Featured Game Review: Dawn of the Dragons
Massively Multiplayer RPGs have been gaining in popularity on the PC for the best part of a decade and now games consoles are getting in on the act with titles like Defiance and The Elder Scrolls Online. Many have tried to deliver a certain experience to mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, but the MMORPG format doesn’t always lend itself well to mobile.
Dawn of the Dragons is a game that’s been running on social and web-based platforms for some time now – 3 years in fact – and now Android lovers can join in as well. Dawn of the Dragons doesn’t follow in the footsteps of World of Warcraft though. It instead focuses on something a little more simple, a little more accessible. Read on to find out more, and to see if Dawn of the Dragons might be the mobile MMORPG you’ve been waiting for.
Description: Dawn of the Dragons puts you in the ancient Kingdom of West Kruna, where the honest people are fearing for their lives at the wrath of dragons. They cry out for heroes to help save them from the death and destruction these mythical creatures bring down upon the kingdom. You are one of the heroes that can help save West Kruna from these horrific beasts. You’ll have to join up with others and complete a series of quests, raids and other challenges. You won’t be alone, however, as you can join together with others to raid as a group, and join guilds with other heroes. If you’re up for testing your skills against other heroes in the kingdom, you can engage in player-vs-player combat as well. Dawn of the Dragons has previously been one of the top played RPG games on Facebook and sites like Kongregate. This is no small game, with more than 3 million total gamers having played it and well over 100 million total sessions.
How it Works: Getting started with Dawn of the Dragons isn’t difficult, all you have to do is download the game from the Play Store. After that you’ll be given a quick introduction into the game and what makes the Kingdom of West Kruna so special:
After that, you’ll be given the opportunity to customize your character a little bit and choose your gender:
Once you’ve customized your character a little, you’ll be given a guide through the interface and introductory aspects of the game:
The 12-step tutorial will tell you everything you need to know as you’re starting out, and you should really read it through – it doesn’t take too long. The bulk of the game takes place here in the main menu:
As this is an RPG game, a lot of the action takes place in the Quest part of the app, in which you can choose a quest to embark on:
As with everything, the game will tell you what to do. You can choose a quest and then embark upon it from the quest menu. You’ll find yourself having to fight against numerous enemies:
Once you’ve defeated these minions, you can go ahead and fight the boss, as he’ll be unlocked then:
To learn more about anything in the game, just hit the Lore button to read up about it:
This just scratches the surface of the game, there’s far more on offer than this, and it’s up to you to really find out how much the game can offer you! Take the plunge, and see what sort of hero you create!
Opinion: I’m a big PC Gamer, which leads me to play games such as Skyrim, Guild Wars 2, The Old Republic online and more. All of these are RPG and MMORPG titles that are great for connecting with others and playing along with friends. Do I want to play the same sort of thing on a small display from my pocket? Not really, it’s never going to be the same. Which is why Dawn of the Dragons boils down the genre to its key aspects, which works very well. RPG nuts are going to love the game and even casual gamers that are looking for something to play that doesn’t offer clunky controls and cluttered interfaces will learn to love Dawn of the Dragons. If you’re looking for something to satiate those cravings for WoW on the go, Dawn of the Dragons is a title that can help.
- Speed (4/5) – For a game that relies heavily on static imagery and text, the pacing here is good and you won’t find yourself bored at any time.
- Features (4/5) – There’s more enough to keep you interested when playing Dawn of the Dragons, including lots of lore and the craving to craft your own warrior.
- Theme (3/5) – The graphics are perhaps the only part the game falls down in, the interface is good and the illustrations are good but there is little animation and on tablets the game doesn’t look too good.
- Overall (4/5) – For those looking to get a taste of the MMORPG world on Android, Dawn of the Dragons is a great game to pickup and play, even if you’re new to this sort of thing.
- Dawn of the Dragons has been running for some time, and knows what content works and what doesn’t – there’s nothing that hasn’t been thought of in this game.
- Bookworms will take to the game as well, as there’s a lot of lore to read about, and most of the story is driven by text.
- The games pacing, and lack of onscreen controls, will help those looking for a more relaxing type of game enjoy this to its fullest.
- RPG fans and fantasy game fans will take to Dawn of the Dragons quite easily.
- A little animation would really help.
- Doesn’t look too good on tablets, which is a shame, as there’s a lot on offer here.
Conclusion: Dawn of the Dragons is certainly not what you’d consider “the norm” when it comes to mobile games, but is that a bad thing? Certainly not, and here we have a game that is great for those looking for something with substance in the story department and a title that doesn’t ask too much of its players, but gives a lot in return. The gameplay mechanics of WoW and The Old Republic Online don’t lend themself to the mobile platform and so Dawn of the Dragons brings a sort of “lite” version of what makes those titles – and other RPGs – so great, by boiling them down to their essentials and creating a quality title that stands out in its own right. Dawn of the Dragons is a game that everyone should at least try once. You never know – you might just get hooked.