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Torneko: The Last Hope is the sequel to Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon and like that game, stars Torneko (aka Taloon), the merchant from Dragon Warrior IV. Having become rich and prosperous in the previous game by collecting treasures, Torneko eventually recovered the "Joy Chest" from the very bottom of the dungeon and had it enshrined at his shop. Peace had returned to the town for some time. After awhile, a mysterious stranger arrived and seemed concerned about the Joy Chest being outside the dungeon. At the same time, monsters started reappearing and different parts of the kingdom began turning into "mysterious dungeons". It will be up to middle-aged Torneko, to fight through these strange places and help the king discover what has broken the peace.

Like other Fushigi no Dungeon games, Torneko: The Last Hope is a dungeon crawler viewed from the overhead. The dungeons are randomly generated. When venturing into dungeons, Torneko will find many items and fight monsters. He can freely move through the dungeons, but each movement or action of his is countered by those of the monsters (if they are present on screen). All actions are made in turns, so despite the illusion of walking and fighting in real time, the game is turn-based. There are all kinds of items in the dungeons including herbs which can be eaten or thrown, magic scrolls which can be read, swords and shields that can be equipped and staffs which can be waved until their charges are depleted. Players must also keep an eye on Torneko's hunger meter and eat regularly, otherwise Torneko will go into starvation and start losing hitpoints at a great rate.

There are several ways to leave a dungeon including death, an Outside Scroll, donating to a Priest or reaching the very bottom floor. When leaving the dungeon areas, Torneko's experience points and stats are lost. To make money, he must sell items he has collected from the dungeon, but may keep a couple of his items in the Storage Room for later use. Torneko's village initially starts small, but as progress in made in the game more and more services and shops will be attracted to it. Some examples of services include a Bread Baker, a Witch, a Blacksmith, a Builder and a Meldersmith.


World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko - The Last Hope PlayStation You can't change Torneko's name, but you can name the Town he lives in
World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko - The Last Hope PlayStation Title Screen
World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko - The Last Hope PlayStation Torneko fights a Giant Slug and other familiar Dragon Warrior enemies
World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko - The Last Hope Game Boy Advance Beginning your quest

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Alternate Titles

  • "ドラゴンクエスト・キャラクターズ トルネコの大冒険2 不思議のダンジョン" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 2 - Fushigi no Dungeon" -- Japanese title
  • "Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 2 Advance" -- GBA title

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GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 2000 6.9 out of 10 69
NowGamer PlayStation Sep 15, 1999 6.3 out of 10 63
IGN PlayStation Dec 12, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Dec, 2000 3 out of 10 30
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Dec, 2002 2.5 out of 10 25
PSM PlayStation Jan, 2001 1 out of 10 10


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