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Review: How To Train Your Dragon

March 18, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 11:29 AM

Category: Games

Price: $ 2.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2 or later
Version: 1.0

What's good: If you are a fan of Glu Mobile's Glyder titles, you will undoubtedly note similarities between those games and the company's newest AppStore offering based on Dreamworks' upcoming animated movie, How To Train Your Dragon. Flight of the Night Fury lets you step into the shoes of Viking youth Hiccup and fly your dragon Toothless across the skies through three extensive 3D locations. Utilizing a flawless flight engine and smooth accelerometer controls, your task is to explore and collect various items scattered through the serene pine-lined plains and rough rocky peaks of Berk, the smooth brown mountains and fresh green plateaus of Dark Deep, the snow-covered caps and pristine landscape of Shivering Shores. Collectibles include three types of insects that range from common to rare, but apart from these you will periodically have to look for objects that are part of your main quest.

Rather than being action-packed and exciting, the game is laid-back and quite relaxing. Although objectives are varied and plentiful, they do not involve fights or anything of the sort. Instead, they mostly revolve around searching for and acquiring tools and things that ultimately serve the purpose of rehabilitating Toothless, who is unfortunately slow and a bit unresponsive at the start due to an injury. Still, there's never a lack of things to do, because this title features a wide array of challenges - locating treasure, catching fish, and performing spectacular dives, to name a few - that need to be performed within a time limit. Achievements, too, keep the game interesting and increase gameplay value, while sounds and visuals are perfectly suited to the storyline and serve to enhance the calm atmosphere and tranquility that characterize the app.

Everything makes for a nice change from the countless (and prevalent) energetic, accelerated genres available, so if you're looking for an adventure to occupy you and help you unwind after a long, stressful day, nothing could be more perfect. For such a quality game, the relatively low price tag will no doubt send it soaring up the app charts in no time.

Suggestions for improvement: Although it's not a major issue, the lack of graphical detail is obvious, especially since other Glu games sport beautifully detailed visuals.There's also a slight depth perception problem - sometimes (when flying very close nearby) it's a little difficult to get an exact idea of where landings or mountain walls are relative to your position, and this contributes to a small percentage of accidental crashes.

Graphics - 4/5 Creativity - 4.5/5 Gameplay - 4.75/5 Controls - 4.75/5
App-reciation - 4.5/5

Currently have 3 comments:

  1. mievta says:

    seems like simple game, but a cheracter in those game is funny too.

  1. Simple game but it has a really nice & cute artwork. Suitable for gamers who just want to kill their spare time

  1. hmm
    i also have download this game
    do you have some other for iphone ??

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