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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. Nintendo Force 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: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    My favourite game on the Switch. I used to love LEGO as a child, but this is the ultimate way to build. The controls are superb, I can’tMy favourite game on the Switch. I used to love LEGO as a child, but this is the ultimate way to build. The controls are superb, I can’t stress this enough. The game plays like a dream. I never expected to like this game at all before Wood from BeatEmUps made a video about it. I thought it wasn’t for me as I don’t like minecraft, but this game got me hooked. I’m now 290 hours in and I’m just replaying all the chapters while continuing to build in the free build mode Terra Incognita to my hearts content. The possibilities are endless there, and gathering the materials is so much fun.

    I do recommend completing all the chapters (story mode) first though, so you can unlock all the equipment and building materials.

    There are four chapters. Each one separate, in that you start from scratch with every new chapter, but you are free to revisit old chapters and continue to build there if you really want to.

    When I first started playing the game, I thought I had beaten the game when I finished the first chapter, feeling quite satisfied... Little did I know there was so much more!

    Also, the music is brilliant, just like in the other Dragon Quest games. I find myself humming the tunes all the time. Across the board 10/10 from me.
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  3. Jan 29, 2022
    10
    The perfect game that combines the Minecraft style with the classic JRPGs from Square Enix. Highly recommended.
  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. 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. Apr 8, 2020
    8
    Un juego estilo Minecraft, adaptado al universon Dragon Quest.
    El juego esta realmente bien conseguido en su propósito, es realmente
    Un juego estilo Minecraft, adaptado al universon Dragon Quest.
    El juego esta realmente bien conseguido en su propósito, es realmente divertido jugarlo y su ritmo se adapta muy bien a la forma de jugar de cada jugador, pudiendo ir al grano y a hacer las misiones que te plantea el juego, o perderte en su mundo construyendo libremente según se te antoje.

    - Gráficamente es correcto. Tiene un estilo muy respetuoso con lo que es la saga dragon Quest, quizá un poco más simplificado, pero aceptable al fin y al cabo. Respecto a juegos como Minecraft, Dragon quest Builders se ve muchisimo mejor.
    - El Apartado sonoro incluye banda sonora orquestada de la serie Dragon Quest, con piezas muy memorables y de gran calidad.
    - La jugabilidad esta muy bien conseguida y da muchas opciones. En este aspecto es inferior a Minecraft, porque no tienes tantas opciones de construcción ni de personalización, pero las suficientes para tener una muy buena experiencia de juego.
    - En este caso el juego incorpora historia y una serie de misiones que nos guían a través de los mundos del juego. Una história adaptada del primer juego de Dragon Quest de NES, que nos anima a seguir jugando hasta completar el juego.
    - El juego incorpora además un modo libre que nos da total libertad de construcción. Este modo lo iremos desbloqueando y mejorando a medida que avancemos en la historia principal, y permite cierta conectividad online, para poder ver las construcciones de otros jugadores.
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  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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