Glu, the producer of several good games has recently released a new game based off the new Dreamworks movie called How to Train Your Dragon. Glu‘s game is called How to Train Your Dragon: Flight of the Night Fury. In this game, you play as rider, Hiccup, from a viking village, and a dragon called toothless, together as one entity. The whole game centers around flying around through the skies for various task in order to rehabilitate toothless. You soar around the expanded universe of How to Train Your Dragon completeing different challenges and goals which mostly involve collecting different objects and flying to or through specific points.
The game is completely in 3D and lets you explore across the different areas and scan the horizons from on top of dragon perches or while flying in the sky. The graphics are ok, and they certainly aren’t the worst graphics, but they also could also probably be better at the same time. There is an adventurous music track included in the game, but it is the same repetitive music over and over so it can become bothersome. The music can be turned off though if you choose to not want to listen to the included ingame music or you can listen to your ipod music instead as well. The game at this time also seems to be suffering from stability issues and can have problems with crashing when you try to start playing sometimes.
There is no online leaderboard or achievements through online programs like openfeint or agon, but instead achievements and statistics are built into the game. There are also unlockable extras for your playing and viewing pleasure. The game lets you unlock film stills and cheat codes for the game. Your progress will autosave and let you return at any time to continue where you last left off before you quit. You don’t start right where you left the game, but instead you start at the designated dragon perch from where you first start an area at. Compared to some games, this game is kind of short. There are only three different areas that you can play in and there really aren’t that many challenges and goals to complete either.
One other thing to note about this game is how it is eerily similar to two other games made by Glu, which are Glyder and Glyder 2. In fact, it is pretty much the exact same but with a few slight differenes such as different goals and not having to worry about stalling and falling out of the sky and a diving spin maneuver. Other than that, the achievements and overall gameplay is the same. There is no great change or improvements that are introduced with this game when compared to the Glyder games. How to Train Your Dragon: Flight of the Night Fury by Glu seems to be best suited for kids.