If that opening line means anything to you, there’s every chance you’ll appreciate Dragon Shout for Skyrim. Well, maybe. I’m not promising anything.
The logic behind seeking out a Skyrim-related app for iOS was twofold. Firstly, I can now boast to my mates that I’ve technically been paid to write about Skyrim (why should the Dealspwn guys have all the fun?), a game I've invested something stupid like 120 hours in.
The second – and more pressing – reason, is that I’d been using Catch to keep notes about Skyrim, and figured it’d be sweet if someone offered an app specifically for that purpose, complete with mappy goodness. Yes, I’m that sad. And that’s where Dragon Shout for Skyrim comes in.
In Skyrim, see, you have a limited carrying capacity. While that makes perfect sense, it’s also a massive pain in the bum. On countless occasions, I’ve come to the end of a mammoth dungeon crawl only to discover that I don’t have enough space in my inventory for the obligatory loot. Sigh.
Also, since merchants have a limited amount of dough with which to buy your unwanted crap, it’s necessary to store it all somewhere until their cash reserves are replenished.
While most people I’ve spoken to tend to keep most of their stuff in the same place, you’ll occasionally find yourself forced to leave junk in a random location.
Or, if you’re as mental as me, you might want to separate all your stuff by category. I’ve got a chest full of weapons, a wardrobe full of clothes (or “apparel”), a cupboard full of potions in an entirely different location…
It can be hard to keep track of, and that’s why I resorted to Catch Notes. But Dragon Shout for Skyrim is a far more attractive option.
Dragon Shout for Skyrim essentially allows you to add notes to a map, which is far more appealing than a simple text-based approach. There are two maps: one simply showing the main cities (or “holds”), and another displaying most – if not all – of the game’s 350 locations.
You can define each entry individually as Quest, Battle, Special, Item, Commerce or Other, which allows you to later filter them if necessary, while the Journal option shows your entries in chronological order.
The main app is free, but you can pay 69p to open up Dragon Shout for Skyrim’s “social” stuff. There’s an instant messaging thingy, and you can share your notes with other users.
Is Dragon Shout for Skyrim any good? Well, it does what it says on the tin, but what it says is very specific. Personally, it appeals to my insanity, but I realise not everyone is as anal and mental as I am. Weirdos.
- Two lovely map views
- Social stuff…
- …costs 69p
- You might need to be insane to appreciate it
Summary: Dragon Shout for Skyrim allows you to take little notes about your Skyrim game.
Developer: Rick Blalock @XiD Labs
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Price: free @ App Store