A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about motion and momentum guiding the just-hatched dragon over hill and dale to collect diamonds and potions and escape the mama dragon. Kids must watch the motion of the dragon and decide when best to descend and when to release to match the contour of the "realm." It might be a better message if the dragon was leading mom on an adventure rather than flying away. If mama catches you, back to the nest! Dragon, Fly! is a cute app with a little physics learning and a slightly misguided narrative.
Ease of Play
Operating this game is very simple. However, figuring out the timing of when to touch the screen and release (to send the dragon flying and pass advancing levels) can be difficult.
Products & Purchases
The full version has no ads, and all levels are unlocked. In the free version of the app, small ads pop up at the end of each game. Because the ads are targeted at adults, the content may not be appropriate for young kids. In both versions, players can use real money to buy diamonds for purchasing potions; they can also earn diamonds through gameplay.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragon, Fly! is a fun arcade game in the vein of Tiny Wings, in which kids use physics and rhythm to advance. Baby dragon is too small to fly, but eager to venture out of the nest. Players must help the baby escape from dragon Mum by touching the screen to cascade down hills and gain momentum, then releasing to glide into the air with ease. Players begin in the first realm with peasant status and a five-second lead ahead of Mum, then advance to squire status with a 10-second lead in realm 4. Players gain points by "swooshing" well (easily following the curves of the hills), igniting fire mode (by creating three consecutive swooshes) and collecting diamonds.
Is It Any Good?
DRAGON, FLY! is a captivating game that will quickly hypnotize its player. Part of the addiction to this game lies in the simplicity of playing it -- like Tiny Wings or Angry Birds, passing each realm consists of touching and releasing the screen at precise, accurate moments. Realms are made up of different colored hills and backdrops that change daily. Some days the hills are filled with flowers, and other days pumpkins or mushrooms will magically appear. The game offers players a relaxing calmness when rhythmically soaring through the sky with ease, but quickly gains intensity when Mum catches up to bring baby back to the nest. Players will definitely want to try, try again.
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