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  • Summary: Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block.

    No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That's it. Townscaper is an experimental passion project. More of a
    Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block.

    No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That's it.

    Townscaper is an experimental passion project. More of a toy than a game. Pick colors from the palette, plop down colored blocks of house on the irregular grid, and watch Townscaper's underlying algorithm automatically turn those blocks into cute little houses, arches, stairways, bridges and lush backyards, depending on their configuration.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 6, 2021
    100
    Townscaper is the perfect game if you’re looking for a way to relax and unwind while flexing your creative muscles. The mechanics may be limited, but the game itself is absolutely limitless. Townscaper is like a nice warm batch of cookies from grandma, and I can already tell I will be returning quite often to the comforts I found while playing.
  2. Sep 13, 2021
    90
    Townscaper exists in that special chill vibe genre that includes games like digital coloring books and virtual bubble wrap, but it also nudges gently up against city builders as well, only without any of the complications or stress. It makes you feel like a creative, relaxed time traveler, bringing into existence a peaceful, little perfect town out in the middle of a perfectly calm sea. Townscaper doesn’t try to do a lot of things, instead it does one thing very, very well.
  3. Aug 27, 2021
    80
    A pleasant toy for building your own idyllic seaside getaways.
  4. Aug 30, 2021
    80
    Townscaper is minimalist in every sense of the word — minimalist gameplay, minimalist UI, minimalist sound — but the sheer amount of potential hidden within this title defies its style. If you’re looking for a new obsession or a nice little title to play during lunch breaks or just before bed, Townscaper is the soothing sandbox town-builder that will do the trick. The town-building aspect may be instantaneous, but you’ll soon learn you spend an awful lot of time discovering all the little signs of life that spring up along the way.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Jul 4, 2020
    10
    Awesome game! Really fun to play with when you are bored! And it is an insainly charming game!
  2. Apr 4, 2021
    10
    This "game" is so wonderful. It just make me happy. It is so pleasant to build cities and change the light.
  3. Feb 5, 2022
    10
    This isn't really a game how most would think of one - me included, honestly, until I played around in Townscaper. So thanks for broadening myThis isn't really a game how most would think of one - me included, honestly, until I played around in Townscaper. So thanks for broadening my horizons, lol.

    Anyways, there's no goal, no "You won!" screen, nor a "You lost!" one. This game is about just plopping down a couple blocks and building an island town, painting it in a variety of vibrant colors and basking in the glory of your own creation. This game is like that time you sat down with your wooden blocks or your lego as a child, threw the manual to the corner, and decided to build a town of your own.

    If you remember it fondly, you'll most likely enjoy Townscaper. If you remember it as something boring you were forced to do because you couldn't go play outside or watch tv / play videogames, you'll probably want to steer clear. However, if you have a game pass, I'd recommend you give it a try while it's on there anyways. It's only some 150MB, so will be downloaded real quick, and perhaps it'll amuse you for a few minutes.
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  4. Feb 10, 2022
    8
    Awesome game. Good art and the game it is unique. I never saw something like that.
  5. Oct 20, 2021
    7
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    Since this game is an Early Acess title my review might change over time, this review is more relevant during the build on which the game is being reviewed. And since the game is not yet complete I won't be attributing any scores besides the final one.

    Visuals -
    Townscaper is a beautiful and simplistic game, without tweaking any settings the game is already perfect for taking screenshots and that aspect is further improved with the latest build which added new times of the day and different lightings. So if you like the idea of showing your town to others, it is perfect for you.

    Gameplay -
    The gameplay is really simple, you will only be using your mouse to play the game. The game is still very simple and early stages, the only thing that you can do is build your town which is not necessarily bad... But I would like to see more features added to the game such as a population or stuff to make your town look more lively.

    My thoughts -
    I don't think this game is for everyone, but if you are a creative person and love to build your worlds just like myself, I believe you would be able to get enjoyment out of this game. Furthermore, I would like to thank the creator Oskar Stålberg for giving us this project.
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  6. Aug 26, 2021
    5
    I wouldn't really consider this a 'game', but it was fun to mess around with! The problem I had was the point of playing. It's relaxing, sure,I wouldn't really consider this a 'game', but it was fun to mess around with! The problem I had was the point of playing. It's relaxing, sure, but is there really much to do? Not really. Just build things. There's no money, resources, other land, or even npcs. Even ~30 achievements that one could hunt would go a long way. I think building different things in order to get achievements would be really fun! But in the state this product is now, I couldn't have fun with it for more than an hour or so. That being said, it's a neat little package. I returned it, because I don't see myself coming back without a lot more content, but as for you? Try it out! Mess with it for an hour, and after that you'll know whether to keep it or return it. It's special, and I mean that, so give it a go! Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2021
    0
    Most people can hold their breath longer than Townscaper can hold even the most eager time-waster's interest.

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