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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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  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
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  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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  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. 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 13, 2018
    10
    I love this game so much. The building is fun and it has that Dragon Quest charm. The story and characters are interesting. The music isI love this game so much. The building is fun and it has that Dragon Quest charm. The story and characters are interesting. The music is fantastic, too. I'm addicted to it. I can't stop playing.

    Don't worry if you've never played a Dragon Quest game before. There are a few references to older games but the game's story stands on its own. You don't have to play any other game to be able to understand it.
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  4. May 20, 2018
    9
    Dragon Quest fans will absolutely love this gem. Even with a dislike for the simplicity of Mine Craft or no experience playing you willDragon Quest fans will absolutely love this gem. Even with a dislike for the simplicity of Mine Craft or no experience playing you will easily jump right into the beef of this game and enjoy it. Don’t assume this game is easy - it isn’t. The story is cute and very true to the essence of Dragon Quest but I found myself clicking through and not reading about half of the dialogue because I was too excited to craft the next time and get on with it. You are also not forced or rushed to play through the rewarding linear plot to this game. I loved the full 45 hours it took me to complete this game. I was saddened by my decision to not invest the time to unlock all of the unlockables. Those who are not afraid to go off the beaten path will be pleasantly rewarded. One of my top picks for Switch thus far and makes me eager for DQXI Expand
  5. May 1, 2018
    9
    This game is better than you want it to be....

    even if you hate minecraft (like me) i recommend picking this gem up.
  6. 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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  7. Mar 2, 2018
    6
    It does have a certain charm to it, even for people who are not a fan of Minecraft or Minecraft-like games.

    The problem is that the weapons
    It does have a certain charm to it, even for people who are not a fan of Minecraft or Minecraft-like games.

    The problem is that the weapons and combat are *extremely* boring. I don't think you can ever get anything other than a sword/axe/hammer type weapon, so the entire game is just running into melee and swinging a melee weapon. That gets old really fast. Part of the appeal of the Dragon Quest series is all the magic, and that's gone here.

    The building part of the game is much better than the combat, but it's just not quite enough to justify the cost.
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