Torneko: The Last Hope

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Torneko: The Last Hope
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North American boxart
Developer(s) Chunsoft,
Matrix Software[1]
Publisher(s) Enix
Designer(s) Yuji Horii
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Series Mysterious Dungeon
Platform(s) PlayStation, Game Boy Advance
Release PlayStation
  • JP: September 15, 1999
  • NA: November 15, 2000
Game Boy Advance
  • JP: December 20, 2001
Genre(s) Role-playing video game, roguelike
Mode(s) Single-player

World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope[a] is a role-playing video game for the PlayStation. The game was co-developed by Chunsoft and Matrix Software and published by Enix in both Japan and North America in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Torneko: The Last Hope is a spin-off title of the Dragon Quest franchise and the second Mystery Dungeon game to star the Dragon Quest IV character Torneko. It is also the second game in the Mystery Dungeon series to be released in North America, after Chocobo's Dungeon 2. Like in Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon, Torneko (or Taloon, as he was known in Dragon Warrior IV) explores dungeons in search of items, while fighting of hordes of monsters.[2]

In Japan, the game was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2001, renamed Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibouken 2 Advance.

Gameplay[edit]

The main gameplay involves Torneko exploring maze-like dungeons in search of items. Each dungeon is full of monsters from the Dragon Quest games that Torneko can fight. The monsters can only make one move for each of Torneko's moves.[3] It is part of the roguelike genre of dungeon crawlers.

Music[edit]

The musical score for Torneko: The Last Hope was composed by Dragon Quest series composer, Koichi Sugiyama. The original game soundtrack from the PlayStation version was released by SPE Visual Works on January 21, 2000, in Japan on a single 21-track disc.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA PS
EGM N/A 4.5/10[5]
Famitsu 36/40[6] 37/40[7]
Game Informer N/A 2.75/10[8]
GameSpot N/A 6.9/10[3]
IGN N/A 6/10[9]
OPM (US) N/A 2/5 stars[10]
PSM N/A 1/10[11]
Aggregate score
Metacritic N/A 66/100[12]

Torneko: The Last Hope was a financial and critical success in Japan. The PlayStation version of the game sold over 578,000 copies in Japan the year of its release.[13] The Game Boy Advance version of the game had sold over 181,000 units in Japan by 2007.[14] Famitsu gave the game a score of 37 out of 40 for the PS version,[7] and all four nines for a total of 36 out of 40 for the GBA version.[6][15][16] Additionally, the game was voted by the publication as number 31 in its top 100 PlayStation games of all time.[17]

The PlayStation version of Torneko: The Last Hope did not sell well in North America[18] and received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[12] RPGFan called the game "frustratingly difficult," but said that its "addictive gameplay elements and top-notch soundtrack" make it a marvelous game.[19] GameSpot said that a lot of role-playing game players would be turned off by its lack of story and randomly generated dungeons, but those who are looking for some lighter fare of role-playing game may like it.[3] Other critics scored the game much lower, however. Game Informer called it "an outdated, ugly piece of crap whose silly antics will charm no one. There are so many better RPGs out there."[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 2 - Fushigi no Dungeon (ドラゴンクエスト・キャラクターズ トルネコの大冒険2 ~不思議のダンジョン~, Doragon Kuesuto Kyarakutāzu: Torneko no Daibōken 2 - Fushigi no Dungeon, lit. Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 - Mystery Dungeon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "株式会社マトリックス/製品/PS/トルネコの大冒険2 不思議のダンジョン" (in Japanese). Matrix Software. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Torneko: The Last Hope". Rotten Tomatoes. 2000. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Gerstmann, Jeff (December 1, 2000). "Torneko: The Last Hope Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Gann, Patrick (2000). "Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 ~Mysterious Dungeon~ OST". RPGFan. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ Macdonald, Mark (January 2001). "Torneko: The Last Hope (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on January 26, 2001. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "ゲームボーイアドバンス - ドラゴンクエスト・キャラクターズ トルネコの大冒険2アドバンス ~不思議のダンジョン~". Famitsu. 915: 117. June 30, 2006. 
  7. ^ a b "プレイステーション - ドラゴンクエスト・キャラクターズ トルネコの大冒険2 ~不思議のダンジョン~". Famitsu. 915: 12. June 30, 2006. 
  8. ^ a b Reppen, Erik (December 2000). "Torneko: The Last Hope". Game Informer (92): 112. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Zdyrko, David (December 12, 2000). "Torneko: The Last Hope". IGN. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Torneko: The Last Hope". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2001. 
  11. ^ "Review: Torneko: The Last Hope". PSM. January 2001. 
  12. ^ a b "Torneko: The Last Hope for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ "1999 Top 100 Best Selling Japanese Console Games". The Magic Box. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Nintendo GBA Japanese Ranking". Japan-Game Charts. July 8, 2008. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Chinn, Marty (June 23, 2000). "Famitsu Top 120 PlayStation games". Gaming-Age. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ Cole, Michael (December 15, 2001). "Famitsu GBA Reviews". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  17. ^ IGN staff (November 20, 2000). "Famitsu Weekly PlayStation Top 100". IGN. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  18. ^ Kanzaki, Sumire; Sensei Phoenix; Uzuki, Citan (2001). "Enix Interview With John Laurence". RPGFan. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  19. ^ Jedi Leroy (2000). "Torneko: The Last Hope". RPGFan. Retrieved September 3, 2007. 

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