Developer: Thumbr
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Dragons vs Unicorns is a light-hearted, cheerful game with a funny premise. The basic idea is that players control animals or other characters by drawing attack paths to defend unicorn eggs. The game play involves timing and strategy, combined in a novel way.

The gameplay and controls are definitely different from other games. Animals and other fantasy creatures, like a gnome or a fairy, line up in the center of the left side of the screen. Players tap and then drag a path for the defending creatures to attack. The difficult part is timing everything correctly so that by the time the attacking creature makes it out to the end of the drawn path that the enemies aren’t gone. Players have to draw the attack path in anticipation of the enemies’ movements, instead of where the enemies are now.

The gameplay is also complicated by Bun-bun the bunny that hops from the right side of the screen towards the eggs. The goal of the game it to allow bun-bun to get to all of the unicorn eggs laying in the nests on the left side of the screen. When bun-bun makes it to a nest with an egg in it then a unicorn hatches.

There are a certain number of waves of enemies per level. If an enemy makes it to each of the eggs, then the level is over. There are many different types of enemies, such as cats with boxing gloves, dragons, and many other types of animals. Killing multiple enemies at once gives players extra combo points.

Players can also earn special abilities like “Happy Sun Beam,” which fries a few enemies on the screen, and “Peppermint Shield,” a power that makes the eggs and the nests invincible for a few seconds.

There are two types of in-game currency: horseshoes and cupcakes. Cupcakes are more valuable than horseshoes and are harder to earn and more expensive to buy with real money. Players can spend in-game currency on items, upgrades, and special abilities.

There are five different areas of the world map and each area has a bunch of levels. In total there are 40 levels spread out between the five areas. The world map is really interesting and it reminds me of Mario. There is also a survival mode in addition to the campaign.

Dragons vs. Unicorns is a unique experience. It has strategy and arcade components that make playing it fun and interesting. The overall experience is really neat and it’s free, so be sure to check it out.

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