Having been playing these silly tablet app games for a long time now, there’s one thing that I’ve grown to really hate, to the point of considering dropping a couple of games that require it. That happens to be the ridiculous treadmill that some games require that you keep running on to get ahead, a treadmill you just can’t get off of and can’t opt out of. It’s a part of app gaming that I find eminently frustrating.
The one game that is the worst at it, at least among those that I play, is Dragon Mania Legends. I was originally attracted to the game because you actually can match your dragons in combat, it isn’t just breeding, you actually do something with your dragons. However, being able to fight and being required to fight are two different things and they have a ranking system, with constant rounds of fighting, where you have to place in the top 140 spots to advance or the top 360 spots to just maintain your place. This essentially means that you have to constantly play the game to have any hope whatsoever of advancing. You can take no vacations. You can take no breaks. You’re constantly on the hamster wheel running as fast as you can if you hope to get anywhere.
Of course, it’s just a way to make money, they hope that people will keep buying in-game advancement with their credit cards, but that’s not why I play these games, I play them to accomplish things with my own effort, not with my bank account. Where’s the fun in that? They also “randomly” provide different levels of difficulty on the battles, green, yellow and red. But when you get to refresh the battles, it’s heavily weighted toward the most difficult red battles, again hoping that you’ll buy more gems so that you can keep refreshing the battles so you can actually get something you can win.
And while I don’t have to fight at all, I can just ignore it and let my rank drop to the bottom, that’s not something I want to do either, especially after having worked so hard to get up near the top. But every 3 days, another one of these rounds starts and you have to get back on the treadmill and run as fast as you can, just to maintain your place. I wish I could just opt out and not lose anything. After all, I’m going to be moving soon, I won’t have time to constantly fight dragons and I’m going to be penalized for having a real life.