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Unlike other free, social gaming apps, DragonVale doesn't want you to build cities or farms or whatever; instead it's about something special: raising dragons. The clean, well-designed interface, combined with the constant help from onscreen tips, makes the game fun at first, but its limited action can drag the overall experience down.
DragonVale introduces its players into its nicely designed virtual world through a very helpful tutorial, teaching you about the care each little dragon needs. We liked how the app teaches players about caring for and learning about dragons, as well as interacting with the society. The game is centered around creating parks where you can place your little dragons to generate visitors and cash. Building a park sounds like fun if you want to unleash your creativity, but the app allows little interaction. And what we couldn't quite understand was why you must go shopping all the time. Compared to other apps, we were surprised how many times you have to go to the market in order to progress, without having other options to grow.
Our feeling was that the app was designed for a younger audience to help them learn how to be successful, which sounds like a great idea, but the great design couldn't balance the limited creativity and fun DragonVale offers. As they spend more time playing the game, older users might feel the need for more challenges and goals than those DragonVale currently provides.
From Backflip Studios:
Discover the most popular Dragon Collecting game in the world! Can you hatch them all? Your Dragon-filled destiny awaits in DragonVale!- Breed and raise 250+ different dragons. Match, hatch, and show off your stash! - Build and decorate beautiful floating islands in the sky to create your ultimate park. Your park, your dragons, your DragonVale! - Harvest dragon treats, then feed your dragons so they can grow and achieve their Dragonly greatness- Enter your dragons in fun races, quests, and contests to win epic prizes. Let the Dragoning begin!- Discover new dragons, decorations and activities during special seasonal events. - Browse the Dragonarium to keep track of all the dragons youve collected and which youve yet to breed. - Impress your family and friends by displaying your park and sharing your favorite dragons for cooperative breeding! - Visit friends parks and give each other gifts. - Spectacular visuals and sparkling animations accompanied by an original soundtrack written by our award-winning composer. - Play DragonVale today! Its free.PLEASE NOTE! Some game items can 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. _____________________________DragonVale is brought to you by Backflip Studios, makers of absurdly fun mobile games and a proud partner of Hasbro, Inc.