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Blending 'How to Train Your Dragon' with traffic data to make road trips fun for kids

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A free app based on DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Dragons Adventure, wants to turn your kids' car adventure into a "viking version of the real world," according to its listing on the Microsoft Windows Store.

The app is themed around DreamWorks Animation's followup to the 2010 kids' film; with the app, players set out to help heroes Hiccup and Toothless rescue friends from evil dragons. Dragons Adventures uses traffic data, weather and the time of day from Here Maps and The Weather Channel to lay out gameplay based on the car trip.

Speaking with VentureBeat, producer of innovation and app development at Microsoft Peter Mauro said that the experience will be different depending on where people travel. The app includes 38 quests and features for 16 cities, including San Francisco and Beijing.

"It's not just about gaming," Mauro said. "We came up with it by talking about what it's like driving in your car with your kids."