Torneko: The Last Hope, known as in Japan, is the second Torneko game in the Mystery Dungeon series. It was the second game in the series to be released in North America, after Chocobo Dungeon 2. Like in Torneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no Dungeon, Torneko (or Taloon, as he was known in Dragon Warrior IV) explores dungeons in search of items, while fighting of hordes of monsters. In Japan, the game was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2001, renamed Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibouken 2 Advance.
The main gameplay involves Torneko exploring maze-like dungeons in search of items. Each dungeon is full of monsters from the Dragon Quest
games that Torneko can fight. The monsters can only make one move for each of Torneko's moves.
Torneko: The Last Hope
received a decent 89/100 from RPGFan
. The reviewer called the game "frustratingly difficult", but that its "addictive gameplay elements and top-notch soundtrack" make it a marvelous game. The game received a "fair" 6.9/10 from GameSpot
, who called it easy in terms of difficulty and "a charming little adventure that manages to push the nostalgia button without feeling overly dated." Other critics scored the game much lower, however. PSM Magazine
gave the game a score of 1/10 and the Official PlayStation Magazine