BEWARE! This game is a gateway drug!
The game that started a Genre. It was the first of it's kind. In some parts of the world it's many times bigger than the biggest RPG game in the US, Final Fantasy. Later games in the series even caused laws to be formed (in Japan). Google "Dragon Quest law", there are lots of sites discussing it.
It's a simple game with a simple story. That makes it fun. No convoluted stories to wrestle with.
The story is simple, the Dragonlord is growing in power and you need to defeat him.
The game is challenging enough to even players that have played RPGs for a while. For example: To find Erdrick's armor and token, you need to talk to npcs and remember what they say.
Give it a try, I doubt you would be disappointed.
Reviewed by: The Vintage Gamer from Tucson, AZ.