In fact, it's one of the best Nintendo 3DS games of 2016.

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