Ever since How to Raise Your Dragon became a thing, millions of people have begun to wish that they could foster their very own dragon creature into being and to maturity. It may sound like a strange concept to some, but considering the popularity of pet games, dragon-pet games are really just one step further. It is a step not only forward but sideways into the mythical sphere. The apps you’ll find discussed here range from dragon raising to dragon fighting experiences, and everything in between. You’ll have a hard job finding a collection of better dragon mobile games than this!
Dragon Mania Legends
One of the main contenders constantly battling it out with Dragonvale for the higher position in various app stores is Dragon Mania: Legends. The latter app is Gameloft’s answer to the former dragon raising/breeding/battling game, and it is a substantially popular one at that. The idea here is that you enter into a world of Vikings which use dragons for purposes of war. You play as a more peaceful individual of course, but one who still dedicates his or her time to training up multiple dragons for battling. It’s basically very similar to Pokémon in its premise, though its execution is a bit further afield from the Pocket Monster franchise.
A good whack of the gameplay involves hatching, raising, and training your various dragons. There’s a monetary element to the gameplay as well since your dragon enclosures rake in coins at varying rates. A Standard elemental type-based system also applies during battle (in the same vein as Pokémon, DragonVale, and Moshi Monsters of course). Content wise, you’ve got a serious variety of dragons and dragon types to experience (fire, water, bee, smoke – the list goes on). Though you’ve got the unusual free-to-play progress-barriers in place, you can still enjoy the game greatly without spending a single penny.
This app from developer Social Point isn’t a huge departure from others on the list. The emphasis of the gameplay on breeding, raising, and managing your little dragon town; mixing two types of dragon from the many kinds available is where the addictive potential for the game comes from. The emphasis on breeding and habitat management is where the game shines (at least initially, anyhow), and the first few hours are spent learning the ropes and getting to grips with the mechanics of the game.
However, even though dragon enthusiasts will enjoy the fact you can throw two dragon types together and create around 150 unique kinds of them, the battling aspect is severely limited. PvP battles can only be played a certain number of times ever few hours, and it’s pretty low-stakes; you never lose your dragon if you fail to win a battle, so there’s not really much on the line at any point. This is why most players’ interests will fizzle out in just a few hours.
Dragons: Rise of Berk
Ludia is the developing giant responsible for Dragons: Rise of Berk , and they don’t seem to want to tinker with the winning formula that most other dragon-raising games also adhere to. After all, you play as a Viking and manage a small area that acts as a focal point for dragon enclosures. However, this game is more geared towards the city-building side of dragon raising, and its mechanics are much richer because of this.
What you’re actually doing is rescuing dragons – an approach that adds to the game’s moral standing where others simply acknowledge that dragons are apparently only here for battling purposes – and then raising/caring for them over time. A broader appeal also comes from the game’s affiliation with the TV series Dragons: Defenders of Berk.
This isn’t a fully-on city builder like The Sims however. Options are limited when it comes to city building, and the high price of some items will put a spanner in the works of your progress eventually. Still, there are a lot of dragons in the game in spite of its limitations, making it one of the better titles in this list.
It almost feels silly giving this one an introduction due to its sheer popularity, but Backflip Studios’ DragonVale is hugely popular due to its simple yet stylish design and its intuitive gameplay mechanics. All the elements common to pretty much every dragon-raising game are here: building habitats, raising dragons, and collecting/managing resources is a staple of the gameplay, and Backflip Studios knows better than to tinker with a tried-and-tested formula.
Having the bulk of the action (including your habitats) take place on a small wedge of floating rock is a unique touch that distinguishes the game’s aesthetic from other dragon games. In most of its other areas however, it’s really not that different from most other dragon breeding games, or any of the games you’d on light-hearted zoo style games covered at Alphabet Zoo, but it’s still addictive enough to have a player base that runs into the tens of millions – it must be doing something right!