Draco the Dragon: Combining Dragons and Arcade Gaming Like PB&J

Price: $0.99

Draco the Dragon: iPhone App Written Review

Draco the Dragon for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

As the inner-children that we are, there’s only two things that really get us going: Dragons and arcade games. This is why Draco the Dragon, by developer VAPSSKY, has us so excited, as it combines both of our beloved fascinations into one fancy package. Not to mention the fact that the iPhone arcade game comes packed to the scales with gorgeous graphics, simple controls, Game Center integration, and a stellar price tag, to boot. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun and refreshing way to kill a few hours in the morning commute, there’s no better option we can think of than Draco the Dragon.

Concept and Gameplay

As much as we’re sold on the word “arcade,” we do suppose the game requires a little more of an introduction. Essentially, Draco the Dragon falls into the top-down dogfight simulator category of arcade games, though obviously the biplanes have been swapped for mythical beasts and one lead dragon. In-app, the players must control Draco by tilting the iPhone left or right, as well as tapping continuously on the screen to shoot fireballs at oncoming enemies. These enemies appear at the far end of the screen, and then fly, swoop, dive, and bomb toward you. If these bogies are destroyed, the player earns a point bonus. Assuming enough bad guys are killed to save your dragon’s skin, the game ultimately rewards you with an exit portal leading to the next stage.

Along the way, though, the game also includes mountains of power-ups to keep the ball rolling. There’s a lightning bolt style affair that trades your fire for electricity, as well as a triple-flame blaster to heat up the skies, among many others. All in all, Draco the Dragon features the same top-down shooting action we know and love from arcade days gone by, but with plenty of innovations to keep our interests fresh.

Design and Graphics

Draco the Dragon for iPhone

Draco the Dragon for iPhone

In addition, Draco the Dragon’s graphics also look stupendous on the iPhone’s Retina display. We were particularly fond of the varied and stunning enemies, which provided a mythical backdrop for our blasting action. Not to mention the cut scenes: These gorgeously drawn intervals added some much needed space between levels, and were an excellent breather for us to rest our thumbs with. All in all, Draco the Dragon’s is a fine package, in deed.

Overall Value

Best of all, Draco the Dragon only costs $0.99 in the App Store. This means you can enjoy the app’s mountain of levels and content without breaking the bank—or even busting into a cold sweat! If you’re a fan of classic arcade genres, we guarantee you’ll love Draco the Dragon. But don’t take our word for it! Download the app now, and give it a try!

Draco the DragonDraco the Dragon requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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