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  • Summary: Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, ruller of all monsters. Mankind was robbed of the power to build and forced to wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive.

    Now its up
    Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, ruller of all monsters. Mankind was robbed of the power to build and forced to wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive.

    Now its up to you, a Legendary Builder chosen by the Goddess herself, to return the power of creation to the people and rebuild Alefgard. Only when the wonder of imagination has been returned will mankind be able to overthrow the evil Dragonlord once and for all!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2018
    90
    Any Minecraft-minded players out there will love it. [Issue #32 – March/April 2018, p. 73]
  2. Feb 7, 2018
    90
    The gravest mistake that could be made regarding Dragon Quest Builders would be to liken it to "yet-another-Minecraft-clone." That could not be farther from the truth as, while of course the similarities are undeniable, this game is its own thing altogether and does some things better than Minecraft, and vice versa. Both may well appeal to the same kind of audience when it comes to broad-minded players, while maybe both being so different will make Minecraft purists detest it and Minecraft detractors absolutely love it. At any rate, it is a solid experience faithful to the Dragon Quest franchise that suffers only from very minor gripes with the gameplay and comes highly recommended for anyone who sees in there something that tickles their fancy.
  3. Feb 7, 2018
    85
    Dragon Quest Builders is a motivating game that skilfully combines block building with RPG elements.
  4. Feb 7, 2018
    80
    In case you missed the chance to discover Alefgard on PS4, this re-release for Nintendo Switch could be for you.
  5. Feb 8, 2018
    80
    It's easy to have a love/hate relationship with Dragon Quest Builders. Mechanically, it's a brilliant experience, with some of the best gameplay and aesthetics of any game in the genre. But the decision to break the game up into four separate parts with no sense of progression between them is jarring at its best, and downright frustrating at its worst. It could have been so much more, but what's here is worth celebrating too. It might not be perfect, but it's fun, there's a tonne of content, and most importantly, the monsters are cute as heck.
  6. Feb 7, 2018
    80
    The Switch-exclusive features--limited to the free-building non-story mode--add another layer of endearment to a game already brimming with charm.
  7. Feb 7, 2018
    70
    Beyond the obvious Minecraft inspiration, Dragon Quest Builders is based on a solid, subtly ironic narrative which creates not only reason for these building tasks, but also life into this 3D rendition of Alefgard. And it gets sharper on Nintendo Switch with the Great Sabrecub that literally cuts through the potentially more pixel arted Terra Incognita mode, even if such retro nostalgic additions can't counterbalance the limited sharing options and the lack of multi player, thus consolidating this fundamentally solitary experience as a whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    I have never been a huge fan of minecraft but I am addicted to this game. The quests are fun, the dialogue is humorous, the graphics are cuteI have never been a huge fan of minecraft but I am addicted to this game. The quests are fun, the dialogue is humorous, the graphics are cute - it is a relaxing game to play at the end of a long day. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2018
    10
    Let me start off by saying that I’ve never played a DQ game before and have never been a fan of Minecraft, I’ve tried Minecraft a couple ofLet me start off by saying that I’ve never played a DQ game before and have never been a fan of Minecraft, I’ve tried Minecraft a couple of times but just couldn’t get into it. That said, I decided to buy DQB in the eShop and I’m very glad I did. I thought maybe because I don't like Minecraft I'll definitely not like this game too but I was so wrong. I am surprised by how much I’m enjoying DQB! I guess it’s because of the RPG elements and because there are objectives and quests and not just building for the sake of it (looking at you, Minecraft). Anyway, for anyone on the fence because they think it's like Minecraft, just know that it isn't, it's completely different. This game is addictive and there's just so much to do! Get this game, you won't regret it. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2018
    10
    A very good game to play! The game offers a variety of different options to build. The graphic is cute and the NPC's are unique in its ownA very good game to play! The game offers a variety of different options to build. The graphic is cute and the NPC's are unique in its own way. With the new version on the switch, We are now able to play on the go and this game is pretty relaxing to play on public transport and such as it is very casual and easy.

    It allows you to do a lot of things and the features for building is just great. I would highly recommend this game to others.
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  4. Feb 25, 2019
    9
    Cast: 9/10
    Story: 7/10
    Fun: 10/10
    Gameplay: 10/10

    Recommended
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  5. Feb 9, 2018
    8
    great game for minecraft and dragon warrior fans.

    The only thing that really "hurts" the game overall is it's distinct lack of a
    great game for minecraft and dragon warrior fans.

    The only thing that really "hurts" the game overall is it's distinct lack of a multiplayer experience. However, for what it offers, its a great game to spend some time with, at home or on the go!
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  6. May 19, 2019
    8
    Didn't think I would like this game since I'm not a big fan of Minecraft type games, but this one was really fun. I've played through theDidn't think I would like this game since I'm not a big fan of Minecraft type games, but this one was really fun. I've played through the story multiple times and still have fun. It does have its flaws such as the build height and gathering materials can be a little annoying, but nothing that ruins the game play. Expand
  7. Dec 11, 2018
    5
    The game is cute and is quite endearing. The building mining and building are both quite relaxing activities. The battling is a little onerousThe game is cute and is quite endearing. The building mining and building are both quite relaxing activities. The battling is a little onerous with rather imprecise aiming with melee weapons. The worst part is the inability to run. However, my main problem is that after I completed the 1st world and boss, the 2nd world feels a bit of a rehash as it forces you to restart from scratch, artificially making some even basic materials harder to get so suddenly it went from a relatively fun experience from the 1st world to a rather grindy and not-so-fun experience in the 2nd world. Good if you don't mind retreading the game elements, but I prefer a straightforward "progress" through a game. Expand

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