Dragon Knight (X68000) review
"Dragon Knight's success propelled development house Elf to the heights of respect, insofar as a company that produces hentai video games could possibly be respected. Due in large part to the success of Dragon Knight, a significant portion of their catalog was ported to the PC Engine and Sega Saturn, able to be enjoyed by the impressionable children of unsuspecting parents."
These are the luscious lands of Strawberry Fields. Lands that were protected by the warmth of the goddess Adriana. Lands upon which mothers watched their daughters play. Lands that were at peace. Lands that are now being crushed beneath the iron heels of the five Dragon Knights and their dark emperor.
The Dragon Knights have conquered the Goddess Tower and turned Strawberry Fields' benefactress to stone. Jadestone, to be precise. The Queen's strongest swordswomen have ventured into the tower to defeat the vicious violent knights, but none have returned. Those valiant vivacious women are now presumed dead... or worse, they may be naked.
Amidst this turmoil, a warrior from another land arrived. He was a man. A man with a golden knife. A man possessing a bare minimum of magical knowledge that he gleaned from some old hag.
Go forth, man! You alone can save the women of Strawberry Fields!
Discovered by an attractive young maiden named
Lilia Luna, the man-from-another-land simply smiled. It was a kind but firm smile. The sort of smile that sets a girl's heart at ease, the sort of smile that tells a girl everything is going to be okay. Luna gazed into the warrior's eyes, entranced by the way the sun glistened upon his corneas. And then the warrior spoke.
"I am Takeru. You have nice breasts."
Japan is often credited with popularizing the RPG genre. However, it was a Western game that popularized the genre in Japan... a first-person dungeon crawler called Wizardry. Throughout the 80's and early 90's, dungeon crawler clones exploded across the orient. Many of these games have been lost to time, relegated to that pit of Hell reserved for cheap imitations, but a scant few still occupy a fond spot in gamers' hearts.
Dragon Knight is one of those few. Its success propelled development house Elf to the heights of respect, insofar as a company that produces hentai video games could possibly be respected. Due in large part to the success of Dragon Knight, a significant portion of their catalog was ported to the PC Engine and Sega Saturn, able to be enjoyed by the impressionable children of unsuspecting parents. Anime videos were created based on Elf's games. Elf even opened a mail-order shop where you could buy soap, each fragrant bar shaped in the likeness of an adorable heroine.
The odd thing is that, unlike Wizardry or Japan's own Arcus, Elf's classic only featured one playable character, one town, and one dungeon. Within the land of Strawberry Fields, when it's time to go adventuring, Takeru can visit the Goddess Tower, or he can visit... the Goddess Tower. And it's only six stories tall. I don't recall how many maps The Bard's Tale featured, but it was firmly within the double digits.
One could thus conclude that Dragon Knight was only popular because it had naked girls. That's not quite true; until the Tower's final two floors, most of the women actually wear clothing. They just don't wear very much of it. Attributing the game's popularity to pretty girls, drawn in the Rubenesque style that was popular in the 80's... now that's a bit closer to the truth. Luna -- the red-head who enlisted Takeru's aid -- was such a hit with the gaming public that she even earned the coveted cover spot on Elf's Christmas music CD, featuring their hentai heroines performing Jingle Bells, Silent Night, and other holiday classics.
Damn, I miss those days.
Staff review by Zigfried (February 01, 2009)
Zigfried likes writing about whales and angry seamen, and often does so at the local pub.
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