Features & Use
Samsung Nexus S
Android version: 2.3.4
Runs as of: Android 1.6
Permissions: Network communications, your location
Dragon, Fly! has a very easy and simple kind of gameplay, and while there are countless other games that have opted for simplicity rather than complexity when it comes to gameplay, this one really stands out. You are a young dragon that does a runner from its nest because it wants to learn how to fly. Your travels take you through a hilly landscape. Tap the display and the dragon accelerates; you want to get him to coast through the valleys between the hills so that he can gain speed and fly as far as he possibly can. This takes a bit of practice, but you will figure out how it’s done sooner rather than later.
Aside from the hills and valleys there are also crystals and speed vials to be found scattered across the landscape. Crystals don’t really do anything but the vials will give you a big boost so that the little guy gains a lot of speed. That being said, you don’t have to collect items, unless you’re striving to have a much better dragon. Instead, the goal is to accomplish certain tasks – such as ‘Get to level 3’ or ‘Collect 100 crystals’ – and the reward is a brand new baby dragon. Which brings us straight to the next big factor in the game: the dragon mama is trying to get a hold of her baby, which means you have to be quick and get from one level to the next as fast as you can.
When you coast along the hills and meet a ramp to kind of slide down you will kind of just sail along into the next level (which looks like a new landscape). I like that the transition from one level to the next is so smooth.
Another great function is that when you make the best out the valleys and gain a lot of moment you can exit them back up the hills with a ‘Swoosh’. If you manage to do this three times in a row the dragon will even breathe fire.
I love this game so much it’s actually starting to annoy me. Dragon, Fly! is everywhere I go, regardless of whether I’m in the bus, waiting for my order at the restaurant or just chilling out at home. I keep catching myself starting a new round because I just can’t get enough of it, even though it isn’t very diversified—which would be my main criticism: the game isn’t varied enough. But if you’re anything like me this won’t prevent you from getting hooked. Give it a go and if you don’t like it you can always uninstall it.
Screen & Controls
The Dragon, Fly! design isn’t breathtaking, but it’s pretty enough with its colourful pallet and nicely designed levels. Controls are easy as easy can be. All you need do is hit the display with one finger. The menu is kept nice and simple, too.
Speed & Stability
Dragon, Fly! runs quite well overall, but I did notice a few lags here and there.
Dragon, Fly! can be downloaded for diddly-squat from the Android Market, though ad banners are frequently displayed at the beginning of a new round.