685978_2PC, Mac, and iPhone developer MythPeople recently released their second match-3 game into the App Store with Dragon Portals. The follow up to the well received Azkend puzzler certainly meets and exceeds the quality we’ve come to expect from MythPeople when it comes to eye-catching visuals.

Dragon Portals' asian theme resonates nicely throughout the game from the Far East melodies and richly accented visual touches to the intriguing storyline and dragons on which the game played. The objective is to keep the dragons in the air for as long as possible until enough energy can open the dragon portal. This is accomplished through the power of match-3. A power gauge fills up as matches are made, and once filled up, the portal opens, thus clearing the level. Also, height flags show how fast the dragons are descending, and when matches are made, the dragons will increase in altitude.

685978_4The game can be challenging and ratchets up pretty quickly by the time you’re on level 2. Unlike typical Match-3s, matching takes place by dropping orbs from one dragon to the next in order to line up three or more like-colored balls amounts. Not as easy when the game is in motion, but still fun nonetheless. As you earn more power ups, Story mode allows you to select up to three specific power ups to use on any given level. My main critique for the game is that it can be repetitious because while the objectives may change, the gameplay doesn’t. Having said that, Dragon Portals should be able to provide hours of playability given the degree of content and depth.

The iPhone version of the game currently offers two modes of play: Story and Survival and takes you through 80 levels of play. Progress within Story mode is illustrated on the map covering 8 islands while Survival allows you to choose the power up of choice and see how long they can keep dragons in the air with stars awards based on specific scoring milestones.


Video of PC version

Dragon Portals has 10 power ups arranged in three categories: Destructive, Creative, and Passive. These power ups can help destroy similar colored orbs, clear out a line of orbs, and even highlight matches. If you’ve played Match-3s in the past, then these power ups will look familiar. In addition, as part of the achievement system, trophies can be earned for combos, chain reactions, and stars earned.

Dragon Portals is a solid game, and if you’re a die-hard Match-3 gamer, then this should certainly be a must have. The game is well-designed has very high production values and a worthy casual pick-up-and-play title.

App Store: Dragon Portals, $0.99

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  • WeirdingWay

    Great game, great presentation...just like Azkend. They don't wait to ramp up the difficulty as you pretty much need to be chaining matches to survive after about half-way in.

  • WeirdingWay

    Great game, great presentation...just like Azkend. They don't wait to ramp up the difficulty as you pretty much need to be chaining matches to survive after about half-way in.

  • jgc742

    I love this game, but for some reason they left out all the great music that was in the PC version. What gives? The music from the original is really fantastic.

    • snowy2004

      It might be for the same reason Popcap did it for Peggle. I remember hearing somewhere (probably here or on Joystiq) they removed it so that the game could be downloaded over 3G. I would get that but maybe MythPeople should also release the music as a download to be played on the iPod/iPhone (I haven't tested it yet: can you play your music while playing Dragon Portals?)

  • jgc742

    I love this game, but for some reason they left out all the great music that was in the PC version. What gives? The music from the original is really fantastic.

    • snowy2004

      It might be for the same reason Popcap did it for Peggle. I remember hearing somewhere (probably here or on Joystiq) they removed it so that the game could be downloaded over 3G. I would get that but maybe MythPeople should also release the music as a download to be played on the iPod/iPhone (I haven't tested it yet: can you play your music while playing Dragon Portals?)

  • EatKodosDaily

    "die-hard Match-3 gamer"

    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but that sounds like an oxymoron to me. Match-3 games fall into the casual genre, do they not? Die-Hard games are not casual.

  • EatKodosDaily

    "die-hard Match-3 gamer"

    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but that sounds like an oxymoron to me. Match-3 games fall into the casual genre, do they not? Die-Hard games are not casual.

  • Lord Gek

    As others have commented in the main forum thread on this game, I strongly suggest they LOSE the photo hunt aspect as it's just too awkward to control on the iDevices!

    I also HOPE they'll add in some form of the Islands Mode from the PC version (this is like Survival Mode but as opposed to being limited to one powerup you'll see all of the non-passive powerups you've unlocked so far)!

  • Lord Gek

    As others have commented in the main forum thread on this game, I strongly suggest they LOSE the photo hunt aspect as it's just too awkward to control on the iDevices!

    I also HOPE they'll add in some form of the Islands Mode from the PC version (this is like Survival Mode but as opposed to being limited to one powerup you'll see all of the non-passive powerups you've unlocked so far)!

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    I like this game and its $0.99 only. Definitely a must buy.