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  • Summary: Airborne Kingdom — the sky city builder. Grow your unique town among the clouds, and fly it across a wide-open landscape. Explore the skies to restore serenity to the world below.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 16, 2020
    95
    Airborne Kingdom is a work of art and the developers have absolutely nailed the concept to perfection. It brings something completely new to the tycoon games genre with a rich and detailed story to accompany it. The game is surprisingly well polished and I had a gala of time playing and reviewing it. There were hardly any negatives to the game and the only area of concern was the less responsive camera system. But that is nothing a few patches can't fix! I am sure I will be playing this title for a long time and this will surely turn into an addiction!
  2. Dec 15, 2020
    90
    Airborne Kingdom breathes new life into the city-building genre with its unique concept, innovative mechanics, and enjoyable exploration. Together with the gorgeous visuals and awesome music, these features allow Airborne Kingdom to soar above the rest of the genre.
  3. Dec 17, 2020
    85
    Airborne Kingdom is rarely a very exciting game, but it’s absolutely lovely to look at, feels relaxing and pleasant to play, and manages to stand out in a genre that has been crowded for decades.
  4. Dec 15, 2020
    80
    Melding the city-building and exploration genre together shouldn't work this well. Airborne Kingdom does a fantastic job of continuously throwing new challenges at the player, while simultaneously devouring countless hours in the process. For a mere $24.99, this is a title that will absolutely give you plenty of bang for your buck.
  5. Jan 7, 2021
    75
    Overall, Airborne Kingdom is a new style city-builder aimed at the casual player who wants to just try and build the best floating kingdom that they can.
  6. Dec 17, 2020
    70
    Airborne Kingdom is a sight to behold, and one that is worthy of any city-builder fan’s attention. There’s a chill novelty to it that will subtly come over you as your floating metropolis glides across the screen, getting bigger and more unwieldy as the hours pass. With a few quality of life improvements, Airborne Kingdom could soar to far greater heights; for now, it’s the stress-reducer that fans of the genre should be paying attention to. So keep your eyes on the skies, and when Airborne Kingdom comes into view, be sure to grab it for your Epic Games Store library.
  7. Dec 15, 2020
    60
    Airborne Kingdom has a couple of interesting ideas and occasionally draws you in with engaging resource and city building mechanics, but it lacks depth and replay value. With dull quests and a lack of challenge, it might just drift by most players unnoticed, like a balloon in the sky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 26, 2020
    10
    I wish there would be a little more gameplay, but nonetheless this is one of the funnest city builders i ever played with
  2. Dec 27, 2020
    10
    Airborne Kingdom is a beautiful city builder with some unique twists like flight and lore! It borrows familiar concepts from other buildersAirborne Kingdom is a beautiful city builder with some unique twists like flight and lore! It borrows familiar concepts from other builders including resource management (e.g. find ore to keep your city afloat), population management (e.g. build housing and keep citizens happy), and city management (e.g. position factories far from housing), and expands on the concept with rich lore in a beautiful environment. Parts I enjoyed most were (1) finding ways to design a city that is both balanced (i.e. not tip over and fall out of sky) and optimized, and (2) completing quests to reunite the world. Many city builders offer quests but they're typically arbitrary and lame. In Airborne Kingdom, I felt motivated by allying with cities and completing my "tapestry", and benefitting from the perks from allies (e.g. free resources). I was proud to have completed the campaign while also having achieved designing a city that could stay afloat indefinitely with a fully "jubilant" population. Well done, Wandering Band. I look forward to seeing what you publish next! Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2020
    10
    FunFun gameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Expand
  4. Dec 20, 2020
    9
    Cool game, nice graphics, amazing mechanics.

    I finished in 6h50m. Wished it would last longer.
  5. Dec 20, 2020
    8
    Airborne Kingdoms is a brilliant, well executed concept, and a joy to play, but it's also hindered slightly by technical issues. There is soAirborne Kingdoms is a brilliant, well executed concept, and a joy to play, but it's also hindered slightly by technical issues. There is so much here to like. It's the first city builder to truly feel fresh and unique since Sim City appeared at the end of the 80s. That is a remarkable accomplishment, and for that alone, A Wandering Band deserves your attention. It's a fascinating experience, one that answers the question, "What if you could a built a city, and then take that city on adventures?"

    I didn't know that question even existed before sitting down with Airborne Kingdom, but I'm glad someone out there thought to ask it. And while this is, at its core, a city builder, Airborne Kingdom borrows heavily from other genres. You have to balance population, employment, lighting, storage, faith, propulsion, and lift as you expand your city. You also have to balance the city itself; put too much weight on one side and the whole thing tilts. Tilt too far and your citizens start to tilt along with it, and their quality of life is one of your most constant concerns. There are RTS elements in the resource gathering, as your city produces very little of what it needs to survive. As you glide around the map (which is new every time you play), you send out small aircraft to harvest necessities like wood for building, coal to keep the propellers running, clay for ceramics, along with materials for glass, iron, and canvas, and, of course, food and water to keep your people alive. This aspect is nothing like most city building games, but is very similar to the resource harvesting you manage in games like Starcraft.

    Perhaps most interesting, though, is how much the game learns from encounter-fests like FTL or Renowned Explorers. As you traverse the sprawling map, which is rendered like a beautiful board game in ancient tile, you find other cities, which you are trying to unite. They give you little quests to fulfill before they will form alliances with you. There are dye factories and metal shops which add aesthetic options to your city. Small settlements where one might recruit new denizens, assuming your standard of living meets their expectations. Old ziggurats, ruins which avail you of lost pieces of civilization, and more. There's always something new and interesting to find beyond the next cloud bank, and the combined effect of all these little things is that Airborne Kingdom brings with it a sense of wonder that is unlike anything you've encountered in a city builder.

    As you've no doubt realized by now, I am a big fan of the game. That makes it that much harder to bring up the downside of A Wandering Band's indie jewel, but, sadly, we've got to talk about the meta of actually running the game. My computer is well over the recommended specs, and yet I've been plagued with constant graphics issues since about one-third of the way through the game, despite my freshly updated drivers (thanks, Cyberpunk!). Your city involves more moving parts than a propeller beanie museum, and as you expand, you're probably going to be forced to dial down graphics options to compensate. As you continue building, you'll keep needing to lower those settings. This is especially heartbreaking in a game that trades so heavily on its visual charm, and it robs progress in the game of its full sense of reward. I'm a big believer in being honest about the specs for your pc games, because how else is anyone supposed to make informed purchasing decisions on a gaming platform with no standardization, and the specs for Airborne Kingdom are simply not accurate. You should consider the recommended specs to be the minimum, because if you try to play this game with that recommended pc, you're going to have all the graphics options set to minimum by the time it's over. Because of these issues, I have to give an otherwise great game a 7.5/10, as opposed to the 8.5/10 it deserves.

    The devs have said, via twitter, that a number of updates are bringing new content to the game in 2021, and I can only hope that new content includes some sweeping improvements to optimization, because this wonderful little game both needs and deserves them.
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  6. Dec 20, 2020
    8
    A truly innovative city-building concept, with new factors to consider such as city lift power & tilt (given that your city is in the skies).A truly innovative city-building concept, with new factors to consider such as city lift power & tilt (given that your city is in the skies). Having fun so far, though I wished the developer has more funds for better graphics details & scenarios. Expand
  7. Jan 23, 2021
    0
    Saw it some time ago, and loved it. Instantly put it on my Steam wishlist. Saw it at a friend recently, and wondered why I didn't get aSaw it some time ago, and loved it. Instantly put it on my Steam wishlist. Saw it at a friend recently, and wondered why I didn't get a message saying the game was available.

    Turns out the Dev used Steam for free marketing, and then pulled it and went to the Epic store. SHAME!
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