Dragon City Mobile (2013) is a puzzle game where you nurture dragons from egg to fully grown. It's a virtual pet you look after by feeding, breeding and creating homes. You can fight other dragons and go online to visit friends' dragons.
Play revolves around nurturing your dragon. To do this you need to perform certain activities that earn you game currency to buy things. While you can stick to doing this, the app repeatedly invites real money to be spent so you can level up even faster. Without spending it can take up to 20 hours for tasks to complete.
As you progress you open up more options and collectible items. These work through a series of different increasingly valuable items: Fire, Nature, Pure, Legend and so on. The most valuable dragons are hybrids of rare and special versions only available for a limited period. You can interact and trade with other players in the Trading Hub.
Overall it's a game designed to be more fun with in-game purchases. That aside, provided you have set up a PIN and protections on spending, there's a lot of fun to be had here as you get to know your dragon, and make choices in their development from baby, to teenager and then adult.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson
, first checked Dragon City Mobile 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson
and updated 5 months ago.