Generic name, pretty cool game
I've been getting more and more into mobile gaming since I finally entered the correct century and got a smartphone and tablet. I'm always searching the App Store and Google Play for the latest games to see if any tickle my fancy. Generally the ones that appeal to me are what-you-buy-is-what-you-get-- that is, games that are complete and without the need for in-app purchases.
That's how I am most of the time, but occasionally there are these free-to-play games with microtransactions and IAP that do appeal to me. The generically titled Dragon Land is one of these, a 3D platformer in the style of Super Mario 3D Land. While offering IAP, Dragon Land still remains a fun and enjoyable game that keeps me coming back for more.
|The first world doesn't exactly show how competent Dragon Land's level design is right from the start.|
|The dragon you begin with, Blaze, is able to glide across large distances.|
|He can also breathe fire to toast foes to a crisp. (This pic shows his standard skin.)|
|No need to focus on depth here. You just need to move left to right.|
Well, that is except for the stamina system Dragon Land utilizes. You have a maximum of five hearts which one is taken away from your count for each attempt of a level you do. This means that if you die in a level, which isn't that hard to do since you tend to die from two hits despite having a large health bar, you have to use up another heart just to retry it. Hearts do fill back up after waiting for a little while, and you can refill a heart by watching a trailer (though the types of games that are advertised via trailers don't fit the demographic of Dragon Land at all...). However, there is no way to just buy infinite hearts so you can just enjoy Dragon Land at your leisure.
|Bees, bugs, and other bothers hope to cut your dragon-saving adventure short.|
|The local wholesale shop must have had a big sale on spikes.|
There are also bonus dragons and different skins for your assortment of playable dragons, though this is where Dragon Land goes from serviceable IAP to downright preying on its demographic. New bonus dragons and skins cost plenty of gems, and gems are quite expensive to buy with real world money. Parents, make sure you keep your credit card information away from your children-- just in case!
|The world map screen, full of places to go and IAP to see.|
|Worlds range from tropical islands to Old Western mines.|
|Rocky is at home when he's climbing walls, but he also likes having four feet firmly on the ground.|
[SPC Says: B]