Dragon Quest Builders Review (Nintendo Switch)

Hey guys! Today, we’re going to be reviewing Dragon Quest Builders for the Nintendo Switch! If you guys saw my gameplay video that I made a few days ago, you know that I have been absolutely hooked to it. If you’re on my Switch friends list, chances are you’ll probably see me playing it!

So why is Dragon Quest Builders so addicting? Isn’t it just a Minecraft clone? Not quite…and that’s what makes it so engaging. Think of this game as kind of like a combination of Minecraft meets Dragon Quest with a little bit of Zelda mixed in. It is the literally all three of these ingredients mixed up together to create a game that feels very original and unique.


What makes Builders special is not only the fact that this is a creative building game, but there is also a storyline for you to follow where you complete quests. The story is simple. The realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the evil Dragonlord and you play the role of the legendary builder chosen by the Goddess to rebuild Alefgard and overthrow the Dragonlord. Sounds easy right? Well…I’ll let you be the judge of that because some of the monster battles are incredibly difficult. Don’t forget, you’re a builder first and foremost so these battles will require some strategy and technique.


Along the way of completing the story, you also have full creative freedom of building your kingdom back up and this is where the Minecraft influence comes into play. Throughout your adventure of exploring the vast worlds, you’ll be mining resources to help you do that. This means creating weapons, building rooms, making fires, cooking food and so on. Builders is a very time consuming game. Your weapons break, you get hungry and need to eat, and most notably - you’re building a kingdom from scratch! That’s no small task!

Through it all though, this is what makes Dragon Quest Builders a real challenge.


Once you beat the campaign mode, there is plenty of replay value to go about in the Terra Incognita mode, which is kind of similar to Minecraft’s creative mode. This basically lets you build whatever you want without the hassle of dealing with storyline quests. So in other words, if you can think it…you can make it!

What I love the most about this game and what truly has me hooked on it is how well the Dragon Quest RPG and Minecraft-style building system works. The graphics are colorful and vibrant, the music is great, the story is well-paced and the creative freedom you have is second to none. The one thing I do wish this game had though was multiplayer. Seriously, having an online server similar to Minecraft would just add so much more dynamic to it. It’s encouraging to hear that it’s come in Dragon Quest Builders 2 but it’s one that should have been included from the start.


Overall, if you like RPG’s or building games like Minecraft, this is a game you shouldn’t overlook! Dragon Quest Builders is such an underrated game that truly deserves all of the high ratings that it has been getting - I mean, there really aren’t that many games out there that have had me as hooked as this one. Not only is following the story and completing quests addicting but getting creative and building up your kingdom takes it to a whole other level. If you’ve ever played Minecraft, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Playing all of that Runescape when I was younger definitely prepped me for this so be warned, if you get this game, be prepared to spend a whole lot of time building up your kingdom!

Dragon Quest Builders for Nintendo Switch: 9.5 out of 10

Thank you, Nintendo for making this all possible and introducing me to this incredible game! 

Raymond Strazdas

Digital Video Producer, Linden, NJ 07036, United States

Digital Video Producer. Tech & fitness junkie. YouTube NextUp Alum. Nintendo of America Ambassador. Somewhat living in the future.