DreamWorks Dragons Adventure
© 2014 Microsoft Corp.
Windows RT 8.1 running on a Nokia Lumina
Teaches: Augmented reality, spatial relations
The real world gets mixed up in fantasy land -- in this case the island of Berk from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" -- with this free app designed exclusively for Windows mobile devices, in a partnership between Dreamworks and Microsoft. If you have a Windows mobi...
The real world gets mixed up in fantasy land -- in this case the island of Berk from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" -- with this free app designed exclusively for Windows mobile devices, in a partnership between Dreamworks and Microsoft. If you have a Windows mobile device, you can download the app from http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-tt/app/dreamworks-dragons-adventure/6b02ba4b-5db6-4e3e-9011-90c59fdbb350 But compared to the now hundreds of flying games out there, the tilt controls of this one feel average and the levels load slowly, in part because they depend on realtime location data that comes through cell towers. This mediocre gameplay resulted in the lower ratings. Our testers also wanted the ability to toggle between the real and pretend maps, which isn't possible, despite the fact that the app uses GPS information. Despite these drawbacks, this app is noteworthy because of it's link to the real world. As you explore your fictional map, you may see your local Home Depot or the Peet's Coffee shop. You also see which places are popular. People are represented by Vikings, which means that real people have checked into their Four Square accounts. Additional information comes from The Weather Channel and Microsoft's HERE maps. You won't find this app in any iOS or Android app store. It runs exclusively on Windows mobile devices, and the price is free, to make Windows devices more family friendly. HOW IT WORKS: There are two modes: Play At-Home or On-The-Go. When at home, you rescue dragons in quests across 16 cities around the world, such as Berlin, Nairobi, Shanghai and Washington D.C. While on the road, play in Train mode, where actual streets, buildings and more appear directly in the game as you travel by. On-The-Fly contains the "real world transformation". In Train mode, the game’s integration of HERE Maps GPS mapping technology takes a player’s location, driving direction, traffic conditions and time of day and transforms it into the game. The Weather Channel mirrors the current weather, and Foursquare populates the game with the number of Vikings that appear near each point of interest. Content includes 38 quests, that include picking up and dropping sheep, collecting money to save trapped Vikings and fire bombing towers. The goal is to become a Master Dragon Trainer. The fun is reduced because the dragon flying is less than responsive, and the quests are not very innovative. The game was released July 14, 2014 on Windows phones and tablets including the Lumia 2520, 1520, 1020, Icon, 928, 925 running Windows RT 8.1; as well as the Microsoft Surface tablets. The game can is a free download without any in-app purchase offers at the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store. Visit http://www.zebrapartners.net/dragonsadventure2014/.