- Name: Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor
- Developer: Auer Media & Entertainment
- Genre: RPG
- Price: Free with in app purchases.
- Installed size: 933 mb
- Best played in medium sessions
- Numerous bugs, translations, and UI issues
- Playable Offline: No
What is Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor?
Dawn Break is an action RPG with some gacha hero collection elements. Players pick a team of up to 4 heroes and go into battle in the game’s various modes. Dawn Break’s combat has players take control of one character and gives them the option to swap that character out at the tap of a button, while two other characters are controlled by the AI. The actual fighting is done using a combo system where different skills are performed by a combination of the on screen A and B buttons. An auto option is also available.
As far as game modes go, Dawn Break has an assortment of the standard modes that are associated with gacha games. There’s the story mode where players take on waves of enemies, trial modes that have players take on waves of enemies that share a common theme, and a PVP arena mode. Outside of the standard modes, the game also has co-op, world bosses, a battle-royale arena mode.
Outside of combat Dawn Break has a number of things to do. It has the typical social stuff including friends lists that allow players to send out friend points every day, chat, and guilds. Dawn Break also has fairies that are essentially pets. They can be leveled up, sent out on missions, and equipped by heroes for an extra boost in combat. As part of the game’s overall moe leanings, you can also rub a fairy’s head to receive a gift.
Dawn Break is still in beta, and that shows. The game clearly has a long way to go in order to iron out some of its bugs and translation issues. During my time with the game, it froze and crashed on more than a few occasions. Most bizarrely, the game crashes when trying to play it without an internet connection. That being said, it’s in early access and bugs, crashes and translation issues can be fixed before the game is “released”. Though it should be noted that progress in Dawn Break’s current beta phase will not be wiped in the future.
Aside from the bugs, the Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor is a game that has a lot going in its favor. The game’s graphics are crisp and detailed, with character models that could easily stand up to the standards of PC and console titles. Combat is responsive, though the action can become a bit hard to follow due to the large number of on screen effects from the game’s flash special attacks. That makes using the game’s dodge button easy and effective during small scale battles, but less than ideal in the game’s frantic PVP fights. Thankfully skill effects can be disabled in the game’s graphics settings.
Overall, Dawn Break is a game worth watching if you’re interested in anime-style graphics and action RPGs. While it doesn’t reinvent the genre, it is a competent mobile game that builds on things that previous games have accomplished. It even gives users information about the odds they face when opening chests (something that is now required by Apple on the App Store). If you’re looking for a new game to play and don’t mind a few bugs that have yet to be squashed, Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor is worth a try. If you need a polished experience, or looking for a story driven game, this is not the game for you (at least not right now).