Monster Rancher fans have a new evolution-simulation game to look forward to. Dragon Seeds is Jaleco's offering to this fledgling genre. The game has you cloning and raising dragons for battle, much like Tecmo's unique title.
You can raise a dragon from infancy by assigning it a key word called a "Soul of Words." The dragon's characteristics and abilities will all depend on the specific word you choose. You can also find dragons by using memory card files from any game. Like Monster Rancher with CDs, Dragon Seeds will read the information and form a unique being from the data it receives. Eventually, gamers around the world will figure out which key words or memory card files can produce the most powerful creatures from trial and error.
After your pet is born, you can send it into battle. You can fight through several classes of tournaments against the computer, or you can fight against a friend's creation. Either way, winning will bring you more power, more special items and perhaps even a new dragon. Battles aren't terribly exciting. Basically, you get to input two moves (block, attack, move, special, etc.) each turn. To be successful, you have to correctly guess which moves your opponent will pull out. For example, if you decide to "reflect" when your enemy shoots a "special attack," then when the dragons act out the actions (they take place at the same time, after everyone inputs their moves for that turn), you'll see that the special attack will be reflected back upon the unsuspecting attacker. Guess correctly more often than incorrectly, and victory is yours.
Our American beta still has the Japanese text in it, but you can still get a good idea what the game is like from these screenshots.