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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: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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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  2. Jul 11, 2018
    10
    I loved this game. I enjoyed the difficulty change from one chapter to the other. my only "problem" with the game was its addiction andI loved this game. I enjoyed the difficulty change from one chapter to the other. my only "problem" with the game was its addiction and forgetting time while playing this game. I am a person that takes my time when playing games and I am at 100 + hours ( please keep in mind that most of that is leveling mountains in each chapter. I mean why go around a mountain when you have the power to bring it to its knees.) Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    10
    A beautiful game close to the idea of Maine Craft where the story and drawing a beautiful and attractive world game is different from theA beautiful game close to the idea of Maine Craft where the story and drawing a beautiful and attractive world game is different from the original series by providing content more attractive game awesome deserve Expand
  4. Jan 30, 2019
    8
    I like the art style and the building mechanics of the game, but the combat could be better. 8 out of 10.
  5. Jul 10, 2020
    8
    Great game.

    Visually it is very beautiful, playably it has its improvements but it fulfills very well, the story is very good, without
    Great game.

    Visually it is very beautiful, playably it has its improvements but it fulfills very well, the story is very good, without being outstanding, but it also hooks you, especially on the part of discovering new areas, worlds, objects, constructions ... If you like to build you will spend many hours here.

    Bosses are a challenge, it's not just hitting the button, you have to think about it well.

    Music faithful to the saga, as it should be.
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  6. Jan 20, 2020
    8
    This game is slightly better than the sequel. There is way less dialogue, sore way more actually gameplay. The sound effects no longer hurt myThis game is slightly better than the sequel. There is way less dialogue, sore way more actually gameplay. The sound effects no longer hurt my ears and the rumble doesn't create an earthquake every second. It's still not as fun as it could be, but maybe I haven't played far enough into the game yet. I give it a 7.8/10, which is great! Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2020
    5
    At first this game is amazing and addicting, them comes chapter 2, one of the most annoying and frustrating things i've ever done in a videoAt first this game is amazing and addicting, them comes chapter 2, one of the most annoying and frustrating things i've ever done in a video game, and god that end boss is just made to piss you off. All the cracks in the game will become more apparent. You have a very small distance window for attacking enemies, too far away and you don't hit, get to close and you get damaged AND STAGGERED. Luckily they changed that in 2, and i'm hoping it fixes all the problems in this poorly designed game Expand

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