I didn’t expect to review Nintendo’s Game Boy games in 2021, but the last 365 days have made a lot of interesting changes in our lives. Dragon bone Is a game released this month for Nintendo’s Game Boy and Game Boy emulators. While many games are trying to take advantage of the old art style, Spacebot Interactive and some other games are determined to create games within the technical scope of the old system. However, while this may be a novel concept, it doesn’t work well in modern times because we’ve learned so much about game design and philosophy over the last three decades.
Developer: Spacebot Interactive
Price: $ 15
Platform: PC, Game Boy emulator (reviewed)
Monster Vine comes with a ROM for review
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that someone will make a modern video game and learn some lessons from it. We don’t expect Spacebot to release a game as GameBoyROM that uses a complete 3D environment and a forked story path, but this is absolutely impossible. Dragon bone Even the Game Boy title sheds light on the gameplay elements.
The story is as basic as they come and is a bit ridiculous. When you start the game, you’ll see a series of cinematic images of a dragon flying across the sky, a warrior riding a horse, and finally a warrior and a dragon fighting. The warrior wins, the blood of the dragon (or sweat) rolls his sword, and our protagonist, Chris, is awakened by a mother worried about her missing husband. Curtis, Chris’s father, did not seem to go home after going out the night before. “He never does this!” Chris’s mother shouts. So you get some basic equipment and head to the nearest town just to find out that it is being attacked by the dreaded Dragon Tooth clan. This is a lukewarm start to the game and the Dragontooth clan looks bad, but kicks a few bats and escapes. It’s never ridiculous until you find yourself a “hybrid” kid. Because when you were a baby, the blood of a dragon fell on you, and now you have a mysterious power. Unfortunately, we’re sticking to the basic attacks for now because we need to find people and items throughout the game and unleash these powers.
I have the spells and special attacks you receive Dragon bone Very boring and useless. Combat is handled in the most monotonous way possible. This is a turn-based battle between one character, you and one enemy. Enemies are all fairly common, except for combat portraits. On the overworld map, they are not very clear. However, with more battles, it looks great as hardware for playing games. Still, you just beat each other until one loses health. This can be mitigated by the protagonist using potions. Occasionally, the protagonist gets a critical hit and deals double damage. that’s it. To make matters worse, the first magical abilities I gained were actually less damage than regular attacks, and special attacks and special attacks, except that the number of special attacks used was limited. There was no identifiable difference between. Dragon Quest / Warrior 1 had a more robust combat system. Dragon boneThe combat system of Pokemon can be compared to Pokemon Red / Blue, but Pokemon also has a series of special attacks and movements that can be selected for each Pokemon. Chris should have the power of a dragon, dealing a quarter of the health bar worth of damage per attack and having to chugg 1-3 health potions at the end of every battle to move on. ..
The potion recovered with a certain amount of hit points, which was another issue for me, but nowhere in the UI is the number of hit points shown. There are also three types of health potions. You have your normal health potion, your big health potion, and your super-healing spell. Super healing spells heal you to perfect health, but other cheaper healing potions have a lot of guesswork. Normal health potions heal 8 and large healing potions heal 12. This information is completely useless as the enemy does not damage the hit points, only lowers the health bar. Similarly, there are no experience points or level-ups, so the only way to increase power is to upgrade your game’s milestone equipment.
What I liked about this game was that talking to people in town and elsewhere throughout the game felt like the Legend of Zelda game. Many people talk about you as if they knew you for a long time and hope for your quest. You must pay attention to exploration and talking to people to find out where to go in your quest.I don’t think Dragon bone This does a great job, but it taught me where to look if I get lost. Talk to the townspeople and explore all areas to see which ones you have visited before. This had strange results, but when I completed the first major dungeon and returned to town, I noticed that all the important NPCs that helped me on the way were missing. .. You travel to some remote locations, talk to blacksmiths and woodworkers, and all of them disappear after the first major dungeon. Creepy, my mother is gone.
I may have got the answer, but unfortunately my way of playing didn’t actually save my game. I’m not Spacebot’s fault about this, it was entirely my fault. I have never tested the save feature on the emulator and platform of my choice and was punished as a result. I’ve tested it with several other emulators, but if I try it on both my PC and phone, I can see that the save feature works.I played Dragon bone On the hacked Playstation Vita, the save feature didn’t work, regardless of the emulator used there. That said Dragon bone I felt like it was made for mobile play. Solving and exploring puzzles felt like they were made to be played together. It’s a small puzzle to solve, and it can’t be too daunting to take too long. Similarly, the boss battle was pretty fast, so I thought the boss battle wouldn’t be that long if I could only play for a few minutes.
Dragon bone It seems to rely on a nostalgia niche set that has completely lost me. The design was archaic, the story was dull, and the quest was not spectacular. There’s nothing particularly offensive, except for some spelling / syntax errors and some chest sprites that appear as unopened after they’ve already been opened. Dragon bone.. But no one has won my favor simply because it is not aggressive.
The last word
If you absolutely need to play Game Boy games and have already played most other RPG / adventure games on the platform Dragon bone It may be a rewarding effort.If you end up playing Dragon boneDon’t play on a hacked PS Vita without first testing the save feature. Otherwise, you’ll be like me and you feel like you’ve already played enough, so it’s pretty vague that the saves are gone.
MonsterVine Rating: 3 out of 5 stars – average