You’ve probably played many types of resource management simulation games on your desktop or mobile devices.
The premise of these titles are usually standard – free to play with multiple objectives and tasks, challenged within a build queue that requires diligent management. Monetised add-ons are available to those who opt for speedier progress.
Advance Dino is one such game, currently available on iOS and Android.
While concise, there is quite a lot to absorb for the beginner during the initial walkthrough. If you’re new to such games, I recommend taking your time interacting on the screen. They may appear overwhelming at first but players should pick up the game mechanics eventually.
The art of Advance Dino should appeal to a wider audience. On one hand, the light colour treatment of the setting and characters promotes a casual atmosphere, but the cute art style and names of dinosaurs may not sit well with adult players. The creators seems to anticipate this and while players cannot control the look and colours of these prehistoric creatures, there is an option to change their names anytime.
Along with a kiddish-sounding background music, this fancy approach seems unsuitable for someone in the late 30s. However, having played for a couple of hours, I was more invested in the strategy elements and am no longer bothered with the visual and sound effects.
Having played resource management games that restricts to as low as one worker/builder at a time, I’m pleased to discover that such penalty is not present in Advance Dino. As long as you can build more huts, more builders will be at your disposal. To me, the challenge in this game is to ensure that resource-generation is not halted in any way. Sometimes, I ran out of storage for my currency and solar energy, while in another, I couldn’t get my resources flowing fast enough for respective upgrades. It’s a slight but welcome twist.
I started playing on iPad 3 before downloading the Android version on a newly launched Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Unlike another resource management game I played, Advance Dino does not allow me to link my progress to another/new device. So if you have played it substantially on one handset/tablet, it’s best to stick to the original device.
Personally, I find it better playing on the iPad3. Advance Dino can be pretty overwhelming with all it’s notifications and popups, and these texts appear very tiny on the Samsung S6 Edge. Some popups do not come along with a background filter and those made reading them much harder on a smaller screen. If you don’t mind squinting and bringing the device close to your face (make sure you play in a brightly lit area), Advance Dino looks more lively on the newer Android device, compared to the 3-year old iPad. Nevertheless, rest assured that the game still runs smoothly.
On a larger screen (in this case the iPad 3 that i’m playing on), Advance Dino is great to play but a bigger screen allows you to spot some design flaws. For example the chat notifications are always truncated even though there appears to be adequate display space.
As your characters take on more battles and upgrade their skills, new avenues are unlocked. You can choose to scout more new characters, raid dungeons, engage in clan wars, find new opponents or take on various adventures/challenges. This is typical in many other similar games. I’m pleased to discover i can set the notifications according to Language, Land and Global options, and it seems choosing Language helps to filter unwanted chatter that I wouldn’t be able to comprehend anyway.
At this juncture, there’s still a lot more for me to discover.
After a couple of days, Advance Dino’s appeal indeed starts to grow, and every time I launch the game, it feels like playing an interactive cartoon episode.
Being a social game that consistently refreshes for live updates, it’s good to be mindful about data charges. One of the in-game transition screens even candidly recommends having a good internet connection in order to become a successful Dino chief! I recommend strongly heeding that advice.
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[Screenshots are taken on iPad3. Photos taken from standard settings on Lumia 1520]