Minecraft wannabe Dragon Quest Builders comes to iOS with limited time price drop

Dragon Quest Builders Screenshot
Dragon Quest Builders Screenshot (Image credit: Square Enix)

What you need to know

  • Dragon Quest Builders has come to iPhone and iPad for the first time.
  • The new game is similar to Minecraft, but set in the Dragon Quest universe.
  • The title is a premium one with a premium price, but you can get a discount if you buy soon.

Dragon Quest Builders, a game similar to Minecraft but based in the popular Dragon Quest universe, has now made its debut on iPhone and iPad — and there's a special launch discount available.

The new Dragon Quest Builders game is available for download in the App Store and would normally cost $29.99, being a premium title. But those who place an order over the next couple of weeks will be able to take advantage of a discount that brings the price down to just $21.99. If you're planning on picking the game up, now is the time to do it.

Those who do can look forward to a new take on the previous JRPG games that made Dragon Quest so popular. This new title is a survival and crafting game, similar to what Minecraft fans already enjoy. Square Enix calls Dragon Quest Builders a "block-building JRPG" which is a decent attempt at describing what gamers can look forward to here. Still not sure? Check out the trailer to get a feel for what's in store.

In this "Block-Building RPG", YOU are the legendary builder that has the power to build! The realm of Alefgard has been plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, the ruler of all monsters. Venture off on the epic adventure to restore Alefgard!

The new game might cost more than $20, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't include in-app purchases in the form of DLC. There are four, and while each can be bought individually there is also the option to buy all four as a single in-app purchase.

You'll need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or later to play as well as an iPhone 8 or newer to play. Storage space isn't going to be a huge concern for most people, thankfully, with a smidge more than 650MB required to play.

Those looking to add Dragon Quest Builders to their gaming pile can download it from the App Store now.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.