Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation
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Dragons Rage 2 takes the traditional story of slaying a dragon and reverses it. Instead of trying to slay a dragon, players take control of a fire breathing dragon in the middle of the screen and kill enemies that approach from all sides.
The gameplay is simple and repetitive. Small red triangles on the sides of the screen indicate that groups of enemies are approaching. The player has to prioritize and decide in what order to deal with the groups. To keep things interesting, there are multiple types of enemies with different attack ranges. For example, there are knights with long spears and archers which can attack from a distance.
The controls for Dragons Rage 2 are dead simple: tilt to rotate the dragon and press a fire button on the right side of the screen to breath fire. To use a potion or power-up, just press the icon. There are also weapons that can be purchased in the in-game store that temporarily replace the dragon’s fire breath with a stronger weapon, like a bomb or a laser.
The biggest flaw to Dragons Rage 2 is that it's repetitive. The maps are beautifully illustrated and it would be nice if the dragon could move around and explore the levels. Of course, that would radically alter the game, so it’s no surprise the dragon stays fixed in the center of the screen. Fortunately, there are numerous levels with different themes to vary the game play slightly.
Dragons Rage 2 is a freemium game. It’s free to download and in-game currency can be purchased and used to buy power-ups. The power-ups definitely do help, so shelling out a dollar can really help when the game gets difficult.
Overall, Dragons Rage 2 is a great for those who want a dead simple game with easy controls. People who need to kill and few minutes or who don’t want to invest the time in learning a more complex game will find Dragons Rage 2 perfect. The levels only last a couple of minutes and there is practically no learning curve, so there is no harm it trying it out. However, players who are looking for game with depth and variability will be disappointed by the repetitive and predictable gameplay.