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  • Summary: Dragon Quest Builders returns to Alefgard—a land laid low by the evil Dragonlord. It is your mission to rebuild, restore and revive the ruined realm. Rebuild the world in your own image using the blocks that make up the vast land of Alefgard in this block-building RPG.
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  1. Positive: 72 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Nov 10, 2016
    95
    For anyone who’s ever looked at Minecraft and found its lack of structure daunting, DQB is a more focused, more accessible version of it. And, while it may not have the scope of that genre-defining title, there’s something special at its the core — an exploration of what it means to build a community. The game’s ‘building’ isn’t just about bricks and mortar, but about restoring places where people can work together to create something better than anyone could accomplish on their own. Dragon Quest Builders may not be designed to go on forever, but it offers dozens of hours of crafting, construction, and an utterly engaging story to get lost in.
  2. 90
    Taking a formula made famous by Minecraft and refining it in every possible way is what makes Dragon Quest Builders a fun and enjoyable experience through and through. The only thing holding it back is your own lack of imagination.
  3. Oct 19, 2016
    90
    It's by no means perfect, and has ideas that could stand to be improved upon when the game eventually gets a sequel, but what could've ended up as a cynical cash in has instead wound up as one of 2016's most interesting games.
  4. Oct 4, 2016
    84
    Dragon Quest Builders provides a lot of the freedom of Minecraft but does guide you enough that you'll never feel like you don't have something important to do even if all you want to do is build and that's okay. You can choose to do that too.
  5. Nov 14, 2016
    80
    Dragon Quest Builders is much more than just a construction game. It is an inspiring hybrid between two genres with an amazing mission structure and lively characters.
  6. 80
    Dragon Quest Builders continues in the series' tradition of being slightly cumbersome and unpolished, but getting lost in its toybox pleasures is easy and extremely fun.
  7. Oct 4, 2016
    60
    For those that are looking for a relaxing game that can be completed at a leisurely pace, this may suit you. Although the game presents more of a structured approach that many players may find preferable to a game like Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders has a number of flaws that appear to hinder the player. As a result, the game can feel quite drawn-out and boring at times which may prevent players from wanting to stick with it until the end. Nonetheless, it will be very interesting to see what Dragon Quest fans make of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Mar 14, 2017
    10
    Beautiful story, very fun gameplay, fantastic music and a lot of things to discover in each chapter made this game an enjoyable experience forBeautiful story, very fun gameplay, fantastic music and a lot of things to discover in each chapter made this game an enjoyable experience for me; and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy it too. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2016
    10
    It's SNES Zelda meets Minecraft, if you likes these games you will like DQB !, I'm impressed by the length of the story/game as well, 30 hoursIt's SNES Zelda meets Minecraft, if you likes these games you will like DQB !, I'm impressed by the length of the story/game as well, 30 hours in and I have just gotten to the first end level boss, loads of content really just missing a better online component. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    This game is extremely addictive and has the unmistakable polish and charm that the Dragon Quest series is known for. I also recommend DragonThis game is extremely addictive and has the unmistakable polish and charm that the Dragon Quest series is known for. I also recommend Dragon Quest Heroes. You really can't go wrong with this series. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2016
    9
    This game was a huge surprise for me, especially since I've not really played other entries in the series. At first glance, it appears to be aThis game was a huge surprise for me, especially since I've not really played other entries in the series. At first glance, it appears to be a typical Minecraft clone, but it's much much more. Honestly, it feels more like dark cloud (a great series that you should play) in a dragon quest world, with Minecraft bits tossed in. The game has a story that is surprisingly good, the gameplay is addictive, the building is fun, the style is fresh, really my only issue with the game is the combat is mehh, and at times, the pacing felt a bit off. If you're a fan of dark cloud and dragon quest, this game is a must own. Expand
  5. Dec 5, 2018
    8
    What happens when you mix a rpg with minecraft? Well, you might get something that looks like this game. And it's a lot of fun.

    You can get
    What happens when you mix a rpg with minecraft? Well, you might get something that looks like this game. And it's a lot of fun.

    You can get lost for many hours by just spending time in thinking out how to build your town. You have to gather the resources, and step by step make something cozy and adorable looking.

    The story is actually quite interesting, with a lot of adult jokes in a game that looks very innocent. Cool boss fights, and a meaning to the building aspect by having invasions to destroy your little town. Characters are funny, but tapping a hundred times x to get through all the dialogue can get pretty boring.

    The combat is okay, it isn't very deep or special. Dodging is even impossible at times. It serves its purpose well enough. You craft better gear, which means you can fight the more stronger opponents.

    The game has interesting hidden quest and items that keep you busy apart from the story. And on top of that there is also a Free Build mode!

    However, some negative points: It is way to easy to get to city level 5. The points either need to be adjusted, or this level system needs to be raised to something like level 10 max. The building area of a town isn't very big, which can be countered by making your view better. However third person view inside buildings with roofs is horrible. Also, the intro shows very well all the awesome items like roofs and windows, yet these aren't present to make in the story. That's a big negative.

    All in all an excellent game. I give it an 8/10.
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  6. Nov 28, 2016
    7
    This game really blew me away. I have played Dragon Warrior/Quest games since the beginning, and when I heard that there was going to be aThis game really blew me away. I have played Dragon Warrior/Quest games since the beginning, and when I heard that there was going to be a builder style version of the game I was instantly upset, thinking that it would be a complete Minecraft rip-off with nothing new to add to the game other than a few classic tunes. This game was nothing like I could have imagined. It brought back the old feel of the original Dragon Quest in a new style of play. While it looks like Minecraft, the game play is nothing like it at all. It basically functions as a standard JRPG in a sandbox world. And the world is not generated at random so the story and direction is not done at random. The story is an alternative take to the original game and it comes together at the end. However, when one plays the game for the first time, it feels like you have to play the game four separate times. This is not the case. The story functions as a single unit, you just need to give it time. The battle system is very touchy as well. You have to hit the monsters it seems at very close range and the slightest mistake gets you hit. If you touch a monster you take damage, but if you don't get close enough it hurts you. My other issue with the game is the camera angles. While most of the time they are high quality, the issue I encountered most was when you ventured inside any area that was closed. It was nearly impossible to see where you were going and there are boss battles and mini battles inside these places and they become even more difficult with the lack of control over your vision.
    All and all, this game is very good. I only completed 40% of the trophy set which I plan on revisiting as soon I finish a few other games. It has already dropped in price, and is a good pickup for anyone who already loves Dragon Quest, or someone who is looking to get into the series.
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  7. Jan 25, 2017
    1
    So, I literally made an account to review this game.

    In what world did they make these simplistic childish design choices? Clunky
    So, I literally made an account to review this game.

    In what world did they make these simplistic childish design choices?

    Clunky controls. Insultingly basic combat. Your telling me they couldn't come up with ways to impliment all those awesome skills and magics from the dragon quest games? Nope. All your favorite dragon armors, and awesome weapons, monster teams/taming. Not here. Do you gain levels in any way shape or form? Nope - oh so you just gather and build **** running essentially fetch quests with plot devices? Yup. **** This. Game. If your a child, and don't mind insultingly boring fetchy grindy nearly pointless gameplay with blueprints and handholding please. Buy this game. Its a joke. The drastic different between what COULD have been done, and the basic "accessible" pile of **** this game is - is staggering.

    Characters are bland and boring.

    They decided that the game and AI npcs would only look in a what... 30X30 block radius ( didn't bother to measure ) and that would be your "town"?

    Blueprints? Your telling me that you couldn't place a keyblock, say the cauldron for the apothecary that would search in X radius for the various required blocks? The fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

    Multiplayer would have been to hard on this simplistic pile of **** What? Why is there no multiplayer.

    This entire game is an accessible pleb feast, cashing in on nostalgia.

    **** this game.
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