It's the job of every decent RPG to tell the kind of story that ad men can later to refer to as an epic narrative. There has to be kidnapping, ancient evil, a curse, a legend and an unlikely hero. Maybe mysterious earthquakes are threatening the kingdom. Maybe the sky's turned black as pitch and meteors fall throughout the day and night. Maybe the dead have started to rise from their graves. These epic narratives aren't that hard to do, actually.
Dragon Fantasy features a typically stirring tale, of course, but this simple, retro RPG from Muteki Corporation represents a lot more than that. It is a stirring tale, in fact: a tale of two friends, the best part of two decades, and a dream of which neither could quite let go. It's a lovely game alright, but it's also a truly great story.
Let's deal with the game first. Dragon Fantasy is a top-down RPG with wonderful 8-bit graphics. The soundtrack chugs and pings in a distinctly Master System manner, the overworld scrolls smoothly as you head from forest to plain, desert to scrabbly township, and there are plenty of cave entrances beckoning you to explore, and shops waiting to load you up with gear.