Heroes of Dragon Age

Heroes of Dragon Age review

Heroes of Dragon Age review

Role of the die.

So here we go again. EA has taken another popular hardcore fantasy game and turned it into a free-to-play mobile title. Last time this happened, we got Dungeon Keeper. Now it's Dragon Age. It can only end in tears, right?

Well, hold your high horses. While it would be a massive exaggeration to say that Heroes of Dragon gets freemium right, it certainly doesn't get it as gruesomely wrong as Dungeon Keeper. In fact, it suggests that EA might finally be getting its head around the idea that a game can use in-app purchases without mooching off the player until they bleed. It's small progress, but progress all the same.

Heroes of Dragon Age is an attempt to retell the history of Thedas via a sort of digital table-top game. Much like a collectable card game, you blind-buy characters and use them to assemble a team of five. It's just that instead of cards, you're buying 3D figurines drawn from Dragon Age lore. From common types, such as generic soldiers and bandits, through to "epic" unique characters like Aveline Vallen and the Qunari Arishok, each has their own traits to consider.

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UPDATE: I've been playing this for a few hours and it's a generous game with a lot on offer. However, there comes a point when you feel urged to spend your own money in order to acquire some of the epic hero characters from the Dragon Age game in order to compete more aggressively with other people. It's not a necessity, and you can get by without, but it's what you'll want to do.

EA announces free-to-play Dragon Age game for mobile phones

EA announces free-to-play Dragon Age game for mobile phones

Squad-based combat game Heroes of Dragon Age.

Dragon Age publisher EA has announced Heroes of Dragon Age, a new combat-focused free-to-play mobile spin-off set in the world of BioWare's RPG series.

Heroes of Dragon Age is being developed by EA Capital Games, one of the publisher's mobile-focused studios.

You'll be able to build a party of heroes and monsters from (presumably random and paid-for) packs of new fighters.

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