Oskar Stålberg, one of the developers behind Bad North, is solo releasing a serene city simulator this month. Townscaper, described more as a “toy” than a proper game, offers players an algorithmic-based paintbrush–a paintbrush which brings to life placid floating towns. Townscaper is summarized thus:
“Townscaper is an experimental passion project. More of a toy than a game. Pick colors from the palette, plop down colored blocks of house on the irregular grid, and watch Townscaper’s underlying algorithm automatically turn those blocks into cute little houses, arches, stairways, bridges and lush backyards, depending on their configuration.”
Townscaper doesn’t ask much of you as a player, but it offers a great deal in return. Satisfying sound effects mesh perfectly with a visual aesthetic that’s as warming to the eye as tea to the belly. While no specific release date has been announced yet, Townscaper is slated to open for Early Access on PC this month.