Sega’s new free-to-play game Dragon Coins takes the monster training mechanics from Pokemon, and adds combat based on coin-dozer arcade machines.
Its an odd combination, but play a little and it starts to make sense.
You take a team of five monsters into battle, each of whom sits under one of the five lanes down which coins can be nudged. Dropping coins in the top of the coin dozer pushes the existing penny pile forward, causing some to fall into the monster channels, and the monster to attack.
Much like the arcade machines Dragon Coins mimics, this leads to an addictive mix of tactics and luck during battles.
Collecting different coloured coins has different effects. For example, green coins will restore your health, while gold coins boost your bank balance.
This currency can be used to help you evolve your monsters. Don't worry if you haven’t earned enough through to level up by playing, though, because Sega has kindly offered you the chance to buy gold coins via in-app purchases. Prices range from £1.49 / $1.99 to £69.99 / $99.99.
If Dragon Coin’s twist on the monster training genre has piqued your interest, then you can grab it for free from the App Store.