[Nintendo Switch] Townscaper Review
Townscaper from Raw Fury and Oskar Stålberg is a minimalist town building toy in which you’ll create small island communities. Check our Townscaper review!
Townscaper from Raw Fury and Oskar Stålberg is a minimalist town building toy in which you’ll create small island communities. There’s really no goal per se other than taking your time to create small clusters of houses, longer and larger buildings with a bit more grandeur. The game’s algorithm will take what you’re setting up and will create arches between buildings, will add a bridge here and there.
The controls are very easy to understand. You’ll move a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick as you select from the different available colors on the left side of the screen with the D-Pad to pick what color each potential building will have once it pops into the scene. You can press the A button to build the foundation over which each house can be built. As you rotate the camera with the right analog stick, you will start to find that if you build a house on a single spot, a small house will show up. But if you try to build another house next to it, the two will merge, and a bigger building will take its place. Press the B button, and you’ll start to deconstruct each spot, which will lead the way to create something new that still looks great.
From this basic setup, you can build rows of short buildings of the same color split into small districts, followed by taller buildings of another color to differentiate them from the first group. Or you could maybe mix and match buildings of each of the different colors you can pick. Or maybe you want small islands next to each other with only a handful of buildings on them. Or maybe, just maybe, you feel like creating a picturesque citadel with different points of interest as your island climbs higher and higher.
Townscaper is a budget release at only $5.99, and it’s definitely something very different from any other game you might have played on Nintendo’s console. It’s a fun toy to take for a spin as you build and rebuild Mediterranean-style paradise islands at home or on the go. Oh, and my kids had a blast creating their own cities with the easy-to-use tools provided by Townscaper.
This Townscaper review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Raw Fury.