Townscaper

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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

Overview

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.

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.”

Now fully released on Steam for PC and Mac, with the addition of automatic garden paths when buildings have entranceways opposite each other.

Commitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age Ratings

No ratings available for this game.


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.

Accessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.


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