Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. May 22, 2020
    90
    Minecraft Dungeons meat is in its satisfying combat and complex character-building opportunities, and in that, the game delivers by the truckload.
  2. May 22, 2020
    85
    We are faced with a universal title, suitable for any type of user, simple but not trivial: we believe it is right therefore to welcome with open arms productions of this caliber, capable of combining lightness and depth with good balance.
  3. May 22, 2020
    80
    Minecraft Dungeons is an enchanting game that will keep you, and your kids, entertained for a good few hours. A decade on from the original game, this is an exciting move for the behemoth that is the Minecraft franchise, and I can't wait to see where it goes next.
  4. 80
    Minecraft Dungeons is an incredibly charming dungeon crawler that doesn't have the depth to replace its counterparts, but it's still a blast while it lasts.
  5. May 22, 2020
    80
    Minecraft has proven itself to be quite the enduring and endearing IP over the past decade, and Dungeons is now partially responsible for that legacy.
  6. May 22, 2020
    80
    Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon-crawling adventure that promises a lot of fun for gamers young and old alike. While its replay value may wane with time, a constantly growing progression system and its various difficulty settings offer a lot for those less affected by the repetition.
  7. May 26, 2020
    76
    Minecraft Dungeons is the perfect distraction and while it doesn’t offer much in terms of originality, it’s an enjoyable block… err… hack ‘n slash game set the wonderful backdrop of Minecraft in this family friendly version of Diablo with good gameplay, graphics and audio to help get you lost in pure entertainment. It’s also a game that is played better with friends so if you need some mindless entertainment, check out Minecraft Dungeons!
  8. May 25, 2020
    76
    Minecraft Dungeons is a bright and colourful dungeon crawler, with interesting enemies and fast, frantic combat. It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, and takes away quite a lot of its complexities, leaving us with a simple, accessible, unremarkable yet still fun game.
  9. Jun 1, 2020
    75
    What it lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in pure unadulterated joy. The simplistic combat, coupled with the ridiculously easy drop-in-and-play gameplay makes for a fun and engaging roguelite dungeon crawler either alone or with friends. You’ll have fun, that’s guaranteed, and is perfect for all ages. Don’t expect a complex story, rich with lore, but you’ll almost certainly have a good time if you’re a fan of its predecessor.
  10. May 27, 2020
    75
    Minecraft Dungeons is a breezy dungeon crawler that reproduces Minecraft's playful attitude.
  11. May 26, 2020
    75
    Minecraft: Dungeons stole 10 hours of my life, but it only took half of that to finish the game. When the difficulty level rises and Creepers multiply, the game becomes very enjoyable. However, to truly appreciate this game, you have to play it with someone. If you have a trusty team and love pixels - the game will be worth your time.
  12. May 26, 2020
    75
    Minecraft Dungeons isn’t the finest ARPG I’ve ever picked up, but it’s a terrific first step in your journey. Minecraft fans and action RPG junkies alike would do well to give this one a good look.
  13. May 29, 2020
    73
    Minecraft Dungeons is an OK game that falls behind because of all the limitations that will surely be expanded upon in a monetized way.
  14. 70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a lot of fun, but it’s a little lacking in depth, and it’s rather short to boot. It’s almost exactly what you’d expect from a game looking to fuse the cute world of Minecraft with the gameplay of Diablo, but it sadly never really reaches the potential of either. As I said though, it is good fun. It is replayable too, but it’s hard to really commit to doing so unless you’re helping along someone who is less familiar with games, say a younger sibling or your own kids. This puts it in an important bracket of gaming, where its perfect as an introduction to the genre, but it’s not going to offer much more than a distraction for anyone used to ARPGs.
  15. May 29, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  16. May 29, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons feels like a Diablo but for kids, as it's pretty easy, but sadly, it lacks substance to really shine, as one can beat it in 5 hours. We would have loved to be able de build or destroy blocks.
  17. May 29, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. May 27, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. May 27, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons takes the smash hit construction game into an action-packed new genre, but keeps the friendly aesthetic and accessibility kids love. The game's a tad short and requires some late-stage grinding, though.
  20. May 27, 2020
    70
    Mojang spins up its own take on the Diablo dungeon crawling formula. While it looks like it might be "Baby's First Diablo," Minecraft Dungeons has a good degree of challenge available for you and three friends. It's more focused on lowering barriers by streamlining the acquisition of loot, instead of miring you in pages of stats. There's a decent tail of playability with three levels of difficulty, but you'll have to look to potential post-launch content for the length of experience some dungeon crawling fans crave.
  21. May 27, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a straightforward action RPG spinoff that doesn't try to be anything more than an accessible entry for existing fans of the franchise. The low asking price helps offset the areas where the game comes up short.
  22. May 26, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a capable all-ages dungeon crawl that, while doesn’t use its license to anything like its full potential (see Dragon Quest Builders 2 for how to do it right), is still good fun once it gets moving. The variety of enemies keeps you on your toes, and the various skills and weapons make for plenty of experimentation in figuring out the best way to take them on. Each level has at least a couple of secrets to chase after, ranging from obvious to head-scratchingly obscure, and finding everything while collecting all the gear will keep players busy for hours whether fighting single- or multiplayer. Just be aware that if you’ve got any experience with the genre, the difficulty selections on the levels are there for a reason. The younger crowd deserves a good intro to the world of dungeon crawling and Minecraft Dungeons provides that nicely.
  23. May 25, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a pretty cool but simple Diablo clone in Minecraft setting. Unfortunately the developers forgot to actually add those unique things we love about Minecraft.
  24. May 25, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is undoubtedly entertaining, and despite all my gripes I find myself being pulled back in, drawn to take on ever-more difficult challenges as I grind toward better gear. In particular, I’m eagerly awaiting my friends to join me. It’s just a shame there isn’t more content for us all to dive into together when the time comes.
  25. May 25, 2020
    70
    Those that are looking for a deep experience with sprawling ability trees and a mountain of Minecraft lore are going to want to look elsewhere, as the game's beauty is in its simplicity. Minecraft Dungeons is a fundamentally sound experience testing the waters for ways the Minecraft franchise can grow. It isn't overly ambitious, but it has achieved what it set out to do - establishing a platform for Mojang Studios to build on. It's easy to see new content fixing the game's lack of variety, which is its sole major issue.
  26. May 25, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a beautiful and fun dungeon crawler with a simple but tried-and-true set of systems in place. It plays it extremely safe, though, without bringing anything mining or crafting spins to the genre to accompany Minecraft’s signature look and feel. Still, it's just so damn charming, and so fun, it's hard to fault it for going the safe route. With tons of loot, secret areas to uncover, and progressively more aggressive difficulty levels to unlock, Minecraft Dungeons has a fair amount of replayability beyond its relatively short six to eight-hour story mode. But who plays Minecraft for the story, anyway?
  27. May 25, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons can be considered as a good way, for kids, to try a dungeon-crawler. Very cute, very simple, efficient, that game just lacks some depth and tasks that would urge players to keep on playing after finishing the, quite short, main campaign.
  28. May 25, 2020
    70
    It’s funny, engaging and, at times, surprisingly challenging: Minecraft Dungeons only lacks a bit of depth in the end-game area, and we hope to see that added in the next months.
  29. May 22, 2020
    70
    A nice action RPG for a new generation of players... and nothing more.
  30. May 22, 2020
    70
    Minecraft Dungeons is a fresh and fast-paced dungeon crawler experience, even though a little too tiny to appeal on the long run.
  31. May 22, 2020
    70
    A stripped down Diablo that oozes charm and loot variety but is probably better suited to a younger audience.
  32. May 22, 2020
    70
    Mojang's smartly streamlined dungeon crawler makes for a more accessible alternative in the action RPG space.
  33. May 26, 2020
    69
    Quotation forthcoming.
  34. May 25, 2020
    68
    Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry point into the world of the hack & slash games tailored for a younger audience. Too bad the loot system is abysmal and there’s no endgame whatsoever.
  35. May 24, 2020
    67
    Minecraft Dungeons is an accessible dungeon-crawler that will satisfy fans and novices of the genre, young and old. With a very nice sound and graphic atmosphere, the new Mojang game is meant to be a game for everyone, and the challenge has been met. Hardcore gamers may like it a little less because of the lack of content, even if the difficulty is present. In the end, whether played solo or cooperatively, Minecraft Dungeons is a very satisfying game, but it can quickly become redundant. We'll have to see how Mojang and Microsoft will incorporate content updates and new features to make it a long-lasting game.
  36. May 25, 2020
    65
    Minecraft Dungeons has heaps of potential, and in a year’s time it may be a very different beast. But right now I can’t shake the notion that this is a squandered opportunity.
  37. May 22, 2020
    65
    Minecraft Dungeons is competent, fun in spurts, but not amazing. I had more fun in the Xbox Live Party just catching up with friends mindlessly shooting the shit than I did actually playing. By that point, we’d decided to put the difficulty to recommended levels are were breezing through things, grabbing new gear and levelling up as we went. We basically decided we’d keep playing through the three major difficulties, but really because it seems like some easy gamerscore rather than an activity we’re invested in.
  38. May 27, 2020
    60
    There is a lot of potential in Minecraft Dungeons (and there is already DLC being advertised for it), but in its current state, it feels like a first draft. If you already have a Game Pass subscription, check it out for some easy achievements, but if you're looking to scratch that dungeon crawler itch, there are better options out there right now.
  39. May 26, 2020
    60
    Minecraft Dungeons has a few bright spots, in its release form it’s highly polished with solid visuals and effects. Outside of the static nature of the environments they’re diverse and cover the range of locations you’d expect to find in this style of experience – from snow-capped mountains to volcanic caves and fortress-like structures. Minecraft Dungeons’ fantasy look is on point. And with the game being moderately priced and a part of Xbox Game Pass – this alone lessens the ‘fun for a few hours’ blow that is Mojang’s take on Diablo. An entry level take on a well-worn genre that after a few hours will have you heading for the exit.
  40. May 26, 2020
    60
    There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, but even by the time I’d faced down the Arch-illager in his tower – no more than a handful of hours after starting – I was already sick of Redstone Golem mini-bosses, and Dungeons seemed to have exhausted its borrowed ideas. Like Diablo, this is a game designed for multiple playthroughs on increasing difficulties, but few players will feel compelled to return to a seam that’s all dried up after a single day’s exploration.
  41. May 25, 2020
    60
    A simple and Mine-crafted take on the dungeon crawler genre. Very simple. Maybe too simple, but quite enjoyable particularly in coop.
  42. May 25, 2020
    60
    Dungeons is a good concept spoiled by broken progression system. It can be enjoyable with friends, but its repetitive level design and lack of enemy diversity will take the fun out of it after a few hours.
  43. May 25, 2020
    55
    Minecraft Dungeons is a game that doesn't live up to expectations. Despite being fun, it is way too small and unpolished to be the next game in the Minecraft series. Playing through the whole game leaves us with the feeling that this is just a prototype rather than the full ARPG game that the fans were expecting.
  44. May 28, 2020
    50
    Minecraft Dungeons is a missed opportunity in every sense. After playing the first map, the formula is constantly repeated, only differing in terms of colors and the paths to take. The main story goes completely unnoticed, to the point that you forget about the main goal. The best way to enjoy it is in co-op mode, because, once the story mode is over, it has nothing else that can surprise us.
  45. May 25, 2020
    50
    Unfortunately, the lack of personality sets this cute dungeon crawler back.
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  1. May 26, 2020
    Where LEGO games run out of steam pretty quickly (even unlocking new hidden characters doesn't really change your tactics), Minecraft Dungeons does a wonderful job incentivizing experimentation without making it difficult to figure out. Get new item. Equip new item. See how new item makes you stronger, more explosive, or just plain weirder. Kill mobs. Repeat. [Ars Technica Approved]
  2. May 26, 2020
    Minecraft Dungeons doesn't do much to change the game, and it stumbles in ways that threaten to push away longtime fans of the genre. But it's a compelling and entertaining mash-up that's hard to put down once you get into the groove.
  3. May 22, 2020
    For now, I can say that I am enjoying what Minecraft Dungeons provides. Having never played Minecraft before, and experiencing the charm and wonderment it has provided to millions only now, I do hope that its ARPG spinoff continues to entertain me as I progress further. Fingers crossed, so stay tuned for our updated review.
  4. It’s a robust piece of design that you could well consider a triumph, given just how many ways in which the concept of an ARPG based on a construction game phenomenon could have ended in disaster. And I’m confident in recommending it as worth its price to even the most jaded click-stabber, especially one with even a passing familiarity with Minecraft. But the fact it’s been executed so competently leaves me wishing the developers had been a bit more reckless, frankly. A bit more experimental, in adapting its parent property to an alien genre. Because while the results might have been profoundly weird, it’s weird things – like Minecraft itself was, when it first appeared – that change the landscape of gaming.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 227 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 227
  1. May 26, 2020
    2
    Would have sooo much potential....
    - too short
    - bad game design (hub without love, just random chests at merchant) - no crafting (hello???
    Would have sooo much potential....
    - too short
    - bad game design (hub without love, just random chests at merchant)
    - no crafting (hello??? Minecraft??)
    Etc.
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  2. May 26, 2020
    3
    Not worth the money - This is made for 9 year olds with a console, not RPG gamers with a PC.

    Gameplay becomes dreary very quickly - same
    Not worth the money - This is made for 9 year olds with a console, not RPG gamers with a PC.

    Gameplay becomes dreary very quickly - same thing over and over again. Hardly a storyline to speak of. Zero character-story development. You just follow waypoints through a generated map, items and loot generation is as basic as it can get with a laughable attempt at a skill tree.... If anyone has played "Skylanders" on the xbox - this game is going to feel very familiar, it's like they took that game, cut half the storyline out and just used a minecraft texture and sound pack over the top.
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  3. May 26, 2020
    2
    ooch.... 9 levels, a game that lasts 3-4 hours... barely any loot, you get 2-3 drops a level and gold is used to buy random stuff.... I feelooch.... 9 levels, a game that lasts 3-4 hours... barely any loot, you get 2-3 drops a level and gold is used to buy random stuff.... I feel like it is a starter level of Diablo 1 but made for 3 year old kids max!
    The leveling is none existent, just level your stuff but it is soooo barebones. No crafting or building, for example you could build a home and find stuff to put in it and so on, nope nothing of that to see...
    And it already plagued with dlc? extra levels gone be dlc and even in the character selection you have it already... I really don't get it. Everything is so simple, too simple. If you like diablo and Path of exile, just don't waste your time, it isn't worth it at all!
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