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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2004)

Doragon kuesuto VIII: Sora no daichi to norowareshi himegimi (original title)
The game begins with the court jester of the kingdom of Trodain, Dhoulmagus, stealing an ancient scepter and casting a spell on Trodain castle.


Akihiro Hino


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Grover ... Yangus (voice)
Emma Ferguson Emma Ferguson ... Jessica Albert (voice)
Blake Ritson ... Angelo (voice)
Jon Glover ... King Trode (voice)
Victoria Shalet Victoria Shalet ... Princess Medea (voice)
Josh Cohen ... Marcello (voice)
Keith Wickham ... Dhoulmagus (voice)
Brian Bowles Brian Bowles ... Morrie (voice) (as Brian Bowels)
Richard Pearce Richard Pearce ... Prince Charmles (voice)
Jessica Martin Jessica Martin ... Empyrea (voice)
Jonathan Keeble Jonathan Keeble ... Rhapthorne (voice)
Kerry Shale ... Additional Voices (voice)
Sarah Hadland ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cate Debenham Cate Debenham ... Additional Voices (voice)
Morwenna Banks ... Additional Voices (voice)


The game begins with the court jester of the kingdom of Trodain, Dhoulmagus, stealing an ancient scepter and casting a spell on Trodain castle.

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27 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

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Yangus: I've prob'ly said it before, but it beats me 'ow you ended up workin' for an old codger like 'im! Not that I can talk, though, eh? Guess people say the same thing about me workin' for you.
[Then King Trode stands up]
King Trode: Hm? Old codger? I do hope you're not referring to me! What would you know? A lowlife like you wouldn't recognise nobility if it came up and bit you on the... arrrgh!
[They both got angry and glared at each other. Then King Trode has an exclamation mark over his head]
King Trode: Enough ...
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Follows Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones (1990) See more »

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A highly visual world created for your enjoyment.
2 April 2008 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This game just proves you do not need to have computer generated film sequences in a game to make it good, instead why not just make the entire game a wonderful visual experience. That is what they did here as the game is just stunning to look at, it is like watching a very well done cartoon. In fact, the characters were designed by the guy who did DragonBall Z and it most certainly shows. The story has a king and his beautiful daughter cursed...he is now turned into a troll like creature and she, while still beautiful, is now a horse. They are traveling to find a way to end the curse of themselves and their home, as the castle is now overrun with thorns. They are accompanied by a young man who was a guard at the castle and somehow escaped everyone else's fate of being turned to thorns and a thief they meet along the way named Yangus. Who could have brought about such terror you ask, a strange magician clown that goes by the name Dhoulmagus. Most of the game you are tracking him in an attempt to break the curse, and along the way you meet two more allies in the form of the very lovely Jessica and Angelo a man who has a special place in his heart for the ladies. During your adventures you will run across many fiends and many lovely locales. And some not so lovely as you will find out in the thieve's paradise of Pickham. You even get to see a lovely winter land and a strange land with virtually no color. You sail the seas and soar through the skies, though not in the old standby airship. The fighting is turned based, nothing to complicated to pick up, you do have your special attacks and you can psyche yourself and make your attacks that much more effective. The only complaints I have for the game is that getting money and upgrading your equipment can be a pain as is using the alchemy pot (though that has its pluses too). Then there is the music, which is not bad, but it is not varied enough for my tastes. However, the game is overall very enjoyable and it has a very sweet ending that I thought was one of the better endings I have seen in a role playing game.

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