Mar 22, 2016
Platforming is the name of the game in Dragon Land.
The game comes to us in glorious 3D, with a deliberate use of color that permeates the entire experience; it’s a festival of greens, blues and everything in between and beyond. The animations are deliberate with little extraneously useless motion, and it incorporates just enough flash to keep it engaging. At some points, one gets a switch in form (hello 2D) that mostly keeps the game fresh.
The sound is equally cheery, and underscores the overall arcade feel.
The gameplay is set in three flavors: Quick Play, Campaign and Multiplayer; the first and last modes are locked till portions if the middle mode are completed.
Per gameplay, the overarching objective is to guide our adventurous dragon through, over and around platforms, avoiding and/or dealing with baddies while trying to accumulate as many suspended gold coins as possible. The main controls involve a virtual joystick and a jump button to propel our creature into the air — as one gets deeper into the game, one gets additional control buttons as one gains or needs more abilities. A lot of the initial going has to to with jumping from one aerial platform to another in one’s quest to make it to the final coin. Soon, one needs to master gliding in an effort to travel and collect goodies, necessitating an extra aforementioned control button.
Initial impressions do lead one to believe the the game is easy to understand, and it remains that way through the game, even as it gets more complex. The bad guys get a bit craftier, but so do the boosts one can use to engage them. There is an energy requirement, and there are different play pieces (dragons) with different features one can utilize, and one can level up to enhance them. Dig bosses? This one has em.
It comes together nicely. The in-app purchase system doesn’t feel mandatory, and it isn’t boring or formulaic. For most folks, it should be great for long term time investment or quick incursions.