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What parents need to know
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: September 27, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More
- Size: 2600.00 MB
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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