Dragon Shout [Free] has cleared the certification hurdle and it's available now at the low, low price of $0. What it does, it does well, and it proves a point. Games as deep as Skyrim should be embracing mobile companion apps across the board. Dragon Shout is an app that not only makes Skyrim better, but down the road, it might add an entirely new layer to the experience: social.

We wondered before why Bethesda or a member of its family didn't produce a Skyrim map app like this from the get-go. Later, we discovered that Prima has a one on the way. We're unsure of what it'll contain,  so we'll hold off on speculation. But this is a good sign ... and also kind of a bad one since Dragon Shout isn't official and all.

Who cares if Bethesda made Dragon Shout or not? Hopefully, Bethesda won't. One of the more soul-sucking things we've considered while evaluating Dragon Shout is if Bethesda will act and get it pulled from the App Store. We'd rather see apps blessed by the people who okayed a game's creation to avoid future heartbreak.

We asked the creator about this. He doesn't know how Bethesda feels about the product because it hasn't responded to his attempts to reach out. "I did my best to avoid any conflicts," he adds, though. "I had a map custom made. I looked up US trademarks for the city names and Dragon Shout, and didn't find anything by Bethesda."

"Here's hoping they don't issue a C&D."

That stuff aside, as we previously covered, Dragon Shout is an ambitious map app for use with Skyrim. It provides the game's map in glorious detail, and then gives you the tools to mark and annotate anything you want, anywhere you want. See a cool dungeon on your way to an important mission? Mark it with a touch on Dragon Shout, provide detail if you want, and continue on to your more pressing matters without fear of forgetting about it.

One of the coolest things about Dragon Shout is that it's free-form. It gives you a gaggle of markers to choose from and the ability to place them wherever. If you're hiding 100 pounds of dragon bones somewhere or just like the look of a certain waterfall in the middle of nowhere, you can mark it for safe-keeping on Dragon Shout. You can also sort the map by markers if it starts getting too cluttered.

If you grab the app, you'll notice a lot of different hooks; in the future, Dragon Shout will allow for in-app chat, parties, and community marker sharing via an IAP.

As a companion piece, we have a feeling Dragon Shout will be at its most useful to a new player just starting out on his or her grand Skyrim adventure. It makes the world much more manageable. For current players with big saves, there are still uses, as we all have to leave somewhere or something behind from time-to-time.

And that's not to mention the gaps it covers. Dragon Shout does everything that you wish Skyrim's map did -- marking, annotating, and eventually sharing -- and puts all of that into the palm of your hand. It's a powerful tool that fleshes out the exploration experience, and it's great because of that.

UPDATE: Apparently Prima has an app on the way. We've adjusted the story to reflect this.

  • Anonymous

    Enimax/Bethesda couldn't find their own asses with both hands. They now have id in their stable who are very iOS/Mac savvy but have seemingly castrated them to producing PC centric titles and making their latest engine Enimax exclusive. id seem to have also shut down iOS production with no Christmas releases.

    It really is amazing how some of these publishers and developers are so completely blind to whats actually trending and popular with their customers now.

    It's great to have this app on iOS, it would also be great to have Skyrim as Mac native.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      I was wondering what you were going on about.  Then I got to the end of your statement and you're just a sour Mac user.  That's your own fault, TomCrown.

      • Anonymous

        My comment goes to the reason that Enimax/Bethesda has not released an official iOS Skyrim app. If they had Mac development in place it would be easy enough to leverage that into iOS development which would make for an overall better experience for the Skyrim user and better user experience is what this article is talking about.

    • http://twitter.com/brookes_erin Erin Brookes

      You can get Skyrim on a Mac. You just have to be a little more adventurous and computer smart. 

  • Anonymous

    There is an "official" Skyrim map app coming out on the iPad from Prima. I feel that they haven't done a great job advertising it, and it has been delayed, but it does exist. Seems like that could have been mentioned in the article. 

    It's mentioned here: http://www.primagames.com/blog/skyrim-official-strategy-guide-blog-2-sanity-sappi

    Their forum has a few posts mentioning the delay.

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      Good call. Thanks, dude.

  • Anonymous

    duplicate.

  • Austin Riddle

    I wish this app could switch between the current "treasure map" look to a realistic look that's currently in the game itself.  The map in this app has very little geography so I find myself just randomly putting markings in general areas where I think the cave was/is.

    • Anonymous

      Alternate map coming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5AR-3hgA3xQ

      • Austin Riddle

        Wow, you read my mind.  Stoked for the social aspect, now we can do more than just talk about Skyrim at work!  Thx so much

  • Anonymous

    Nice idea, but I'd prefer the "journal" aspect of it was expanded a little more, by way of a PC/Mac client. That way we'd have the option of typing out more detailed and lengthy entries without having to use the iPhone's keyboard 100% of the time.

    • Anonymous

      Great idea

  • Anonymous

    It is a cool idea and could be useful.  Would be nice to have more intuitive marker placement.   You could have the marker types along the side of the map then you just drag a new on onto the map.  Actually all of your features should be on the main screen. 

    How about color coding the markers? 

    How about having floating windows you you tap on a marker so you can read the info and still see the map.

    'Refresh markers' should be an icon on the map.  And not a hidden feature under Help.

  • Anonymous

    grabbing before it gets pulled.

  • Anonymous

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Activation Key Generator - Working as of December 2011

    Download here: http://allinonefiles.com/2011/11/15/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-activation-key-generator-for-pc/

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.blokzijl Brandon Blokzijl

      You shoudn't even play this game, obviously you don't care for it if you can't even put the money down for it. Sigh some people.