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Dragonica

Dragonica

It does drag on.

Playing a game like Dragonica - an unbearably cute, free-to-play, 2.5 dimensional side-scrolling MMO, with strong non-European teen appeal - you don't expect innovative storytelling. You expect fairy tales. Forces of darkness, once-defeated, and regathering power. It's such an over-used theme that it's rocketed past cliché and into Fantasy Truism, from teen-lit like Harry Potter to "adult" fantasy like Dragon Age; somewhere, something evil is bitterly nursing its wounds, and preparing its apocalyptic return. But that's OK - while the dark forces are gathering power, it gives our hero a chance to go through a series of training montages. And what is an MMO, if not an infinite training montage?

Dragonica describes itself as closest in style to MapleStory. Actually, that's selling itself a little short. MapleStory is a 2D platformer at heart, and Dragonica has very little platforming. Some of the later levels have you jumping from one small platform to the next, but the inclusion of an icon on the floor under your character removes any of the guesswork about where you'll land. It's more Golden Axe than Super Mario.

It's also a more fully-realised and good-looking 3D world. It's a bit of an illusion - you're mostly limited to left and right movement, with backwards and forwards adding stripes of literal depth to the combat. Meanwhile, exploration is made a little less linear thanks to the Hyper-Jump pads, which spring you to another horizontal stretch of terrain. It can be briefly disorientating, but it would be desperately boring without them.

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Dragonica goes into open beta

Dragonica goes into open beta

Side-scrolling MMO available to all.

gPotato's arcade-style side-scrolling MMO Dragonica has gone into open beta testing in Europe and is free for all to play.

Find out why you might want to at our hands on impressions of the free-to-play, Korean-made MapleStory with attitude. In brief: combos, sheep, moonwalking.

You can sign up for a gPotato.eu account and download the game at the official website. If you already have a closed beta account, your game should patch automatically.

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Dragonica closed beta opens to all

Dragonica closed beta opens to all

Three days left, so be quick.

The limited-time closed beta for free-to-play arcade MMO Dragonica has opened to everyone for its final few days.

The beta test closes on Friday 22nd, but until then it's open to all in order to stress-test the servers. You can take part by signing up for an account at gPotato.eu and downloading the game from the Dragonica website.

We gave away a few keys for the beta test and previewed the game last week. "It's important to point out... that this is an MMORPG in which you can summon Bruce Lee to fly-kick a sheep in the tits," said Simon.

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Dragonica

The arcade MMO scales up.

The closed beta for gPotato's free-to-play, arcade-style MMO Dragonica starts today. We've got 500 keys to give away so you can sample its side-scrolling, combo-stacking pleasures for yourself; plus, read on for hands-on impressions from a preview build.

Dragonica closed beta next week

Dragonica closed beta next week

Free side-scrolling MMO shapes up.

gPotato has announced the closed beta dates for its arcade side-scrolling PC MMO, Dragonica. The test will run from next Wednesday, 13th May, to Friday 22nd May.

You can register for a shot at the beta at the Dragonica website. You might also want to visit Eurogamer on the 13th, when we hope to have a few beta keys to give away.

Dragonica is a combo-heavy massively multiplayer hybrid of RPG and platformer with a cute style and a sense of humour. It can be played with a gamepad, and should run on a wide range of PCs.

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Beta registration open for Dragonica

Beta registration open for Dragonica

Free arcade MMO looks sweet.

gPotato has announced that it has opened pre-registration for the closed beta test of its new free-to-play arcade MMO for PC, Dragonica.

We bring you this news because we've had occasion to see Dragonica a couple of times, and we think it looks pretty tidy, actually.

The game is a side-scrolling platformer crossed with an MMORPG in the mould of Nexon's MapleStory - only with slicker 3D graphics, unbearably cute art, combo-laden combat, and a bucketload of arch gaming and pop culture references. The sales pitch is "the MMO you can play with a SNES pad", which is both true and good enough to repeat here.

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