Developer: Game Insight
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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At first glance, Dragon Eternity looks like a typical exploitative freemium game. After all, it's an online fantasy RPG with lots of different, shiny ways to customize and improve your character. However, it quickly becomes clear that Dragon Eternity is a legitimate, albeit generic, fantasy RPG.
When an approaching ancient enemy forces the rival kingdoms of Sadar and Vaalor to unite, players craft a hero and take on the Dark Gods head on. Dragon Eternity's tale is decent and the dialogue that drives most of the plot forward is actually pretty charming. However, it's ultimately just an excuse for some good old-fashioned fantasy questing. Instead of traversing an interconnected world, each area is a wholly different screen and players transition between them. While this breaks some of the immersion, at least the screens themselves are quite detailed and well-animated. The art-style blends a 2D painted look with 3D and parallax style motion creating a very interesting aesthetic. Players interact with quest givers, monsters and merchants just by touching them and soon a large world full of things to do is opened up.
It's Dragon Eternity's open nature that gives it much of its replayability. The systems are explained well but the game doesn't waste time restricting what players can do or worse making them pay for it. There are a decent variety of quests but the real depth comes from the battle system. Players can find and equip all sorts of weapons, armor, spells, and stat-buffing enchantments. During battles themselves, different stances can be used to get different bonuses and at times players can even bring allies like monsters or other warriors into battle. These mechanics are used to great effect in both the single-player campaign and multiplayer battle arena.
However, for as good as all that sounds, Dragon Eternity falls into the standard, fairly dull RPG grind a bit too quickly. That combined with the nice but generic fantasy atmosphere unfortunately bring down the experience somewhat. Still, in an App Store full of glorified, cash-sucking screen-savers, Dragon Eternity is a pretty safe bet.