Puzzle Defense: Dragons is a game that was release by HeroCraft earlier this year, and as the game implies it is a puzzle game mixed in with the Tower Defence game types.
The game has two modes, Campaign and Battle.
In this mode you will have 30 levels of increasing difficulty to go through before you end the game. You can pass each level with a different level of starts, from 1 to 3.
Your high score in each level will be recorded, so if you end a level but wish to do better just play the level again until you are satisfied with the number of starts and high score you achieved.
Each level will have different goals. For example in the first level you will need to fight off 3 waves before you win but in level 3 you will only win after you have killed 5 dragons of a certain kind, and so forth. Goals will vary in order to keep you entertained for the 30 levels available.
In battle mode there are several scenarios that will be unlocked once you reach a certain level in the first available scenario.
After you battle for about 30 minutes, you will reach wave 21, at this point a big popup will appear telling you basically that you have to wait 5 hours and 55 minutes before being able to continue playing battle mode. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can pay $1 to bypass this restriction.
At the start you will only be able to spawn simple battle ready troops. By matching 3 of these in the field you will gain an archer. If you are able to match 3 archers they will turn into an advanced archer, and so forth until you can make a wizard.
You must be aware that if you mistakenly match more than 3 troops of each kind only one upgraded trooper will spawn. So if you happen to think, “I’m gonna match 6 of a kind to get 2 upgraded troopers”, just don’t do it as you will wast two perfectly good matches to generate one upgraded trooper.
So as you are trying to place your troops and match them in 3 dragons will come from the top of the screen and attack your soldiers. Your upgraded soldiers will withstand more hits than the firstly spawn soldiers.
During each game you will also earn gold that will enable you to upgrade your soldiers in the Upgrade menu.
The field of battle will also provide obstacles so your job wont be as easy as you might think. Rocks will be put on your field in order to make it more difficult for you to perform your matches.
As said in the beginning of the review the game has 30 levels, and as it seems the battle mode has limit, just don’t know if it is based on time or on waves passed through. This might infuriate some of you, as it did me.
As far as the campaign mode goes you might find yourself stuck in a specific level, and since you can’t bypass a level that might lead you to give up on the game.
Ads an In-App Purchases
As has been common in HeroCraft free games, you will have to endure ads every time you win a level.
As far as in-app purchases we already talked about the $1 to get rid of the waiting time in the Battle mode, but there’s more. If you want to upgrade your soldiers and don’t have enough gold you can always purchase 15 000 coins for 3.65€.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics are nice when you think about who this game is directed to, same for the sound effects and in game music.
It seems to me that HeroCraft free games are not near as good as the paid ones, and in puzzle defines I believe that is perfectly shown by the Battle mode, where you are locked out of playing your own game for almost 6 hours. I know that free games are harder to make since the developers have to rely on advertisement revenue and in app purchases, but locking the player from a game mode for 6 hours just doesn’t seem right to me, at all.
Puzzle Defense: Dragons is a enjoyable game, and since it is free I would recommend you give it a try and take it for a ride through the first campaign levels and the battle mode. If you enjoy it enough to ignore the waiting time and the several ad popups just keep it on your device to play every now and again.
Review by: Cátia Sofia Ferreira @ AndroidEmotions