Monday, 11 February 2019 11:57

REVIEW: DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders (Xbox One)

Written by CR34MY CR4Y0N
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Here’s a game that's tied into to the How to Train Your Dragon universe, though it's not based on the upcoming film. Published by Outright Games, and developed by Climax group, I always get an iffy feeling when video games based of films or television shows are created but this was one of the few games that I didn’t feel that it ruined the franchise.

As I have young kids, they always keep me up to date with everything Film/TV that they are currently into, sure I’m a bit out of touch but I try to keep up with them. One of their loves is the How to Train Your Dragon Films/Shows, so I knew they’d want to play the game, but me being a dad I had to have first dibs, and although it's a game directed at kids I still found it enjoyable to play.

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So you play as Scribble, I can somehow hear readers saying, Well where the hell is Hiccup & Toothless? Well settle your dragons please because yes, they are in the game from time to time as it's not really centered around them. This game is about Scribble & Patch who are on a journey to save dragons and kick the butt of a villain named Eir, she’s one bad mother.. She has control of some dragons and has them doing naughty things.

This title is on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. It had me a little reserved, but once I picked it up and started playing I was super surprised on how good it actually was. Playing this title will have you running around as Scribble, and soon enough along with him is his dragon Patch. Playing isn’t difficult, mostly it's running around fighting easy enemies and looting chests that are scattered around the world. You will face some enemies that can prove more difficult but with some concentration you’ll pass them. On the other hand boss fights will be more testing, it's not just a matter of fighting but some are a puzzle to work out how to move the boss fight along.

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You aren’t just running around aimlessly, you’ll have to solve puzzles with both Scribble and Patch. You can switch between the two at anytime, you can even fly on Patch. You can purchase health potions, special abilities and upgrades for the weapons you’ll use, which can be swords or huge mallets.

You aren’t in just one area either, you’ll visit many islands, some dry as a bone, while others are full of falling snow. My worst fear about the game was that the visuals would be dull and boring, but it's the exact opposite. You’ll hear the environments around you, and people talk but it’s nothing to really write about.

Kids are going to enjoy this, but you big kids out there will enjoy it just as much. The price is a bit hefty for what the game is, but it could have been a bad game but luckily it wasn’t.


1. Surprisingly good
2. Easy to play even for young kids
3. Fancy looking visuals


1. I couldn’t find any notable cons about the game

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Climax Studios Ltd.
  • Publisher: Outright Games Ltd.
  • Genre: Adventure