Jared Plumb, indie dev, has just released Epic Dragon today in the App Store. It looks quite nice, and the RPG factor/description might be a factor that will justify you buying this game. The game can be described as a “casual RPG”, so don’t be expecting Zenonia or Chronicles of Inotia. But even in its casual state, does it have enough to compete?
Gameplay is quite simple, something I guess you could expect from a casual RPG. You have a shop to buy armor, weapons and accessories and stats to raise once leveled up. The storyline goes that the world needs to be saved by freeing it from the Counsel of Dragons. You have a teammate to help you along the journey and other little pets and animals to help you as well. The story mode is you fighting a dragon, and there are also training and fighting modes to help you level up. I found the fighting sequences to be a little bit slow as they are automatically done for you (or they can be manually done, which doesn’t make a difference). There are a lot of features, weapons, armors, and other miscellaneous factors in this game that keep you wanting to play the game though, and I found the experience not too bad. For an individual effort, this is quite an accomplishment.
Graphics and artwork look hand-drawn, and that’s not a bad thing at all. I love the design of the characters, and the menu designs are wonderful. Everything runs smoothly with the theme, and I found the enemies to also be adequately designed. One of the best artwork in the game has to be your character, and although there is nothing flashy in the game, the hand-drawn, 2D graphics work great for this game. It can clearly be seen that the developer has worked quite a lot on the design.
All in all, Epic Dragon is something worth a look, but don’t expect too much. Fast forward would be a nice addition to the game, and somewhat of a twist should be added. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems to be only fighting enemies, leveling up, and collecting items. Although the gameplay is somewhat enchanting, I don’t see this lasting a very long time. For traditional RPG fans, you may or may not like the style of this game. It can be described to be more on the lines of Battleon’s AdventureQuest without the visiting of different locations and quests. I am thoroughly enjoying this game though, don’t get me wrong, but the game seems to be a little bit shallow. Epic Dragon has a lot of potential though, so don’t just overlook this as too simple or repetitive. This game definitely has a lot of potential, and with a few updates, this can become epic.
- Awesome 2D art style
- Unique traditional RPG game play
- Variety of Beautiful Dragon fights
- Original story-line
- Multiple character saves
- No unwanted music or sounds
- Instant auto-save. Exit anywhere, and resume later
Some other features that I found quite surprising and wonderful were 3 save slots and a choice of 10 different characters. But again, this game is very simple and may not appeal to many hardcore gamers, or people who are expecting a Zenonia. For $2.99, it doesn’t offer a lot, but it offers an adequate amount. Not recommended, but if you’re looking for an RPG, this one’s worth a look.
The price is $2.99, and the creators are Dracosoft.