Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. A great niche title that will please fans of RPG and strategic games. Looks and plays amazingly.
  2. 85
    This is one of the best RPGs on the DS and it's a treat for Blue Dragon fans to enjoy on the go.
  3. Blue Dragon Plus is a great title for the DS. I enjoyed the challenge of controlling 16 different characters and managing all of them.
  4. 81
    Like Heroes of Mana before it, Blue Dragon Plus is mostly a solid affair, with great production values but a few significant flaws. It's surprising that the pathing and AI is still so poor this long after Brownie Brown's last game – but if it didn't bother you before, you can make the concession in this one.
  5. A surprisingly successful strategy RPG. [Apr 2009, p.82]
  6. It’s not quite as strong as what you might find in some of the Final Fantasy versions on the DS, but this is still a strong title for the portable system that could and worthy of your consideration.
  7. While Akira Toriyama's characters seemed a little out of place on the Xbox 360 (host to the original Blue Dragon), they're perfect for a handheld game. [Mar 2009, p.89]
  8. 80
    If you’ve played Heroes of Mana or Final Fantasy Revenant Wings, and can imagine a mash-up of the two games based on the Blue Dragon license, you’re looking at exactly that.
  9. Deeply involving, lengthy and delightfully rewarding when it comes to battles, this chapter of the Blue Dragon definitely deserves a place in your collection.
  10. Blue Dragon Plus for the DS is a fairly solid real-time strategy RPG that should please most fans of the genre.
  11. 80
    Outside combat, unfortunately, the game drags a bit.
  12. 80
    Even though it's slightly hampered by some clunky presentation, Blue Dragon Plus is still intuitive, interesting, and has enough character and charm to set itself apart as an engaging SRPG.
  13. Blue Dragon Plus has a few character movement issues but overall is a fun, easy-to-learn, highly-polished game.
  14. Despite the few minor gameplay complaints, it's still difficult to fault the well-thought-out design that the game makes use of.
  15. A successful transition to the RTS genre. With FMVs, long lifespan and nice graphics, it's definently worth considering picking up if you're in to RTS games.
  16. 78
    It's not flawless, it's not too hard, and the genre change may put off fans of the original game, but it gets a lot of little things right, and the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts.
  17. Although the new format may turn off those who appreciated the old school feel of the original Blue Dragon, there is still a lot to like here, even if the story feels a little tacked-on.
  18. This is an enjoyable strategy game with an emphasis on progress and reward. [Apr 2009, p.74]
  19. Blue Dragon Plus doesn’t correct the mistakes of its predecessor, and, in fact, creates some new ones.
  20. Even though Blue Dragon Plus is a lot of fun, it doesn’t really do anything particularly innovative.
  21. Blue Dragon Plus is a game every fan of the original Blue Dragon should look into.
  22. While a polished and ultimately well-thought product, Blue Dragon Plus fails to impress due largely to repetitive and shallow battles. Production values are high, characters are good and there are many elements to deal with, but this game will be a high priority only for the most hardcore Blue Dragon fans.
  23. It didn't make an impact first time around, and it's unlikely to make one now. Everything Plus has to offer has been done better elsewhere. [Apr 2009, p.65]
  24. On the whole only the story and the familiar characters will motivate you to play the game. If you are familiar with the Blue Dragon story, this title is entertaining.
  25. Unspectacular graphics despite the 3D dragons, but an interesting plot till the end!
  26. A worthy addition to the series, Blue Dragon Plus is held back by its own ambition, as the graphical beauty and audio design are overshadowed by the uncertainty and aggravation of the battlefield.
  27. Blue Dragon Plus is a game that actually fell under the radar with its late February release, but it’s actually quite solid.
  28. Blue Dragon is a true genre-mixture of real-time strategy and role playing game. There are issues with the controls when you have too many characters on screen but still the game is entertaining and the 3D cut-scenes will surprise you with their cuteness.
  29. Much like its 360 predecessor, Blue Dragon Plus is an average game that will tempt gamers with its pedigree but also show a failure to live up to its potential.
  30. The combat is fun even for those who are unfamiliar with the series, but there is certainly not enough to entice new players, and many will feel alienated by a story that doesn't much care for them. I personally have no desire the see this game's story reach its conclusion.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 16, 2013
    10
    Awsome, fun, pretty long and game is just what you need. This is my personal favourite DS GAME!!
    I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love
    Awsome, fun, pretty long and game is just what you need. This is my personal favourite DS GAME!!
    I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it, love it, love it, love it!!!!
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  2. JesseS
    Dec 14, 2009
    5
    Really loved the original Blue Dragon and the Mistwalker company, but it pains me to play Blue Dragon Plus. You won't find the same Really loved the original Blue Dragon and the Mistwalker company, but it pains me to play Blue Dragon Plus. You won't find the same fluid storytelling, great character depth, or fun battle specs. Instead, you get a "real-time 'strategy' rpg" that isn't strategic at all- no more complex than auto-battle with occasional whack-a-mole contributions. The very unimpressive AI decides more about your units' behavior than your commands do, whether it's attacking, moving, or even trying to stand still. You'll quickly find there's simply no environment on which to employ strategy. Outside of battle, each character has several stats and equipment, but as complex as it looks, none of it matters more than how the AI dictates your units on the field. The game has some nice graphics, but a disappointing lack of new music- nearly an entire port of the original Blue Dragon soundtrack, which sometimes is placed strangely throughout the game. Sadly, it's best to pretend this title, perhaps even this flavor of the genre, never happened Full Review »
  3. WallidK
    Mar 30, 2009
    5
    UGH. I hate it when a developer takes a really good concept like Blue Dragon, gives it really high production values, and then just kills it UGH. I hate it when a developer takes a really good concept like Blue Dragon, gives it really high production values, and then just kills it (I'm looking at you, Sonic.). Anyway, this is the sequel to a really good Xbox 360 game that's story is good, but if you didn't play the first game, you'll be totally lost. Why didn't Ignition just make another just like it? Anyway, this is an RTS, so i'll grade it like that. The game constantly becomes a muddled mess with no control on each individual character, the story is boring and uninteresting much unlike the original, and aiming certain attacks is a pain in the butt. There may be some CG sequences that are pretty, but when to shine a turd, all you get is a shiny piece of poop, which pretty much is Blue Dragon Plus. Full Review »