If you look back on the list of titles that Square Enix has released for the Android platform, you’ll notice a lot of titles that are just ports of much older releases, such as Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy III.
For that matter, you’ll see a lot of Final Fantasy stuff in general. What you won’t see is a slew of titles representing new intellectual property, but that’s precisely what the company is offering with today’s new release, Drakerider.
Available right now on Google Play, Drakerider is selling for $14.73 and runs on a variety of Android devices. The game is an RPG that takes place in the world of Igraine, just one letter shy of a fierce headache. A young man named Aran Lawson and his dragon companion, Eckhardt, are the world’s only hope. You might have expected something along those lines, just going by the title (“drake” is just another word for “dragon,” after all).
Drakerider was developed by Witchcraft Inc., a company famous for anime and RPGs, rather than by Square Enix itself. Akifumi Kaneko led the production, and voice work is provided by the likes of Ryohei Kimura (anime such as “Angel Beats” and the “Eden of the East” movies, along with games such as Phantasty Star Online 2 and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance), Nana Mizuki (Final Fantasy Type-0, Resident Evil: Revelations), Shinichiro Miki (Galerians: Ash, Baten Kaitos Origins, .hack//G.U.), Kana Hanazawa (Tales of Graces, Phantasty Star Online 2), Keiji Fujiwara (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Mega Man X6, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), and others. There’s quite a lot of familiar talent on board.
If you’d like to experience the new game but you’re not convinced that it will be worth $14.73, the good news is that the title’s first two out of five chapters are free. That sample should offer you plenty of time to decide whether you’re invested enough in the experience to… invest.
Because Drakerider is a new title, only a few readers have weighed in thus far, but the app currently has a surprisingly high rating of 5 out of 5. The only reader review of substance praises the game for looking very nice and being intuitive, but warns that the story is shallow and the battle system is dull.
That might seem like faint praise, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt the game’s average score among consumers.
So, are you ready for more new IPs from Square Enix, or would you rather the company stuck to its habit of porting known titles? Will you be giving Drakerider a try?