|System: X360, PS3, Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Etranges Libellules||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 23, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to training exercises and arena battles, you can also participate in mini-game-style challenges with your dragon. These include a Spyro-like dragon ride and some timed button-mashing challenges. Playing these mini-games will net you some experience points as well as rare or hard-to-find items, which can help improve your dragon's stats.
Between the mini-games and the dragon battling, there is a lot to do in How to Train your Dragon. However, the game itself doesn't last very long, and experienced gamers can complete 100% of the game (including side quests) in about six hours.
I wouldn't imagine it would take young children more than eight hours to complete this game, as the experience is guided so well that there is no way to extend the experience, as you will always have something to do.
Although the gameplay is pretty good, the graphics on the Wii are not up to par with most other titles. Though pre-rendered cutscenes have some nice detail, the in-game visuals are bland and contain lots of repetitious elements. In addition, there are some screen-tearing issues that mainly occur when characters are talking.
How to Train Your Dragon is a pretty good game if you enjoyed the movie and want to continue the experience. However, the glaring story inconsistency and the repetitive gameplay may limit the appeal to youngsters. Just make sure NOT to let anyone play this one before they watch the movie, as it will definitely ruin the movie for them.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor