Minecraft Dungeons Nintendo Switch Review

Minecraft Dungeons Nintendo Switch

6.8

6.8/10

Fight your way through an all-new action-adventure game Minecraft Dungeons on Nintendo Switch. Inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends! Up to four players can battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels – all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager!

Minecraft Dungeons Nintendo Switch Review

Minecraft Dungeons has a pretty basic story. It’s more about the gameplay itself, which is quite fun. You land in a randomly generated level and have to accomplish a task, such as freeing a hostage or rescuing villagers. There is no exploration or hidden prizes, you just go straight to the objective. There are some puzzle-solving elements, but it’s mainly killing A and recure B.

Minecraft Dungeons Nintendo Switch Trailer

Levels are short, taking around 10 mins to complete. You have a sword for close combat and a bow and arrow for ranged attacks. The bow auto targets, so it is the best weapon to use. Artefacts are used to mix it up a bit. They are used to increase your attacks or defences. Though they have to be used sparingly as they have a cooldown period.

New gear can be found by collecting it off fallen enemies or chests found along the way. Emeralds are also dropped, these can be spent on upgrading weapons or armour. Apart from that, there is very little to encourage killing hoards of enemies. The co-op is the best part of the gameplay. The main gameplay doesn’t change, but with a friend makes it less tedious.

The look of the game is OK. They have stuck with the blocky Minecraft elements, but with a nice texture pack on it. Framerate drops happened occasionally, but it performed better in handheld mode. I completed the game in around 4 hours, and then put it down never to play again. There will be DLC, which may bring me back but there isn’t much else to do on the game.

Overall, Minecraft Dungeons on Nintendo Switch feels like it wouldn’t have worked without the groundwork put in by Minecraft. It lacks the replayability of some cheaper games.

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