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Video GameTownscaper Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan, @EamonGaudio, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Like a toy, there’s a fascination in experimenting to see how Townscaper's underlying algorithm will automatically turn blocks into cute little houses, arches, stairways, bridges and lush backyards, depending on their configuration. Access to all the building tools is given right away and Townscaper’s algorithm ensures that every block snaps together in a cohesive way to allow anyone to create the town of their dreams with houses, gardens, and bridges, regardless of architectural skill.

As enquiring minds push the game to build ever more complex structures and layouts you can discover more of where the building will take you. Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block.

As you build you create a strange otherworldly building-site soundtrack. Hear waves break against the building, masonry plop into the sea, and new dwellings pop into existence. The sounds and lovely seas-side visuals make this a game as calming as a fidget spinner.

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Web, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Osk Sta (@OskSta)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round of this game. You can build a town in a minute or spend hours crafting the perfect dwelling.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players can enjoy messing around with the different buildings and colours. Older players enjoy constructing towns with a particular aim or aesthetic.

CostsCosts

Townscaper usually costs £0 to £5.39. 

Townscaper

This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can try the game for free on the Townscaper website.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Townscaper Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
You can select the time of day to be bright and clear. The game outlines the area that you will build on with a white highlight. You can zoom in to make the buildings bigger. You can adjust the Head Up Display on PC but not on console.

The menus make sounds. The colour selection of the buildings can be selected with the D-Pad on consoles/controller each colour makes a different noise as you select it.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

 
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