Dragon Quest 8 is free on Android through Amazon Marketplace

All 70 hours of JRPG-ness normally cost $20, but you can get it for free through Amazon's marketplace.

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Amazon is offering Dragon Quest 8 for free on Android (via Polygon).

The 70-hour JRPG, originally released for PS2 in 2005 and updated for a 3DS re-release in 2015, normally costs $20 on Amazon and iOS. While there's no sale running on the iOS version, the Amazon version is free as of this writing.

For how long? Good question, and nobody outside of Amazon and Square Enix knows for sure. Monument Valley has been free for over a year. As for why Amazon is running this promotion, that's a mystery as well. Today doesn't mark a significant date in the game's or series' history, such as an anniversary. Dragon Quest 8 is free... just because.

Best not to look a gift horse in the mouth. There's no telling how long Dragon Quest 8 will cost you zero dollars and zero cents, so grab it while you can.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    August 4, 2016 1:40 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Dragon Quest 8 is free on Android through Amazon Marketplace

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      August 4, 2016 2:20 PM

      Is this game good

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        August 4, 2016 2:39 PM

        yes. very good. It's the only dragon quest game that has voice acting as far as I know

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        August 4, 2016 2:52 PM

        One of my favourite JRPGs. It never takes itself too seriously, but it ends up being really involving, and the story is surprisingly good.

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          August 4, 2016 2:56 PM

          It also has a talent for taking genre tropes/cliches and using them in ways that make them feel fresh again.

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        August 4, 2016 11:27 PM

        I remember finding it fairly grindy when it came out 10 years ago. It's definitely an old-school JRPG.

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      August 4, 2016 2:59 PM

      I have no idea how to download this.

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        August 4, 2016 3:00 PM

        Go to https://www.amazon.com/underground on your device to download the apk.

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          August 4, 2016 3:02 PM

          I did. I can't figure out how to download the game through the app. All the searches are bringing up paid versions

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            August 4, 2016 3:02 PM

            Did you use the link in the article to "buy" the free game?

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              August 4, 2016 3:02 PM

              Yes

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                August 4, 2016 3:05 PM

                In the Underground app, left hamburger menu, open the Underground App drop down.. scroll down to Library > Your Apps > select cloud

                might have to swipe down to get it to resync with your account.

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                  August 4, 2016 3:06 PM

                  I got it. I had to install the app first, then go back to the link from the article to hit the buy button.

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            August 4, 2016 3:02 PM

            Go to your apps or whatever, you should have already bought it theough the amazon website

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            August 4, 2016 3:03 PM

            OH... and you may need to check the link under the buy button to make sure it's compatible with your device. I'm seeing several of mine that it's saying aren't compatible; though my newer stuff is.

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        August 4, 2016 3:02 PM

        You have to have the app store installed first.

        https://www.amazon.com/underground

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          August 4, 2016 3:06 PM

          Does it still ask you to turn off security features on your phone before you can use it?

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            August 4, 2016 3:09 PM

            Ya. There's no way around that since it doesn't come from the Play store.

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              August 4, 2016 3:12 PM

              You can install the underground app, and any apps from within that, and then re-enable the "block 3rd party app install" option.

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      August 4, 2016 3:09 PM

      One word of warning here. This Amazon page is showing it to be version 1.0. Current version is 1.1.3 on Play. There were lots of performance issues initially. Play says they've patched in support 6.0 (Marshmallow) so you may have issues with the Amazon version if that's true and you're running M


      I'll install this on my phone and see how it goes.

      OH, and 1.5GB file too.. make sure you have more than enough room before you try to install.

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        August 5, 2016 1:04 AM

        Maybe that's why it runs very slowly on this Nexus 6p. Feels like 10fps.

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          August 5, 2016 7:53 AM

          FPS on my S6 feels like it's capped. But, what little I've played of the opening section hasn't had stuttering. Wish they'd have an option to download some massive file to add voices back in. I get that it would take a few GB, but I'd be okay with that as an option and if I have space. Which I do. I might even be willing to pay a bit for it as IAP, but not too much. And, I get they wouldn't be able to add the original actor voices to the new dialog bits they had to do to cover mobile controls.

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      August 4, 2016 11:08 PM

      Canada'd :(

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