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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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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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.
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.
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