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Townscaper Review

Nintendo Switch by Oskar Stålberg

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"Townscaper" is a city builder game developed by Oskar Stålberg. It was released for Windows and Mac in August 2021, with ports to the Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and web browsers following later in the year. This review is based on player feedback from Reddit, Twitter, and the Steam Community.

Gameplay 8

Players have praised "Townscaper" for its simplicity and the freedom it offers. The game allows players to build a seaside town by placing colored blocks on an irregular grid. The game's algorithm then automatically turns these blocks into houses, arches, stairways, bridges, and lush backyards. However, some players have expressed a desire for more features, such as the ability to add people and animals, change the ground color, and create multiple floor tiles at once.

Graphics 9

The graphics of "Townscaper" have been well-received by players. The game features low poly graphics and a simple, minimalist user interface. Players have particularly enjoyed the game's ability to switch to a night mode, which turns on the lights in the houses.

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Storyline N/A

"Townscaper" does not have a storyline, as it is more of a toy than a game. The game's focus is on allowing players to express their creativity by building their own unique towns.

Multiplayer - N/A

"Townscaper" is a single-player game. There is no multiplayer mode.

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Issues 7

While "Townscaper" is generally bug-free, some players have reported issues. For example, one player reported a problem with the texture files and provided a solution. Another player expressed a desire for a feature that despawns coin-operated binoculars if they're facing a wall or window.

Conclusion 8

Overall, "Townscaper" is a unique and creative game that offers players a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Its simplicity, combined with its freedom of expression, makes it a standout in the city-building genre. However, the addition of more features could enhance the gameplay and make it even more engaging.

Player Quotes

"I'm just a random player but I would like to know what everyone else wants added to the game. Personally I think people and animals would be at the top of my list."

"I just accidentally found out you can set Townscaper to night and the lights in the houses turn on. This continues to be the best video game ever made."

"I would want the ability to change the ground color in this game... making non-island towns would be cool."

"I’d like a code that despawns coin-operated binoculars if they’re facing a wall/window."

"Relaxing to play and a chance to be creative with building a visually-pleasing settlement."

"Chill game, I like it."

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Please note that this review is based on the feedback and sentiments of players on various Reddit threads and does not represent the views of all players.