Dragon Warrior II is an early top-down RPG that expands and improves on its predecessor, Dragon Warrior. Taking the role of a descendant of Erdrick, the player once again ventures forth in an effort to save the world.
Unlike the first game, Dragon Warrior II allows the player to join forces with two other characters, a magic-using princess and a wizard-warrior prince. Also including expanded monster battles involving up to 6 creatures and a much larger world, Dragon Warrior II is an important step in the evolution of the Dragon Warrior series.
Starting in February 1991, a contest being held by Enix America was being advertised. The player had to complete Dragon Warrior II and send in a photo of themselves standing by the final screen. They also had to supply their detailed impressions of the game. Between February and May the 20 best write-ups each month were to win one of the five different prizes being offered. One monthly first place prize was a statue of Gold Man, three second place prizes were the Jailers key and Watergate Key, four third place prizes were gold and silver keys, six fourth place prizes were a cloth displaying the armor from the first three games, and six fifth place prizes was a cloth displaying the weapons from the first three games. In May, the 24 best overall write-ups sent in throughout the contest were to be selected and the authors were to be rewarded with a pre-release copy of Dragon Warrior III and a chance to provide feedback about the game.