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What's it about?
DRAGON BALL LEGENDS is a freemium role-playing game (RPG) app revolving around character collection and real-time combat. The single-player story mode stars a brand-new Dragon Ball character called Shallot, who wakes up in a strange time and place and encounters a group of quirky warriors ready to fight in an intergalactic tournament. Gameplay involves creating teams of up to six heroes and using them to gain experience and currency by fighting. As players level up, they gain upgradeable cards representing skills and equipment that make their heroes more powerful, as well as currency that lets them summon new heroes. In addition to single-player story mode, players can challenge online friends to battle. Meanwhile, there are two passive game modes that let gamers gain money and experience while offline.
Is it any good?
This is a quality role-playing game for mobile devices that's fun to play, even if you aren't a fan of the animated series. The predictably wacky story of Dragon Ball Legends is told in a 2D comics style, but combat is presented in a 3D environment. Fights are lightning-fast but easy to learn (if your reflexes are good, anyway) once you get the hang of the simple card skill system, which controls what abilities you can use and when. Each story mission you fight through provides a series of combat challenges, with lots of rewards if you complete them all. The reward system as a whole is fairly generous, though getting certain rare heroes to summon can be expensive if you try to buy them instead of earning them through play. Still, weekly events offer the chance to broaden your hero collection while taking a break from the story mission/versus play routine.
The single-player story mode gives you 10 free energy points to spend per day, and these take roughly half an hour to burn through. That said, if you want to play for more than half an hour -- and you will -- you'll have to spend some money. Dragon Ball Legends' dynamic combat, character collection, and team-building will entertain teens and younger kids for hours. Add to that its funny, accessible storyline and you've got an app that offers both newbies and Dragon Ball veterans plenty to do in an attractive package that's faithful to the anime series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Dragon Ball Legends affected by the cartoonish visuals? Would it be worse if there was blood shown, or if the visuals were more realistic?
Are you more likely to download an app if it has a name you recognize? Do you think that playing Dragon Ball Legends will get you interested in watching the show or playing other games from the franchise?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: May 17, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
- Size: 194.00 MB
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- Version: 1.9.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
- Last updated: November 19, 2019
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