How to Train Your Dragon: Flight of the Night Fury in Review – A High Flyer!

Based on the popular Dreamworks film, How to Train Your Dragon: Flight of the Night Fury has you taking to the skies. You play as Toothless, a firebreathing dragon and his friend Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t live up to the expectations of his family. Together, you’re about to embark on a thrilling adventure.

The game allows you to explore the island of Berk and later on in the game, further afield. As you continue further through the game you’ll become a more adept flyer, capable of the highest heights and the tightest spaces. You’ll also form a unique and rewarding bond with your rider.

On beginning the game, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I was immediately impressed with the production values, but then you wouldn’t expect any less from something associated with such a huge film studio. The graphics and sound are fab, and the storyline starts off well.

Then you start flying. Or at least, if you’re like me, attempt to. Basically, your iDevice “is” the dragon. So you’ll tilt to the left to go left, right to go right, down to dive, and so on. It’s very intuitive but can take some getting used to. It’s definitely worth making sure that you’re sitting comfortably and then calibrating your device for best results. Otherwise you may end up all over the place – or is that just me?

As you play, you’re given various tasks to complete. Naturally, some are easier than others, and you’ll be rewarded with an Achievement once you’ve completed something expected of you. You’ll search out ethereal dragon paths visible only to you and your rider, take part in missions to help the village, and even collect bugs!

The 3D world is very beautiful and well animated and once you’ve fully got the hang of the game, you’ll be able to appreciate this more fully. Really take advantage of this when you’re performing exciting manoeuvres and tricks on your journey high in the sky. As you climb, swoop and dive it’s very easy to forget that you’re actually meant to be doing something – but don’t worry, you’re often given guidance, so you can’t stray too far from the path intended for you.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good game. It’s not something I’d have purchased for myself, but I’m glad I was given the opportunity to try it out. I think the main target market for this game is identical to the film, i.e. older children. However, if you’re a parent buying it for their child, then go for it – but you might also want to install it on your own device, or, if you’re sharing, have a go yourself when the little ones are tucked up in bed.

It’s a great way to while away some time, though I wouldn’t advise playing it in public; you might get some odd looks in waiting rooms and on public transport!

Great graphics and sound, interesting gameplay and storyline, and a great price point. You can’t really go wrong here.


App Summary
Title: How to Train Your Dragon: Flight of the Night Fury Developer: Glu
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 2.2
Price: $0.99 App Size: 14.7 MB
  • High production value
  • Feels polished
  • Great graphics and sound
  • Intuitive gameplay
  • Nice storyline
  • Low price point
  • Little replay value


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