DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms makes a video game out of a great show, but does it do the show justice?
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is a video game based off of the latest addition to the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, the DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms series. In this game you get to be a dragon and defend your area against other dragons, while leveling yours up. While the concept seems fun enough, the execution is poor and really takes away from the game as a whole.
What We Love About This Game
Massive fans of the franchise will certainly be excited to be a dragon. The game starts off with the player controlling Thunder, but as you unlock more areas and grow in the game, you have the ability to unlock more dragons. These include Plowhorn, Wu & Wei, and Feathers, who you can freely switch between once they are unlocked.
One of the coolest things about this game is the fact that you can level up your character. You can increase your dragon’s speed, strength, and intelligence as your experience grows. In order to do this you must collect different colored crystals, battling enemy dragons along the way. Your dragon will never kill another dragon, but rather will scare it off. This makes it a family friendly game, although some adults might be frustrated by this choice.
The ability to make your dragon stronger and smarter keeps the game interesting. This makes it feel like there are goals worth moving towards.
What We Don’t Love About This Game
What starts off as fun though, quickly begins to feel repetitive. DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is one of those games that players will put a lot of hours into the first week, but unfortunately will quickly forget about.
There are several different levels to go through with your dragon and while the environment changes in looks, they still feel more or less the same. Another issue is the point of view that the game has you play from. During fights it almost feels like you are too far back, making it hard to dodge and land attacks.
The visuals of the game aren’t great either. They are quite generic, although at least the dragons look really cool.
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is an alright game that is fun to play for a little while. It is quite overpriced for what it is, and how much game play you will get out of it, however. We recommend picking this one up used when you can — and wouldn’t suggest paying more than twenty dollars for it.
Those who are fans of the franchise will have fun, but overall the repetitive nature will likely cause most of them to bow out before even beating it.
Rating: 2 out of 5
About DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms
Unleash your inner dragon and fly beyond the Hidden World, on your fiery adventure to rescue Thunder’s family and save the dragon kingdoms!
Feel the wind against your scales as you soar and dive through unexplored realms. Use your speed, tail, and claws to defeat the worthy foes and gigantic dragon bosses that stand in your way. Level up Thunder and his friends to become the ultimate dragon heroes by choosing new unlockable skills and powers.
Only you can bring peace back to the inter-connected realms of ice, fire, darkness, and beyond. Stoke the flames in your chest and take to the skies – the future of the Night Lights, and all dragon kind, is depending on you!
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is available to purchase now.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.