Review Dragon Blaze
Power through epic battles in this exciting action RPG
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 05 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent graphics, tons of allies, good natural progression, interesting storyline
Stamina system, extensive and needless tutorial
Mobile action RPGs isn’t really my cup of tea because they tend to try and cram a lot of stuff down your throat. Dragon Blaze for Android isn’t really an exception, but most potentially annoying grievances are done so in moderation, and the graphics and gameplay are two elements that elevates this game from all of the me-toos in the genre.
If you’re fond of stories, then you’ll love how much this game throws at you. You play as a member of an extinct Boden tribe. Deathcrown, the dragon king, has made a very impactful return to the world, and it’s your job to find out why he’s back and put a stop to an eternal war. I’m personally not a huge fan of most stories in mobile RPGs because they tend to be pretty light on character development, and this one isn’t really an exception. I spent the majority of the first half of the game rapidly tapping the screen in order to bypass most of the text.
The tutorial is long and drawn out because it mixes so much of the story into it. Rather than just telling you party members attack on their own, and you can upgrade your allies and gear, it has to make an event out of every little thing, which is a pretty huge turn off for someone just trying to jump into a quick game. Eventually you get past it and the game begins to open up, though.
As stated above, your allies actually fight automatically, and they have various skills depending on what type of class they are. Some might heal, some might attack, and others might buff the rest of your gang. The only control you have is of your own character, and even then you’re just pressing the special attack buttons. I found myself using the auto combat function and essentially blanking out as fights happened.
The main meat of the game will be you finding new allies, unlocking them, leveling them up, and watching how beautiful and chaotic the fights can look. I was continuously amazing at how great and fluid all of the combat animations were.
I don’t really have too many complaints aimed at Dragon Blaze. There is an energy system, but it never got in the way. Overall, the game is just fun, and a great example of how to create an action RPG on a mobile platform. You know, minus the super lengthy story arcs.