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Is 2017 too early khổng lồ be nostalgic for the early days of smartphone games? I’m talking about the late 2000s, post Snake & Solitaire, but before in-phầm mềm purchases, free-to-play consultancy firms, và app-to-movie adaptations. A decade ago, there was no established method for designing touchscreen games — let alone reliable controls — so visiting the App Store felt lượt thích reaching into a grab bag of oddball experiments. There was a surgeon simulator, reactive sầu abstract art, và a puzzle game about binding wooden trinkets with rope.

Dragon Hills, released in năm ngoái & updated regularly, is a throwbaông xã to lớn that era. A young princess, robbed by a would-be knight in shining armor, mounts a dragon & flies eastward on an endless quest to lớn kill every last soldier on the planet. The beast is a mishmash of a Game of Thrones dragon and Tremors graboid, soaring through the air and diving inlớn the earth in a sine wave sầu of destruction.

Like holding a buoy underwater, you press the dragon into lớn the Earth’s crust with your thumb; release and the girl and her steed launches upward. A game for people who like knocking over the Lego set more than constructing it, Dragon Hills has become my little stress-release valve sầu. And for that reason, I am sharing it with you.

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trùm cuối asked you lớn stay late? Your friends invited you to a brunch place with a two-hour wait? Your team has been knocked out of March Madness by an 11 seed? These minor inconveniences of the world are soothed by launching up from beneath a castle, and sending its guards and rubble into lớn the sky.

Unlượt thích so many sản phẩm điện thoại games, Dragon Hills doesn’t make life more stressful by finding ways to fleece your wallet or your time. That I reflexively assumed I could purchase new weapons & abilities, rather than earn them in-game, speaks lớn just how far mobile games have drifted toward the shrewd free-to-play model. Dragon Hills has none of that. Pay up front, then unlock items the old-fashioned way: by playing more of the game. And the game doesn’t dem& you kiểm tra in each day for bonus items and mindless busy work. It takes confidence lớn build a game that people want khổng lồ play because it’s fun, not because it creates an artificial feedbaông xã loop that pleases some primitive sầu corner of our noggin.

I’d largely stepped away from điện thoại games in the past couple years, but Dragon Hills has me reconsidering the App Store. I’ve sầu downloaded Dots & Co., Typeshift,Fire Emblem Heroes. I wonder if 2017 could be the year free-to-play’s unsavory thiết kế catches up with it, và in place of cookie-cutter Smartphone games — or at least alongside them — we see a renewed push for experimentation. Not just the half-dozen excellent art games that hit sản phẩm điện thoại each year, but many more games like Dragon Hills, that are mainstream entertainment executed with skill và respect for their players.