The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1 (Android) Review

By Drew Hurley 01.09.2016

Review for The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1 on Android

The Tale of Doris and the Dragon started life as a browser game on the famous browser game site Newgrounds back in April 2015 where the classic 8-bit point-and-click style, along with some witty writing, gained it some fans. Now, the developer, something of a one-man show, has brought his creation to the commercial platforms, with the game hitting mobile first, with PC and other platforms planned afterward. Other games have made the jump from Newgrounds to big success, so how will this one fare?

The afterlife doesn't seem anything like Doris was expecting. No religious dogma mentioned dragon admin assistants with telephone headsets… nor that she'd get to take her shopping trolley along. Regardless, she needs to get through this limbo nonsense and find her husband Albert so they can be reunited and live out their afterlives together.

This is an old school point-and-click adventure game, filled with the classic point-and-click puzzles, but there is no real challenge to them. Pretty much all of the puzzles require little thought and are easily guessable by the items collected before even reaching the puzzle itself. While they offer no challenge, their design shows at least the creator has the knack for this type of design.

Screenshot for The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1 on Android

Hopefully, future episodes will include puzzles of greater difficulty. To be fair, there is a single puzzle that is difficult, although it is for all the wrong reasons. At one point, a musical sequence has to be duplicated and it's just terribly frustrating, with the notes of the device used sounding nothing like the original tune.

The Tale of Doris and the Dragon is no longer in beta, yet there are still a few bugs to iron out, for instance, solving a puzzle for an arguing pair of lovers made out of stone allows Doris to stroll on down to the river, but should she speak with the couple before going she asks about a lost coin, something she doesn't find out about until she progresses on.

The graphics capture the feel of classics of the era and use some charming designs, too. Who knew an admin assistant dragon in a headset could look so good? There are only two voice actors here bringing each of the characters to life, but it works, from the Ferryman character channelling Richmond from The IT Crowd or the Graham Chapman-esque women's voices for Doris.

Screenshot for The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1 on Android

Cubed3 Rating

3/10
Rated 3 out of 10

Bad

The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1 is a simple and brief nostalgic experience, yet one that feels ultimately quite underwhelming. This first episode is £2.99 and feels like a real personal project, but sadly it doesn't feel like it justifies its price-tag. With the future episodes upping the price - £4.99 each or both for £9.99 - a lot more will need to go into them to justify that costs incurred.

Developer

Arrogant Pixel

Publisher

Arrogant Pixel

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  3/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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