A free-to-play iOS title from Kabam.
Atlantis. Did it exist? Does it still exist in some alternate dimension? Was it created by an alien intelligence and then removed from the world when humans became too greedy or aggressive? I don’t know what the current scientific thoughts are on the lost city of Atlantis, and neither do I know about the latest conspiracy theories. But what I do know is that Kabam, publisher and developer of such games as The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth and Kingdoms of Camelot, believe Dragons are the key to rebuilding this ancient civilisation. I’d buy that…
Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon on iOS is a standalone version of their successful Dragons of Atlantis FaceBook game and will see the player trying to rebuild the former glory of Atlantis after being gifted a Dragon’s egg. It is this egg that makes the rebuilding possible as without Dragons it seems that Atlantis just cannot function. But that is no longer a problem as within minutes of the player beginning to play,the egg hatches and then the player gets to raise a Dragon that happily sits in the middle of their city.
The style of Dragons of Atlantis will be familiar to many game players, offering resource and time management along with a level of PvP interaction. New players are given a period of grace before they become open to attack from other players of the game, and it is during this first week that the players will find themselves constantly revisiting the game in order to advance as much as possible.
The player will find themselves presented with three main views of the game, all of which are displayed in portrait view rather than landscape. Each of these views give access to another side of the games management, such as the City view in which the player deals with their Dragon and things like population or the army, and the Resource view which allows management of the players resources. The World view is an overview of the continent and gives the player the chance to attack other players, amongst other things.
So, generating the various different resources will provide the requirements for constructing buildings, researching new technologies and building armies, and the cycle of resource gathering and improvement continues at a reasonable pace. Games of this type are plentiful, but getting the balance of how much actual time the player has to spend looking at the screen right is actually quite difficult. Dragons of Atlantis does a good job of starting quickly, with early buildings taking mere seconds or minutes to complete, before getting settled into the long haul where progress tends to slow down substantially.
Of course, as a free-to-play game with microtransactions, Dragons of Atlantis will offer the chance to speed up any particular slow down in exchange for rubies, which themselves can be obtained with cold, hard cash. This method of raising cash by offering to speed up progression is relatively well established now, and only the impatient players will find themselves parting with money. Fortunately, the progression doesn’t seem to dwindle to the point that spending money is necessary, which goes in the games’ favour.
Dragons of Atlantis will send notifications through, should you agree, to let you know when building has been completed, or troops have been trained and research researched, warning the player that it is time to head back to Atlantis and queue up some more actions.
From first view, with its portrait display, Dragons of Atlantis doesn’t really offer much to look at. The main draw is the Dragon that sits in the city view. However, as the player progresses, the screens will look more packed, which is testament to how much there is to do in the game, and the level of detail is quite good. It’s never going to look cutting edge, but the visuals serve their purpose.
Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon comes to a market that is packed with other similar games, some of which come from Kabam themselves. While it may have trouble distinguishing itself from the others, the game is very competent and well made, and it has a freaking great Dragon… In Atlantis… Really, what more could you want on your iOS device. Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon is free, so grab it and give it a try.