Any successful franchise will probably reincarnate as a game, that’s a rule. And the statistic is especially impressing with the cartoons: for obvious reasons they are easier to gamify. School of Dragons is based on the famous How to Train Your Dragon movie and offers another chance to visit a magic world of Vikings and dragons. Developed by Knowledge ...
Any successful franchise will probably reincarnate as a game, that’s a rule. And the statistic is especially impressing with the cartoons: for obvious reasons they are easier to gamify. School of Dragons is based on the famous How to Train Your Dragon movie and offers another chance to visit a magic world of Vikings and dragons.
Developed by Knowledge Adventure, this game is as official as could be. Unlike Disney, DreamWorks Animation pays little attention to making apps and games with its pictures, so having a third-party game based on its cartoon is no wonder. There is no need to worry about the quality: this outsourcing case proves the right kind.
So we have School of Dragons for Android and iOS, covering most devices owned by now. This game requires users to have at least iOS 8.0 or Android 4.0.
A bit more schematic than the original picture, the game is still an eye candy. The most action unfolds in an elaborate 3D environment where your character learns to train a dragon, completes the quests and fights the enemies. Most of the time you walk down on the ground, but some scenes take you up into the air, riding the dragon, and these are the most spectacular.
What impresses the most is that all this graphical power runs rather smoothly even on old devices of 2013. We had no troubles running it on a tablet based on Snapdragon 600. You’ll have no troubles with training your Snapdragon if it’s fresher and stronger, let alone iDevices.
And you’ll surely enjoy animated interludes you can see all along the game. They take much of 200 MB required by the game, but they’re certainly worth it.
As usually in RPGs, first you create your character, give him/her a name and define its appearance by selecting from available traces and clothes. Then you dive straight into the action, and your training starts right away with a fight. On your way, you’ll have to free the dragons captured by enemies and train them for yourself.
What happens next is a series of small quests. You get your first instructions from your new mate Hiccup riding his dragon Toothless. After a first no-time-to-explain adventure, he reveals you his scientific method of training dragons that you should use in the game. Each time after he explains you some parts of this process, you’ll have to pass a small test by selecting the correct answer from the four available.
The adventures facing you are various. You’ll have to solve puzzles for freeing dragons, to search for items you’ll need, even to go fishing, because dragons adore fish. Fishing is an essential part of your life: the dragons need to be well fed; otherwise, they run out of energy.
The world full of various experiences is yet easy to make out. Step by step you get familiar with it. And don’t forget to watch the meters: they are critical. And the more dragons you train, the more powerful you become.
The game requires constant Internet access because your progress is being saved unceasingly.
Also, we have detected an unusual issue with authorization on devices with default language different from English.
As you lead the character in an endless world, you may find the controls familiar at first sight. The joystick you use to move is in the left lower corner. It would be logical to suppose that swipe anywhere on the screen turns the camera, but not the case. The view shifts as you turn around with the same joystick.
For any particular action, the game offers individual buttons appearing in the right lower corner. When you’re fighting in the air, the button is used to cast a fireball. As you are fishing, the button stands for a virtual reel and other fishing equipment. Solving puzzles has its specific way of controlling. And when you're in the air, you can even use the accelerometer!
This wide variety is easy to understand by intuition. But when you’re only beginning your adventure, it may confuse you a bit. Well, good news: it takes just several minutes to get familiar with it. But still, sometimes you may forget that and try to swipe the screen to see what’s around.
Replay Value 3/5
RPGs are not for replaying, that’s it. It makes more sense to take care of saving your progress; it happens automatically if you’re authorized. Unfortunately, you can’t use your Facebook or Twitter account to log in. There is all that old school stuff with your email and the nick you create, and then you have to confirm your registration via an email.
Even for a great fan of this universe, we can’t see any interest to the repeating all that training from the start.
Like all modern RPGs, School of Dragons offers you a great variety of items you’ll have to use throughout your adventures. You can find or catch some of them, but if you run out of some resource. The developers followed the tradition, so the most valuable in-game currency is gems you can purchase or earn. The smallest pack of gems will cost you $4.99; you can buy even 11500 of gems for $99.99.
But look, there’s always Premium Membership that gives you 500 Gems monthly, 20% off for all items sold, all the game contents hidden from free members and many more bonuses. It will cost you $9.99 for a single month or $84.99 for a yearly subscription. And, of course, a premium member can buy more gems as well.
A great and surprising adventure with a good 3D environment and many unique solutions. If you liked the originals, you shouldn’t miss this game. And don’t forget to switch your default language to English if you experience troubles with authorization.Collapse
A great game both for the cartoon fans and for those fond of unusual RPGs in 3D.
Pros : the atmosphere of the original picture;
unusual and diverse gameplay;
low system requirements;
Cons : problems with authorization if your default language is not English;
complicated control system;
expensive ingame purchases;
Replay Value 3.0