Battle of Giants: Dragons

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Roaringly good action game lets you become dragon hero.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You are a hero trying to save the land of Tammubbukku from bad dragons who have stolen powerful gems. Your fighting is a by product of trying to restore order back to your peaceful world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The elder master dragon teaches you how to proceed in the game with pride and knowledge. He's a little repetitive, though. And while you play as a hero who must fight to restore order, you are aware that the combat is forced upon you by circumstances.

Ease of Play

Play is accomplished using the touch screen which is very responsive. Dragons is very easy to play, once you master the moves. In this turn-based battle game, the contest are accomplished by drawing things on the screen. The game saves automatically and often, making it easy to play in short spurts.

Violence

There's growling, roaring, and the scary sounds of battle. You claw, scratch, and breathe fire on the other dragon. Hits are never bloody. Rather, they're show as fireworks  and lightning. There is some over-the-top knocking of the lizard-like opponent backwards and doing somersaults from the force. At times the screen will shake.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battle of Giants: Dragons is a action/role-playing game where you control a young dragon in a one-on-one fights. You don't do the fighting, but rather draw on the touch screen to activate it. The fighting isn't gory, but there is plenty of tail whipping, claw scratching, and fire-breathing. The sounds made in battle can be jarring, and the screen shakes at times. Up to four friends can play this game together.

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What's it about?

What would happen if the philosophy surrounding ninja warriors met the unbridled power of dragons like Godzilla? In BATTLE OF GIANTS: DRAGONS, you’re a snarling young dragon taught how to save your world by a powerful master dragon. But these aren’t cute dragons like Spyro. They’re big, life-like reptiles, full of anger and fire-breathing action. Because the evil Salmu dragons have stolen gems that hold mysterious power, you have to fight these formidable foes to retrieve the gems and to make the world of Tammabbukku peaceful once again.

Is it any good?

Here’s a fairly unique, feature-filled game that makes full use of the Nintendo DS’ touchscreen technology. You make your dragon fly by tapping the beast twice and  you can breathe fire by rubbing the stylus between his wings. Then, you can point to where you want the flames to go. You make your creature more powerful by defeating dragons by using the four elements and then collecting those powerful gems when your oppontent expires. Along the way, you get more body parts to customize your dragon. Because this game is on the DS, which doesn't have much memory, you’ll find the cut scenes are often repetitious. Otherwise, you get a beautifully drawn action game  that includes multiplayer with four friends in tournament mode.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Were the dragons depicted in this game anything like what you have imagined dragons to be?

  • Do you enjoy changing the body parts of your dragon? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: September 29, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Fantasy Violence

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