The sequel has an ominous start; the opening cinematic shows how the world is split open, and from within, we see a network of cubes. A floating cube lands to unleash a giant three-headed shadow dragon as King Jibral and Zola look on with suspicion. The old crew returns to Blue Dragon Plus, and if you haven't played the first one, the game goes out of its way to give you a brief rundown each time a character is introduced. But you might find yourself a bit lost when it comes to the general storyline and why there are giant shadow dragons popping out from behind you. The first game spanned three discs, so it was expected that there would be a lot of full-motion video, but Blue Dragon Plus on the Nintendo DS also includes a lot of fully animated cutscenes, which are quite impressive. There is no voice acting, however, but FMVs do pop up often in between battles, which is good to see on the DS.
Before you even begin the game, there's a tutorial that is highly recommended, considering once the game starts, it's not going to walk you through the basics. There will be helpful suggestions along the way, but if you aren't familiar with real-time strategy games, it might be a bit difficult to get started. Battles are fought in real time, and each character is considered one unit. There are three icons on the right-hand side for you tap with your stylus whenever you want to move a unit individually--as a partial or full group. If you click on an enemy or treasure chest once a character is highlighted, he or she will automatically move in that direction and engage in battle when close. If you highlight a specific character, the bottom screen will show a list of commands that he or she can execute. For example, some characters can provide a boost in defense for their teammates, while others can cast healing or offensive spells. The most important skill, however, is being able to summon your blue dragon shadow, which can deal a lot of damage. After each skill, there is a rest period before you can use it again, so you'll need to plan accordingly. Elements should also be taken into consideration because it's beneficial to exploit an enemy's weakness by attacking it with the opposing element.
Dragon's Lair was released to the arcades in 1983. In the video game, the Valiant Knight known as Dirk the Daring enters a dark and mysterious castle to save the beautiful Princess Daphne from an evil dragon. Unlike common arcade games, Dragon's Lair ran on animation sequences created by ex-disney animator Don Bluth. 2b1af7f3a8