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Dragon: A Game About A Dragon
Developed by: Games With Dragons In
Published by: Games With Dragons In
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Available on: PC
Genre: Platformer
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $5.99

Thank you Games With Dragons In for sending us a copy of this game to review!

A dragon who goes by 'Dragon' is happily sitting at home watching trashy talk shows when he discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by the evil king.  To protect his hostage, the king surrounds his castle with a barrier that can only be broken when the four orbs are re-united.  Dragon must travel across the land to defeat the guardians possessing these orbs.  

Even though Dragon is gentle in nature, it doesn't stop hunters, evil knights, and tuba players (that shoot out saw blades) from attacking him. At first Dragon is limited to scratching and breathing fire, but throughout the game other elemental attacks like ice and lightning become available to him.      

Highlights:

Strong Points: Excellent soundtrack; witty dialogue; unique art
Weak Points: Short amount of gameplay
Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence; tobacco references

Like most platformer games, there are various ledges for Dragon to jump onto and chasms to jump across.  Many levels have hidden power-ups that can permanently boost Dragon's health and attack power.   Whenever an enemy is defeated, they'll drop some money.  With this money Dragon's stats can be upgraded and each successive upgrade will cost more money.  

Besides the boss battles, there are two level styles.  There are the free roam levels where you can explore at your leisure, and there are timed levels where Dragon has to outrun an angry mob of sheep or a wall of fire closing in on him.  The timed levels have good treasure hidden in them too so be sure to check out all of the available paths. 

Dragon: A Game About A Dragon
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 86%
Gameplay - 16/20
Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 9/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 84%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 5.5/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 8.5/10

The music in this game is extremely well done and is reminiscent of classic video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, and Mega Man.  I wish there was an option to buy the soundtrack because it is worth picking up.  The composer, Zach Parrish, did a great job!  There is no voice acting, but the dialogue (available in many languages) is very witty and fun to read.  

What sets Dragon: A Game About a Dragon apart from the other games I have played is its very unique art style.  Many games boast about hand drawn artwork, but this is the first game I have played that's obviously crayon drawn as well.  It's very unique, but sometimes it is hard to see what platforms are usable and which ones are not.    

The unique artwork and gameplay attracted my kids to my monitor and thankfully this game is fun and safe for the whole family to enjoy.  Like many platformer games there is cartoon style violence.  At the end of most of the levels there is a campfire where Dragon will stop and take out his pipe and smoke it.  

Dragon: A Game About a Dragon sells for $5.99 on Steam.  If you like classic platformer games it's definitely worth looking into.  Since I was able to beat the campaign in two hours, I'd recommend holding out for a sale to get your money's worth.

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