- Developer : Handy Games
- Publisher : THQ Nordic
- Release Date : 08/11/2018
- Review Code provided by Bryden Keks
- Price : £17.49
Introducing Townies and Townettes
Never let it be said that I am any good at resource management games. For the most part I enjoy playing them, probably because I get a little kick out of all the various numbers going up but generally I tend to completely overlook one crucial aspect of the delicate plate spinning act and as soon as something I inevitably overlooked occurs there’s more broken crockery on the floor than a Greek wedding.
Desmond has a barrow in the marketplace
Now RNG (Random Number Generator) is the subject of my second frustration with Townsmen. As you have no direct control over the soldiers and workers, you’re fully at the AI’s mercy when it comes to them actually doing what you have assigned them to do. On more than one occasion a bandit was busily burning down one of my fine townspeople’s houses and the soldiers seemed to just wander around aimlessly for a while before thinking; “Oh, maybe I should do my job and save that families life.” by which point the dastardly bandit had already burned the house to the ground and the fire is quickly spreading through the town. Meanwhile the worker assigned to the water towers is currently on route to the pub. It’s exceptionally vexing!
I’m always apprehensive when top down strategy-esque titles such as Townsmen get released on home consoles namely because mouse/keyboard and even mobile touchscreens control methods tend to be quicker and more intuitive. Speed often being a key part of the micro-managing aspect of most resource management simulator. However, the Switch version is pleasantly easy to get around in, the building menus are all nicely ordered and laid out for ease of navigation. Pressing down of the D-pad brings out a view of the various area of effect building such as guard and water towers so you can easily check on which parts of you town are unprotected.
If you’re in the market for an utterly charming looking, almost idle game style town simulator you could do a lot worse than Townsmen. However if the idea of stress-fully juggling multiple resources and trying, mostly in vain, to make sure everything runs smoothly feels you with existential dread like it does me; I’d maybe give this one a miss.
Verdict – Decent
Worth a shot for an ardent RTS enthusiast