Dragon Coins has finally made its way to the Android platform. Sega released the iOS version last November and impressed a lot of people who were skeptical of a Sega coin-game smartphone offering. Dragon Coins combines those coin-pushing games you see in arcades with RPG elements to make an interesting new genre.
Take a look at the official trailer below for a better idea of what I mean:
Let's give the game a go and see how it plays.
More action than puzzle!
After playing for a bit, I realized something: the pacing and speed of this game is superbly satisfying when you're in the zone. You simply tap to drop coins, and as you start defeating enemies, you start hitting jackpot after jackpot and the coins keep rolling in. It's a good feeling, and, if you've ever played the actual arcade coin games, it may be a new experience having coins drop down so easily.
Dragon Coins is quite different from Puzzle & Dragons in that Dragon Coin's coin pusher is constantly pushin' dem coins, leading to constantly changing circumstances. When the coins aren't moving, you have a bit of time to slow down and think, but because the coins are almost always moving and shifting, you'll need to be on your toes and thinking quick in order get the best timing and aim.
Dragon Coins is perfect for gamers, and especially for those who like high-paced action.
Don't forget the strategy!
(Red text) Enemies attack when this number hits 0! (Orange) "Skill boxes" let you use a special skill. (Yellow) Attack enemies when all of these light up (getting one silver coin lights one up). (Green) Heal yourself with green cure coins.
You get to drop as many coins as you want by tapping, something you'd otherwise never be able to experience in an arcade. Each time you drop a coin, however, the numbers next to each enemy decrease by one. Once they get to zero, the enemy will attack you, meaning you need to make each coin count.
As such, there's a bit of strategy required in order to make progress through the game. If you're really good, you can sometime take out all the enemies before they even get a hit on you for a flawless victory.
The game has a good deal of depth thanks to green healing coins, enemies with different attack frequencies, skill boxes that are needed in order to pull off special skills, etc.
Here are some strategy tips for beginners
My recommended skill is the one that adds walls to either the left or right of the table. Coins are apt to drop of the sides of the table, so this skill ultimately ups your play efficiency. Also, combining this skill with Hikarino (a member of your party from the start)'s skill that puts a wall up on the right side of the table makes things a lot easier.
Some more quick tips:
- You get an experience point bonus for making parties with the same type (using members with the same skill makes that skill level up too!)
- Stringing together long combos increases your power!
Limited-time tie-in with Sakura no Utage!
In time for the Sakura no Utage release coming up soon, you'll be able to get Sakura no Miko shown above (finishes on April 26th). There are a total of 5 missions you need to play, and it looks like you have to have all mission complete bonus monsters. I gave it a shot, but it's still a bit too difficult for newbies. iOS users are luckier in this respect because they've had more time to play the game.
One thing I'd like the developers to fix about the game is the fact that phones not listed as officially supported can't download the game at all (here's the list of supported devices). There's nothing to do but wait, but I do hope they expand the number of phones they support.
Anyway, the game is a lot smoother and faster-paced than I was expecting, so I'm going to recommend that first-timers should definitely try Dragon Coins out. Once you get good at Dragon Coins, then you can hit the real coin games in the arcade and show off your skills (and probably lose a lot of money in the process!!
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Time played: about 1 hour
Device used: Xperia AX (SO-01E)
Publisher: SEGA CORPORATION
Last updated: 4/2/2013
Price: free (in-app purchases available)
Compatibility: Android 2.3.3 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan