A New Game from Nintendo
I was very curious to see what kind of game Dragalia Lost is. I have played both Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp on Android in the past. While both games were good I did not play them long term.
Going into the review I knew this game would be free to play, and there would be units you can summon. I also knew people would transform into dragons at some point.
Review Device Information
I played this game on my LG V20 Android smartphone. I am running Android Oreo 8.1. I am using LineageOS 15.1 to be exact in case you are curious.
I played the game off and on for about a week. This is an extended review
I played the story missions until Chapter 4 Crater. I did some events and played some co-op missions. I upgraded my castle a level and built some buildings.
What Kind of Game Is Dragalia Lost?
Gameplay wise this is an action game. You control a group of units with the touch screen and attack by tapping.
This is also a Gashapon game. Or as the Japanese would say ガシャポン. This means there are many things to summon and collect. More rare and better things are harder to get.
How Do You Play Dragalia Lost?
There Are Many Things to Learn About
The game has many things to learn. Use other resources for tips and guidance on how to play the game.
How to Do Play the Game?
You control a group of four adventurers. Each party member can have a type. There are type effectiveness and weaknesses in this game. This reminds me other mobile games like Puzzle and Dragons and Brave Frontier.
In single player, you control one unit, and the AI controls the rest. You can switch between units whenever you want. In co-op, you only control one unit, and other players control the rest.
The Goal of the Game
The gameplay of the Dragalia Lost is pretty basic. You swipe the screen to move, and you tap to attack. There are special moves you can use every once and awhile. When you build up enough energy, you can also transform into a dragon for a brief period of time.
The main goal of most missions is to get to the end of a level and beat a boss. I have seen other objectives in the game. Like defeating so many enemies sometimes.
How to Level up Things
The main goal outside of levels is to have the strongest units, dragons, and items. Everyone these things has levels and ways to raise the level cap. How you do this is different for each thing, and each one has different items required.
How the Castle Works?
At one point in the game’s story get a castle. This castle lets build things for bonuses when you are not playing the game. The castle and the buildings you build also have levels and you use coins and items to level up them up.
Being Friends with the Dragons
You can also raise the affection level of dragons. You do this by giving them gifts (that you buy of course) at the castle. Doing this lets you transform into that dragon for longer, and they give you items back.
The Leveling System Has Too Much to It
The game has too many systems in play at the same time. I wish things could be simplified a bit.
You get new units by summoning them. You can spend Wyrmite to summon them. This is the currency you get while playing the game. You can buy a premium currency which is called Diamantium and use it to summon units as well. What a name! I guess gold or purple gems was not cool enough.
What I Think About the Gameplay
The main goal of the game is to defeat a bunch of weak enemies and defeat a boss. In fact, this game reminds me Pokémon Rumble World. This is a much simpler 3DS game, but it has the same concepts.
Calling this game boring is harsh, but I can see this type of gameplay getting stale.
Playing with Other People Is Fun
Playing with real people was much more fun as people (most of the time) were most efficient and better players than the AI. I recommend playing co-op whenever possible. This is the best way to experience the game no matter what missions or mode you are playing.
Being a Dragon Is Fun but Not as Cool as It Sounds
Also despite being a huge factor of the story and marketing transforming into a dragon is not as exciting as it sounds. You get to use a skill, attack for a little, and then you turn back into your orignal character. Being a dragon at least with low level dragons was pretty short.
Most of the people wait until the boss and all transform at once and then finish the boss off. It feels more like a finisher move if anything. Another thing to note is you don’t take damage while transformed so I can see this being used as a defensive tactic as well.
To be fair the animation of the transformation is great, and being the dragons is very fun. I only wish you could transform for longer or more often.
Leveling System Could Be Simpler
I don’t like the complex leveling systems I needed to learn to understand anything. The complexity in this game comes from learning how to manage everything.
Overall Thoughts on Gameplay
Overall everything is OK. The gameplay is not bad, but I would say it amazing either.
Presentation is where the game shines. The game presents itself pretty well in multiple ways. The game looks and sounds nice. The 3D graphics are a bit on the simple side but considering this game has to run on mobile devices it makes sense.
The animations and character models look nice. The game has a chibi anime style to it. So if you don’t like sort of artwork you won’t like this game.
The music is very good. I do not say this about many mobile games, and most games have forgettable music. I could not understand a single song lyric though.
This game has enough story to mention what I think about it. Overall it is OK, and the story reminds me of anime. You are a prince sent to make a pact with a dragon. Along the way, you meet people who join your group.
Without spoiling the plot I have seen so far, things are pretty basic to me. I do not mean the story is bad but if I ignored it not much would change about the game.
So far the characters I have enjoyed learning about the most are the dragons. They are not mindless creatures in this game, and they each have their own personality.
While I can tell a good amount of effort was put into making the story and the characters it is not so compelling I would play the game for it alone.
Since I have no intentions to buy anything I admit I am not the best judge here.
I could see how somebody could spend hundreds of dollars in a day on a game like this. While the game is free to play and it gives you free summons if you want a particular thing you might to spend some money to get it.
So far the game feels fair with what I have seen, but I have not gotten deep into the story or tried the very hard game modes.
What I can say is the game so far is very generous. I get Wyrmite after doing almost anything. I don’t know if this level of generosity is going to stay long term or not.
Most Gachapon games are not annoying. Games like this don’t need to be when players spend hundreds and some cases thousands of dollars on in-app purchases. The game reminds you of new summons and events, but it does so little I don’t find it to be annoying. There are no ads and the game does not spam notifications.
The game has a stamina system, but I have not played enough to run out of stamina once yet. Also every time you level up the stamina bar overfills.
There are items to restore stamina if you need to and you spend in-game currency ot do this as well.
The system lets you play without too much pressure. Only the most huge fans who play the game for long periods of time will be left waiting.
Dragalia Lost is a fun game that presents itself well. People may get annoyed at the learning curve of the game. Some people may avoid the game for its Gachapon elements.
Overall the game is polished, and it is quite better than other free to play games. It is not the best I have seen though.
The real question is will people still be playing months and years later? I guess will find out. I can see my playing this game in the future. I don’t see me being a hardcore Dragalia Lost fan, but I can see playing a story mission or two each day.
What do you think of the game? Do you think my review got something wrong? Feel free to make a comment!
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