The Dragonvale Android App by Backflip Studios, Inc. is a game where you collect and breed all kinds of dragons. You start with one island and as you progress you can unlock more islands which will give you more room to build more habitats and place more dragons in them. You use the coin game currency to purchase items such as islands, habitats, dragon food and even dragon eggs to hatch. Some dragon eggs you can purchase with the coin currency (which you can earn for free) and others you can either breed dragons to get them or use the gem currency to purchase them.
You get a certain amount of gem currency in the beginning of the game and you have several different ways of earning more as you play. In addition, you have the option of purchasing them for real money with an in app purchase. You can earn gems by participating in events in the Colosseum, racing dragons on the Dragon Track and by leveling up with XP points. These points are earned in the Colosseum, Dragon Track, when you hatch dragons, build habitats and complete goals from the goals list. You can also earn XP points by placing decoration items on your islands which you can purchase in the game’s market.
As you progress and attempt to unlock rare dragons by breeding them you will find that you don’t always get the dragon that you were attempting to breed on the first try. Understanding the different elements for each dragon and what combinations you will need to use in order to get the dragon that you want will help you. You will need to also be patient and save up your gems in case there is a time limit on the dragon that you want to get so that you can still purchase the egg at the last minute with gems before it becomes expired.
Overall, this is an excellent freemium game by BackFlip Studios, Inc. There are lots of different dragons to collect, breed and level up. The developer also releases quite a few updates and new dragons at least once per month. At the time of this review the DragonVale Android App is free to play with the option of in app purchases.