For those who like their action-packed gaming with a dose of fantasy, try out the School of Dragons, a 3D MMORPG experience. It is successful collaboration between animation and educational gaming. When it comes to the ‘Train your dragon’ franchise, the USP is that across generations, children and parents share equal enthusiasm. It is endearing to see father and son bond over naming a mythological creature. However, very few can combine educational and entertainment. Inspired from the movie and the series, the games were a result of a very successful a partnership between JumpStart (a leader in educational gaming) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in 2012. Here is the tool for everybody who wants to save some money The Dragon School.
The game was developed keeping kids in mind, hence the colour and pearls of wisdom strewn here and there. The game integrates courses like Scientific Method, Botany and others based on school syllabus. It is not taught as a lesson but integrated into various levels so that the kid is able to understand and retain it. There is also the element of adventure as the gamer goes through several worlds riding atop his dragon, learning about cultures and social behaviour, otherwise taken to be a boring chore by kids.
After the 2010 movie ‘How to train your dragon’, the School of Dragons was released on July 17th, 2013. It is simple, informative and fun, with characters sometimes quoting the dialogues from the movie or series. To begin with, the player can customize his Viking, choose his own dragon and then train it. Just like the movie, this dragon too becomes the gamers pet and follows him around. As a browser game, it is quite similar to others of it genre, like the part where the dragon has to be fed, farms cultivated and animals raised for the gamer to move onto the next level. The activities are in the format of mini-games (games within the game). To go to the next level, the gamer has to complete the challenges posed and complete his tasks. However, the graphics aren’t too bad, with the scenes being bright, colourful and fantastical and the music being a tad bit repetitive.
The game needs patience, specially the part where you need to care for your dragon, like keeping him happy and well-fed by fishing and farming regularly. If you don’t use some tricks, you may take forever to move on in the game. For instance, one valuable tip is not to use up gems for energy, even if it means sacrificing a mini-game. You have other ways of boosting your energy, or simply wait, as the gems will come in handy is more important cases. You can also pay $5 to turn your dragon into an adult instead of going through too many levels. A full-grown dragon then has the ability to shoot fireballs as do better flying tricks. It will be often that your dragon will run out of energy during a challenge and requires gems or time to get its energy levels up. If you raise multiple dragons, hatched or bought, you can replace your tired one with an energized dragon and continue the task. There are more which tricks help to navigate the levels faster, and you will figure out once you get hooked on to the game.
With its attractive visuals and appealing characters, with bits of educative nuggets here and there, the game is a sure-shot success.