How to Train Your Dragon
Here’s another phone game based on a popular movie, but this one would have been better called “How to train your brain”. The mobile game version of How to Train Your Dragon is in fact not particulary action packed but rather a top down puzzle / adventure game with a snappy sense of humor.
After falling a dragon from the sky using a net, Hiccup, our lead hero and playable character, turns from trying to slay it, per viking ways, to helping the poor creature get back to health, thus trying to escape the “dragon killing viking” future his father had planned for him. In doing so, most of the time you will be collecting items, opening doors and figuring out the inner workings of all manner of contraptions (lighting pots on fire in a certain order anyone?), following penguins over icy death traps and that sort of thing. The adventure part kicks in when you have to deal with the occasional enemy creature of the forest like carnivorous plants, bears, bees and wild pigs. Your main weapon is your trusty sling shot so it’s all fun until a bear looses an eye!
The game is rather tedious and long, each stage involving more and more thinking and retracing one’s steps, with little reward between them except of course the occasional good one liners from a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are also minigames and a few flying levels but they don’t bring a lot of diversion or anything spectacular, still I thought they are worth a mention. The music and game colors are nice, and I suppose the cartoonish design fits the game well.