Dragon’s Watch Review: A Mixed Bag

Dragon's Watch

The Basics

  • Name: Dragon’s Watch
  • Developer: The Secret Police
  • Genre: RPG, Gacha
  • Price: Free with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 452 mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • Multiple crashes experienced
  • Playable Offline: Yes

What is Dragon’s Watch?

Dragon’s Watch is a hero collection gacha RPG that does a few things to shake up the standard gacha game formula. The first of which is the fact that most of the game is playable offline and online connectivity is only needed periodically for updates and certain features. The game gives players hundreds of heroes to collect, level up, and evolve as they take on the game’s short single player stages. The game also features a real time PVP mode where players take turns picking their team of 6 heroes and then battle head to head.

Dragon’s Watch’s main unique feature is the game’s revolver interface / battle mechanic. Players fill the revolver’s 6 chambers with different heroes, with 3 on the front line and 3 in the back. Players can rotate the revolver at the beginning of their turn to change out their front line. While characters on the front line attack the enemy, characters in the back cannot attack or be hit with normal attacks while they regenerate health each turn.

Dragon's Watch Gameplay

Recommendation

There are a lot of gacha games out there that focus on having a recognizable or otherwise interesting cast of characters to collect while ignoring gameplay. The recent Saint Seiya Cosmo Fantasy is a good example. Dragon’s Watch, in a lot of ways, has the opposite problem. While the game has a lot to offer from a gameplay standpoint, the collectible heroes are a letdown.

While Dragon’s Watch boasts about having hundreds of heroes to collect, that number is misleading. It includes elemental variants and evolved forms of heroes, so the number of unique heroes is much lower. To make things worse, most of the heroes are generic fantasy creatures or characters without much personality. Even some of the more interesting characters feel more mundane once you see that there are multiple 5 variations of that same character available.

The lack of heroes worth getting excited about might detract from the game, Dragon’s Watch’s revolver mechanic really helps make up for the game’s creative shortcomings. The revolver makes playing one handed in portrait mode a breeze, while giving users a good amount of control over the action. The strategic implications of rotating your heroes each turn are quite significant, particularly in the game’s real time PVP mode.

The revolver mechanic and offline play set are great and set Dragon’s Watch apart from other games in the genre. The underwhelming collectible heroes and the fact the game is a bit light on content remove some of the things that drive players to go back to a game day after day. Guilds, raids, or other social content would have gone a long way here. In the end, Dragon’s Watch is not a great game, but it could be improved over time and the game’s core gameplay mechanics could be a great starting point for future titles from The Secret Police.

Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.