Metacritic: 77/100
Release: Sep 2011
Reviewed on: DS

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

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Good: Number of monsters – Story
Bad: Doesn’t add much over the original Joker
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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is the second game in the series for the Nintendo DS and was released in 2010 (Japan) with a US game release in September 2011. The game also has an extended game edition titled Joker 2 Professional that adds more monsters to the story.


The game has very similar gameplay to the previous Nintendo DS game (Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker) and the series of games in general. Joker 2 lets players explore the game world while taming wild monsters and adding them to your party for battle.

The game expands on the number of monsters from the previous games to feature over 300 monsters with nearly all the old monsters present. If players have the expanded edition (Joker 2 Professional) they will be able to tame over 100 more monsters but the storyline remains the same.

Combat is entirely turn based with players having the option to set AI settings to speed up the battle process if players don’t wish to issue all orders manually. Online and local battles are still available supporting up to 8 players and even include leaderboards for you to keep track of who is the best tamer out of your friends.


In terms of story a large amount of the story background is borrowed from the previous game. At the start of the game players find themselves crashed on a mysterious island after lightning strikes down the airship they were on. Players again take on the role of an ambitious scout and follow a lengthy story as they make friends and enemies.

The game is just as good as Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker although it is probably best to play the original Joker game first to get the most out of the experience.


  • Huge number of monsters to scout.
  • Support for battles online or locally with friends.
  • Interesting storyline with a variety of environments to explore.
  • Similar in gameplay to its predecessor.
  • Use the AI settings to speed up the battle process.

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, 9.1 out of 10 based on 12 ratings
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