Breed by em
| Motion, $14.95
Reviewed January 2003
Many games let you kill dragons; Dragon’s
Breed will let you breed dragons. Developed by em|Motion
and published by Simusoft3D, Dragon’s Breed is a graphical
fantasy adventure game that sets in the ancient land of Zun
where dragons are the conquerors and hold the magic to the
future. With beautiful graphics, polished game design and
stylish sounds, Dragon’s Breed provides its gamers
with a unique experience. The only requirement though is
that you must study the game manual and the spells.
The story is that in ancient times, a mighty
wizard broke the talisman into three pieces and concealed
each piece in a remote location in Zun's countryside. The
talisman's legend says that only dragons would be able to
find and keep its pieces and that its owner would be granted
entrance to the promised land. Your goal in this game is
to find and hold all three shards with your dragons.
Dragon’s Breed is a turn-based game.
There are 3 players available and you can choose 1 or 2 or
no computer players. You each take your turn to attack villages
or search for shards. You will start with 1 dragon and a
number of dragon eggs. You must breed at least 3 dragons
to complete the game since there are three pieces of the
talisman. The longer you breed the eggs, the stronger your
dragons will be. You can also cast spells to help breeding
the dragons, and it will cost you Ruug (money in Zun) each
time you breed an egg. Other than breeding the dragons, you
will also need to fight battles, cast spells and trade goods.
The battle system is turn-based, while casting spells and
trading can happen anytime you wish as long as you have the
items to make a spell and a trader outside of your castle.
Generating money is very important since it’s expensive
to breed and keep dragons. You can make money by collecting
taxes from the villages you’ve conquered and trading
goods with a trader. When two villages are fighting, you
can also get rewards from one village by fighting the other
The most difficult thing to do in
this game is the spells. You can cast a spell on just about
anything: dragons, villages, eggs or yourself, but making
these spells is another story all together. There are three
types of ingredients that you can mix to make spells, each
having different effective levels on various targets. It
could take 4 potions to make an effective spell, and you
must know which one is the director, which one is the affecter,
and what side effects they have as well as what to use
to counter the side effects. The charts of these ingredients
look like chemistry charts and you’ll have to spend
a long while studying them. My spell notes were two pages
The still graphics in this game are beautifully
done and are highly styled with a good amount of detail.
Every player has a main screen where they can access the
battles, inventory, dragon eggs, dragons and traders outside
of the castle. You will see a set of still images when you
send your dragons to explore and animations when they attack
the villages. While the game developer paid a lot of attention
to the graphic details on every screen, the interactions
are just simply not enough. For example, if you cast a spell
on yourself, the only message you will get is the spell was
cast successfully. But you have no way to easily find out
what effects the spell has generated on the target.
The background track is very nicely composed
stringed orchestral music and the sound effects are plentiful.
Both music and FX help to create the game environment along
with the images. Dragon’s Breed runs smoothly on both
ARM and Xscale devices.
While the nice story line, beautiful
graphics and well composed music and sound FX will attract
a good number of gamers, the complexity of the spell system
and lack of instructions and interaction make the game
unnecessarily hard. If you wan to explore this ancient
world of dragon’s breed, study your spells!
Playing Hint and Tips
Check out which villages are fighting before
sending out your dragons. If you are going to attack a village,
you might as well get rewards for it.
Enhance your dragon’s eyesight as
much as you can. This will help the dragon to find things
you will need and the shards to win the game.
I know it’s not easy, believe me!
But learn your spells!!!