Dragon Quest Builders isn’t a new game. It was released here in the US on October 2016 and even earlier in Japan on January 2016. The game takes the popular Dragon Quest franchise and turns it into an open world builder not unlike Minecraft. In fact, the game share a lot in common with that game as much of the game will task you with mining materials, combining them to build other objects, and ultimately building a world in which the inhabitants of the land can live. However, that’s where the similarities end. Dragon Quest Builders seems to be so much more with the inclusion of an integrated story line, RPG elements, and a actual reason for building things.
With that said, the first 40 minutes I played of the game were quite delightful. The game does much to teach players how to play and doesn’t just throw you into an open sandbox to fend for themselves. You don’t have to guess what to do because the beginning of the game gives such detailed instruction that even novices who have never played games like Minecraft will be crafting like pros in no time.
That makes Dragon Quest Builders in my opinion, a much better experience than Minecraft when it comes to open world construction games. On top of that, the inclusion of a story really helps when it comes to reasons why you should be building things in the first place.
The controls in the game are very easy to learn and much of the construction elements are very straight forward. The graphics in the game are excellent and not as blocky as Minecraft is. The world itself has that familiar Minecraft look, but just at much higher resolutions and prettier objects to look at. The audio in the game is also very, very good and has that familiar Dragon Quest sound that fans will recognize.
Overall, Dragon Quest Builders is a must buy in my opinion for those who enjoy Minecraft, but want an experience that is more game like and story driven. It’s fantastic for kids too who love Minecraft, and I know there are a lot out there.