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Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon
ドラゴンクエスト 少年ヤンガスと不思議のダンジョン
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Information
Developer(s) Cavia
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Genre(s) Action role-playing, Roguelike
Mode(s) Single player
Version 1.00
Credits
Designer Yuji Horii
Artist Akira Toriyama
Composer Hayato Matsuo[1]
Koichi Sugiyama
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan.png April 20, 2006
Rating(s)
CERO A
Additional info
Website(s) Square Enix
ID(s) SLPM-66781
Media / distribution DVD-ROM
MSRP 2,800円

Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon (Japanese: ドラゴンクエスト 少年ヤンガスと不思議のダンジョン) is a prequel and spin-off to Dragon Quest Ⅷ: Journey of the Cursed King, developed by Cavia and published by Square Enix as part of the Mystery Dungeon Franchise. While it does not follow the Torneko's Mystery Dungeon series, it participates in the Dragon Quest series.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The game utilizes randomly generated dungeons and combat taken in turns.[2] Players must fight through different floors of enemies until they reach a boss monster, which they must defeat to advance through the story.[3] Combat takes place on contact with enemies, with no separate battle screen or menu system.[3] A new feature to the series is the "tension command", that allows players to build up attack power to deliver strong blows upon enemies, though the character cannot move in this state.[3] Later on in the game, and players can capture monsters with a special jug, and use them to attack opponents.[3] Players may keep three monsters in their possession at any one time, and can be taught to use special abilities by using items and through combat experience.[3] Monsters must reach level four, be given foods they like, and also a weapon before they will assist Yangus, and as they fight more and more, they will combine their strengths with other captured monsters.[3][4] Players can also utilize a farmhouse late game where monsters can be kept and bred to create new and more powerful monsters.[3] The game also uses cinematic and computer generated scenes with a comic-book style.[3]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The game centers around the character Yangus, who is a character accompanying Eight in Dragon Quest Ⅷ, as a child. Described as a "plump bandit", he becomes involved with his father Yampa's gang of thieves when a mysterious jug is brought home. Though instructed not to touch the jug, Yangus does, and is sucked inside the bottle into another world called "Bottle Land". Gelda, a female bandit from Dragon Quest Ⅷ also appears in this new world, as well as Red, Morrie, Torneko, and a new character named Poppy, and each begins to explore the dungeons of this new land.

Development[edit | edit source]

A trailer for the game was shown at the Jump Festival in Tokyo, December 2005.[5] The game's soundtrack features music from Dragon Quest VIII, arranged by Hayato Matsuo,[6] along with a few original compositions by Koichi Sugiyama.

Reception[edit | edit source]

The game ranked third in Japan for game sales for the week of April 17 to April 23 in 2006.[7] The game was noted for its "cartoonish 3D graphics", and its full motion video was also praised.[4][8] The original art style and cell-shaded graphics were highlighted for praise as well.[4] IGN described the dungeon movement system in the game as "clumsy".[3] The narration of the game was thought to be hilarious, due to the narrators acting out of various characters parts.[3] The protagonist of the game, Young Yangus, would later appear in other games in the Dragon Quest franchise such as Fortune Street in 2011 and Dragon Quest Rivals as part of an event in 2019.

Sales[edit | edit source]

The title sold over 340,000 copies in Japan by November 2006, according to Square Enix's IR, and ranking number 42 in sales overall for the year.[9][10]

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See Also[edit | edit source]

Language Name
Japanese Flag of Japan.png ドラゴンクエスト 少年ヤンガスと不思議のダンジョン, Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon
Simplified Chinese Flag of China.png 勇者斗恶龙 少年杨格斯与不思议的迷宫 (Unofficial)

Other Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Titles[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. Hayato Matsuo Interview: Dark Orchestral Writing. Retrieved on 24 June 2019.
  2. Stealth (July 8, 2012). Top 10 Dragon Quest Games. Destructoid.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Anoop Gantayat (April 24, 2006). Dragon Quest Yangus: Import Playtest. IGN. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved on 2012-08-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Andrew Alfonso (May 1, 2006). Dragon Quest: Young Yangus' Mysterious Dungeon. GameSpy.
  5. Anoop Gantayat (December 17, 2005). Eyes On: Dragon Quest Yangus. IGN.
  6. Hayato Matsuo Interview: Dark Orchestral Writing. Game Music Online.
  7. Thorsen, Tor (May 1, 2006). Japan game charts: April 17-23. GameSpot. Retrieved on June 13, 2020.
  8. Tim Surette (January 27, 2006). Dragon Quest VIII spin-off dated for Japan. GameSpot. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-08-04.
  9. (2006年ゲームソフト年間売上TOP500).Famitsū Gēmu Hakusho 2007 (ja). Enterbrain (2007). Located at Tokyo. ISBN: 978-4-7577-3577-4.
  10. FY2006 First-Half Period ResultsBriefing Session. Square Enix. Retrieved on August 23, 2020.