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World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope
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~
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2: Mystery Dungeon
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Information
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Matrix Software
Publisher(s) Enix
Platform(s) PlayStation
Genre(s) Role-playing video game, Roguelike
Mode(s) Single-player
Version 1.00
Credits
Director(s) Fukashi Omorita
Yasuhiro Ohori
Kenji Orimo
Producer(s) Seiichiro Nagahata
Designer(s) Yuji Horii
Programmer(s) Masayasu Yamamoto
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Writer(s) Kazuya Asano
Ichiro Tezuka
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan.png September 15, 1999
Flag of the United States.png November 15, 2000
Rating(s)
CERO A
ESRB T
Additional info
Website(s) Square Enix (archived)
Media / distribution CD-ROM

World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope (Japanese: 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~, Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2: Mystery Dungeon) is a game developed by Chunsoft and Matrix Software and published by Enix on PlayStation in 1999. It is part of the second set of the Torneko's Great Adventure series in the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon games.

This game, along with its Game Boy Advance port, are set as both a sequel and successor of Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon. Torneko: The Last Hope is the second game in the Mystery Dungeon series to receive an official English translation after Chocobo's Dungeon 2 and to be released in North America. The community commonly called both games versions of the game Torneko 2.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The game is done with two dimensional graphics and an overhead perspective of the games activities.[1] The main gameplay involves Torneko exploring mazelike dungeons in search of items.[2] When players first start conquering dungeons, Torneko continuously returns to level one strength and loses all his items until he rebuilds his storehouse.[2] Temporary saves are sometimes allowed mid-dungeon, but these are erased as soon as players resume play.[2] Combat against monsters is turn-based, with player and enemies alternating movements and actions.[2] Torneko can attack with close range weapons like swords, long range like bow and arrow, or magic spells summoned with a wand or scroll.[2] Torneko also has a hunger meter which causes him to lose health if he does not eat bread.[2] During his exploration, Torneko can discover treasure and magic items.[3]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The plot for Torneko: The Last Hope happens after the events of Dragon Quest IV, and half a year after Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon. Torneko returns to his village and is forced to help cure his village of a curse that has been placed upon it.[3][4]

Development[edit | edit source]

On April 18, 2000, Enix announced its first three games to be made for the original PlayStation, of which Torneko: The Last Hope was one.[3] The game features 130 hand drawn monsters.[3]

A 2013 news article wrote that based on forum posts by Nob Ogasawara, one of the game's editors, The Last Hope was only localized in the United States because of the passion of the translation team and their agreement to work for much less than normal.[5] In a 2020 interview, Ogasawara clarified that the localization team largely consisted of himself; according to him, the original translation company "made a total mess of things", produced no usable text, and wasted most of the budget and deadline, so he personally with his editor and kids finished the work in three weeks.[6]

Music[edit | edit source]

The musical score for Torneko: The Last Hope was composed by Dragon Quest series composer, Koichi Sugiyama.[7] 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.[7]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Torneko: The Last Hope was a financial and critical success in Japan. Famitsu gave the game a score of 37 out of 40 for the PS version.[8][9] Additionally, the game was voted by the publication as number 31 in its top 100 PlayStation games of all time.[10] The game was also nominated for “Game of the Year” by CESA.[11] The PlayStation version of Torneko: The Last Hope 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.[13] GameSpot said that a lot of role-playing gameplayers 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.[2] 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."[14] Eric Bratcher reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it one star out of five, and stated that "A primitive, turn-based dungeon crawler that takes so many cheap shots it could tick off a Buddhist monk."[15] RPGamer rated the game 7 out of 10, and called the game simple but fun, and was mostly for those who already like rogue like games with randomized dungeons.[1] They did, however, find the game to have amusing dialogue and the music for each dungeon matches it “remarkably well”.[1]

Sales[edit | edit source]

The PlayStation version of the game sold over 578,000 copies in Japan the year of its release.[16] The game did not sell well in North America however.[17]

Categories[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

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In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
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World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope
Japanese Flag of Japan.png 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~, Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 ~Mystery Dungeon~
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 톨네코의 대모험 2 이상한던전 (Unofficial)
Simplified Chinese Flag of China.png 特鲁尼克大冒险2 不思议的迷宫 (Unofficial)

See Also[edit | edit source]

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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 (Android) • Dragon Quest More Mystery Dungeon Mobile (Android)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tidwell, Mikel (January 1, 2001). Torneko: The Last Hope - Review. RPGamer. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gerstmann, Jeff (December 1, 2000). Torneko: The Last Hope Review. GameSpot. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 IGN Staff (April 18, 2000). Enix America Announces First PlayStation Games. IGN. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  4. トルネコの大冒険3 不思議のダンジョン (ja). Spike Chunsoft. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  5. Parish, Jeremy (August 21, 2013). The New Dark Age of Dragon Quest. US Gamer. Archived from the original on December 28, 2019. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  6. Austin King. DRAGON QUEST TRANSLATION & LOCALIZATION: INTERVIEW WITH NOB OGASAWARA. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gann, Patrick (2000). Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 ~Mysterious Dungeon~ OST. RPGFan. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
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  10. IGN staff (November 20, 2000). Famitsu Weekly PlayStation Top 100. IGN. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  11. Zdyrko, David (December 12, 2000). Torneko: The Last Hope. IGN. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  12. Torneko: The Last Hope for PlayStation Reviews. Metacritic. Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
  13. Jedi Leroy (2000). Torneko: The Last Hope. RPGFan. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.
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  17. Enix Interview With John Laurence. RPGFan (2001). Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved on November 23, 2021.