Several months ago, I heard that Andrew Busey (entrepreneur and gaming veteran who recently served as VP and GM of Zynga Austin after it acquired Busey’s Challenge Games) was teaming up with Chaotic Moon in some sort of join venture gaming studio. Tomorrow, Team Chaos is launching Dragon Academy, a new match 3 puzzle adventure game for Apple iOS, Android and Facebook. This free character based game puts the player in charge of as many as six powerful dragons, and brings together the popular match 3 puzzle format of games like Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled, but adds role-playing game (RPG) elements like leveling andspells. Dragon Academy is free and live tomorrow.
“We believe players will have a great time with Dragon Academy because we combine what players love most: a match-3 game with unique characters: dragons each with its own great personality,” said Busey. “We’ve built in a lot of levels and variety, and most importantly, we are one of the first games to be completely cross platform – for Apple, Android and Facebook – from day one. This was hugely important to us, so anyone who connects with Facebook can play on any device at anytime, from the very beginning.”
In Dragon Academy, the six main character dragons activate special powers when they are fed mystic runes as they make matches during a game. Their job is to save the dragon Hatchlings that have been egg-napped by the mischief-making Wobblins. Through hundreds of puzzles, the Hatchlings will grow, evolve and enhance their powers as they complete a variety of challenging levels to stop the Wobblin menace.
Dragon Academy can be played on Apple iOS devices, Android devices, or on Facebook. When players connect with Facebook, they can play across any device or Facebook with one, constantly always synchronized account. It is playable by the whole family, who can compete and follow performance on leaderboards via Facebook or Gamecenter.
Dragon Academy provides tons of levels and a variety of progressions in the game, with over 150 puzzles and 13 worlds to explore. A player can unlock new challenges like goo, vines, potions, walls and gates, as well as power-ups for extra help on tough puzzles.
Building characters into a game that people want to get to know better is key as well. Dragon Academy features six main character Dragons, each with its on special abilities, like fire, lightning, ice, and sonic booms. You can level up your Dragons for bigger, more powerful abilities.
Dragon Academy gives you Melty, the acid breathing Purple Dragon, free when you start playing. As players progress, they can earn Emma, the green, poising breathing dragon, and Shimmer, the golden sound manipulating dragon, for free.
The remaining 3 dragons are available as in-app purchases. Those dragons include Frosty, who summons snowstorms; Thunderlina, the blue dragon that controls lightning; and Pokey the red dragon who brings his fire-breathing power to the game.