Dragalia Lost

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Cute anime-style tale offers rich storyline, free gameplay.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Good tutorials and auto-play buttons make it easy to succeed in battle.

Violence & Scariness

Combat occurs every few minutes, but it's cartoonish, without blood or gore. Defeated characters simply fall down or vanish.

Sexy Stuff

Some female characters have ample physical characteristics, but otherwise, nothing's shown during gameplay.

Language

Mild language such as "damn" and "hell" in dialogue.

Consumerism

Purchases can speed up progress, but free-play progress is still easily done.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragalia Lost is a freemium Japanese role-playing game (RPG) for iOS and Android devices. While there's frequent combat, the violence is cartoonish in nature, and no blood or gore's shown. Defeated enemies vanish when beaten. Players will also see "damn" and "hell" in dialogue, but no other swearing. Players can friend one another, and the app suggests friending via listing and post-battles. Player profiles only contain character info; no personal information is provided. The app contains an online co-op mode, but players can communicate with one another only through pre-selected chat stickers. Ads for the in-app store appear every time players load the app; the shop sells in-app currency and items priced from $.99 to $79.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DRAGALIA LOST is an anime-style fantasy role-playing game (RPG) where you assume the mantle of a brave young prince fighting to save his kingdom from a dangerous usurper. Alternating between story sequences and turn-based combat, the app takes you through a complex main storyline and multiple side plots. Along the way, you can summon and upgrade heroes, then create powerful teams with these squads. You'll also craft weapons, befriend dragons, build and upgrade your own castle, and earn experience and loot by participating in special events. Online co-op mode lets you join three other players and take on gauntlet-style successions of powerful boss monsters.

Is it any good?

Thanks to its kid-friendly art and dialogue, no in-app chat, and easy free play, this is an RPG you can let your kids play without worry. Aside from some typically "ample" female characters and the occasional utterance of "hell" or "damn," the app's presentation lacks questionable content, and its generous attitude toward gameplay (no pesky energy limits or limited lives) means kids can play a long time without asking for your credit card. And thanks to the auto-play button, and various Optimize buttons that upgrade things for you if you're not sure how to, kids of all ages can enjoy it.

Though too much auto-play can destroy interactivity, Dragalia Lost has just the right amount. Auto-play can steer your heroes through levels in a "shortest distance between two points" kind of way, which helps you get through areas that feel repetitive. Beware, though -- auto-play won't steer you away from danger or toward special hidden treasures. This mechanical limitation means it's better to fight your own battles than let auto-play do the work. Besides, you'll want to pay attention, since the app is packed with beautiful art, professional voice-overs, and surprisingly deep storylines (more than 600,000 words!). The cherry on top of this fun little free-to-play sundae is its generous reward system. Most everything you do grants you in-app currency, so you only have to spend real-world money if you really want to. This is the real deal folks: hours of kid-friendly anime-style entertainment at little to no cost. (Note: Some Android players have reported issues with lost connectivity and serious graphics bugs that sometimes pop up.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about privacy and online safety. How might games like Dragalia Lost handle safety for players online without putting their info at risk?

  • Which games handle free-to-play content well, without constantly bugging you for payment? Are there other methods of getting people interested in spending money on a game?

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