Developer: Extensive Studios
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

What is it about bombs that amuse gamers so much? Is it the explosion? The anticipation of the blast? Or is it simply amassing large amounts of uncontrollable destruction? Whatever your reason for wanting to make things go boom, when you throw it into a game where players can shoot flaming fireballs everywhere, this might be a recipe for success. Can Snappy Dragons 2 HD manage to harness the destructive energy while still bringing the fun, or does the game just fizzle out on impact?

If the Worms franchise were to make a cutesy mythological lovechild with the Angry Birds brand, most likely Snappy Dragons 2 HD would have been the outcome. Built around the core concept of launching fireballs from a stationary position towards elements on screen, it is hard to avoid comparisons to everyone’s favorite surly fowl. There are also items such as fireballs that break into smaller fireballs that could also ring a bell, but more about that later.

Upon impact, the fireballs will cause a significant cater in the environment. These collisions can either vaporize evil wizards on impact, or send them flying. One goal of every stage is to clear all of the adversaries from the map. Another goal is to free baby dragons that are being held in cages against their will. If an explosion happens near the cage, they will be freed from captivity. However, if a second explosion gets too close, they can vaporized right along with the wizards. The more dragon spawn that are successfully emancipated, the higher the rating for each stage.

But the action doesn’t end there. Much like the previously mentioned agitated aviaries, Snappy Dragons 2 HD presents many slight alterations to the game mechanics that greatly augment the difficulty as the episodes go along. Clocking in at a beefy ninety five individual stages, there are plenty of challenges that are well worth pursuing.

When it comes to games are pleasant surprises, Snappy Dragons 2 HD is about as unexpected as they come. It would be easy to write the game off as a clone of two separate genres, homogenized into a single sterile experience.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  At its core, the title has a unique feel that doesn’t stray too far from what the player knows, but is different enough to distinguish itself as a solid contender for your precious gaming free time. Flame on, and bring these dragons to an iOS device near you!

 

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