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Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon
トルネコの大冒険 不思議のダンジョン
Torneko's Great Adventure - Mystery Dungeon cover art.png
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Publisher(s) Chunsoft
Platform(s) Super Famicom
Genre(s) Role-playing video game, Roguelike
Mode(s) Single player
Version 1.0
Director Tadashi Fukuzawa
Producer Koichi Nakamura
Designer Yuji Horii
Kumiko Harada
Programmer Takenori Yamamori
Artist Akira Toriyama
Writer Yuji Horii
Composer Koichi Sugiyama
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan.png September 19, 1993
Additional info
Media / distribution 16MB SFC Cartridge
The RPG that can be played thousands of times!
~ Torneko's Great Adventure's tagline from the box art. The quote would be later used for many titles related to the Mystery Dungeon series.

Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon (Japanese: トルネコの大冒険 不思議のダンジョン) is a spin-off game based on Dragon Quest Ⅳ: Chapters of the Chosen. It was developed and published by Chunsoft for the Super Famicom in 1993. It is the first set of the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon series as well as the very first Mystery Dungeon game to be released, succeeding with the creation of the series.

The game features Torneko, a merchant first encountered in the third chapter of Dragon Quest Ⅳ, where he wishes to make his store famous by venturing through mystery dungeons so he could retrieve valuable items to stock in his store.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The gameplay is similar to roguelike-style PC games. The main similarity is the heavy use of randomized dungeons and effects. The main character of the game is Torneko, originally localized as Taloon in North America, a merchant and playable character from Dragon Quest Ⅳ.[1] The player continues his story from Dragon Quest IV, where he wishes to make his store famous and ventures into mystery dungeons to retrieve items to stock in his store.

While Torneko explores the dungeons, he collects items and fights monsters, similar to ones found in Dragon Quest games. If he leaves the dungeon, he can sell off the items he found. He can also equip certain items. By saving up money, he can improve his home and shop.

Development[edit | edit source]

Torneko was developed by Chunsoft, the developers for the first five Dragon Quest games.[2] It was the first game in the Mystery Dungeon series of roguelike games, of which over 25 have been produced, including five Dragon Quest spin-offs. A PAL prototype originating in Germany was unearthed, proving that it was far in development. Tasked with creating one of the first “rogue-like” games for a console instead of a PC, Dragon Quest programmer Koichi Nakamura initially asked for permission to use the ‘’Dragon Quest’’ games as the template.[3] Letting players explore a familiar setting was part of lowering the difficulty and attempting to broaden the appeal of the genre.[3]

One major change from the normal ‘’Dragon Quest’’ game was the replacement of the hero, who normally had a grand mission to save the world, with the kind of person who would go hunting for treasure in dungeons.[3] For this reason, Nakamura chose Torneko, the well loved shopkeeper from Dragon Quest IV, imagining that he was exploring for items to put in his shop.[3] The “permadeath” featured in most rogue-like games, where the game starts over if the player character dies, was also softened so that the player does not completely start over, but becomes level one again and has a new dungeon to complete.[3]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Under construction; editing is allowed and encouraged.

Music[edit | edit source]

As with other games in the Dragon Quest series, the musical score for the game was written by Koichi Sugiyama. Sony Records released the soundtrack, titled Suite Torneko's Great Adventure: Musical Chemistry, on October 21, 1993 in Japan. It contains eight arranged tracks performed by a chamber orchestra, as well as three tracks containing original game music. The album was reprinted on October 7, 2009.[1] Two pieces of music from the game were performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra at the Game Music Concert 3, the year of the game's release.[4]

Release[edit | edit source]

Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon was released on September 19, 1993 for the Super Famicom. The game was promoted with an exceptionally high-budget television commercial. It had a running time of 30 seconds, unusually long for Japanese commercials of the time, and consisted almost entirely of claymation footage filmed to run at 24 frames per second.[5]

Reception[edit | edit source]

The game received a generally good rating. In November 1993, Famitsu magazine's Reader Cross Review gave the game a 9 out of 10.[6] In 2006, the game was voted number 78 by the readers of Famitsu magazine in its top 100 games of all time.[7]

Because of the success of the game, the latter received multiple goodies such as strategy guides, an album arrangement, mangas and more within the following months. The game spawned two sequels starring Torneko, Torneko: The Last Hope in 1999 and Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon in 2002, and a follow-up, Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon in 2006, where Torneko would appear as a cameo instead of the protagonist. And indeed, the game became the first of the over thirty Mystery Dungeon rogue-like series.[8]. Eventually, it later received an indirect sequel that would spin the Mystery Dungeon series into its own franchise in 1995, titled Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer.

Sales[edit | edit source]

While the game was not as popular as the mainline Dragon Quest series, it was well received with over 800,000 copies sold in total, only in Japan.[9]

Categories[edit | edit source]

All content about Torneko's Great Adventure is organized into these categories. Click on a section name to learn more, and to drill down further to more specific and detailed pages.

Categories about Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon
Gameplay Elements Information on aspects of the game that make it unique from other games in the series and other roguelikes.
Buried items • Defeat • Monster Houses • States • Traps & Floor Tiles • Torneko (player character) • Base • Leveling • Power • Stairs
Guides Topics of interest to help players master this challenging game.
Introduction to Basic Gameplay (Dragon Quest)
Items Information on all items.
Weapons • Shields • Rings • Herbs • Food • Projectiles • Staves • Scrolls • Misc. Items
Locations Information on towns and dungeons.
Towns Castle • New Village
Dungeons Trial Dungeon • Mysterious Dungeon • Bonus Dungeon
Monsters Information on all monsters but not NPCs.
NPCs Information on the NPCs that can be found in towns and dungeons.
Quests All the various story related, post game and side quests you can do.
Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 3 • Chapter 4 • Chapter 5 • Chapter 6 • Chapter 7 • Chapter 8 • Chapter 9 • Final Chapter
Post-Story Quest Post Chapter
Other Content gathered or related to the games that does not otherwise fit into the important categories.
Main Menu

Gallery[edit | edit source]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon.

In other language[edit | edit source]

Language Name
Japanese Flag of Japan.png トルネコの大冒険 不思議のダンジョン, Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 톨네코의 대모험 이상한던전 (Unofficial)
Simplified Chinese Flag of China.png 特鲁尼克大冒险 不思议的迷宫 (Unofficial)

See Also[edit | edit source]

Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon series
Mainline Titles Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon (SFC) • World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope (PS1) • Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon (PS2) • Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon (PS2)
Ports Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 Advance: Mystery Dungeon (GBA) • Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 Advance: Mystery Dungeon (GBA)
Mobile Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Mobile  • Dragon Quest More Mystery Dungeon Mobile

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gann, Patrick. RPGFan Soundtracks - Suite Torneko's Great Adventure ~Musical Chemistry~. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  2. Matthew Williamson (2006). Fushigi no Dungeon 2. Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Parish, Jeremy (January 17, 2019). Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream. US Gamer. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  4. Orchestral Game Concert 3 : Soundtrack Central. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  5. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Electronic Gaming Monthly. EGM Media, LLC (December 1993).
  6. 読者 クロスレビュー: トルネコの大冒険 ~不思議のダンジョン~. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.257. Pg.40. 12–19 November 1993.
  7. Edge staff (March 3, 2006). Japan Votes on All Time Top 100. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  8. Fahey, Mike (July 26, 2016). Shiren The Wanderer is a Mystery Dungeon Game Without Pokémon or Chocobos, That's All. Kotaku UK. Retrieved on July 30, 2021.
  9. ルネコの大冒険 不思議のダンジョン - Wikipedia