Berk's Grapevine

Dragons Story App Review and Giveaway!


DreamWorks has recently released a new story app under DreamWorks Press! The iPhone app lets the reader join Hiccup and Toothless' adventures in new lands and introduces you to new dragons!

Want to try out the new app yourself? We are giving away two free copies of the app, one on Twitter and one on Tumblr (share both posts for two chances to win)! The two winners will be chosen on August 3 at 12 pm PT! Good luck! If you don't win, you can still download the app on the App Store for $4.99.


The app is kind of a mix between a game and physical picture book. It features a new (adorable) art style that is flatter and more stylized than the film, but still keeps a lot of the character's small details. There is also a 3D mini-game where the reader can play fetch with Toothless:


In the story, you start out floating underwater, holding what turns out to be a dragon egg with no memory of who you are. After reaching the surface, you meet Hiccup and Toothless, who decide to help you hatch the egg and figure out your past.


At the moment, only the first book is available in the app, with at least one other book planned. In the first book, Hiccup and Toothless accidentally give you a tour of Berk and introduce you to the other main characters: Astrid, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut.


Although it's a bit difficult figuring out how to control the story (it gives you no indication of when to swipe to the next page, and there is no immediate feedback telling you if your swipe was successful), the story is fun to read through.



It's an clearly designed with younger players in mind, but the story and art are entertaining for older dragon fans as well. It's also very nicely combines the TV show world with the film world, with references to Dagur, and briefly, Bucket. (It's good to know that they will still be alive by the second film.)


This is definitely an app you should add to your dragon app collection! It will be fun to see where they go with the rest of the story. Hopefully, this story will end up developing in parallel with the TV show world and the movie world in the future.

106 comments:

  1. Its not on android soo. I shall hate it until it comes to android

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  2. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    They could AT LEAST release the Android version the same time the iPhone/iPad version. >:(

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  3. I'm curious about the two new dragons. Are these two new dragon characters (Stokehead and Groundsplitter maybe?) or are these two new dragon species? Alo this app sounds really cool, I wish I had a smartphone.

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  4. im surprised astrid mentioned dagur after all this time

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  5. http://youtu.be/T86CnZ6GVR8 apparently they only recorded one scene together that being the scene where astrid gives her motivational speech to hiccup

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  6. I have it on my ipad, its pretty fun :3 I just cant figure out how to get to the second chapter though...

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  7. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I thought Dagur was "taken care of" 5 years ago at the last episode of Defenders of Berk...

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  8. Dragon fan who has no money, credit card, Twitter or Tumblr (Me): *Goes to the darkest corner of the room and cry*

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  9. I want this app so badly! I don't have Twitter or Tumblr, though, so I'll probably just end up buying it for myself. XD

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  10. :D Oh this looks good. I might just get it. Though I was the one of the first that brought it up on this site.

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  11. What? I don't smoke but wow, I didn't see this coming.

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  12. Dang it! I wish I would've waited for this. But the 5 dollars was worth it. Really enjoyed the first book.

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  13. I'm not the only one without a Twitter, credit card and money! I thought I was the only one. ):

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  14. It's not made yet. You have to wait for an update. (:

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  15. Want it soo badly! But I have no money. Boo hoo.

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  16. The Whisperer of DeathAugust 3, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    I want this!!!
    And how is Toothless playing fetch with a boomerang?
    Hiccup with throw it, it comes back and toothless tackles him to the ground.

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  17. I have an iPad 1 with iOS 5.1.1... The required is at least iOS 6.0. Welp, I wish I had the money to get a new iPad :P

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  18. Be sure to click on all the characters on every slide for cute animations and sometimes they'll actually talk :)

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  19. hiccupandtoothlesshybridAugust 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Android app it please and make it free

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  20. RealHousewifeofBerkAugust 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    The 5 bucks seems worth it to me, but my phone doesn't do apps. :'-(

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  21. Vorpent vs.PotatoAugust 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I don't have a phone! D': But even if I did, $5 seems a little much...

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  22. http://michelle19862.tumblr.com/image/90202511340 enjoy this

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  23. itchyarmpitislandAugust 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I want this app sooooo bad!! But I have an android and my parents would not let me pay $5 for a game :'(

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  24. Toothless the Dragon KingAugust 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    is Fanghook official Dragon Name?

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  25. This app looks great... Too bad its apple..

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  26. silly hiccup http://skumbagteeks.tumblr.com/post/93926929066/rise-of-berk-astrid-trying-to-help-hiccup

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  27. Toothless the Dragon KingAugust 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Is Fanghook Official Dragon Name?

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  28. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    There's flightmares in SoD!

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  29. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Lucky I got a iphonen

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  30. Whats SOD?

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  31. I just got my Mega Toothless Alpha Edition in the mail and he is totally worth it. And HES HUGE!

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  32. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    When he said "Titan level" I pictured the dragons turning into titans (like Attack on Titan) xD

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  33. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    School of Dragons.

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  34. Pictures!!!!!!

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  35. AHHH! I've wanted one of those for a while! Where did you get him from?

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  36. CatherineDesbiensAugust 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I got him from Amazon, but I had to keep an eye out cause they left really fast. They're out of stock now but they'll come back :)

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  37. Ah thanks... I want to buy one if I can. He looks great.

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  38. CatherineDesbiensAugust 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    It took so much time for me to send them, I tried so many times but I finally got it XD Sorry for the bad pictures, I had to take them on my iPod

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  39. itchyarmpitislandAugust 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    If you don't already have the Rise of Berk app you need to get it, its an addicting game plus its free for Android users :)

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  40. SoD= School of Dragons
    :)

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  41. oh ok I should have known that (brain fart)

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  42. Toothless the Dragon KingAugust 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    HI!!!

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  43. Toothless the Dragon KingAugust 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Dragons Rise of berk is available on android free

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  44. :O he's beautiful!!!!!

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  45. Isn't he? And he isn't that expensive either, only 23$ :)

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  46. :O that's so cheap!!!

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  47. I know! I couldn't believe it when I saw it

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  48. i find it funny that there not subtle at all in this game http://skumbagteeks.tumblr.com/post/94388119826/rise-of-berk-the-talk-astrid-and-hiccup

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  49. yeah btw check this out http://skumbagteeks.tumblr.com/post/94418848726/rise-of-berk-the-picnic-astrid-and-hiccup

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  50. I saw that and I can not wait to get to that part! I love how they put Hiccstrid in it XD

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  51. Guys...Look who's on DA...

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  52. Hey, have you guys heard? The short movie will have subtitle Dawn of the Dragon Racers. And it'll be released along with HTTYD2 DVD some time at this November! I assume it will takes place before the events before the movie. Nevertheless, it sounds awesome! :D

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  53. I already pre-ordered the blu-ray on amazon! :D I am so excited!

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  54. 😍astrid_hiccup_forever😍August 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    I know I am so glad iv been waiting yay

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  55. I really love the art of this app. I thought it was neat! It was kind of annoying because of the swiping your finger across the screen, but otherwise it was nice. (: I hope they just fix it up a little bit with the swiping screen.

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  56. *screeches in horror*

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  57. its like what he told her in the tv show dragons isn't the only thing he thinks about

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  58. YAYAYAY!!!! :DDDD

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  59. There's so many weird things about this pic.
    - Both his shoulder pads are the left ones.
    - Both of his arm has his small dagger.
    - His hair bends to the left instead of his usual left.
    - He has his left foot (O_o)!
    - The Catridge for his inferno is on his left foot instead of his right foot.


    All in all, ....Can't wait for this to come out in Nov. I need to Pre-order this right away :)

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  60. Oh My! You are right. I can't believe I havn't seen it before! You must be really good at spotting hidden/wrong stuff. :o

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  61. ❀ωαѕвσяи¢ΡΞ±zΡƒ❀August 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Umm, phantom leg? :awkward:

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  62. ❀ωαѕвσяи¢ΡΞ±zΡƒ❀August 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    I miss that guy. He got too much hate, but still...

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  63. ❀ωαѕвσяи¢ΡΞ±zΡƒ❀August 14, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    I'm so confused right now. Did I even comment on this thing before today?

    Yeah, whatever.


    This is cool. A bit too much, but still cool.

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  64. I pre-ordered the blu-ray like a week and a half ago when I found it on amazon.

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  65. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIK! :O

    nightmares forever

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  66. *inhales*
    *breathes*
    *inhales*
    *breathes*

    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDSSSSSS!

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  67. RealHousewifeofBerkAugust 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Gods, it's been almost two weeks since the last post on BGV! I'm starting to go into withdrawal. I wonder if they're going to release any clips or pictures from Dawn of the Dragon Riders like they did for HTTYD 2. Also, I know it's still almost two years away, but I wonder when we're going to start seeing some stuff about HTTYD 3. Or how about at least some more info about the third season of the show? ANYTHING!!

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  68. Hopefully they will start showing some things about the episodes soon, and I'm sure they will once the series begins, but I don't think we are going to start seeing anything on the third movie until next summer (that's about the same time posts were made about the 2nd one)

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  69. whoa can't believe I didn't spot the left foot thing, maybe the picture some how got turned around and we are suppose to be looking at his right side ( if that's possible O_o)

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  70. I think the reason why it's so quiet is because everyone is waiting for the show to come back.

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  71. DDDDRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGOOOOONNNNNNN!

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  72. It freaks me out because he's basically in my DA neighborhood. His photos are still really funny.
    I'm tempted to ask him why he left, but it's probably best that I don't.

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  73. Oh wow, it has! I'll find some cool things to post from my dragon stash for tomorrow! :)

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  74. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    *adds him to my deviantWatch*

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  75. VelocityTheSpeedStingerAugust 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Another short during the winter.

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  76. Wow I haven't been on for ages! I've been too busy waiting for the series and watching the second film. Anyways, I want this app on Android and free. I don't have money or a credit card. :(

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  77. 😍astrid_hiccup_forever😍August 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    HEy guys this is the first time I login bc I started school this week ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜£πŸ˜’πŸ˜£πŸ˜’πŸ˜£πŸ˜’πŸ˜†πŸ˜„πŸ˜†πŸ˜„πŸ˜†πŸ˜‘πŸ˜”πŸ˜‘πŸ˜”πŸ˜žπŸ˜–πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜© yea srry I just did my homework ugh oh thor plz helpppppppp

    But basides im listening to where no one goes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh_doTIrFRo

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  78. 😍astrid_hiccup_forever😍August 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Steal the Spotlight with the Hobblegrunt

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  79. Kind of think of it, is this the only movie short we will have? It would be nice to have a short where Astrid/other guys in the gang/Valka is the main topic. Like what they did with Gobber in Legend of the Boneknapper. :D

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  80. i havent being here for months
    Is Fanghook Official dragon name?
    LIke Hookfang

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  81. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  82. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! soo amazing

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  83. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    i saw this and i got one straight away this i named mine gruff

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  84. I just saw this. Guess who`s 2. right after Smaug.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8RZa62feQE

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  85. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    i got my hobblegrunt as soon as i saw this i named mine gruff

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  86. Sharmarke AbdirsakAugust 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    httyd stle

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  87. A new dragons short. And a new purpose of life for the grapevine is born!

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  88. Okay, so I got the app and I think I'm stuck in Book 1 because-SPOILERS-I need to name the dragon I tamed. Problem is I have no idea how to do that. Can somebody give me advice for that please?

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  89. Don't you mean before Smaug? Since it's a countdown but-SPOILERS-is two and he's 1.

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  90. Does anyone know how to get on Book 2 in this app? I was told I need to name my dragon but I don't know how to get to that. Can you help me please?

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  91. What species is the dragon you got, do you get to choose? And sorry I can't help.

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  92. I know! I was so happy when I found out. It just doesn't want to work for me sometimes. Other than that, I have Dragons wherever I go.

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  93. So... do you have a School of Dragons account? I've been meaning to meet people but I don't know anyone on it. All of my friends I know aren't into it, I think, as I am. I know my sister isn't but she's weird. She's into anime but can respect HTTYD. I don't want so seem like a weirdo or too forward. Just want to see if I can chat with anyone on SOD.

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  94. Oh my gods. You are the first person to ask me that! My username is Darkfire057.

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  95. How do I add you? I'm not tech savvy and am completely lost. Do I need the friend code of something? How do I send a friend request?

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