With all the hand-wringing that goes on about schools to educate our kids, at least we don’t have to worry about a proper place to send our winged reptilian friends. That’s because JumpStart’s free-to-play, browser-based MMO School of Dragons has that covered, immersing players in the How to Train Your Dragon universe while also dropping some knowledge on them at the same time.
Just in case you haven’t seen the well-regarded animated flick it’s based on, School of Dragons is set on the island of Berk, a place where Vikings and Dragons coexist – though not without some challenges, to be sure. Your character is a young Viking who gets the opportunity to raise and bond with a dragon, essentially growing up together.
As virtual worlds go, Berk isn’t a gigantic place, though it still has its fair share of interesting places to see. There’s the titular school, the village where the locals live, a beach, and some surrounding wilderness areas. The early gameplay will have your Viking undertaking various quests that mostly involve gathering or delivering items while you find out more about dragons and their history with humans.
Fans of the movie are in for a treat, as the main characters from the film are prominently involved as quest-givers, accompanied by their trademark dragons. Hiccup, Astrid, Snotlout and the gang have a fair amount of voice-acted dialogue, and they’re instantly recognizable since the game’s art style matches its source material to a tee. Read more »