How To Train Your Dragon Hands-On Preview and Video

Glu’s got a good grip on flying games. Their last two, Glyder and Glyder 2, were both considered Must Haves by our reviewers, and the original even won our very first Game of the Month almost a year ago. Now they’re lending Dreamworks their flying game developer chops with a tie-in to the upcoming movie, How To Train Your Dragon.

The movie and game feature a young Viking lad named Hiccup, who invents a catapult to knock down the dragons that are plaguing his village. When he knocks one of them into the nearby woods, he tracks it down and discovers that it’s a little helpless, and he trains it to be nice to humans and fly around at his command.

This is where the game picks up. Serving as a “side story” to the CG movie, this game plays like a simplified version of Glyder. Your dragon has his own propulsion system, so you don’t need to catch hot air vents to gain altitude. You simply tilt skyward and the dragon will do the flapping for you.

Otherwise, this game has a lot of the same features as the Glyder series. You’ll coast to cozy perches, find hidden and elusive “bugs” you can collect, and gain achievements for feats like flying for five minutes straight.

There are also 11 story missions, which the game’s producer tells us will take about an hour to complete, plus eight bonus challenges to pad things out even more. Some of the story missions will result in improvements to your dragon, like a quest to collect five boars and turn them into a saddle, which will help your dragon respond better to your turns.

The game’s three environments are from the world of the movie, and these include the Viking island of Berk, the Dark Deep, and Shivering Shores, which we understand can get a bit chilly.

How To Train Your Dragon’s easy accessibility suggests that this game will be a way to introduce new or younger players to the more complex Glyder mechanics. Since it’s a movie tie-in and doesn’t contain endless hours of content, we only hope it’s not too pricey. How To Train Your Dragon hits the App Store on March 11.

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