If you enjoy Minecraft, chances are you'll like this creative role-playing game. It has a very similar (but noticeably more modern) blocky aesthetic, offers an analogous resource-gathering mechanic, and provides nearly boundless opportunity to create whatever you like. All that, and it has an actual story filled with satisfying exploration and building objectives to boot -- which should prove a boon for anyone who likes the creative potential of a game like Minecraft but craves a little more direction and narrative. While this sort of a game might seem a stretch for the traditional Dragon Quest formula, it actually fits surprisingly well. Franchise fans will recognize monsters, music, and the series' trademark tongue-in-cheek dialogue and will be happy to know they can still grow and upgrade their character with seeds, new armor, and more powerful weapons. The Switch version's inclusion of "Pixels" as a crafting material to customize the look of the game even further toward the classic adventure is a great homage to the original series, while giving a bit of visual flair to the blocky environments.
There are a couple of minor quirks, though. For starters, the action is presented from a third-person perspective, which sometimes makes it a little tricky to target specific blocks for removal or placement (though as you learn more powerful area-damage moves, such as a spin attack, you'll be able to clear and harvest blocks quicker than you ever could in Minecraft). Plus, there's a little less freedom to experiment at the start, since recipes for objects are gradually provided through quests rather than stumbled upon by combining random ingredients. But once you've been playing for five or 10 hours, you'll be able to build everything from bustling towns to towering castles. This one earns an easy recommendation for kids with big imaginations.