Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures

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a game by Handheld Games
Genre: Educational/Kids
Platforms: GameBoy Color, GBA
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Dragon Games, 2D Platformer Games, Dragon Tales Series
Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures
Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures
Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures
Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures

I have actually played a ton of Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures which may sound weird for a guy pushing 40 to say! However, my son loved the animated series that this game is based on and it was a game that he loved to watch me play on the old Game Boy Player for the Game Cube. Look, I have played some very bad kid’s games over the years, but I do have to say this is not a terrible game. Hey, it is not amazing or any kind of hidden gem, but for kids that like the show it gets the job done.

Picking From The Classics

For kids that enjoy the show, Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures features five different stories that the game is based on. These are based on some of the more popular levels of the show and the game does a decent enough job of letting kids know what is happening. I do think that kids who are familiar with the show and the characters will get the most out of it, but it is not hard to follow, it is a story about dragons and kids!

Dragons Or Kids?

One thing that is pretty neat about Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures is that you can play as dragons, Cassie, Ord, Zack, and Wheezie. However, you can also play as the two kids, Max and Emmy and each character has something cool about them. For example. A dragon can fly, but one of the kids can get into a smaller area. It is funny how they have made it so you will need to play as each of the characters.

Mario Dust

The overall gameplay is decent and simple, you have to move your character around like a traditional 2D platformer, but Super Mario this is not. However, it does have a bit of that “Mario dust” sprinkled over it so kids will be easily be able to pick this up and play. It is a very simple game, you pretty much move and jump, that is it. It does have some very basic puzzles/mini-games to deal with too, but even if you put this on the hardest difficulty, you will breeze through this as will kids.

That Extra Advanced Power

Now, Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures does actually capture the look and feel of the show very well. This is a game that I played the Game Boy Advance version of and the way the characters look and their animation is all very faithful. Now, there is also a Game Boy Color version of the game and it is a freaking mess, stay away from that one. I like how it is similar to the show, but man, the soundtrack is a killer! It is brutal as a matter of fact and it was like nails on a chalkboard for me.

7.5

Look, Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures is a game that is clearly aimed at kids and I give them credit for trying to be as faithful to the PBS show as possible. It looks the part and kids who are familiar with this world will get a kick out of the game. Now, the thing is, while it does capture the spirit of the show, it is one of the most basic and easy platformers you will ever play! I am not saying it is bad or anything like that and I am sure kids will probably want to see this through. However, unless you are playing this for your kids, I am sure most adults will get bored after the first level!

Pros:

  • It is similar to the show of the same name
  • The character animations are pretty good
  • It has multiple stories from the show to play through
  • I liked how you could play as different characters from the show

Cons:

  • That music is freaking horrible
  • It is a very, very easy game even on the hardest setting

Download Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures

GBC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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