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Mobile Game Reviews: Let's Talk Merge Dragons

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In this daily blog (and video)-series I take a first impressions look at the best mobile games that I come by. Be sure to share your favorite mobile game with the rest of us in the comments below!

Notice; I nearly uninstalled this game after 30 seconds, dismissing it because of its "childish" look, but this game has me hooked now! 

Merge 3 "things" together to gain a new "thing", with the ultimate goal being to build out your home base (no pvp, don't worry, it's not a base-building game) by continually merging new things together to reveal more of your base and get more dragons.That's the core gameplay in this puzzle game.

You gain exp and "things" for your base by playing through puzzle-based levels where you have to merge three statues, which are locked down in areas of the level only accessible through - you guessed it - merging the right things together. 

There are no obtrusive ads and while in-app purchases go all the way up to $100, the game never forces you to spend any money. An easy recommendation, if you're looking for an alternative puzzle game. 

My thoughts on Merge Dragons:


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gramgames.mergedragons&hl=en
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/merge-dragons/id1208952944?mt=8

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