hodalogoWhen EA first announced a Dragon Age game for mobile, it seemed fans of the series were disappointed to not be seeing a proper RPG like previous Dragon Age games, not to mention that it was a free-to-play title to boot. With Heroes of Dragon Age what you do get is a strategy title similar to a card-battling game that doles out lots of fan service to those who are heavily into the universe of Dragon Age, while still remaining an accessible mobile-friendly title for those who might not be familiar with the series at all.

One of the main draws of Heroes of Dragon Age is the huge number of characters which you can collect and use to build up your party of combatants. The roster contains characters not just from the Dragon Age games themselves, but also through the greater universe that's been fleshed out through books and other media. In all, given the different variations of characters in the game, there should be well over 400 to collect during the course of the game.

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You obtain new characters in random fashion, kind of like ripping open a pack of cards, with the chances of a rare character being greater depending on how much in-game currency you spend when unlocking. In typical freemium fashion there are dual-currencies in the game, coins which are pretty easy to come by and gems which are doled out more modestly.

One really cool aspect to the character collection is the ability to fuse the abilities of up to five characters into another character. So if you draw characters that you don't particularly need or care for, you can fuse them with a character that you do care about and beef them up in the process. You can also combine two like characters to create one single, more powerful version of that character.

You'll use your characters to build up a party of four, as well as one double-sized slot for creatures like bears and dragons. You can take your party online and battle it out agains other real players, but there is a lengthy quest-based single-player campaign as well. The quests, like the characters, span events that have taken place across the broad spectrum of Dragon Age lore, which is very cool. You may remember a certain battle being referenced in one of the books or games, and here you'll learn more about that battle and actually get to partake in it.

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For what it is, Heroes of Dragon Age seems like a very cool title. No, it's not the robust RPG some may be pining for, but I can already see myself getting consumed with collecting characters, managing them in my party, and leveling them up. This early version I saw showed promise, and I'll be eager to see how the final product turns out when Heroes of Dragon Age launches later this fall.

  • defunct32

    I love the visual so far, I just hope the IAPs (if there's any... Well, who am I kidding?) aren't ridiculous.

  • bigjack66

    Not another card battling game for gods sake what's the point?

  • poohzombie

    I agree. I dig dragon age something fierce, so hopefully IAP doesn't make this something gross.

    • Kirs

      Wow...its EA, free to download... You'll have better luck wishing pigs could fly

      • poohzombie

        May I take this opportunity to wish for flying pigs?

    • jForsythe

      It will

  • Based Xatu

    They could have made a proper dragon age game, instead EA does this. On the Halloween update to the simpsons tapped out, they have a tomb stone with "console gaming". I guess EA realized it's easier to micro transact and milk money out of consumers on mobile devices.

  • Morgan01

    When does EA not make IAP gross or absurd? Since its from EA, this will be another one to throw in the craper.

  • C. Stubb

    Random draws and character-fusing? Sound like another "Rage of Bahamas" (or whatever) ripoff to me.

  • CooleTeeps

    If this was like pocket legends but with dragon age and better graphics, I would get it. But if it is another of those card games, you can count me out!

  • themostunclean

    I can't be the only one who doesn't like Dragon Age. Nothing to do with it being under EA (which unlike some people, does not throw me into a baby-fit of frothing hatred) but more that it's just plain boring. The universe is full of played out fantasy tropes, gameplay is slow and uninspired and the second game was basically a skinned copy of Mass Effect.

    Anyone else with me?

    • Gamera Love

      they make the 2nd one like the Mass effect, more fast pace gameplay because some people say that it's too slow and look how's it turn out.

    • Onikage725

      I disagree, but can see why you feel that way. I think they do some interesting things within that "high fantasy" setting, and blend dark fantasy elements. And there is some interesting lore. The basic backdrop of Origins, with its Tolkien-esque tale of an impending scourge and finding your destiny, seems played out on the surface. I think they put their own stamp on it, though.

    • swatbot

      Not sure what your point of comparison is. Most fantasy fare on the computer is just a rehashing of Tolkien with dwarves, elves, knights and magical beasts. The first Dragon Age at least had some nice social commentary under the hood with its ghettos (in the original sense of the word), racial tensions etc. I thought the battle engine was fantastic, perfect hybrid of action with freezing for turn-based control whenever needed (esp later in the game when the battles became a lot more challenging). And I disagree with the second one being a skinned copy of ME. Both those games owe their playing styles to KOTOR and make nods to Japanese RPGs at points. They're hybrids.

      • themostunclean

        Thanks for the input guys. I don't think they're horrible games by any stretch. I just don't think they're up to the caliber of the hype.

      • swatbot

        Fair enough..I do wish that fantasy games could do away with tropes myself and be slightly more.. fantastic, imaginative. I'm also hitting my limits for being able to care about another tale of ancient forgotten lore and an ancient evil for the 1000th time

  • Tommmy

    Awful. Just awful.

  • hourglass

    I love the Dragon Age games, but this is just pathetic....