Please note that Flight Rising requires a free account to play. Due to capacity issues, account registration for new players is only available during certain periods of time. Registration is currently closed.
Stormlight Workshop's Flight Rising, a free online blend of MMO adventure and dragon-breeding simulation, has been recommended to us several times over the years, but due to their limited registration periods, we never really felt comfortable writing about it. With their current registration open, however, we thought we would take the time to bring it up now for new players to register while they can and discuss the game. Due to the fact that we had to wait until, well, now to register an account of our own, please do not regard this as a comprehensive review. We will update this article at a later date.
As to the game itself, well, Flight Rising revolves around founding a clan after pledging your allegiance to one of the elemental dragon gods, and then running your lair and managing your dragons and their offspring. The focus of the game is arguably on the breeding system, which allows you to breed different dragons together for various qualities and genes, some of which you may have to work for, or trade with other players to get. At your lair, you'll need to choose the dragons you wish to breed (getting a peek at potential future offspring), and then have them lay eggs (anywhere from one to five) in a nest you'll have to incubate over the course of five real days. Not enough for you? Well, like a bigger, radder Neopets (whoa... early 2000s flashback...), you'll get to play, hunt, and even fight with your dragons, though you have a limited amount of turns per day to do so. You'll also, of course, need various resources to care for and feed your dragons, and the coins you earn from minigames and other activities can be spend on everything from expanding your lair to hold more dragons, or buying new equipment to enhance them for battles in the Coliseum. Flight Rising also has an optional currency called Gems, bought using real money or earned as a bonus if you keep your dragons happy with high energy, and these can be used to buy items as well, even those from other players. It's a surprisingly deep and engaging game, perfect for playing in short bursts, with gorgeous artwork and fun mythology, and we'll report back once we have more experience ourselves! Have you played Flight Rising?