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  • Summary: A retro style adventure RPG Around 10 hours of gameplay, puzzles, dungeons, multiple enemies, various weapon and armour upgrades, character zapping system, ranking system dependent on how you finish the game, various collectibles, mini quests, multiple endings and much more!!
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  1. Mar 23, 2021
    70
    Dragonborne may not be perfect, but, if I’m being honest, its imperfections are kind of a part of its charm. While I obviously can’t say this for certain, it feels like everything in this game—both the bad and the good—was designed specifically to make this game feel like it was released in the early-mid 90s, just like any other Game Boy game out there. So, if you’re in the market for a new Game Boy game (remember, you can actually buy a cart of this!), then Dragonborne‘s probably right up your alley.
  2. Feb 17, 2021
    70
    I’m just glad that most of what Dragonborne has to offer at least put a smile on my face. The world is perfectly pocket-sized, and it’s easy to navigate and progress, and there’s a real charm about its humour and simplicity. Yet, the combat and the repetitive dungeons stop me from fully embracing the game. I played Final Fantasy Adventure for the first time in 2019; even though it was nearly 30 years old, I saw the ambitious spark that ignited the Mana series and how it inspired many kids growing up (even if that tree puzzle is ridiculous). Dragonborne isn’t far off from replicating that kind of nostalgia — and it succeeds in some ways — but it falls short in others and remains a sleeping dragon.
  3. Apr 6, 2021
    65
    Dragonborne brings a new entry to the Game Boy lineup, but unfortunately seems to have regressed on some major quality of life components rather than bringing them to today's standards.
  4. Mar 17, 2021
    30
    I’m fine with the fact that Dragonborne is a throwback RPG, and in that sense it’s a lovely tribute to a classic console. What I am not fine with is the lack of meaningful combat and character-building. This title would have been barely satisfactory in 1997, and players looking for similar retro-themed experiences today have a wealth of better options.