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What 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.
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What's it about?
Kids tap and hold the right side of the screen to advance the dragon at the top of hills but must release just before the bottom to maximize "swoosh." Momentum can help kids drag on the ground snatching up diamonds and potions without stopping completely or getting caught by the mama dragon. Kids can apply enhancement potions with earned or purchased diamonds, and it's possible to disable billing in the settings.
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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- Device: Android
- Subjects: Science: momentum, motion
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, investigation, prediction
- Price: Free-$1.99
- Release date: September 22, 2011
- Category: Arcade Games
- Size: 3.20 MB
- Publisher: Four Pixels
- Version: 2.3
- Minimum software requirements: Android 1.6 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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