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DragonFangZ - The Rose & Dungeon of Time

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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchDec 26, 2017

Publisher: Toydea

Genre: RPG

Rose is a human and half dragon. One day, she wanders into a world called Tree of time, with a fairy instead of her parents. This is a wonderful roguelike game. If Rose falls during her adventure, she loses all items and the level is reset. And because the dungeon transforms with every play through, the quest will never be the same. Your courage and growth will be the power you need to clear the dungeon! TURN-BASED GAMEPLAY Both Rose and enemies take turns performing actions. You can think about what to do next over time. THE FANG SYSTEM Rose can wear fangs of monsters and gain their abilities. There are more than 200 kinds of monsters. You can combine the capabilities of your favourite monsters. THE BRAVE SYSTEM Rose powers up by fighting in eight surrounding squares without obstacles. This game also includes Ranking, Item warehouse, Monster's gallery, Achievements, Mini puzzle, and Dungeon for advanced players.
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Reviews

Get past the iffy localisation and maybe the cutesy characters if you have to, and DragonfangZ is a fun and interesting genre mash up. The roguelike element makes it ideal for a quick pick up and play session, but you'll also be rewarded if you invest more time to build up stats and learn the increasingly deep systems that are more in line with traditional JRPGs. All in all, it's simple-looking yet increasingly deep experience, one that can be as absorbing as it is perplexing.

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Somewhere down the track DragonFangZ might be patched again, and if, at that point, it's comprehensible enough to tell its minimalist story in a compelling manner, and get its tutorial in order, then it might well be worthwhile. It has all the presentational and gameplay elements it needs to be really great. But this developer's track record isn't there, so what we've got here is a game with a translation bad enough that it effectively breaks the game.

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For me, DragonFangZ is a great example as to why you should not judge a book by its cover alone, because hidden behind the cutesy design is a very enjoyable roguelike – one that, in some ways, challenges a few of the age-old conventions of the genre. The depth and flexibility of the Fang mechanic helps keep things fresh (and your available toolkit vast), and the added incentive to fight out in the open because of the Brave system sets in motion a nice change of pace (and is less claustrophobic than corridor farming). If you can look past the price and the abysmal translation, DragonFangZ has a lot to offer to those that prefer more RPG in their roguelikes.

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