Hungry Dragon review
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Hungry Dragon review

Our Review by Emily Sowden on September 4th, 2018
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRRRAR ARR RARR
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Hungry Dragon is a simple but wonderfully chaotic free-to-play game with lots of rather bloody fun to be had.

Developer: Ubisoft

Price: Free
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad Pro

Graphics/Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

If you've ever played Ubisoft's Hungry Shark games before, you'll know roughly what you're getting into with Hungry Dragon.

These sorts of endless arcade games don't have an awful lot of substance, but they are good fun to play and excellent time-wasters. Plus, what's more relatable than swanning around and eating as much as humanly possible?

Get in my belly

In Hungry Dragon there are only two primary goals: survive as long as you can and eat everything in sight. While that seems like a rather simple and repetitive concept, Ubisoft's got a way to keep it feeling fresh.

By using a floating joystick on the left side of the screen to fly and tapping on the right side of the screen to boost, you can float about each level at your leisure. The more you explore, the more you'll discover. While these sorts of controls may not be to everyone's tastes, in this game they're perfect for what you're doing – flying around and eating people.

You'll have a gnash of everything, from the teeniest sparrow to cows, horses, giants, humans, and other dragons. Don't try to go after everything too early though, you're far too small to take on the big boys and will likely be shot down or eaten yourself.

Despite its simplicity, the progression is pretty standard. You earn coins throughout each stint and gain XP the more you kill. This in turn will help you level up to unlock bigger dragons and you can also unlock and buy performance-altering skins.

In between going fire-crazy and chomping on various things, in each run there are eggs and chests to discover. The eggs eventually hatch into pets which you can take out alongside your dragons. Some of them might be common, but give you extra health, whilst others may be rare and help you out with combat.

Burn, baby, burn

While Hungry Dragon is by no means particularly challenging, there are a few interesting quirks which liven up the gameplay.

As you explore, there are areas that you won't be able to get to until you unlock the right sized dragon, expanding the map even further. You've also got a series of challenges to get through personally, globally, and just for funsies, such as collecting 'HUNGRY' like old-school skate games or by reaching a certain number of points in a single run.

It can occasionally stutter since there's quite a lot to load, but aside from that it's a nicely fashioned free-to-play game. It's definitely achievable to get through the levels without spending a penny, but it might require a bit of grinding. Lucky you, it's a fun ol' time which'll keep you entertained as long as you're playing it.

It's not a memorable experience, but for playing on the go it's pretty decent.

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