No race will ever rise against you, Godzilla is nowhere near trampling anyone or anything in its path, and you don’t even have to be worried about any predator species. In DragonVale, everything turns out right.
The iTunes rating of the game for four year olds and up is the biggest tell – if a four year old can be allowed to play the game, then nothing should go wrong. It is one of the few simulations that does not try to direct you to a story line or pressure you into a better performance. If only for that, DragonVale is a one of a kind free iPhone game, stress free and colorfully happy while you are breeding dragons.
The Dragons of DragonVale
Of course it is about dragons. In DragonVale, you begin with a floating island, of course, that is just perfect for your idea of building a dragon park. You start with a choice from the three basic dragon types – plant, earth and fire, and from there you build your dragon population. Each dragon you successfully raise will attract visitors to DragonVale, and each visitor will pay you money which, in turn, gives you the budget to raise more dragons, and so on and so forth ad infinitum.
Simulation games have always been about realism, how you have to grow to reach your goal, and with more growth, more details become important, and losing track of a detail can cost you all the growth you have achieved. But not so with DragonVale.
In DragonVale, the worst thing that can happen even when you keep the app running while you are off doing something else is is that you lose potential profits from tourists. That’s it. It is a game built with four year olds in mind – you get the idea.
All Kinds of Dragons
What makes DragonVale interesting is not the process of making profits – it is all about making dragons. From the three basic types of dragons, you can crossbreed and crossbreed them until the mot elusive dragon hatches out of its egg – the Rainbow Dragon.
Each time you cross one breed of dragons against the other, two or three types of dragons from the cross can occur. You have no way of predicting what kind of dragon will result from the crossbreeding, but it is a little thrill to try a crossbreed. Your dragons also need the right mood to find that dragon egg for you – it is part of the game. And, you also have to be prepared to make living arrangements for the new hybrid dragon in DragonVale to keep it happy.
Keeping Everyone Happy
And DragonVale is going to go on and on until you are happy. The game is already happy by itself – it is only you the game is waiting for. Even taking care of the dragons is not a problem but sometimes even something to look forward to – each type of dragon has a quirk or eccentricity that further increases the enjoyment of the game.
That is something really different from all the simulation games ever. The game rules are simple enough, and the kinds of dragons are always a surprise when they hatch. The Rainbow Dragon is the one thing the game keeps out of your reach, but everything else is pressure free. And when out of luck you finally get your first Rainbow Dragon, be ready for a little surprise.
The app also allows you to connect to Facebook and share your stress-free moments of game time with your friends. That way, if and when your cute little Rainbow Dragon arrives, you can tell everyone all about the story of how a Rainbow Dragon hatched in your very own DragonVale.
Developed By: Backflip Studios
Requirements: Requires iOS 4.1 or later
Compatible With: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch
Other OS: Android
Gameplay Video By BackFlip Studios