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Dragon Quest VIII now available on Android - should you really pay $20 for a game?

Dragon Quest VIII has finally arrived at the Google Play Store. People have been long-waiting for this game, but it won't come cheap!
May 29, 2014

Dragon Quest VIII has finally arrived at the Google Play Store. Like many Square Enix franchises, it comes with much anticipation, and a fierce crowd of fans is sure to sign up to download the game right away, despite its unusually high price (compared to most Android games).

In fact, this game is expensive even compared to other Square Enix games, which can go for up to $16 or a bit more. Dragon Quest VIII for Android is priced at $19.99, making for one expensive piece of software. But is it worth it?

What do you get?

Dragon Quest measures in at about 1.43 GB. The game is a complete port of the original to the Android platform. It’s unadulterated and in its pure form. Only missing are the voiceovers and orchestra music, but this could be good considering mobile devices can be limited in resources and storage.

Legends tell of an ancient sceptre, within which is sealed a fearsome power… When the relic’s long-dormant magics are awoken by the treachery of a malign magician, an entire kingdom falls into a cursed slumber, prompting a young soldier to embark on an unforgettable journey…
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Should you ever pay $20 for an Android game?

It’s all about perspective. I won’t deny Square Enix does seem to overprice its software, especially considering how current smartphone app pricing works. Most need some amazing convincing just to purchase a $5 Android game, but Square Enix falls under a completely different realm. These games have amazing demand, thanks to a long history and millions of followers.

Because of their popularity, they can afford to charge so much and still sell countless downloads. Their RPG games are among the most popular in the world, not to mention amazingly complex and emotional. Some of their games are iconic to RPG culture, like Final Fantasy VI.

For real fans it may be much easier to swallow that $20 price tag and take the plunge, knowing they will have countless hours of quality RPG gaming. With that said, I do believe Square Enix needs to evolve along with the rest of the industry.

We no longer live in a world where it’s ok to sell old games for $20. As well-made and awesome as they are, the fact is everything has changed. The gaming industry now relies on affordability and availability. You need to make sure your game reaches as many users as possible. That’s where you find real mobile success.