Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    If you like breasts, Japanese rpg games and beat'em'ups, Dragon's Crown is for you. It's Diabloish hack'n'slash spiced with nice game mechanics and a nice multiplayer co-op. And did I mention it has breasts? Well, it has. In all shapes and sizes. [Dec 2013]
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    One of the best looking 2D titles of this year and a game that you can spend 50 or 100 hours with and still not have enough. And if you have three friends to enjoy the co-op mode with, Dragon’s Crown is amazing. [13/2013, p.64]
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    Dragon’s Crown is a fantastic addition to the RPG genre, bringing an original personality that’s hard to ignore. With an amazing amount of content, this is one game that’s worth the grinding it demands.
  4. Oct 19, 2013
    A gorgeous, impulsive and satisfying loot addiction just waiting to take over your life. [Dec 2013, p.66]
  5. Oct 18, 2013
    Dragon’s Crown is a beautiful side scrolling 2D beat ’em up that mixes in loot chasing elements of action RPG’s like Diablo and the grinding aspects of a Japanese RPG. At times a frustrating game, but in the end a rewarding experience that should be enjoyed in small chunks at a time.
  6. Oct 16, 2013
    Dragon’s Crown delivers in a number of areas, though not in the ones that matter most. Stunning visuals and nods to the roleplaying genre simply aren’t enough to outweigh the repetitive combat and a so-so narrative.
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is a clear tribute to games such as Dungeons & Dragons or Golden Axe. Its technical aspects are superb, the RPG elements are well implemented, and you'll also find the co-op mode very satisfying.
  8. Oct 15, 2013
    When it's not busy pandering, titillating, and falling back on fantasy clichés, Dragon's Crown is a sound, nostalgia-tinged experience.
  9. Oct 14, 2013
    VanillaWare did it again. Their signature visual style is more beautiful than ever and the mixture of side-scrolling brawler, item hunt and character development is as motivating as anything . If you compare this to Odin Sphere or Muramasa though, the story telling falls rather short, while the number of dungeons is very limited.
  10. Oct 9, 2013
    Dragon’s Crown is certainly the most enjoyable Vanillaware game yet. Being part of a larger party - where their previous hack 'n’ slashers had you go it alone - is definitely the difference maker.
  11. Oct 9, 2013
    Dragon's Crown mixes surprises with a homage to the genre, becoming a nice game that's as familiar as fresh at the same time.
  12. Oct 9, 2013
    Instead of a full-blooded reminder of a genre of games sadly departed, it's more often a reminder of why they died away in the first place.
  13. Oct 9, 2013
    Dragon's Crown's narrative may get burned alive by a winged terror before it manages to even draw its sword, but the title's simple yet incredibly refined gameplay and well-crafted co-op component manage to save the day. The adventure glistens thanks to an astounding art direction that's laced with a magical musical score – but we just wished that there was a little more content to gaze lovingly in disbelief at.
  14. 70
    A Heavy Metal comic strip come to life, this is a worthy successor to Golden Axe and a great co-op game – but it stops short of fully revitalising the genre.
  15. Oct 4, 2013
    Dragon’s Crown is big and brash and silly, and owes as much to the fantasy RPGs of the world as it does to the side-scrolling brawlers.
  16. Sep 25, 2013
    Artistically stunning )provided the sexualised style doesn't outrage you) and mechanically excellent. [Issue#235, p.78]
  17. Sep 24, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is without any doubt the best heir of Golden Axe we have ever seen in the last years.
  18. You can let out a disappointed sigh out at the bawdiness of Dragon’s Crown, but you should remain allies for the heroic fighting, hidden depths and looks that will make the even sternest knees knock. A lute-played love song to everything fantasy, Dragon’s Crown brings crisp combat with all the RPG trimmings.
  19. Sep 23, 2013
    Challenging and dynamic. [Issue#139, p.107]
  20. Sep 22, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is an intense celebration of the good old-school arcade games. Vanillaware did a great job creating such an interesting and fun experience for both PS3 and PSVita. The lack of the Cross Buy and Cross Play options is a problem, because the game is so damn good on both the consoles.
  21. Sep 22, 2013
    This is simply the best work Vanillaware so far. We absolutely recommend it for those looking for 2D action games, RPG adventures or multiplayer-focused experiences. This time there's more than beautiful graphics. It is a solid and fun experience you should try.
  22. Sep 20, 2013
    A gorgeous hack´n slash game with neat ideas, superb gameplay and crisp 2D graphics. An instant classic.
  23. Sep 9, 2013
    There's just one reason to avoid Dragon's Crown: you hate old-school side scrolling beat'em ups. If you don't, you just can't miss Vanillaware masterpiece, a game built on a solid and deep combat system and George Kamitani's beautiful graphics.
  24. Sep 9, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is equipped with an irresistible charge and a visual style that stands out the current landscape of the video game market. The game is above the already enviable previous productions from Vanillaware.
  25. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a mindless beat ‘em up obsessed with treasure chests (and pleasure ones): it’s so much more than that. Dragon’s Crown is the renaissance of the genre and it’s well worth your gold, soon-to-behardened adventurer. [October 2013, p77]
  26. Aug 27, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is a perfect mixture between addictive gameplay and a friendly combat system that can be a real challenge for those seeking to submerge themselves in this beautiful world. In this time filled with mediocre beat'em ups, Dragon's Crown really sticks out.
  27. Aug 16, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is definitely worth checking out. It's one of the most impressive beat-'em-ups I've ever played, and I feel confident you'll say the same once you purchase it.
  28. Aug 14, 2013
    Overall, Dragon's Crown is a very enjoyable game. If you make the mistake of thinking that it's an RPG you may be disappointed, but if you've ever enjoyed arcade side-scrolling brawlers it's very easy to recommend.
  29. Aug 13, 2013
    Dragon's Crown is a throw-back game that borrows heavily from side scrolling beat-'em-ups. The end result is a modernized interpretation of a classic genre.
  30. Aug 12, 2013
    Dragon's Crown has a lot to offer, from building one of the finest co-op games this generation, to leaving one nagging issue for us critics to nitpick in the lack of cross-play support. It's one of the prettiest games around, the addictive structure of the game compliments how many hours can be sunk in (with friends or on your own), and there's even some PvP stuff for anyone who really wants to put their money where their mouth is. Even the music is charming.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 234 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 4 out of 59
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    Absolutely gorgeous 2D art and animation, need more games like this these days. I also got the free art book, very nice. Congrats ATLAS on this massive hit! Full Review »
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    People are so funny...

    I love 'retro-style' video games and appreciate fantastic art-styling. For all of you stating that this game is
    'disgusting' and a poor depiction of women, please move on to another board. It's a fantasy game with fantasy characters. There's nothing as offensive in this game as there are in the TV shows and movies that we all watch on a daily basis. Don't be hypocritical.

    I commend VanillaWare and Atlus for creating one of the most engaging and gorgeous side scrolling adventures I've ever had the pleasure of taking. The simplistic control scheme and easy navigation of menus is refreshing, reminds me of that mantra 'a little bit goes a long way'. There is some grinding, but that's to be expected with any game of this particular genre. It's also refreshing that VanillaWare included such a refined multiplayer experience. It's nice to still have at least one company, and one publisher that hears the cries of gamers these days. Thank you VanillaWare, and thank you Atlus for creating an amazing gaming experience! You guys are the best!
    Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    Vanillaware has created the best multiplayer beat 'em up and even implemented RPG elements.
    Dragon's Crown has surpassed Final Fight 3 as the
    best of this kind of genre. Full Review »