DragonVale Review – Who said dragons had to be dangerous?

On September 2, 2012

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DragonVale Review – Who said dragons had to be dangerous?

Our rating:

By: Backflip Studios

Version #: 1.8

Date Released: 2012-05-17

Developer: Backflip Studios

Price: Free

User Rating:

Brought to you by Backflip Studios, the people behind the iOS classics like Paper Toss and Ninjump, it is no surprise that expectations for DragonVale soar ever so high. Fortunately, this game does not disappoint.

Think of DragonVale as The Sims on steroids, whereby your humanoid Sims are placed with super cute and lovable dragons. While not particularly unique in any aspect, DragonVale still provides endless hours of fun with its sheer extensiveness and intricacies. The objective of DragonVale is to build a theme park or zoo of sorts, with the dragons being the focus of the game of course.

Sounds confusing? Well trust me; it is rather difficult to grasp at the start.

Thank goodness for a tutorial of sorts that is present at the beginning of the game. It will guide you through the basic features of the game, but do not expect to be able to rely on the tutorial because at the moment where you start to get a slight grasp of things, you are left on your own.

However, once all the initial confusion and whatnot is put aside, DragonVale easily becomes a very addictive game to play. Due to the comprehensive structure of the game, there are always new things to do and explore.

The game will also appeal to people of ages because instead of scary, fire-breathing monsters, DragonVale chooses to use cute cartoon renditions of dragons that will just simply melt your heart.

For a free app, DragonVale definitely gets my thumbs up. While added perks that aid in gameplay are available through in-app purchases, players can still enjoy the game completely free. This is one game that will zap away countless hours of your spare time.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Hell. Difficult to understand at the start.

Who Is It For:Anyone and everyone

What I Like:The extensiveness of the game.

What I Don't Like:Gameplay becomes quite stagnant without the use of in-app purchases to speed up gameplay.

Final Statement:How to train your dragon? This is how.

Read the Developer's Notes:
"Just between you and me, dragon parks are pretty rad." ~ TouchArcade.com

Hatched a dragon lately? Play DragonVale and raise, feed and breed your own lovable dragons.

PLEASE NOTE! DragonVale is completely free to play, but some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases. DragonVale requires an internet connection to play (3G or WiFi).

ALSO NOTE! By playing DragonVale you may find yourself hopelessly addicted to hatching and caring for adorable dragons. You may find yourself feeding them treats, watching them grow, building and decorating their habitats, and inviting others in to view them in their floating island home. You may even find yourself choosing pairs for breeding, or setting up dragon competitions in the Colosseum.

DragonVale is an enticing social experience from Backflip Studios that is sure to keep you entertained. You get:

? Dozens of adorable dragons to raise
? A magical island you build in the sky
? Custom habitats where dragons graze
? Paths and decorations to delight your visitors
? Farms to grow dragon treats
? The grand Colosseum where dragons compete
? Full-color visuals and sparkling animations
? An original Renaissance music soundtrack
? Support for Game Center and Facebook to visit other parks and trade gifts

Don't just take our word for it. Here's what the press has to say about DragonVale:

"This new title has a depth and higher quality of art that’s reminiscent of the work that went into early console games." ~ VentureBeat.com

"Jurassic Park was cool, but really it doesn't have anything on DragonVale." ~ Gamezebo.com

"It builds up nicely, the art is colorful and fun." ~ TUAW.com

And to think it all started with an egg.

? Install DragonVale today. It's free!


DragonVale is brought to you by Backflip Studios, makers of absurdly fun mobile games like Paper Toss, NinJump, Ragdoll Blaster, Strike Knight, Army of Darkness, Shape Shift and Graffiti Ball. Search the App Store for "Backflip Studios" to see all our apps.

Follow @BackflipStudios on Twitter for free game announcements and other updates.

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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