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Dragon Quest Builders 2 (2019) is an open-world base-building adventure that takes the popular Minecraft idea in a role-play direction. Play involves exploring the world, crafting equipment and buildings and developing your character as they fight ever more fierce monsters. It stands out for offering a deeper narrative and more interesting characters while not stinging on the creative building options.

You wake up on a ghost ship overrun by monsters but soon escape when you land on the Isle of Awakening, a man named Malroth who has lost his memory. Together, you embark on an island-hopping adventure, meeting new characters, building bases, and completing quests to strengthen your community. The story serves as a vehicle for teaching you the ins and outs of crafting, combat and base building. But also it creates a real sense of connection to each of the villagers who joins your cause.

As you progress you steadily hop between islands, meet locals and set up a new base with them. Taking on side quests then strengthens the community's morale and provides upgrades. There are also loads of secret caves and locations with mini-puzzles to solve for a particular benefit.

The result is a game that really does give Minecraft a run for its money. Particularly if you want something more involved and great focus on role-play (or without those Minecraft in-game purchases). Dragon Quest Builders 2 improves on the first game in the series, with charming characters, a lot to do and a refined gameplay loop.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dragon Quest Builders 2 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Creative and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting and Fighting elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. You can play with up to 4 people online, or you can play in the same room if you each have a Switch and copy of the game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 45 hours and 70 hours to complete. To see everything can take over 100 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for features fear and non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context with sounds likely to be scary to young children. Not suitable for persons below 7 years of age. Players can do battle by running around with a weapon and simply striking an enemy. This violence can be quite high in intensity but is predominantly cartoonish and non-realistic. There are colourful light effects, explosions, puffs of smoke, and cartoonish sound effects. There are some boss battles as well. Some of the bosses have a menacing appearance accompanied by loud roaring sound effects that can be scary for younger children.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Very young children can enjoy exploring the world. Parents can play with children to help them build things and find their way around. At the higher end of the age range the story mode is more involved with specific quests.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Dragon Quest Builders 2 usually costs £21.99 to £44.99. 


Steam Store PC £39.99

Dragon Quest Builders

Steam Store PC £21.99

Dragon Quest Builders 2

XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £44.99 £26.99 until 01/08/2024
XBox StoreSALE PC £44.99 £26.99 until 01/08/2024
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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/06/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 40% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Role-Play (Action, Collecting and Fighting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

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