Percentile Rank

Dragon Quest Builders is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 113 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 113 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Feb 7, 2018
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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 9, 2018

The game's Minecraft trappings are somewhat misleading. Dragon Quest Builders is less about creativity and more about strategy. It's a hand-crafted, charming video game that starts off slowly but never stops feeling delightful.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is as much RPG as it is a creation simulator, you’ll encounter many an enemy and creature from Dragon Quest lore in your quest to rebuild your town into Fort Knox.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 10, 2016

If either Dragon Quest or base-building games appeal to you, try it with an open mind and a willingness to buck convention.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 10, 2016

Offering freedom within structure, Dragon Quest Builders manages to formalise a riveting story within Minecraft's expansive template.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 18, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an incredibly strong title, both in gameplay and presentation. It might not be pushing the PS4 hardware to its limits by any means, especially since this is also available on the Vita, but its gorgeous color palette and cute character designs make it very pleasing to look at for extended periods of time. For those that like that typical DQ soundtrack, will find a lot to like here as well.

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Scored Reviews

Next Gen Base
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

What else can I say about this game? It’s Minecraft and Dragon Quest. The campaign is just the beginning. If you have invested as many hours as I have into this game it just shows how easy it is to get lost in the world of Dragon Quest Builders. Not only is it a great Dragon Quest game but it far surpasses any sandbox game I have played. What you can make in this game is only limited to your imagination and the time you have to invest into it.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2016

Solid gameplay and simple storytelling give players a reason to keep coming back, simply put, Dragon Quest Builders is a game for those that enjoy structured creative freedom, even if that is an oxymoron.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

All this adventure and discovery made me think of times in my past that I sunk hours and hours into game’s like Dragon Warriors II and Torneko: The Last Hope. That being said, I feel as though Dragon Quest Builders is not only worthy of being apart of the long standing RPG franchise, but it also succeeds in making its mark and surpassing all competition compared to any game like it.

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Digital Chumps
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a stunning balance of build and adventure. I was incredibly skeptical that the two genres would ever evenly mix, but somehow Square Enix found the right spots and put together one helluva package for Dragon Quest and Minecraft fans to enjoy. It’s really quite good and addictive.

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SA Gamer
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2016

The game offers players both an adventure with purpose as well as a game that can be enjoyed by just wandering around slaying monsters all day. Dragon Quest Builders is a must try for all Dragon Quest and Minecraft fans alike.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 20, 2016

Whether you're a die-hard Dragon Quest fan, or just a gamer looking to break into a crafting game with a healthy side of quests, Dragon Quest Builders offers and in-depth experience with the charming style of the franchise. While the addiction may wear off slightly after the first couple chapters, it never ceases to be a rewarding game. Humor, style, and creative freedom make this a great title.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 8, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is fantastic, marred only by a high price point and some performance issues in handheld mode. Mixing in a great story and RPG elements seen from the mainline series with fun building mechanics makes for an enthralling experience, whether you're playing handheld or docked.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

Eventually you have to let go of that life, like a mother bird watching her chick leave the next, and find a new frontier to conquer. I mastered my domain, but my clockwork castle will continue without me. Where Minecraft leaves you as Ozymandias, a lonely king overlooking an empty empire, Dragon Quest Builders finds joy in the journey, and provides all the right nudges and motivations to keep you moving on, to build a legacy that will outlast your presence in it.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 19, 2016

Marrying the best ideas from 'Minecraft' with the structure and charm of 'Dragon Quest', 'Builders' had its work cut out for it from the start. The team behind it, however, have gone the extra mile in developing a game that feels wholly unique and endlessly endearing. 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.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an excellent role playing game which masterfully blends crafting and JRPG mechanics to offer a very addictive experience. The humorous and witty writing, the scope of the game's world, the charming presentation, the quest variety and the balanced difficulty level are just some of the things that the game gets right. Whether you are a long-time fan of the series or a newcomer, the unique charm of Dragon Quest Builders will grab you and will only let go once the game's four chapters have been completed.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

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.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

Half Dragon Quest, half Minecraft, all delightful.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2016

If you've ever played Minecraft and liked it, but felt that it didn't have quite enough direction or concrete goals, Dragon Quest Builders is the perfect game for you

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

The Switch continues to support brilliant games, perfectly suited to a sit-down and portable experience; and Dragon Quest Builders is just another addition to a robust and growing library. It's simple, charming, it looks great, and has a ton to offer. If you missed this on any other platform, it's definitely worth it on the Switch.

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GBAtemp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an excellent building sandbox woven together with JRPG threads. It allowed me to have fun with the gameplay in a genre I wouldn't usually care for.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2018

Overall, this is still the fantastic game I remember playing back at the start of 2016

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is a game that more than deserves your attention on Nintendo Switch. Your character may not be a hero, but the chance to rebuild ruined towns is not only brilliantly executed, but lends a sense of accomplishment that other games in the genre haven’t achieved as successfully. For once, we can leave more obvious heroics to one side and bask in our creative wonder.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 24, 2016

One of the most surprising gems of the year. Every part of Dragon Quest Builders is a real joy, filled with the sort of addictive gameplay that just seems to make the hours disappear. While the hardcore Minecraft fans may consider this as sacrilege, this feels superior in many ways. The Dragon Quest style, the RPG elements, and the entertaining story, all elevate it over its progenitor. Absolutely superb.

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Digitally Downloaded
Oct 7, 2016

While I certainly respect Minecraft, I prefer Dragon Quest Builders. It doesn’t offer the sheer depth that Minecraft does, of course, and there will be no “educational edition” of the game being sold into schools, as there is with Minecraft. What it is, however, is a down-to-earth and genuinely entertaining little game that shares far, far more in common with its JRPG roots than even the game itself wants to admit. And as a long-suffering Dragon Quest fan, that makes Builders special indeed.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is another solid block, building the Switch's amazing library.

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Video Chums
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

It's great that yet another awesome Dragon Quest spin-off is now available for PlayStation 4.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2016

Fun for newcomers to the franchise and old fans alike.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2016

As long as that's not solely what you're looking for though, you can breathe easy knowing that Builders is more Dragon Quest than Minecraft. There's a clear campaign and a sense of progression that doesn't let up for hours on end. This is no clone.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 15, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a real pleasure to play. It understands exactly what players enjoy most about the genre and executes it expertly and confidently. It's an incredibly approachable game, with a control scheme and UI easy to get to grips with and suitably intuitive. Not only does Builders offer a package with the best elements of Animal Crossing and Minecraft but it structures it with a fun filled narrative, crucially giving players a real sense of purpose and satisfaction. Rather than building aimlessly and without reason, Square Enix has created something where the player's imagination really matters and is rewarded. The set of characters accompanying the protagonist are a real joy to have around and the world encapsulating them is one of real life and activity, with thrilling underlying dangers. In short, Dragon Quest Builders is really quite an exceptional game and the most fun you will have had on the PS4 in a long, long time.

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USgamer
Oct 4, 2016

Striking an almost perfect balance between RPG and construction game, Dragon Quest: Builders manages to hold fast to the best parts of the series whose name it bears while creating a guided, structured format for the Minecraft concept. The end result works brilliantly, with top-notch visuals, music, and writing that help drive home the appeal. There's room for improvement here... but not much.

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VideoTime
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders has a little for each and is much fun for everyone, it is a game with solid mechanics, a superb narrative from the hand of Square Enix, an epic soundtrack and a singular graphic style with a lot of personality that will certainly give you hours of entertainment at the cost of many laughable moments, determination and creativity!

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 4, 2016

While created for fans first and foremost, Dragon Quest Builders serves as not only a love letter to the long running series, but also as an excellent introduction for newcomers to this wonderful franchise that is definitely worth checking out.

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Gamer Escape
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 11, 2016

I went into this review with rather low expectations, and wound up with a title that I would recommend highly to any owner of a PS4.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an entertaining RPG, a marvellous builder, and simply a tremendous game all-round.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 4, 2016

Combining an action RPG with a building game is an unusual combination, but great care was done to ensure that fans of both can be satisfied by this and the freedom to play the game in a way most compatible to the individual player’s preference only makes it better.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

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.

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Rice Digital
Oct 19, 2016

Its colour and ever-changing scenery is worth exploring.

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IGN
8.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is totally, thoroughly engaging. Its gameplay is accessible to kids while its dialogue offers enough sly references to keep Dad or Mom amused. Collecting, crafting, and building all sounds familiar, but this package encapsulates so much of the best parts of this creative process and wraps it in light roleplaying progression and storytelling. It doesn’t matter that there isn’t a multiplayer component, because it wouldn’t have contributed to the world. So that means this is a gold-standard RPG for the non-connected gamer to flex all their cerebral muscles wherever they want it to go.

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IGN Italy
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders succeeds in being both a beautiful RPG and a great sandbox game, delivering one of the most engaging gaming experience of its genre.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Oct 7, 2016

Square Enix has taken its well established roots in the Dragon Quest realm and blended it with the likes of Minecraft or Terraria to create something both new and familiar.

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IGN Italy
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders remains even on Switch a solid and fun experience for action-RPG lovers as well as for Minecraft fans.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
Feb 7, 2018

The game finds the perfect balance between RPG elements, construction games (mainly inspired by Minecraft) and the classic characters from Dragon Quest Series (designed by Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama). It´s incredibly fun and deep either in story or free mode.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an excellent example of a game that can take after something more popular but retain its own personality. There's no mistaking the Minecraft lineage, but there's just as much Dragon Quest in Dragon Quest Builder's DNA as there is Minecraft. It's charming, it's funny, it's accessible, it's easy to play, and it has enough of its own strengths to be worth playing even for die-hard Minecraft fans. Only some nagging flaws and annoying camera issues drag it down slightly, but it's still worth playing. For Dragon Quest fans, it's a great introduction to the genre, and even for those who aren't, it offers a structure and sheer playability that many Minecraft clones don't.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2018

Overall, Dragon Quest Builder's gameplay plays to the strengths of the Nintendo Switch's intended purposes. There are countless hours to be had here, and players with extra creativity will find reasons to come back even after the land of Alefgard has been restored.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

It’s easy to dismiss Dragon Quest Builders as just another Minecraft clone or a Minecraft-lite, but those who do will miss out on a very creative little adventure. I never thought building in the name of saving the world could be this entertaining or keep me up so late at night. I’ve always enjoyed the crafting side of RPGs, but this takes it on to a whole new level. It’s a crafter’s paradise more than it is a builder’s, something you won’t know until you pick it up for yourself. Come for the charming Dragon Quest look and feel and, yes, the Minecraft building; stay for the questing and crafting.

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SwitchWatch
85%
85%
Feb 19, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is more than just a Dragon Quest skin slapped on a Minecraft clone. The series heart and soul is all over this game and is sure to please fans of the series. The Minecraft elements are also more streamlined and easier to deal with for players not used to this style of game. The visuals are stunning, and the audio brilliant. The visuals do take a hit in handheld mode, and the combat leaves much to be desired, but the game's shortcomings are never enough to ruin the absolute joy playing this game gives you. It is much cheaper on other platforms, but even at full price, this game has enough content to make it worth your hard-earned cash.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2016

All in all Dragon Quest Builders is an absolutely spectacular surprise. For me, it's a far superior experience to Minecraft. It’s topped off by having an end goal. Credits that roll and bosses that need defeating give the entire experience genuine purpose. I’ve had next to no interest in the sandbox building genre up to this point, however there’s enough structure here to compel me to push onwards. And onwards. And onwards. Someone save me.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is certainly overpriced, but I can’t help but love its fluent mechanics, charming characters and epic quests.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is a spinoff in the series that manages to successfully pair the openness of a crafting game with the story and character development of an JRPG

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

This port has been created in order to get some players to try this better version of the original game before its sequel arrives. However, Dragon Quest Builders is still very entertaining and a perfect choice for Minecraft and Dragon Quest lovers.

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GearNuke
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a great action RPG at its core mixed with the world building and exploration aspects of Minecraft. It is an excellent spin-off from the Dragon Quest series that has an easy learning curve and should be a fun experience for everyone.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders finds its way on Nintendo Switch, where the unique specificity of the console offers breeding ground for the endless possibilities of the game. Nonetheless, it's the same game as two years ago, with some fringe additions. An excellent opportunity, if you missed it when it was originally released.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2016

This Dragon Quest experiment gives players a great reason to build

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is a motivating build-up game that skilfully combines block building with RPG elements.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2016

While the gameplay, levels, and locations are something that everyone will experience by the end game, how players build their towns and help the townsfolk is what will give each person their unique experience.

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Level Down Games
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 26, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is one game that is definitely worth your time and commitment if you are a fan of the series, a fan of creation within games, or even better, both of those combined.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a superb game, appealing to both fans of the series and newcomers alike. Don’t think of this as a Minecraft clone, but rather as a good Dragon Quest game with crafting and building elements.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 7, 2018

As I build my new civilization and new people start to come out of the woodwork, I really start to feel attached to the game.

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Cerealkillerz
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders combines action adventures with a minecraft-like sandbox with ease and manages to stand on its own feet. A funny, creative adventure for everybody that is sometimes a bit too simple but never gets boring.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2016

Building and exploring are the most enjoyable parts in “Dragon Quest Builders” and developers create them wonderfully. I just wish controls were more convenient. Dragon Quest Builders is a Japanese version of “Minecraft” and entertaining players very well.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Both classic Dragon Quest RPG and Minecraft-style building sim, Dragon Quest Builders takes just enough ingredients from each side of the developmental kitchen and gently stirs them into a dish that never manages to overpower either of its core mechanics. If you've ever wanted to try Mojang's ubiquitous hit but found it a little too intimidating in its vagueness, then this is the alternative for you. Fun, empowering and Dragon Quest to a tee; Its combat and camera can be a little erratic, but they never manage to derail your new building adventure.

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Easy Allies
Nov 11, 2016
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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders does and exceptional job of implementing a proven formula from a game that sold so well Microsoft decided to buy it, but it doesn’t stop there. DQB improves on that formula and give players a more well rounded, fuller experience. Its a guided experience but its this structure that makes the game both addictive and rewarding.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Whether you want to focus on completing assignments or build with no specific purpose, the game is feature-rich enough to suck up untold hours, even if this happens to be your first Dragon Quest experience.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a great alternative for people who want more structure from a Minecraft-style experience – and plenty of structures to build

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

A lovely art style combines with some great crafting mechanics in this delightful RPG. It really is the best Minecraft-like I've seen, and with the charming Toriyama art style and more structured progression system, it's a game you can play for hours. Recommended for young gamers, Dragon Quest fans, and anyone looking for something new on Nintendo Switch.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 7, 2018

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SA Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders has found its ideal home on the Nintendo Switch. The building and crafting game fits right in and can be a wonderful time, especially as a companion game to other activities. While the issues are still very present, there is still a lot of fun to be had which holds more weight for first time players.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders as a package is all kinds of fun.

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RPG Fan
80%
80%
Nov 15, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders could be the start of a hugely successful spinoff from the main franchise, but it's going to need some refinement in the future to truly shine.

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Game Rant
Oct 5, 2016

Square Enix takes a JRPG classic fuses it with elements of Minecraft in Dragon Quest Builders, creating a unique spin on the genre that enthralls even when it stumbles.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is exciting, relaxing, simple, intuitive, and will never leave you alone with your creativity.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2016

Relaxing and compelling, with Dragon Quest Builders if you’ve struggled to get into the genre with building games in the past this might just be the game that changes your mind.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

It's hard not to be charmed by Dragon Quest Builders. The team at Square Enix have managed to improve upon the concept of a crafting-focused sandbox game simply by adding in a touch of direction and personality. Players are still able to tear down and rebuild the world as they see fit, but the addition of townspeople and objectives makes Builders feel like a much more robust experience than similar games that came before it, even if it does at times feel a little clumsy.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 26, 2016

A serious contender to the Voxel Throne

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders' is a more structured and extremely take on the Minecraft formula, and will have you glued to your Switch for dozens of hours.

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GaminGuardian
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders take the best of the Minecraft gameplay and the charming world of Dragon Quest to give us a very recommendable RPG-crafting game, that could be better for a lot of people that the game that inspires that game.

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VGN
8 / 10.0
Tommaso Stio

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

This version of Dragon Quest Builders offers the same funny and creative experience, but now you can even explore, build or fight in the world of Alefgard wherever you want thanks the portable mode offered by Nintendo Switch, which adds a great value to the overall experience.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Interesting fot hose who are looking for a deep RPG and for the ones that just want to play a minecraft like game. Dragon Quest Builders is a well rounded game that may fall too repetitive as it biggest flaw.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 9, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a wonderful concoction of open world creation tools with RPG elements sprinkled throughout. It is sure to appeal to fans of Dragon Quest, building games, and newcomers alike.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders gives the genre's heavy hitters a run for their money with its charm, character, and accessibility. A streamlined crafting experience that's always happy to provide you with purpose, it offers a delightful adventure that's packed with discovery. Even though a couple of wonky design choices prevent proceedings from being totally watertight, this is still one of the most downright addictive titles available on the PS4.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is every bit the captivating building adventure on the Switch as it was when it first released. It's strong sense of progression, charming aesthetic and easy mechanics make it great for casual play, while its robust worlds and interesting characters make for a charming tale. It takes a misstep or two along the way, but Dragon Quest Builders isn't an adventure you want to skip out on.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
OkaRin

Top Critic

8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is almost perfect game for the Nintendo Switch. It's nice to play in a portable mode while traveling. It offers interesting and creative gameplay in the colorful world of Dragon Quest, remaining simple and understandable for all gamers.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 11, 2016

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.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

Sadly, Dragon Quest Builders isn’t quite the Dragon Quest meets Minecraft mash-up that I was really hoping for. What it does, however, is offer an engrossing adventure that proves giving a world-building engine some storyline, characters, and proper combat goes a long way.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 4, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders gives players the freedom to do whatever they want, while making sure they don’t get bored of that freedom too quickly by restricting how they get materials and recipes. This smart concept, mixed with the villager management and RPG elements make this one of the freshest experiences in the series.

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Player.One
Oct 12, 2016

It is sandbox gaming on rails, giving players just enough freedom to deserve its genre placement without exposing them to an overwhelming array of resources and recipes. Gating some content behind the game’s narrative progression may irritate those with substantial genre experience. But the system provides a streamlined sandbox experience for those of us with less time; a design philosophy that clearly sets Dragon Quest Builders apart from the competition.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 14, 2016

A surprisingly successful mash-up between two completely different franchises, whose quiet charms offer a welcome alternative to incessant action and overbearing storytelling.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is quite simply a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch and a brilliant entrée before the sequel releases this year.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 2, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is a splendid fusion between Minecraft and Dragon Quest. Instead of just roaming a huge world at your own will, you will always have a (mostly) clear goal to work towards and townspeople to pamper. There is still plenty of room for making your own creations, even though it is not on the same grand scale as Minecraft.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders on Switch brings near-PS4 quality graphics with the portable aspect of the PS Vita. If you're going to play it anywhere, I recommend the Nintendo Switch.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 3, 2016

A huge component missing from this game was multiplayer. Granted, this game benefited from focusing on a single player campaign, It can’t help but be felt like a major part of this game is missing by not letting 2 people work together to create something. One of the major reasons Minecraft is so successful is that anything is possible since people can work together to create anything they can think of. It seems like for now Square-Enix is content with dabbling in the genre, rather than redefining it.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 19, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders could have easily been a lazy Minecraft ripoff. Instead, Square Enix does a great job in adding compelling mechanics that make this a breath of fresh air for the genre that can stand on its own. The game’s greatest strength lies in its campaign, which makes it a bonafide action-adventure game with enjoyable combat and great boss fights while still incorporating the fun elements of building. The camera, admittedly, can be a pain at times and the lack of fleshed-out multiplayer and co-op is an unfortunate missed opportunity. If you’re looking for a solid crafting game and are intrigued by the addition of RPG and action elements, however, Dragon Quest Builders is a fabulous construct that fans both young and old will enjoy.

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Hu3br
Oct 18, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders makes crafting and building fun while giving a relaxing experience.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an awesome experience and I truly hope that Square Enix makes more of these. They have many more Dragon Quest titles that can use or even just a sequel since this is a parallel world. If they could add one thing other than better inventory management however? It would be coop as this would definitely be better with a partner as Breanna and I have played this side by side for hours at a time and it would have been fun to help one another out instead of simply showing them where other things were or pulling out plans for them to emulate to level up their town faster.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders for the Switch is a straight port of previous versions, but the flexibility of the Switch itself makes this the definite way to play.

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The Jimquisition
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2016

Square Enix wanted more than just a Minecraft clone with Dragon Quest art. It is a Minecraft clone with Dragon Quest art, most definitely, but it’s also got a little extra magic all its own.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Wuqinglong

Top Critic

Mar 24, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is not your typical Minecraft clone. It stands on it's own as an enjoyable Dragon Quest adventure that offers enough to scratch the building and battling itch.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is an interesting object, one that does not fully venture into its main series' territory but which puts the players in its world and which can keep their attention for some long, fun and involving moments, not to mention that it keeps the mind well entertained until the next chapter in the Dragon Quest series arrives.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2016

No, Dragon Quest Builders won’t take everyone off the Minecraft building path, but it’s a great diversion for those that can’t get into that game, or simply want a role-playing hook that rewards them as they continue on quests and fight against the Dragonlord’s minions. It’s a fun follow-up to last year’s The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, offering a unique take that will attract a different kind of audience. There’s nothing wrong with building on that.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 4, 2016

Combat could be better, but Dragon Quest Builders combines RPG structure and freeform creativity to great effect. It's Minecraft for people who hate Minecraft.

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IGN Spain
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders has a perfect design and concept to entertain to the younger and an adult audience.

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Corecade
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2017

Offering the perfect balance of comfy fun, Dragon Quest Builders allows you to kick back on your couch and get creative!

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders on Switch is a nice porting, with the same problems as the original title. Less good to see and technically less perfect, it manages to fill these gaps thanks to the portability of Switch, which increases the fun and immediacy.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Chad Sapieha and his little reviewer-in-training came away with slightly different takes on Square Enix's blocky crafting RPG

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

A good little game that's maybe stuck between audiences.

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PowerUp!
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders is truly unique and is definitely a worthwhile experience. Despite being available for PlayStation for over a year it’s still hugely playable on Switch

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 11, 2016

Obviously the appeal of Dragon Quest Builders is the universe it’s set in, but there’s also the appeal for younger audiences who will find the guided nature of this sandbox JRPG an inviting and accessible proposition. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a good effort and another potentially successful spin-off.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

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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Rocket Chainsaw
Oct 16, 2016

Square Enix has produced a great game that successfully straddles the line between action RPG and creative freedom

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Impulsegamer
3.3 / 5.0
3.3 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders combines the sandbox-crafting elements of Minecraft with the classic Japanese role-playing game systems of long-running series Dragon Quest, resulting in a fun video game spin-off that works. Aside from sometimes repetitive combat and personal preferences on its level of linearity, DQB is a game worth checking out for crafting-simulation lovers and fans of the classic JRPG franchise open to a new direction, but the lack of multiplayer is an omission which can’t be ignored when considering a purchase.

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Niche Gamer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2016

The real question, though, is whether or not DQB is worth playing at all. It’s hard for me to recommend it to anyone who already enjoys these types of games, but if you’re just getting into city-builders and ARPGs, I suppose this would be a nice primer for what to expect from other titles. Even then, for the $60 USD pricepoint, I’d advise one to wait until it goes on sale.

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