Dragon Warrior Monsters is the first video game in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. It was released in Japan by Enix on September 25, 1998.
Games like this don’t exactly need a story, but Dragon Warrior Monsters at least puts forth a reasonable effort. You take Terry’s role, whose sister is stolen at night by a dark monster named Warabou. After that, a light monster named Watabou comes into the room and beckons you into the dresser. Once inside, Terry has whisked away to the land of Great Tree, where anomalies are found through the Traveler’s Gates and trained to compete in tournaments with other trees. There is also the Starry Night Tournament, in which Terry is urged to compete in by the King of Great Tree, to fight against the rival tree of Great Log. Not only is Terry trying to win the Tournament, but he is also trying to find his sister so that they can return home again.
The gameplay is very competitive if you have a pal with this game because of the extra link features. They include battling and breeding. Solo play is also fun because there are virtually endless ways to raise monsters. The higher monsters require careful breeding, and since you must save before breeding, one error can spell the end of your breeding chain towards the final monster. The challenge is intense, but it doesn’t start to feel like a chore like Pokemon does. Competitions are also cool because if you are ready, you just waltz down to the coliseum and prepare to fight. If you feel confident, you can jump ahead a few classes to gain a higher rank.
When in the areas in the Traveler’s gates, the maps are randomly generated. They are then filled with treasure and an occasional NPC, which often give you and help you out in some other way when defeated. Some gates lead you to small tournaments, shops, or places to be healed by a cleric. One particular feature I enjoyed was the ability to steal other trainers’ monsters. Crom! All you do is bribe them with meats, like beef jerky and sirloin, and the monsters display their loyalty to their original trainers as they hop onto your team after you beat them down.