Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs

Dragons of Atlantis: A Freemium RTS that feels free

I’ll start this review with an honest statement, I wasn’t expecting much from Dragons of Atlantis being nothing more than a standard spend your real money on our free game to actually feel accomplished. I’m very glad to say that I was wrong and that this game has won me over and proved me wrong. Released by Kabam on May 20th, 2015, Dragons of Atlantis has emulated the Game of War model and gameplay, but doesn’t make one feel compelled to spend real money for progress.


In Dragons of Atlantis you start as a leader of what could be called a hamlet. You spend most of your first day prepping your city for what is soon to come. So you start with some houses and a garrison to expand your population and begin raising an army to attack or repel any outside harm that may come to your city. There doesn’t seem to be a particular way you should build up your city but you are limited to how many of a certain type of structure you can have. On top of your mayoral duties you will also need to raise a baby dragon that will soon turn into a flying death machine within a matter of day with proper training. The dragon training in itself just boils down to feed the dragon, and spend a bit of in game gold to get a small bit of experience. You will also need to keep the general populace happy so that you are able to raise taxes in order to fund your military campaigns.



After three days your initial protection is gone and you are left on your own. You are then able to take your armies and take over open land masses to gain resources. You will also need to farm enemy camps in order to get items that will unlock new units and be able to upgrade them. Also, if you are feeling brave you can battle another player head on in order to gain a decent boost to all of your available resources. However, you will also need to spy on any prospective targets because sometimes the retribution will be harsh and will leave you destitute for a day or so. You will need to get yourself some generals as well. But no need to worry, you get one of varying quality every day that you are able to use to enhance a stronger general.


One of the better aspects of Dragons is the way you are rewarded for playing. Sure you can spend $4.99 to $99.99 to buy items that will speed up your build, research, training, and march time. However, with proper time management and the various crates and power ups you are able to get just by playing you will rarely feel hard pressed to actually pay. There are of course some points where you are building a massive army that may take a day or so to actually be complete, but you will be able to sleep, work, go to school, what have you and use a few free speed ups to get you playing again.


As far as looks are concerned Dragons is fairly comparable to many other similar type games on the market. It’s not ugly and you won’t feel the need to blind yourself after looking at the screen for thirty plus minutes straight. It just looks like your average real time strategy. The music that plays in the background has that familiar fantasy feel to it. If you are looking for a game with new and unique music this is not it.



However, if you are looking to build an empire, raze cities, and train some dragons definitely give Dragons of Atlantis a download. It is one of the few global scale RTS games that won’t make you feel like you need to open your wallet in order to succeed. The addictiveness of the city building and training elements and the ease of the actual gameplay makes this the perfect game for the mobile gamer on a budget.

4.3 / 5.0
 
review by Mr.Steve | Jun 19th 2015


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