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DreamWorks Dragons: TapDragonDrop review (iOS / Universal)

May 7, 2012

“Open your eyes and see – You’ll see”

10 word description: Film tie-in. Solve puzzles with dragon powers and environmental objects.

10 word review: Excellent puzzle game; echoes of Lemmings, great controls and design.

You will like this if you enjoy: How to train your Dragon (the film). Puzzle games with great cartoon graphics. Note – this is much more of a logic puzzler than a physics puzzle game.

The good news: Really impressive graphics, animations, music and sound effects. Good controls. Well conceived puzzle elements, objectives and dragon powers. For a film tie-in, it’s surprisingly good!

The bad news: Really being picky here, but I’d like a “tap to select, tap to deploy” control for the dragon powers, as an optional alternative to the drag/drop method. Although there’s cloud sync, and it works, it seems to only transfer your standard level progress but not your treasures or bonus level progress. I needed to reset both devices (4th gen Touch & 1st gen iPad) before the game would get beyond the main menu.

Arcadelife verdict: Excellent game. I’ve seen the original film, so I know the characters, but you don’t need to know anything about the film to thoroughly enjoy the game. Don’t worry about the bad news section above; it’s just me trying to find something negative to say because the game is so good overall.

Ok, there is an IAP for extra levels and a different dragon but, seriously, by the time you 3-star all the available levels you’re either going to have had enough of rescuing sheep or you’re going to be desperate for more. If you’re in the latter camp. another 69p isn’t really an issue. Sorry I’m not complaining about the IAP in this game, it seems fair to me.

Although the game is kind of non-violent and kid-friendly, you can have a good laugh fire-bombing sheep or deliberately allowing them to run off cliffs or dive into shark infested water… Something for everyone, right?

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9.5/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 91/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Pik Pok / Tap Dragon Drop website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1)

 

 

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