Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. It takes about 15 hours to get through the game, but it's too boring to be worthwhile.
  2. This game has a lot of potential and with another year of development could have been a great game for someone of any age. What we’re left with is a boring, stale, tedious shell of a game that simply won’t appeal to anyone.
  3. To shallow for teens or adults, too overwhelming for kids, and too mind-numbingly repetitive for everyone, How to Train Your Dragon sets the bar pretty average for the rest of the movie license line-up coming this year.
  4. I can see the appeal lasting about as long as it takes the movie to be released on Blu-ray, but probably not much after that.
  5. The game looks good and the controls are not hard to understand, but this is another in a long line of games that are riding the crest of the feature film and not offering anything compelling enough to maintain interest for long.
  6. When it comes down to it, if you’re really, really interested in seeing a bit more of the world and character from the film, then you might have some enjoyment with this game, but just a little. But without some varied combat or something that doesn’t feel like filler, it’s hard to say that anyone else will enjoy it.
  7. From my perspective, this title fails to find its audience – it doesn’t deliver enough content for the older kids, and the frustration factor is too high for younger kids. I’d say you could catch this one when Toys R’ Us runs their next 2-for-1 sale, but I’d be hard pressed to recommend it at full retail price.
  8. How to train your dragon meets many stereotypes we know from film conversions. Too little innovation, little variety and little replay value. But who takes care of all this, if the story from Hicks and his friends is told so well and placed in such a colorful world.
  9. As children's fare, How To Train Your Dragon more than suffices. [Jun 2010, p.83]
  10. 54
    This game is mainly for a younger audience. The gameplay is pretty simple, so everyone can pick it up. The audio isn’t really great and some lines are repeated over and over. Visually the game has an interesting array of colors but it is never really fantastic. How To Train Your Dragon: a game that could have been a lot better.
  11. The dragon customization is a nice feature, but every other aspect is so bad that How to Train Your Dragon doesn't come close to justifying its $50 price tag
  12. 50
    Because of the bad gameplay and graphics is How To Train Your Dragon not a special game. It's a better idea to spend your money on a ticket to see the movie version in a cinema.
  13. 65
    How to Train Your Dragon is definitely a step backwards for Activision in terms of licensed games. It doesn't have the same level of polish and dedication that the previous offerings brought to the table. Still I respect the fact that the developers did something totally out of the ordinary for this game instead of the run-of-the-mill platformer we are usually spoon-fed.

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