Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a beautifully polished iOS port of the 1992 Nintendo/SNES JRPG. It has a long, engaging and quite moving story. You also get to choose a bride, and depending on whom you choose, your subsequent children will have your bride’s hair colour!
There’s a little bit of grinding, mainly to earn gold to buy better equipment, but overall it’s not too bad. It’s also feature rich:
- Capture and train monsters – as well as the ones in your party, you also carry some in your “wagon” – these will also gain exp from outdoor battles, though they don’t participate unless actively selected your four party members
- Casinos – you can gamble here, as well as play a cool game called Treasures’n’Trapdoors, you’ll pick up tickets for this throughout your journey
- AI battles – you can set some or all of your party members to fight automatically, and this can be adjusted to using or not using spells, focusing on healing, etc
You may sometimes need to consult a Walkthrough to get an idea of where you’re supposed to be going for the next section. There are loads of maps, walkthroughs and game guides online. The biggest challenge will be figuring out where is what, as a lot of the place names have been changed in different ports of the game.