Welcome to the lands of old. Where Kings and Queens ruled the countryside, control of the lands are in your hands and you need to build a community to bring food, wealth and safety to your claimed throne. Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt is a new top-down look at this very situation. From the developers at HandyGames comes a look at how to build and manage a small town and eventually a medieval city. With bright popping graphics and well organized controls and mechanics, Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt is looking to be a great addition to the world building genre.
“A vast land awaits your settlers and is ready to be colonized. Send your architects and builders to plan and construct a city. But also send your craftsmen, to cut some wood and to mine ore. Make sure your fields are on fertile grounds, to get all the food for your hungry subjects! Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt hands the crown to you: Guide your people from their first steps in a small village to a massive medieval metropolis with thousands of inhabitants.”
When you launch into T-AKR you start off rather simply, learning how to operate and use certain mechanics while being guided by some quirky characters. Once you clear the basic tutorial you’ll find a new set of options open to you and new missions to obtain just like… build a farm the harvest cotton. As you progress further more will unlock. Everything from simple benches and water features to big white stone walls and marketplaces. Finishing missions will see you flooded with new comers and workman, fisherman and bakers, tailors and merchants. With this comes the need for buildings to cater for these people and that’s where balance comes into play. If you build too quick you may find yourself out of money and might need to fire a few workers leading to bad moral within the community, and we don’t want that.
Townsmen looks great also. For a top down view they have certainly gone to some detail making these towns and cities look very true to what you would imagine. This, along with great uses of color, makes details stand out. Gameplay is very simple to manage also which is good for these types of games to save confusion or missing something. If a building catches on fire, simply click on the building and swipe how many people you want to help put it out. Same goes for building, click on the based of the construct and choose the number of members you want to use; obviously the more the used the quicker things are done but will cost a little extra.
All in all Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt is a solid playing and nice looking medieval building sim which is fun to play, without feeling too overburdened with menus and otherwise awkward setups. It can get a little taxing at points, but this little hiccups rarely put a downer on things for too long.