LifeisXbox’s Dragon Evo preview | When I think of deck-building games, Monster Train and Slay the Spire are the first ones that come to mind, both of which I really enjoyed playing. Dragon Evo is not that kind of deck-builder though, as it feels more like Hearthstone mixed with some RTS and RPG elements. Is the team at Bromantic Games on the right track for making this a great deck-building game? You’re about to find that out in this preview.
ℹ️ Previewed on PC | Preview code provided by PR/publisher, this preview is the personal opinion from the writer and is based on an unfinished game.
An interesting mix
There’s no arguing that adding RTS and RPG elements to a deckbuilding game sounds like a good idea since it does add some more complexity to it. What is added from those genres though? Well, the RTS elements that were chosen for Dragon Evo were resources generation, more specifically gold and building towers. Some cards require a certain amount of action points (which is basically mana from Hearthstone), others require gold and some require both of them to be summoned/used. There are cards that generate gold, which is going to be needed to win most, if not all games. Towers can benefit the player or prejudice the enemy cards. The RPG element that was added in Dragon Evo is a simple one: equipment, which adds a little bit to your stats. I found how to upgrade regular cards, but I couldn’t upgrade the only equipment I had 16 copies of, thanks to all the card packs I opened. I personally didn’t think that resources generation was something that made the game better, but once the game is updated it may feel a lot better. I do think that upgrades were good to see here even though they don’t seem to be working for equipment yet.
A few problems
I only experienced one bug, which can be seen in the image above, where my hero card got stuck in the middle of the screen, it was only a visual bug though. Some other problems require the utmost attention from the devs in the upcoming updates, such as some card descriptions not being shown in their entirety, animations not being smooth, the battle music not being exciting, sound effects requiring an overhaul because they are too basic and a few misspelling errors. Hopefully, the game will be better once more updates come to fix these.
More options would be welcome
There are no graphical options in Dragon Evo; you can’t change your resolution, graphical quality, or even enable fullscreen mode, which struck me as odd, but Dragon Evo is in early access, so those features could and should be added. Compensating for the lack of graphical options, there are plenty of sound options such as volume sliders, options to turn off menu music, in-game music effects, in-game sound effects, and notification sounds separately. Also, because Dragon Evo is still in early access, it doesn’t hurt to ask for more cards, factions, and equipment once these features are implemented and the previously mentioned issues are resolved.
In its current state, I cannot recommend Dragon Evo to be played unless you’re an avid card game fan, but I do think that with more content, changes, and fixes being added the game will be a lot better. Best of luck to the brothers at the Bromantic Games team to keep having the passion they seem to have with this project, and make it become as good as they can possibly make it.
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Hi there, I’m Gabriel Colombo (Hence my reviewer name), I live in Brazil and I’ve been gaming since I was around 5 years old. Xbox became my main platform on the Xbox 360 era, before that I had played a bit on PC, Polystation (basically a skinned SNES), PlayStation 1 and 2. I really enjoy to experience immersive worlds, but I also enjoy playing silly games to have a laugh or just have fun.