Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.
As an old school D&D player, and a fan of Monty Python’s Holy Grail, I can’t help but be drawn to games that feature dragons, swords and sorcery. For the last two weeks, the game that has captured my attention the most is Prativo Group’s Dragons Rage. For just $0.99, you can submerge yourself into a world where dragons are feared and fought by peasants branding pitchforks. Not only is the app universal, so it works on both iPhone (s aapl) and iPad, but there’s also a Mac version in the Mac App Store for the same price of $0.99.
Gameplay is pretty straightforward. You’re the dragon and you defend yourself by breathing fire on your attackers. You pivot the dragon’s head from a central point to fight off attackers from all sides. Red arrows appear on screen to tell you where attackers will be appearing next. The tricky part is that you can run out of fire, so you have to be careful how long you keep the flame going. To keep things interesting, you can pick up bonus items along the way to help boost your score, and you can compete online with your Game Center friends.
Difficulty comes in the form of the number of attackers, the number of attacks from opposite sides, and the amount of fire it takes to defeat each class of attacker. You also learn early on that archers are your real enemy, as they can start doing damage from a distance. While the game is not going to keep you engaged for weeks on end, it is a very easy to pick up, and definitely the sort of thing that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends at various holiday get-togethers.