It’s no exaggeration to say this week’s Mobile Mondays is a spiritual successor to last week’s game. With controversy in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes stirring up many in the community, myself included found themselves turning to this game. It was such a big movement, for a time the entire global chat was basically just Galaxy of Heroes players talking about how bad that game had gotten. So, how does Dragon Champions hold up against the might of EA and how does it stand by itself? Let’s find out.
Dragon Champions is once again a team focused, turn-based strategy game in which you recruit a team of mighty heroes to face off against all manner of evil beasts. From human warriors to elvish healers to wise old pandas and lightning-quick foxes (yes you read that right) to even orcs and goblins Dragon Champions has a fantastic cast of characters for you to unlock and upgrade. General gameplay is, of course incredibly basic with you only ever selecting your target and the ability you want your character to use on their turn. Where Dragon Champions truly excels is it’s easy ‘pick up and play’ nature, its incredible free-to-play friendly system and its variety of content. It makes an attempt at telling a story, and whilst these incredible looking characters actually have some good persoanlity to them through some great back and forths the overall narrative never gripped me and as I sit here writing this I can’t even remember the details.
Its gameplay, however, more specifically its range of content is certainly impressive with regular campaign missions for different characters, challenges, limited-time events, PVP arena, and high tier guild raids there’s plenty to do in Dragon Champions. The best part of it all is that it can all be played almost straight out the gate by totally brand new players. Unlike Galaxy of Heroes which requires months of grinding to even compete in the raids, Dragon Champions has you fighting alongside friends against huge raid bosses in a matter of days. The accessibility of all this content to new players is staggering and surprisingly I never found it to be overwhelming. The game has a nice steady progression curve which I’ll talk more on later but it works really well.
Solid core gameplay, plenty to do and incredibly free-to-play friendly plus a charismatic cast of characters which you will actually WANT to collect easily makes up for a lackluster narrative and makes Dragon Champions a fantastic choice for those of you who are fans of this style of game.
Dragon Champions captures that fantasy feel perfectly and honestly its lower-resolution graphics actually remind me of an RPG from the early ’90s. Thats, not a bad thing as I think it works wonders for this type of game. Its 3-D models are textured well, both from the heroes you unlock and the arenas they battle in but it’s missing that sharp edge which I think would really finish things off. Again, not a complaint from me as I really dig the style but if graphics are a big thing for you it’s worth pointing out.
Your battles are accompanied by the type of music you’d expect to hear in an Alton Towers ride, and whilst it can be ridiculously loud at times it adds some nice backing track to your battles and is espcially appreciated when your shifting through various menus outside of battles.
Dragon Champions has such a nice progression curve that new players will instantly feel at home when playing. There’s no elite gear that is one hundred battles away which you desperately need to level your heroes up. Gear and gear pieces are easily attenable and simply playing through the campaigns can earn you the gear needed to carry on progressing. Farming certain battles for specific gear is obviously still a thing but the drop rates seem very reasonable and auto battling isn’t a necessity because those earlier battles are just so quick and easy.
Being able to unlock multiple champaigns, enter legendary events and participate in guild raids in my first few days playing was fantastic and a nice breath of fresh air after playing Galaxy of Heroes for months. Paying your way through is an option but free-to-play players are more than welcomed in Dragon Champions.
Dragon Champions is a brilliant mobile game to waste some time on during the day. It achieves exactly what it sets out to do, with fun and intriguing characters making up for a less than great story and a huge variety of free-to-play friendly content is available for all players. If you’re into these types of games and don’t fancy breaking the bank, Dragon Champions might be the choice for you. Plus, you get to fight with pandas. Whos doesn’t want to fight with pandas?