When it comes to family friendly titles and games for a younger audience Outright Games has been leading the charge over the past few years. They’ve been releasing numerous titles like Ice Age, Ben 10, various PAW Patrol titles, and now their latest game DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms. Here’s my review of the PlayStation 5 version.
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is a 3D platformer based on the cartoon The Nine Realms that you can stream on Hulu. The story follows a dragon named Thunder who needs to find his missing family and save the kingdoms. Gameplay is front and center in this game so if your kids are looking for story, they are best off watching the show. You start the game playing as Thunder but as you play you can unlock and play as three other dragons which are Plowhorn, Wu & Wei, and Feathers.
Each world in the game has a different theme like fire or ice and is made up of a few levels each ending in a boss fight. The level design and core gameplay are pretty basic to ensure kids can enjoy it with it mostly consisting of moving through the level, fighting enemy dragons, dodging hazards, and solving some switch puzzles. I thought the game controlled fine but the camera can put you in some weird angles and it was a bit too far back in my opinion. After you unlock the other dragons you can switch to them whenever you want although you don’t really have to in most cases. Each world usually has certain things that only one of the dragons can break so you’ll usually be fine using whichever dragon that is. If you take damage while fighting though you will have to switch to another in order to let that one heal as that is how healing is handled in this game.
As you progress through each stage, you’ll find tons and tons of crystals everywhere which act as your currency. You can use these crystals to level up each dragon improving their stats and unlocking new moves. I was actually surprised that this game had a system in place like this. The combat doesn’t take any skill and you can really just button mash your way to victory in pretty much every fight.
The visuals in the game are colorful and very kid friendly but also somewhat generic looking. I’m sure younger players won’t mind much but for a $50 game I would expect it to look a bit better than it does. The voice acting and music are serviceable but nothing really special when it comes down to it. Trophy hunters will find 26 trophies to collect including a Platinum that is very easy to earn.
DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms is a fine platformer experience but one that only younger gamers are likely to enjoy. The gameplay and visuals are a bit too simple for anyone older to get much enjoyment out of it. At the higher price point that it has currently though, I would personally recommend waiting on a sale to buy it for your kid.
*DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of The Nine Realms is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.