Hungry Dragon

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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"Eat 'em up" game easy to learn, but very shallow play.

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Ease of Play

The game follows a very basic concept of eating creatures onscreen, which even young players will be able to grasp. 

Violence & Scariness

As a dragon, players gobble and burn birds, sheep, people and other creatures. People scream and run away before getting chomped, but there's no blood or gore shown.

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Consumerism

Players can buy in-game credits for larger dragons, companions, and costumes for their onscreen avatars. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hungry Dragon is an action/arcade game for iOS and Android devices where players must constantly eat other onscreen creatures to stay alive. While you can eat humans and other friendly creatures, such as birds, (as well as fantasy creatures like goblins and fairies), and there are screams of panic, no blood or gore's shown. Players might also be tempted to make in-game purchases to upgrade their dragons, though those who are patient will earn many of those with currency earned within the game itself. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. 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?

Like other 'hungry'-style games, there's not a lot of plot to HUNGRY DRAGON. The point of the game is to navigate the screen and run into smaller creatures to gobble them up and keep your energy levels high. The longer you last, the greater the number of challenges you'll face, whether it's villagers shooting arrows at you, protecting themselves in cages, or launching floating mines. There are also larger creatures that you can't eat, but can damage you as you fly across the screen. (Some creatures can only be consumed with a larger dragon, which -- of course -- you don't unlock until you've been playing for quite some time or have decided to pay for in-game currency.)

Is it any good?

It's hard not to love a dragon, and kids will surely have fun gobbling up everything in sight, even though the amusement of the game wears off pretty quickly. Hungry Dragon is certainly visually appealing and will lure kids who can't get enough of the How to Train Your Dragon films (though it's not related to that series). And the gameplay is fun in short bursts. But there's really nothing new here that anyone who has played another "hungry creature" game hasn't seen before. You move around the screen, avoid obstacles and chomp smaller creatures while avoiding larger creatures that might try to swallow your dragon. That's really all the gameplay consists of, which makes it easy to grasp, but there's not a ton of depth here.

At least the game doesn't shove ads or in-app purchases down players throats, which is a welcome relief these days. And it's certainly a good time killer. It would have been nice, though, to see the concept of Hungry Dragon taken further with more complexity, some challenge, or additional content to keep you playing once the gimmick wears off.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can also talk about imagination. Where else have you seen creatures like the ones in Hungry Dragon in other games, books and movies?

  • Does Hungry dragon give you a sense of how the food chain works? Does it make you interested to find out where food comes from?

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