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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Freeform town-building toy is a creative joy.

Game Mac , Nintendo Switch , Windows 2021
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It's hard not to get sucked into the freeform fun of this little virtual toy for at least a little while. Townscaper makes no attempt to hide the fact that it's not really a game, but rather a means to exercise our imagination. Its sole purpose is to provide players a remarkably simple and intuitive platform for building island towns. It's the sort of thing kids of almost any age can get into and have fun with, simply mousing about and clicking randomly to see what happens. Your first sea villages are bound to be a little muddled and bizarre, like something out of a Studio Ghibli fever dream. But with just a little bit of experimenting and practice, kids can start building wonderfully fantastical towns that sprawl across the ocean, reach high into the sky, and connect in all sorts of fun, seemingly physics-defying ways.

Some players are bound to wish for more -- more variety of structures, or more control over just how they can place each tile. But there's a bit of genius in the limitations that have been imposed. It keeps the experience delightfully accessible while forcing more ambitious players to come up with creative ways to make the town they've pictured in their minds. And remember that this is a very inexpensive game -- just five bucks. It's not meant to compete with games that have epic stories and endless potential, but rather to do just one thing and do it well. Townscaper is a fun little digital toy that can help kids of almost any age express their creativity, and maybe capture a picture or two along the way so they can share and remember what they've made.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Nintendo Switch , Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Release date: August 26, 2021
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
  • Last updated: September 1, 2021

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