Happy 2016 everyone! I want to kick my first real post of the year with a little bit of a different mood so let’s get started!
Fan of Disney Channel’s new (ish) movie, Descendants? You have got to check out Disney’s new app (available on iTunes, Windows Store, and Google Play for free).
I’ve never ventured into the world of app and game reviews before, but I was browsing the app store one day and saw this app. I knew I had to test it out and tell you guys all about it. 😀
Join Mal, Evie, Jay, Carlos and more of your favourite VKs and AKs for a wickedly fun adventure in the world of Descendants! Create your own stylish avatar, discover magical quests and unlock new locations to become a legend at the prestigious Auradon Prep!
– app description, iTunes Store
If you loved the movie Descendants (like yours truly) and wanted more, here’s your chance to live in Auradon and meet all the Villain Kids and Auradon Kids, as well as become a school Legend.
I thought this game was a really cool idea because it’s a more interactive and virtual reality type of platform than what I’m used to, considering all the Free Falls they’ve released.
1. Introductory Mission
First things first, you have the chance to design a character. Now, most of the non-movie characters you’ll meet in the game don’t seem to visibly be the children of anyone, but I decided to go all out. My character’s name is Willow and she is the daughter of Wendy Darling from Peter Pan 🙂
The customization options aren’t huge at the moment, but that’s really just because it’s a pretty new game and is still in the makings. (There isn’t a huge resemblance, so for argument’s sake, Willow Darling looks more like her dad)
We start off at Auradon Prep’s entrance, where we’re greeted by one prince (now king), Ben, the son of Belle and Adam, the Beast.
Although being showed around Auradon Prep by Ben would be fun, he’s busy so he got all the VKs (Villain Kids) to show us around. We get to meet Mal, Evie, and everyone else! 😀
So the point of the game is this: you want to work your way up to being an Auradon Prep Legend. What does this mean you ask? Basically, you want to help out various students at Auradon Prep and up your Legend status (which can essentially be translated to popularity I guess). Random students who you’ve probably never met will call you to ask for some help. If you agree to help (which I recommend you do), you’ll get sent on a quest.
Quests can be completed by tapping on those little green button things (Actions). Actions give you shields which fill up the bottom bar. The Quest ends when you fill up all 5 shields or when the time runs out. The thing is, completing Actions costs Energy (the apples at the top of the screen), so you have to be smart about how you spend them.
Don’t worry too much about that though, because tapping random objects in the room can give you bonus coins or XP, which will help speed up your Energy gain.
The Descendants game has a level system, which means that completing quests and missions gives you Spirit, the measure of how popular you are. With each level up, you gain access to new clothes in your closet, which is pretty cool. 😀
The first major quest you get sent on in the game is getting ready for a huge party at the Cathedral (Ben’s coronation takes place there!).
If you’re familiar with games like Stardom: Hollywood or even the Kim K game, you’ll catch on to this one in a cinch, since it’s pretty much the exact same thing, except based in Auradon.
Honestly, I think the best part of the game is the art. The gameplay is fluid enough, but personally I love the backgrounds and settings. The locations really look exactly like they did in the film except uh… cartoon. 🙂
Oh and you get to take part in Tourney games, which is really cool!
Let’s set it off! Oh yeahhhhh 😀
Is that — is that what I think it is? Oh my gosh it’s the Gallery of Villains! And they have all the wax (I think) sculptures of the villains as well! HOW COOL IS THIS?!?
Another really awesome part of the game is that you also get to meet your favorite Descendants characters. All the Villain Kids are in it (Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos) and also the Auradon Kids (Ben, Doug, Audrey, Lonnie, and Jane). 🙂
The one major downside of the game I have to point out is that you can only go questing for so long when you get to higher levels. That much is given by the fact that you can only use a certain amount of Energy before it’s depleted. From there, you have to wait a long time for it to fill back up.
So it’s probably not a game you’re supposed to play for hours on end. Which is… good I guess?
Either way, I think it’s a pretty fun game and worth a try if you enjoyed the Descendants movie. 😉
If you do decide to give it a go, let me know your thoughts on the game!
See you next post! 😀