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Posted: 2 weeks ago, last updated 7 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Rootown is a traversal strategy game where you guide tree roots down through the soil. You play by planting a tree and then steering its roots to find good soil and avoid stones. The better you do the bigger the tree and the more resources you have to build your world. It stands out for the novel root-growing and balancing of flora and fauna.

It's a simple game of planting trees, spreading roots and exploring underground. But this is cleverly put to work to develop your small town. You use the forest to improve the life of your neighbours, find hidden treasures and collect new trees and animals from around the world. Once your tree has grown you have to decide whether to cut it down for wood or wait for fruits.

As you progress you learn how best to grow strong trees and which trees are best for different aspects of your town. Some have long root systems that are great for exploring the underground, others are super at sucking up water while others are best for harvesting minerals and fossils along the way. Some even help you clean up the soil from pollutants while you're down there.

The result is a game with a delightful root-growing mechanic at its heart. Through playing the game you learn about different species of real trees. But more than this, it develops an ecosystem of roots, trees and people who must work together for the town to thrive.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy, Traversal (Adventure and Collecting)

Accessibility: 30 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Pyair Vander (@PyairVander)




We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

When you chop down a tree it pulls a comedic face.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Rootown Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:
Controller vibration is used to confirm an action has been performed. For example, when a sub-root collects a valuable item it may be off-screen and this is indicated with vibration and sound. There is an audio cue to indicate how much root energy you have. This is also an indicator of the velocity of the root. Each collectable has a distinct sound to identify them.

The text size is large and of good contrast, but is a pixel font that can be harder to read.

You can switch the colour and increase the contrast of key game elements and the game works to accommodate this for visibility for colour-blind players.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender and Sexuality Choices: The gender and sexuality choices you can make for your character orientation and presentation in the game.

  • Unrestricted Gender Presentation: You can wear clothing and present your character’s gender in any way regardless of their gender.

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

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