The Mystery of the Dragon Prince invites players to embark on a nostalgic journey. Players assume the role of Anna, a typical girl leading an abysmal life in her home town. One day she receives a strange letter from the past that urges her to explore the mysteries of an ancient castle. Intrigue and suspense ensue as Anna discovers more about this strange place while creating a new future.
The Mystery of the Dragon Prince is a puzzle game. Like the popular and critically acclaimed series Myst or Syberia, players must use the cursor to point and click their way through clues and challenging puzzles. The game is set up in a non-linear fashion so that players can guide Anna in their own direction without having to necessarily achieve quests within a certain order. This gives the game a more open and natural feel which balances out the more lackluster presentation.
The graphics aren't bad, but they certainly herald a more classic era of gaming. All the graphic are still-frames. Everything is pre-rendered, so you won't see any flashy cut scenes or animation. The art direction is still charming and paints the atmosphere of a spooky and mysterious castle quite well. For people looking for a more traditional experience with a straightforward format of gameplay, this is the perfect game. There's no voice acting but text is communicated through clickable pop-ups. Non-player characters will give you valuable information to further your journey, so if you get stuck, find someone to talk to.
The puzzles can be quite challenging, though they can get a bit repetitive at times. However, the storyline should keep you engaged until the very end. So if you're looking for a fun and engaging puzzle game for a bargain price, give The Mystery of the Dragon Prince a try.