Dragon Academy Review

Dragon Academy Review

Sep 30, 2013

Dragon Academy is a standard Bejeweled clone, but with a few additions to the standard formula. All of the basic rules are the same. There is a tiled area, filled with gems of various colors. These gems can be destroyed by lining three or more of them of the same color, in a line, and can only switch places with the four gems near them. The major difference between some of the other free-to-play Bejeweled clones is that in Dragon Academy, levels aren’t limited by time, but by number of moves. This gives the game a slightly different feel, closer to a puzzle, as the player has plenty of time to think his moves through. It’s still free-to-play, so there’s a lot of grinding, but the skills have some say in the end result.

Dragon Academy 1Other mechanics of Dragon Academy include the dragons themselves. There are a number of them, getting unlocked as the game progresses, and each one has a special ability. For example, the starting one, Melty, can destroy a random line of gems. The dragons are different by colors, and their abilities are charged when a certain number of gems of their color is destroyed. Another mechanic is eggs. Speaking of eggs, the game really damn loves this word. “Egg-celent” and “Egg-tastic” are not even the silliest incarnations of this trend in Dragon Academy. Anyway, eggs are created when more than three same-colored gems are destroyed at once. Eggs differ by color and by effect. For example, clearing four red gems in a line, creates a red egg that, when lined up with two other red gems, will destroy a line of gems. There are several types of eggs, all of them helping the player tremendously. Of course, there are also different power-ups, which can be purchased through an in-game store.

Dragon Academy is fun most of the time. Its generic fantasy design is so generic, everything could have been filled with differently colored rectangles with tags, and I still couldn’t care less about how it looked. It also is surprisingly resource-demanding, for such a simple game. But this, and its free-to-play limits, aside, it has a fine gameplay, and it’s attention-based, rather than speed-based, which is nice. All in all, a fine, albeit a bit dull, match-three puzzle game.

Dragon Academy Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Fine, but absurdly generic.
Controls - Simple and fine, although I had a few small issues.
Gameplay - Once more, fine, but absurdly generic.
Replay Value - High, as it usually is in match-three puzzles.
Overall - It's okay. Just a bit of originality would be appreciated, though.

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