Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Oct 1, 2018
    90
    I am immensely enjoying Dragalia Lost. Just like Super Mario Run did for the time honored runner genre, so does Dragalia Lost do for social RPGs. It follows the formula and makes key improvements along the way. After hours of playinng I have yet to come close to running out of energy yet. The gameplaay, graphics and story all shine out above competition within the social RPG genre. If you can wrap your head around the departure from usual Nintendo fare, you’ll be rewarded with a gem of a game.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    If you’ve never been much of a fan of gacha-style mobile games, Dragalia Lost is hardly going to change your mind. With that being said, this is a remarkably well-executed ARPG for mobile devices; surprisingly in-depth lore, easy to pick up gameplay and oodles of customization options make this a game that’s easy to sink hours into, and the generous distribution of free virtual currency helps to keep the microtransactions to a minimum. It may not be anything groundbreaking, but Dragalia Lost is a release worthy of the quality associated with Nintendo’s name. You really should give it a try.
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    70
    Dragalia Lost is a fine game, and I bet it will be a successful one too. I’m all for quality, new gacha games, but this is not how I want to see Nintendo operating in the mobile space. Despite being a decent game, Dragalia Lost doesn’t feel Nintendo-like at all. Instead, it feels like a polished up version of the games we’ve all already seen on the App Store, making Nintendo’s mobile efforts really feel like an afterthought rather than any sort of space for exciting new game developments.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    70
    For fans of gacha games, Dragalia Lost is one of the best of the bunch. However, Dragalia Lost is still, at its core, more of the same.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    The wonderful art, music, and lore deserve to be in something more original than Dragalia Lost. There are a hundred different versions of this game already available on app stores and it doesn’t do very much to hoist itself above the competition. This title may represent Nintendo’s riskiest attempt at breaking big into mobile gaming, going with an original IP instead of known property, but it also represents its least creative.
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  1. I first tried to judge Dragalia Lost on how money-hungry it was but instead grew as a gamer. Dragalia Lost proves free-to-play isn’t the demon I thought it was. With a ton of content, deep, fluid gameplay, and top-notch production, Dragalia Lost is worth every penny a player spends on it. See you in co-op!
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    It is a fun game that makes you spend hours and hours trying to improve your characters and evolve in main story and events.

    Main points:
    It is a fun game that makes you spend hours and hours trying to improve your characters and evolve in main story and events.

    Main points: Fun and interesting story Charismatic and alive characters Different Dragons you can improve anytime events and raids very cool.

    Negative points: Server crashes all the time, People just do not start matches in coop rooms, High diamond prices.
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    4
    Dragalia Lost is an action RPG gacha game for mobile phones. Like all gacha games, there are two central mechanics:

    • What characters you
    Dragalia Lost is an action RPG gacha game for mobile phones. Like all gacha games, there are two central mechanics:

    • What characters you get, beyond a few story-related characters, is random, and more can be purchased via microtransactions.
    • The game involves large amounts of grinding, some of which can be skipped or accelerated by spending money on the game via microtransactions.

    Many people find these practices to be predatory. And yet, the game has a very acceptable free to play experience on the whole. And unlike most games of its type, it actually has fairly decent gameplay on the whole.

    But this isn’t a game I can recommend to anyone; it’s an endless hole for your time (and if you are a whale, your money). It is a game that centers on grinding, over and over again.

    The game seems pretty simplistic at first – you attack by tapping on the screen, navigate around environments by dragging on the screen in the direction you want to go (rather than clicking somewhere and running to it), can make charge attacks by holding your finger on the screen in a stationary manner, and can use character skills (which gradually charge up by attacking) by clicking buttons on the screen.

    Each weapon type has its own attack pattern, and each character has their own set of two skills and three static special abilities.

    The central conceit of the game that separates it from other, similar games is that you can transform into a dragon by charging up your shapeshifting bar. This basically serves as a super mode, and which dragon you transform into is based on what dragon you are equipped with – this dragon gives you static bonuses to your stats, and when you turn into them, you get to use the dragon’s very powerful special ability and generally smash stuff with your powerful attacks (including some objects in the scenery, which feels pretty satisfying).

    There’s a story campaign that more or less teaches the players the ropes, with you fighting your way through stages consisting of a bunch of weak little monsters, maybe a miniboss or two which is generally pretty easily dispatched, and then finally a boss of some sort at the end. Most of these are pretty simple and repetitive, but there’s a few different boss fights against special characters or against dragons you are trying to impress so they will bond with you so you can transform into them.

    Once you beat all of the story campaign (which is presently incomplete, ending the game on a cliffhanger after only six chapters, which is about 60ish levels or so), the game dumps you out into what might be termed “the real game”. Unfortunately, the real game is endless grinding. You’ve got the “Imperial Onslaughts”, which are five levels, each with their own unique (and often dangerous) level setup and a powerful imperial soldier backed up by a small horde of weaker but still damaging foes. You’ve got the dragon fights, wherein you face off against a powerful dragon. You’ve got three super grindy areas – a money-making level, a elemental orb/crafting elements collection level, and an xp-grinding level – that are pretty trivial in terms of difficulty, but which you must play many, many times to get what you need to upgrade your characters.

    Notably, almost everything in the game can be played in co-op multiplayer, with four players each controlling their own characters, but the game can also almost entirely be played solo, with you controlling one character while three AI teammates tag along.

    Ironically, these final boss fights – the dragons, the raid events, the wave stuff, and the imperial onslaught – all are actually pretty decent. The game abandons its earlier, bland design and actually pushes things in interesting directions mechanically, with attackable body parts, AoEs that can be dodged or prevented, and interesting attack patterns. Overcoming these challenges for the first time actually feels pretty good.

    The problem is that you don’t have to overcome them once or twice; you need to overcome them dozens if not hundreds of times in order to upgrade your characters.

    And for what? To grind some more?

    It just isn’t worth it. The game just isn’t good enough. The game content is repetitive, and the story itself is rather generic. The characters aren’t terrible as far as such things go, each of them pretty much having two dimensions instead of one, but very, very few are any deeper than that, and the game, by randomizing which characters you have, doesn’t really have much of an ability to fill in more details about most of them.

    In the end, this is a game that tries to be compelling, but not in a good way. It is trying to compel you to play it endlessly, but it is all Skinner Boxes, doing the same thing over and over again. The gameplay is decent, but not amazing, and it asks you to do the same things dozens if not hundreds of times.

    Don't play this game.
  3. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    The perfect mobile rpg. The gatcha elements aren't greedy so F2P player can enjoy the game just as much as the casual spender or the whale.The perfect mobile rpg. The gatcha elements aren't greedy so F2P player can enjoy the game just as much as the casual spender or the whale.
    - Amazing graphics that really push the hardware (and an option to lower them if you are on an older mobile phone)
    - Fulfilling grind system
    - Co-op being implemented into literally everything makes the game more fun
    - Tons and Tons and Tons of content for a mobile game, its crazy how much content this game had when it came out

    Negatives
    - no option to communicate with people you are doing co-op raids and missions with besides dumb "HEY" "HELLO" "NICE" and "HEAL" stickers. this is a huge fault that can be fixed by adding a parental feature.
    - nothing

    An amazing game that you should download right away, Cygames really knows whats up.