Draconius GO has been out for a few days now, growing from just 5,000 to more than 100,000 players in little over a week. We decided to give it a go and see how we feel about the whole thing.

Disclaimer: this review is not sponsored nor does it imply we’re switching to Draconius GO. We are writing this because we know that a lot of our readers are interested in an unbiased, fair review of this game. That seems to be a rarity these days, so there you go.

Copy me, copy you

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: Draconius GO is a Pokemon GO clone. There’s no running away from the fact that it’s almost the same game, with a different set of creatures to capture and spells to cast.

Everything we’re used to in Pokemon GO is already there – buttons are in similar (if not the same) places, you can hatch Eggs, you can catch monsters, you have a monster buddy and you have to walk in order to play the game. Of course, the monsters can evolve and they have individual stats and moves.

In addition to the familiar Pokemon GO formula, Draconius adds additional features, most of which are highly requested by the Pokemon GO player base:

  • Player vs Player combat that works
  • Quests, missions and treasure hunts
  • Creature tracking that works
  • Sensible rural game play
  • Remote egg hatching (via Mother of Dragons)
  • Pretty even spawns worldwide
  • Dragons. You can catch dragons.

Feature wise, Draconius GO is packed, there’s something to do constantly and the game play never really stops.

Admittedly, some of these features are not polished as they should be (capture encounter feels unnatural), but they are functional and present.

Rural game play included

Glossary: POI is a Point of Interest. We use this term to describe any structure on the map that you can interact with it.

Spawns and Points of Interest (Pillars, Portals, Arenas) work differently in Draconius GO. Rather then being base on real world locations, they are created by an algorithm. The algorithm loads the map data and determines where an interactive object (Arena/Pillar/Portal) should be created.

In other words, the entire world is, more or less, equally covered with interactable content. No matter where you go, you will still be able to find monsters, restock on balls and participate in normal Draconius game play.

There is no such thing as a “rural game play” in Draconius, it just works for everyone. If you don’t believe us, take a look at these two screenshots, taken at the same rural location in both games:

Rural game play comparison: Draconius GO (left) vs Pokemon GO (right)
Rural game play comparison: Draconius GO (left) vs Pokemon GO (right)

Although the Draconius system works great, we really missed the “built on top of real world” feeling that Pokemon GO’s locations offered. There is simply no sense of local discovery in Draconius, as most POIs are randomly placed. In addition, there are issues with bodies of water and POI generation, but devs have confirmed that they’re working on a fix.

Plus, we’ve found it was very difficult to talk about actual POIs as their names have no connection to the area around them:

“Let’s go to the Library of Immortal Fighters! Sure, where is that? Umm… no idea…”

Performance matters, especially on mobile

Lately, we’ve heard the following a lot: “Draconius looks like Pokemon GO 2.0.” Although we don’t agree completely, we understand where this is coming from.

The game simply runs super smooth on most devices where Pokemon GO struggles. No overheating, no lag, no lost distance. Battery usage is increased roughly 10-15% more when compared to regular Google Maps usage – not great, but not horrible either. Be aware that these numbers are anecdotal, but we never felt range anxiety while playing Draconius.

Scrolling, tapping, panning, zooming – it all works. No, it does not “kinda work”. It really works.

Prior to Draconius, we were stuck in this bubble where our devices and their performance was inadequate for serious AR + GPS gaming. Luckily, the Ukrainian based development team has debunked that in style: if your game is slow, it’s not slow because of it’s underlying technology. We refuse to believe that it’s possible that two games built on top of the same engine (Unity) can perform so vastly different.

Performance wise, Draconius is the clear winner here.

Communication matters, especially online

Although you are probably aware of this by now, Elyland has been working around the clock to make us and a number of other media outlets and influencers to care about their game.

Trainer Tips, Reversal and Lachlan have already either publicly confirmed that they’ve been contacted or they have already created content for this game. But that’s not all.

Behind the scenes, there are mailing lists limited to friends and partners. There are news that we receive days before they actually go live. There is communication between the developers, media and the community on every level.

This is great.

Franchise is king

If you made it this far into the article, you know how we feel about Draconius. It’s a great game that works great and has a great, communicative team behind it. But… it doesn’t have Pokemon.

We know it’s probably shallow and childish, but Charizard will always be Charizard, no matter how you slice it. Most of the decisions that we make about Pokemon are not rational, they never have been. For a number of us, Pokemon equals childhood and childhood is emotional.

Draconius has showed that it is possible to have a great experience while playing an Augmented Reality GPS based game, but they still need to show that you can capture the market without an established franchise.

Conclusion

Draconius GO is a great game, especially for Rural players. It is a clone of the Pokemon GO formula, but it’s an improved clone with some interesting features. If we were in your shoes, we’d give it a try to see first hand if it satisfies your AR gaming needs.

Will it “kill Pokemon GO”? We don’t think so, but it’s existence shows that this genre is not going away anytime soon. Competition is good and Pokemon GO players are long overdue for some love.

We recommend Draconius, not as a Pokémon GO replacement, but as a good AR + GPS game for anyone who’s a fan of the genre.

You can download Draconius here:

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  • Holmes Jonathan

    Perhaps you could have included some screenshots,

    • Skip Walford

      I have included screen shots

      • Dan

        He’s talking about the article. The only screenshot is a comparison of the 2 games’ maps. I’m thinking he’d like to see screenshots of more gameplay.

    • peponzio

      Well, it’s kind of an unofficial and unbiased review. Any more screenshots of actual gameplay or game content could have classified as publicity. If you want detailed reviews with detailed gameplay and mechanics reviews with screenshots and anecdotal proof there should be many places to see.

      It’s kind of a big thing right now so magazines and blogs and what have you not are all into the reviewing of this game paid or unpaid, biased or unbiased. They should have more screenshots.

  • Leo Luo

    They did, right?

  • Skip Walford

    They have done what Pokemon go should have done. It’s fair for rural players. I love the game.i can go out my gate and have 3 places where I can get balls. With Pokemon go I have to walk quarter of a mile to the first pokestops. Also the Pokemon go gym is in the middle of the woods not safe for younger players. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33e0546dedc0079d1ef75daf47837fd52373e72e267a8a897620716caef9ab2a.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ede3722db081a74262a6650f2ee21c1830754cc015d750f9f2f215045c10865.png

    • Deuk-Boo Jang

      That’s a bit biased. In Draconius there are actually a lot of POIs and Arenas and Libraries which are inaccessible, in private areas etc. But they do have many more POIs which you can go to, which is a good thing.

  • Zapmeister

    Nice article, well done Hub.

  • Tomasz Bukowczyk

    Nice read, great review.

    Its embarrassing that game like Pokemon Go that made over $1 Billion gross profit in a year, Is worse than a clone made by small Ukrainian developer. The only one that should be sued is Niantic and Pokemon Company for wasting opportunity with this great franchise.

    • Biga173rd

      Facts

    • Dan

      1) They didn’t make over $1 Billion “gross profit” in a year. Firstly, they made $950,000 revenue. Secondly, “gross profit” isn’t a thing. There’s gross revenue (which is what they made), and there’s net profit (all of the left over positive cash inflow after expenses). Regardless, it wasn’t even close to $1 Billion. Not even 1% of $1 Billion was made in revenue.
      2) You can’t sue a company for wasting an opportunity. That’s a frivolous lawsuit and would be thrown out immediately. The Pokemon Company could pull the licensing from Niantic, but they wouldn’t do that because of the money made.
      3) Niantic has every right to sue Elyland for theft of copyrighted material, regardless if they used the code or not. The way to tell if copyrighted material is stolen is if the common person would reasonably look at it and assume it was stolen, which is what any reasonable person would do in this case.

      I’m not saying that Niantic doesn’t have faults — they do. Just that your last paragraph is woefully inaccurate.

      • Paul Hunsicker

        Your number 3 point is is inaccurate. The only copyrighted material in pokemon go are the pokemon, and Niantics base infrastructure that was originally used in their game Ingress. Sadly they do not stand a chance at a copyright lawsuit and they know this. This is why they will not pursue this route, however it may motivate them to deliver more of what the community wants from PoGo.

        • Dan

          False. “Look and feel” are very much a part of copyright law when it comes to programming. I can’t share the link here due to the restrictions from GoHub, but if you do a search for “is the look and feel of a game copyrighted” and click on the first link, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

          • Also look for Yeti Town vs. SpyFox. The good news is that Draconius does enough different to be a far different case than Yeti Town.

            I hope they see a lawsuit because I believe it will fail and bring Draconius into the public spotlight like Pokemon Go once was.

          • Dan

            But it doesn’t look and feel much different than Pokemon Go, not enough to warrant it to be different anyway.

    • Deuk-Boo Jang

      IMO it’s not worse than a small Ukrainian developer. I don’t know why everyone seems so impressed with it (maybe it’s the PvP feature? Everyone gets blinded by it coz Pokémon Go doesn’t have it? I don’t really care coz there’s no one around to PvP with me in Draconius anyway) but it really does fall short. Kinda feels like a poorly made China ripoff to me. Also while we all know that Niantic raked in so much money, they’d have to handle such a big userbase, and also offer different events such as the Go Fest, which Elyland won’t have to handle.

      • Hank

        How are their userbase doing now, 1.6 y after the release?
        And how did go fest turn out?

        • Spetsen

          As a person who attended Go Fest I can tell you that, despite the fact that we couldn’t play the game, it turned out great. This is also what I heard from a lot of other people there. Sure there are very valid reasons to call it a failure, but it was still enjoyed by many of the attendees. I also attended two Safari zone events, where you actually could play the game. I had more fun during Go Fest though.

          • Hank

            Lol.. That’s doesn’t matter. You had fun because you meet a lot of other people. Not because of niantics failure.
            Niantic promised something that they could not deliver, that’s enough reason to call it a total disaster.

          • Spetsen

            Thanks for telling me why I had fun. I didn’t think that’s the reason, but if you say so. I mean you were not there, so you should know.

          • BLM

            I notice that you went with sarcasm and not out and out refuting his claim of what you enjoyed the most. I was part of a group that went to GoFest. I had Sprint which meant I only crashed about every 5 minutes all day long vs. others and by others I mean hundreds of others who waited to get inside the park for up to 4 hours. and don’t forget the never ending line of people that never connected long enough to catch a single Pokemon until after the event was over. The people there were by far the main thing worth remembering about this event. You mean to tell me you don’t remember the outright disgust every time someone went on stage claiming how great it was as the crowd shouted “WE CANT PLAY”. How about the 7 year old kid interviewed live when asked what was the favorite Pokemon he caught, his response summed it up. My brother caught 1 Pokemon, but I haven’t been able to log in and catch one yet. We enjoyed each other far more than the Lugia, or the casual unknowns we scrambled to catch before our flights out the next morning.

          • Spetsen

            Everyone had their own experience and I’m sure that some people enjoyed it because they “met a lot of other people”. That was not the case for me though. Playing in the park was a pain, but the event was extended both to a larger area and a longer timespan and that was the “real” event. I feel sorry for you who had a flight the next morning because that meant you were not able to fully experience the event.

          • Deuk-Boo Jang

            Dude. You totally misunderstood me. I meant that Niantic has to focus on events like the Go Fest and other stuff which Elyland does not need to focus on. All Elyland needs to do is develop their game and answer to the small number of enquiries they receive, which is no match for Niantic’s. So it’s no surprise that they are able to focus more on their in-game features.

          • digestforlames

            Nobody asked Niantic to do Fest and Events like that, they choose to do those.They could have just did a event worldwide like they were doing and work on what players have been asking for. You can’t be like, you failed but hey at least you tried with this company, maybe a mom and pop company but not a established brand as Pokémon. People expect more out of them and if you couldn’t handle it should have not done it. That’s what strategy meetings are for. SMH

          • Chris Denton

            A strategy meeting at niantic is pin the tail on the donkey.

          • Spetsen

            I didn’t answer you, I answered Hank. 😉

    • Misba Mch

      Like is

  • PRATHAM GHAVRI

    Nice game i think due to this competition…niantic would realease gen 3 or mewtwo or ho oh early

  • Pokemon Trainer N

    They’re gonna get lawsuits with players going into restricted areas since the points of interest are randomly generated. These developers are just jealous of the success of PO:GO (IN fact, they’re jealous of every successful game on the app store, just look at all the other copies they created of other games!)

    • Piotr Krzywicki

      Y’know, unlike USA, big part of the world have something called “public” areas, covering most part of the country. If something is restricred area or private property in Europe, it is fenced off, and roads across fields, forests etc. are opened for everyone. Not even saying that in-game tool for reporting unreachable/improperly placed PoIs in on the way, and lawsuit aganist random generation have literally no point.

      • Peg Janssens

        I don’t know about you, but not all private properties are fenced off and not all roads across fields/forests are open to the public in Europe.
        I do hope that, that tool to report towers etc… in inproper points will quick arrive, and if a lawsuit is on it’s way, it will not be only for random generation in the game.

        I don’t know how it goes in the gaming world, but as far as i know, you can’t stop a gaming concept to be copied (alse we would be only stuck with Wolfenstein 3D)
        You can copy a game concept as long as you chnage the whole ingame gfx and names, and that they did, there’s nothing reffering to pogo, there not pokemon and the gfx doesn’t remind anything about pokemon. So i think there safe on that side, it’s another thing if they use code from pogo without paying royalties or having permission in any way.

        • Piotr Krzywicki

          I don’t really know about western countries, but here, in Poland, you need to go to really, really deep countryside on easternmost part of country to find large amount of houses that doesn’t have their yards fenced, and barely any possesion or tenement house which doesn’t hold shop/services haven’t gate. And Poland isn’t even highly urbanised and developed country by European standards. As for roads, forests, fields, etc – never seen or heard of (and I’ve lived on this world for some years already) any of those closed for publicy for other reasons than safety, and as far as I know, it’s obligatory in all legal systems to put “PRIVATE PROPERTY, KEEP OUT” signs on each road and each path leading to non-fenced private areas that are intended to be closed for public, so this is more attidute and reading issue than a serious problem.

          • vriesk

            All true, until you happen to encounter such a fence (“military area, keep out, yada yada”) from the other side without warning – and that can happen in the city of Warsaw if you follow some paths along the Vistula river, for example.

          • Piotr Krzywicki

            Well, that’s definitly not your fault then, but those, who didn’t set up warning signs proprerly

      • Dan

        A house is not public property. If someone came on my land to play a game, I’d be pretty pissed off. I’m already pissed off if someone comes waltzing through my yard because it might be a shortcut.

    • Dan

      Someone tried to tell me that a company that big did their research before making Draconius Go so that they knew what they were copying. I told him to look at their catalog. His response was “I guess they don’t have any original ideas. I’m surprised they haven’t been sued yet.” So I completely agree.

    • Chris Denton

      The games don’t make people trespass. That’s all on “you”. If “you” don’t know whether it’s public or private land, do not go on the property. It really is that simple.

      “You” does not mean you, necessarily.

  • My nane is mine… hands off!

    I have been playing Draconius Go for 3 days and whilst it lacks the homely feel of Pokemon Go (which is only because of Pokemon Go’s familiarity), It offers rural players what urban players in PoGo get. In PoGo most of the time it simply isn’t worth playing because all you get is the same old spawns constantly. Even during an event in PoGo you get the worst of what is on offer whilst players in the city get really good spawns. There are so few pokestops in PoGo rural areas also which means you have to walk in a tiny little circle which quickly gets tedious or camp a stop at a public place such as a library which is also boring. DraGo on the other hand has stops everywhere even outside of the town. Just yesterday I walked several KM down forest tracks just to get to arenas. There were plenty of spawns and stops to spin there too. Whilst I wouldn’t quit PoGo for DraGo, Pogo has become a secondary game and I do not feel like I am even missing out on anything.

    • Deuk-Boo Jang

      Yea there are stops everywhere but there are very much less spawns than Pokémon Go. I live in a real rural area – so rural that there are a lot of water and grass Pokémon (fair enough since it was by the sea and there were paddy fields all around so I guess it’s classified as body of water and grassland in game) spawns in my area and not many Pidgey, almost no Rattata (caught my first one at level 8 coz I only played it around my neighbourhood). But Draconius Go? I think I caught around 10 for the past few days?

      • My nane is mine… hands off!

        I currently live in North Sweden. I am surrounded by forests and lakes and large rivers also small mountains, There are elements of flat land around me also. The only things that really spawn around here are Hoothoot, Spinarak and Ledyba. We get frequent visits from Murkrow but I wouldnt say it is common. Everything else is very very very infrequent.

        In this Halloween event its all Duskull, Shuppet a few Houndours and a couple Pikachus. We have had 2 Houndooms and a Marowak all 3 with an IV of between 15 and 25. Zubat and Ghastly are even few and far between.

        • Deuk-Boo Jang

          Well your spawns seem to be similar to those from my workplace, which is in the middle of the town. Sure is funny.

      • Krishna Kumar S

        Whereabouts are you exactly from? Paddy farms by lotsa water? Sounds idyllic.

        • Deuk-Boo Jang

          North of Malaysia. It’s like a paddy wonderland here.

    • Don’t forget random encounters. I quite enjoy facing a tough monster for good rewards… even if it’s mostly a dodgefest. :}

  • Achi

    Niantic made big mistske that didn’t care about rural players….some my friends already left Pokemon Go and play Draconius Go now, because they can catch monsters and do other things there…in Pokemon go they had just empty map….I can bet that many rural players will change PoGo for Draconius or atleast will check this game…and its only Niantic fault…Well done Niantic

  • Jeanroux Horn

    Well I think Niantic should learn from them! It’s taken them probably a couple of months that has been taking Niantic almost a year. Especially with listening to what people want and the performance. Niantic should go look at the code

    • Dan

      Exactly how should they look at the code? Elyland won’t exactly let someone dig around in there.

      • Jeanroux Horn

        APK mine it haha, exactly what pokemongohub does with Pokemon GO to bring us all the latest info 😉

        • They aren’t exactly accessing the code, but rather reading memory and some .xml files.

          • Dan

            Exactly. And even if they did look at the code, they wouldn’t be able to use that code in their game because you can’t legally mine someone’s app and take the code for your own use.

        • Dan

          APK Mine to get info to share with the world: borderline illegal, but Niantic allows it because it gets the player base excited.

          APK Mine to get code to put into your product: actual theft, very illegal.

  • Mike

    Your sentiments in the second-to-last section, imho, are exactly why PG has been plagued with issues from the beginning. It’s Pokemon. The devs know they can half-ass it and people will grumble but play (and pay) anyway. It would have to be more or less unplayable before I swore off it, and I’m obviously not the only one. It sucks, but there it is.

  • Dominic Perez

    Niantic better step their game up. They should focus on improving their game.

  • Miyuka Szczepanski

    Instead of Niantic getting pissy about this game, they should just do what they did to them. Get the coding and implement the aspects of their game that Pokemon Go lacks. Of course they would have to tweak it since I’m certain it’s probably easy to hack since Draconius probably doesn’t care about that aspect.

  • Pokemon Trainer N

    This game is nothing more than a blatant and unoriginal copy of PO:GO. The only reason it’s popular is because rural players have things to do in it. If Niantic will improve the rural situation, this game would be at the bottom of the charts, for sure.

    • Achi

      I agree with you…but look at this situation from different view…Niantic did NOTHING for rural players since game was released 16 months ago (!). Now they will pay for this mistake because rural players will leave PoGo and play Draconius…and this is good situation, maybe it will open Niantic eyes….

  • Deuk-Boo Jang

    Funnily enough, I don’t seem to be getting the same experience as all the reviews I read about. Spawns are hard to come by. The tracking system is exactly like Pokémon Go, they are specific to POIs/Pokéstops. In fact, in Pokémon Go, when you go near a Pokéstop, you’ll definitely find that Pokémon. In Draconius Go, you’ll need to circle around the POI trying to look for the dragons nearby. It actually took me a few hours (during the launch of the game last year) to level up to level 8 in Pokémon Go, but it’s been a few days and I have just reached level 4 in Draconius Go today. The lack of dragons just make grinding close to impossible. That said, there are a lot of POIs around.

    The only reason why I haven’t uninstalled it is that almost no one else plays it in my area (hence PvP is redundant to me) so it’s like I get a head start over everyone else. But I don’t really know how long I’ll play it.

  • Hank

    Really nice review. Proud of you HUB.

  • peponzio

    Elephant in the room? I would have gone with the Wailord in the room.

    This is all over the internet so it is only fair it got an unbiased review as it does impact the player base experience of PoGo. Personally I don’t even care to mention the app’s name as it has no meaning to me, but I can accept and applaud the success in mechanics it implemented. After all it is work put in by professionals whom many have classified as visionary or unethical depending on who you ask.

    Communication matters. Definitely. Niantic has got to communicate more. Problem is that as a franchise holder it does have to be approved of all its moves by the Pokemon Co. as it affects directly the brand’s name and plans. That makes communication slower and rougher. Something a new app owner of its own content needs no permission of. Still, Niantic needs to communicate more, for this lack of communication has caused leaks and mines as substitutes that have the potential to harm the experience.

    Performance matters. Tip of the hat for an efficient program that runs smoothly and causes few issues regardless of hardware. It is important to mention that one year means leaps in programming efficiency and it is not the same to develop a program than to sustain a program for a year. While Pokemon Go had to update its software while adding new mechanics it focused more on building on top rather than polishing the bases. In the meantime a program that needed no updating could focus on polishing its performance while it was still not i use, delivering a well polished efficient program. Now that it’s out the bases are set and the building on top begins.

    • peponzio

      Rural gameplay. Niantic had a base that appealled to Pokemon Co. and a fundamental idea of bringing Pokemon into the real world. The thick connection between the world is in itself the problem as most info comes from highly urbanized areas. The concept prevented Niantic from delivering all Pokemon equally to the world because people are not equally distributed in the world. Randomizing is of course the easiest and fastest solution but is also the most detached from the thick connection between the world and the game. The randomizing algorithm can be improved as more info (real time info not available prior to release) is collected and compiled but will always be detached as it lacks true anchors. PoGo needs a way to improve its database and consider demographic input to start being more equally distributed.

      Additional mechanics. Playerbase will always have a pretty good (but kind of biased) understanding of much needed improvements and mechanics. PvP (true, not AI controlled) Quests, Tracking, avatar interactions, and even NPC interactions are all asked and quite common mechanics to improve a game’s feel and experience.This are all defined by the developers, accepted, rejected, delayed or improved from release. Communication is key.

      Clone or not, legal or lawsuited, it exists and shook things up for everyone. We all have comments, concerns, viewpoints, and facts. Some will like it, some will hate it, some acknowledge their existance or deny them. For now let’s see how things roll up.

      • Chris Denton

        I can’t speak for everyone in my shoes but if they don’t at least tell us what is coming, in the next few days/weeks, I’m out.

        Been a long time coming but I think I’m pretty much over it. Never thought I would say that about a real world Pokémon game.

        It’s sad but this has kinda turned me away from Pokémon in general.

        • peponzio

          It’s sort of frustrating to me too. Niantic will make announcements in the next few days, even before the Thanksgiving 2017 event.

          The real question is: will we feel letdown or will Niantic surprise us with much needed improvements?

          • Chris Denton

            Billion dollar question.

            Part of me thinks TPC won’t let them make any ground breaking announcement until US/UM launches.

    • Deuk-Boo Jang

      Tbh, the performance isn’t really much to shout about. I have never had performance problems with Pokémon Go, but today I lagged quite a bit in Draconius Go coz I battled for the first time.

      • peponzio

        Lol, perhaps the performance reviews were a little too soon. I mean, wasn’t it mentioned that apparently they map things differently so it works similar on most systems/hardware?

        I have had problems with PoGo, in fact my Huawei P8 couldn’t even run it without restarting (I couldn’t even catch my starter) until I downloaded the most recent Android version (which wasn’t available in my country and had to get it from their website). That was over 1 year ago though. My AR functionality has never worked and every now and then the app closes when I exit a gym.

        I don’t care if this other game will run smoothly to be honest so I can’t say for experience how it would behave in my phone.

  • Daniel Doiron

    it’s SAD this game has PVP and missions,quests while NIANTIC doesn’t , and made billions in revenue, and still do millions daily of never changed lazy raids still.

    shame on you niantic, for being lazy.

  • Austin Tang

    NO DO NOT GET THIS GAME. IT IS A RIP OFF. yes, it’s fair to everyone, but if these poke stops r everywhere then it’s not really an ar game because the pokestops won’t have special places. Also, y leave pokemon?

    • Austin Tang

      How did it get a 2.5 star rating for originality ? It is a complete clone.

      • peponzio

        Creatures are theirs. Making 100+ creatures and balancing them is quite hard. But they may have copied some things there too. Still, the creatures have original names and designs, apparently.

        Also there may be other concepts exclusive to them.

        • Deuk-Boo Jang

          Haha, yea the creatures. I still feel kinda funny with them having a potty, and berrydildo (yes I know I misspelled it but I can’t help it lol) and Axolan which kinda reminds me of Alolan. Their designs are quite interesting but the naming is just. Funny. That said Berrydillo is a pretty good name if it just doesn’t let everyone think of… Um…

      • Achi

        If you look this way then… all FPS games are clone of Wolfenstein3D (1992)…..

  • Chris Denton

    This article made me smile. Never thought I would read anything other then a hit piece. Hats off to you pogohub. No word from niantic about bettering the game, as usual.

  • Yanny

    Well I guess it’s easy to have a great game when there’s a small number of players playing it. And that is the main discussion that is missing, in this article or in the comments. At the beginning of Pokemon Go, the 1-2-3 steps next to Pokemon was a great and fun feature but it became quickly overwhelming for Niantic’s servers when players kept coming. The question is: can Draconius Go survive the way it is if it becomes as popular as Pokemon Go?

  • William Kelly

    *Un-subs over worthless articles.*

  • Jlassi Achref

    hi niantic
    i like pokemon go but i dont have gym and poke stop in my city so i want to play this game spoffers.
    reply for my message

  • Vivian M Fisher

    Personally I think I prefer Draconius GO better than Pokemon Go… I live Pokemon go but since I live in the middle of nowhere and the nearest neighbor is half a mile away I can still play the game and catch dragons. In Pokemon Go, if you live in the rural area it’s like being non existent. Alot of people judge you on where you live and what you can and can not do. Draconius GO allows you to play wherever. It doesn’t push you to the side because of where you live.

  • Krishna Kumar S

    It is a blessing in disguise for PoGo… This will make them get more community friendly and listen to player’s needs than the monopolistic attitude they sport now. I always believe that market monopoly doesn’t even help those who hold it by their proverbial you know whats. Competition is good. And Niantic has no solid ground to sue DGo. So they need to walk down the stairs to meet player demands. It doesn’t mean we’re gonna see a shift in player base, just that there will be shared time between games. Having tried DGo for a few days, I must still say, PoGo will still be that puppy love we will hold on to.

  • Spetsen

    I’m disappointed with the review, it doesn’t tell me why the game deserves four stars. A more in depth review would have been appreciated.

    – I learn that it is essentially a copy of PoGo, and has essentially all features of PoGo
    – I learn that it has PvP “that works”, but not how well it works or what makes it fun. I saw the TTips video where it just looked extremely unbalanced and not very fun.
    – I learn that it has quests, missions and treasure hunts, but not what all these things mean or any reason as to why they are fun.
    – I learn that it has creature tracking “that works”, but again not how it works or why the way it works is good. PoGo also has creature tracking that works, but I’m not a fan of how it works.
    – I learn about the rural gameplay and this is properly covered with benefits and drawbacks.
    – I learn that there’s remote egg hatching, but I don’t know what this means and I don’t understand why it’s good.
    – I learn that some of the features are not polished, but no comment on how this has an effect on the enjoyment of the game.
    – I learn that the developer is “communicating”. Sounds more like advertising to me though.
    – I learn that there are not Pokémon in the game, instead there are other creatures (dragons). I do not learn how well these dragons are designed, how well they are balanced, how many of them there are, how varied the spawns are et.c.

    • Zapmeister

      Reviews are no substitute for just downloading the game (its free) and checking it out yourself. That’s what I did, and as a result I doubt I will ever launch pogo again.

      • Spetsen

        If I download the game and try it I will still not know why Go Hub likes the game, I will know why I like or don’t like it.

    • peponzio

      To be fair, and I did mention it below to Holmes Jonathan, this is kind of an unofficial and unbiased review. Go Hub usually works more on the background and lacks in the reporting details, they do have everything to back things up but those facts are scarcely mentioned.

      Also, had Go Hub gone more into detail of the actual gameplay, mechanics or content the review could have classified as publicity. For those kinds of reviews with well documented and clearly presented anecdotal proof (like screenshots) there are many places in the internet scraping for the attention that this news is getting.

      There should be clear and extensive reviews detailing all the reasons why things are or not as described. They may be biased or unbiased, paid or unpaid.

      It’s not new that Go Hub lacks in the details when reporting, making guides, or explaining mechanics.

      • Spetsen

        I thought the part about how rural gameplay is made possible and what the drawbacks of that approach are to be good and have a good degree of detail. I would have liked that for the rest of the review as well, instead of the “it has feature x that works” part which just screams “sponsored review” (even though this review was not sponsored).

        • peponzio

          As I checked the review all I could think of was: “the more this review was written the less sentences it was dedicated”.

          I mean the last sections are merely 7 sentences long. And according to the list in the first section (not including the intro) there are at least 4 points with no dedicated space in the review. It doesn’t seem sponsored to me, just rushed.

          And the worst part is that I am sure Go Hub has all the data to back up their claims. But that’s ok, it’s not like they need to write all relevant information, ever. Apparently.

  • TDN

    The sad truth is, if Niantic/The Pokemon Company/etc decide to sue, regardless if Eyland is found guilty, Draconius Go will probably be gone.

    See, Niantic and the other possible plaintiffs have a lot more money than a small independent developer in The Ukraine, thus they can continue the litigation until Eyland folds and cannot continue their work. It is how a Monopoly works, the big guys either acquire or crush the little guys.

    Honestly, I really hope Niantic does not pursue this avenue, as it could cause a massive rift between them and their player base, and that could lead to the end of both games.

  • Pablo Yale

    Whoa, you mean there’s a GPS game developed by a company that listens to it’s community and focuses on transparency and functionality? Pinch me.

    • peponzio

      *Pinched*

  • Chris Seals

    Their company motto should be “If you want something done right you have to do it yourself”

    People shouldn’t have to live in a large city to enjoy a mobile game.

  • Dan

    Let’s take a breather here and look at the features compared to what people want from Pokemon Go.

    – PvP: In Draconius Go, you get randomly assigned to battle someone that is generally a much higher level than you. What we want in PGo is the ability to battle friends for bragging rights. It’s not the same, and would have to be reworked entirely to be used in PGo.
    – Quests and Missions: In Draconius Go, you have to go to a specific point of interest on the in game map to accept the mission, and some of those points are completely inaccessible. In PGo, what I’ve heard that people want is an option to select a quest or mission from an in game prompt, not necessarily from a Gym or Pokestop.
    – Creature Tracking: From what I can tell, in Draconius Go, the tracking for the creature takes you to the Pillar, Library, or other pole in the game, which is very similar to what we have in Pokemon Go.
    – Sensible Rural Gameplay: I can’t argue that it’s better for rural players, however, a lot of complaints I’m seeing is that these points of interest and spawns are inaccessible due to being on private property, or in the middle of a highway.
    – Remote Egg Hatching: Admittedly, I’m not sure exactly how this works. Do you physically have to go back to the Mother of Dragons to get the hatched egg?
    – Even Spawns: This should be lumped in with the rural gameplay point. It’s placed as an extra point to artificially inflate the argument to make it seem like the game is better.
    – Dragons: Draconius Go isn’t using a licensed product for the creatures in their game. Niantic is. Besides, we have dragons in PGo (Dragonite, Gyarados, Lugia, etc).

    If you’re a rural player or want something else to do, Draconious Go is a good option. But the features that are available in game aren’t implemented in the manner that we want in PGo, so it’s definitely not a replacement.

  • Ho Chan

    PvP which works? Niantic what are you doing out there?