Story - 80%
Graphics - 74%
Audio - 65%
Gameplay - 82%
Replayability - 95%
The Dragon Quest game series has been a long-standing RPG series with the first game released in 1986 and the last one, Dragon Quest XI, being released last year in Japan and will be released world-wide sometime this year. The series also has a lot of spin-off and hence we get Dragon Quest Builders.
Dragon Quest Builders was first released in 2016 on the Sony gaming systems and now we can play it on the Nintendo Switch. It was first perceived to be very similar to Minecraft but upon release it was seen that the game is very quest driven even though you still have a lot of freedom.
The game has a good learning curve and when you have the basics under control it also gives you freedom to do what you want with some structure still involved. I’m not a massive fan of Minecraft type of games but this game caught me, and I think it has something to do with the quests that you still must fulfil.
Graphics are not the best but is decent enough not to detract form the overall game. The sound in my opinion can be turned down completely but at the same time there is no big problem with it. The gameplay and controls are solid, and I didn’t pick up any glitches.
The story is quite interesting, and it plays off in Alegard, the world of the original game. It starts with one of the endings of Dragon Quest where the hero accepts the Evil Dragonlord’s suggestion where each rule half of the world. Ofcourse it was a trap and now the land is dominated by monsters. A new hero (You) appears to save the world and you are tagged as the “Builder”. Learning more as you venture along.
The first map/land is very much a place where you learn how everything works and how to build most of the basic buildings and things you need. After defeating the Gollum, bent on destroying your town, you have the opportunity to further expand your town or travel to the new land. The new lands bring new opportunities, new things to build and new enemies to defeat.
Dragon Quest Builders is a great game that fits well into the Dragon Quest lore even though it is a spin-off. I enjoyed how they merged the building and quests gameplays and created a game which is fun with structure and still allows for a lot of freedom. Definitely worth having on your playlist.
Reviewed on: Switch
Available on: PS3, PS4, Switch, PS Vita
Genre: Action RPG / Sandbox
Age Rating: PG
Publisher/Developer: Square Enix
Estimated RRP: R569
Release Date: 9 February 2018
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