Like dragons? Looking for something to occupy your time? Then look no further than Flight Rising, the browser-based game that’s been keeping me busy for the last couple of weeks. The main reason I mention it is because it’s the first thing I’ve kickstarted that has actually produced the finished product. I’m sure the other projects I’ve supported will eventually produce results, but it could be a while.
What attracted me to this project was not the game itself, but the artist, Jessica ‘neondragon’ Peffer. She’s written a few ‘how-to-draw’ books over the years, While I have numerous books on this topic, hers are my favourite as the tutorials are clear, easy to follow, and cover my favourite things to draw – fantasy beings like dragons, fairies, elves, dwarves and more (though, as the name suggests, dragons are the main focus). Anyway, the game features plenty of her art.
As to what the game is, it’s a virtual pet game with a bit of role playing thrown in. You start with a pair of dragons, which you can breed together. Their eggs eventually hatch and your dragon clan starts to grow. Unfortunately, this is a slow process measured in days, and once bred or hatched, your dragons have a cooldown of at least 15 days before they can breed again!
To keep you busy in the meantime, you can test your dragons in the coliseum, where they can fight monsters or other dragons, gaining experience and eventually levelling up. You can also interact with other players through the forums, trading dragons or other items. You also need to gather food to keep your dragons happy.
The game is completely free-to-play, meaning that you can buy gems to obtain special items or rare breeds of dragon. Nevertheless, there is plenty you can do without paying a cent of real money, so if you like the idea of having your very own clan of dragons, look no further. If you do decide to join, add me as a friend: TriangularRoom.