Damn you Dragons! ($0.99) by VisionaryX GmbH is an endless shooter game filled with unique art and a bunch of damn dragons. Catch balls of fire and toss them right back at those overgrown lizards before they get your sheep.
Players control Bjorn, a stout little Viking who is stuck on a lonely island filled with pesky dragons. Your job is to help him turn them to smoldering ashes by catching the fireballs that they toss at him and shooting them back. It takes speed and timing to get through wave after wave of dragon attacks.
In order to catch a fireball, players swipe across the screen to move Bjorn’s hammer either to the left or right. The fireball will be stored in his fancy weapon until it is shot out when the player taps the big “X” in the lower-right corner.
Dragons are only affected by fireballs of their own color. At any given point on a level, there will be red, green and blue dragons that you must shoot the correct fireball at. There is a main dragon who drops eggs that become younglings. After the first few waves, the main dragon becomes difficult to kill because it is made up of multiple colors that change every time you have a successful hit. Eventually, this beast will fly closer and closer to Bjorn. If you don’t kill it before it gets to the little Viking, the game ends.
Players collect hammer points that can be used to upgrade weapons or buy power-ups. If you don’t want to earn the points the old-fashioned way, you can always buy them through in-app purchases. These upgrades are not necessary in order to play the game, so you won’t feel obligated to spend any more real money than the initial purchase.
The controls are very awkward for a right-handed person. In order to aim and shoot at a dragon, players must be touching the screen when tapping the button. I aim with my right hand, which causes me to have to cross over or under it with my left in order to tap the button. I’d really like to be able to have the shooting button on the left side of the screen so that my hands don’t get tangled up when I play.
Other than an awkward control set up, this game is really well made. There is lots of fast-paced shooting. Dragons are coming at you from all different angles. The challenge gets more and more difficult as the waves continue. The art is very cute without being cutesy. The replay value is high since you earn more hammer points for upgrades and power-ups every time you play. Fans of shooter games will enjoy this one.
EDIT: When you pause the game, you can change the fire button from the left side to the right. Thanks to reader Lex Lupke for finding that for us.