Townscaper Is a Relaxing Town-Building Toy From a Dev Behind Bad North

Townscaper Is a Relaxing Town-Building Toy From a Dev Behind Bad North

This is just what 2020 needs.

Townscaper has been out for merely a day, and it's already winning hearts. The simple town-building creative game launched yesterday on Steam by one of the devs behind the excellent Bad North, and it's already proving to be a charming hit.

Townscaper is retailing for merely $5 on Steam, and requires just 1GB of RAM on PC. It's a really simplistic but beautiful game based around building your own town in your vision, with just a simple few clicks. Check out the breakdown video below for a brief tutorial.

One of the big draws about Townscaper is how simple it is to play. Townscaper is called an "instant town-building toy" over on the Steam store page for the game, and that sums it up perfectly: you use the mouse to click on where you want to build your town, and a building pops up immediately, auto-generated by the game. You can expand in any direction you want, changing colors as you go, and it's amazingly chill and relaxing experience.

The building game launched yesterday on June 30 by Oskar Stålberg, and follows in the somewhat minimalistic footsteps of Bad North. The viking strategy game has you defending a tiny island against waves of incoming invaders on longboats, and it's an absolute treat to play (and is available on Xbox Game Pass if you're looking to try it out).

Townscaper is already proving to be a bit of a hit on Twitter. With a creative game like this you're always going to see marvels after the community has got to grips with it, and there's been the likes of Pac-Man shaped towns popping up, as well as recreations of Peach's Castle from Super Mario.

The game even lets you reposition the in-game camera for some amazing shots. You can go from the highs of a bird's eye view of your town, all the way down to the street level for some impressive screenshots, as one Twitter user highlighted.

Townscaper is out now, and we can't recommend it enough. In an uncertain age like this, maybe what we really need is a simple, relaxing game like this.

Header image credit: Oskar Stålberg on Twitter.

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