The game brings a fresh new take on the city building/management genre by introducing many RPG features. In Towns you manage a settlement on top of an active dungeon. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, how about playing the town that houses and caters to the hero's needs?
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Mostly Negative (23 reviews) - 30% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (2,063 reviews) - 26% of the 2,063 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 7, 2012

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The game brings a fresh new take on the city building/management genre by introducing many RPG features.

In Towns you manage a settlement on top of an active dungeon. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, how about playing the town that houses and caters to the hero's needs?


Both the RPG and strategic aspects will be fleshed out over a series of sprawling dungeons.


Attract travelling heroes that will independently explore the dungeons below, fight off monsters, gain levels, special skills and collect the best loot they can find in order to clear the land of all evil!


Craft unique weapons, trade with exotic items, obtain randomized loot, set up devious death traps and build a settlement capable of holding back the forces that come up from the depths!

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 1.3
    • Hard Drive: 20 MB HD space
    • Additional:The game needs Java 1.6 or higher
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Additional:The game needs Java 1.6 or higher
    Minimum:
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 1.3
    • Hard Drive:20 MB HD space
    • Additional:The game needs Java 1.6 or higher
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Additional:The game needs Java 1.6 or higher
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ARMORED CORE 6
45.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
its fun for what it is if you dont mind the drama around it
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The Good call it Niggayac
73.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
made by the asians
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Linda Hartlen
61.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
While I sure got my monies worth out of this game (some 60 hours clocked) the fact remains that the dev ran off without finishing the game, and this after several youtubers had been praising the game (and funnily enough getting their names in the game). hmm.. Not saying anything.

The premise of the game is solid just it still lacks so much that would make it a good game, is it playable sure and you could probably have more then a few fun hours but the fact remains we shouldn't be rewarding devs who just dash off with our money like that. Was the first and last time I put any money on an early access game. Shame, as I said I like the idea behind the game, the graphics are cute but in the end.. there isn't enough there.

Oh and did I mention the dev just ran off without a word?
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NickM
21.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
Abandonware. Please Google to see more information.
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Smerdyakov
14.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
Unfinished abandonware. Avoid unless you like rewarding ripoffs.
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Azher
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
DO NOT PURCHASE!
Broken game
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Cup
234.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
Great game, so very sad that it didnt get enough attention to keep it being built.

deep, rewarding, challenging but with an ever increasing mastery availible, you can always get a bit better, and a bit deeper.

seriously, really getting into this game is extremely rewarding.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
255.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
The developer sold an unfinished and broken product, and then called it finished. He's a god damn thief.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
An Awful con, completely abandoned.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
1 out of 2 Early Access products I have "invested in." The Other one being Prison Architect.. And while I am happy with what Prison Architect became, I would love to delete Towns from my library if I could. Sadly bought it about 3 years ago under very naive early access epectations..
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
113.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I played a lot, i loved this game - but it is not finished, it has terrible bugs and has been left abandoned. Do not buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Funny how I was one of the first reviews and it was removed. This had to have been one of the most dishonest situations to play out. He said " I am burned out, gonna go on vacation but will return to fix the game" Went on vacation, updated it once I think, ignored his community and just ditched out. This seriously needs to be removed, steam allowing this to stay up is beyond my own view of reasoning. These people are crooks case and point. "Going on vacation guys brb" "ohh by the way you guys called me out to much so I am going to change my name on here and just block everyone" Thanks for your money suckers.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Why is the POS abandonware still for sale?? Why does Steam allow any piece of crap? Are there no standards? This game does not run on any of my computers. Pathetic and embarassing. FOR SHAME!!!
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1,210 of 1,227 people (99%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
TL;DR: DO NOT PURCHASE

  1. The game is broken and unfinished.
  2. The game is abandoned by the developers.
  3. They're censoring constructive negative criticism.
  4. They essentially took the $2 million dollars and ran.
  5. They're not letting new potential buyers know it's abandoned.

The Game
I played the game for around 300 hours in total. Only around 80 of those were recorded by Steam due to me playing the other hours within Steam Offline mode. In darkness and secrecy, the game was abandoned by the developers during Alpha, the updates stopped rolling out and eventually, many months later a non significant update was released and the game was now considered "Finished" according to the their Steam Store page. But in truth, the game was nowhere near being finished, it had and still has a ton of bugs and issues. There's a lot of things missing from the game, and the AI is beyond horrible. The AI is bad enough to give your townsfolk a tendency to end up killing themselves. I wish I could say that events such as that are rare, but they aren't. It's common and in some occasions, it causes your entire village to die.

Marketing
There were no/still isn't any announcements or information on the Town's store page letting potential new buyers know that the project has been abandoned. Eventually articles surfaced saying that the game was indeed abandoned, the developers were interviewed and claimed "In fact, the team is currently thinking about instead working on a sequel to Towns through which they want to implement all the features that they could not with the original game." and within their community forums, one of the developers claim that
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Towns is very much alive and kicking.
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So so far Towns has sold more than 200k units and generated a gross revenue of more than 2M usd. and although we are pretty sure we can and will sell a lot more, we still see it as a huge success.

Dictatorship / Censorship
After reading some reviews of the game, and reading the original posts people made on the Steam and/or townsgame.com forum. (Including deleted ones, thanks to caching) It's quite clear that the developers are silencing anyone and everyone who is posting/discussing negative critizism of their game. And they're doing it forcefully, they're also going the extra mile by deleting the post, banning the user and then responding to it publicly, claiming the player posted harassment among other accusations. Due to them removing the post/thread and banning the user, there's no way for a reader to verify what happened unless the reader has cached versions of the forum. Out of the 50 posts I read through, which all had been deleted for "Boycotting" "Harassment" and other reasons. Only a mere 6 of them had anything that was even borderline harassment or boycotting.

Conclusion
Essentially, me and many others came to the conclusion that they took the money and ran. They're still trying to get people to buy it by censoring everything they can. And the reason for abandoning the game? Because they were "burnt out" yet they claim they will make a sequel. Do not purchase this game, and I highly advice people not to purchase any future releases or new games from this company/developers ever again based solely on what they're doing with this game and the social media involving it.

Refund
Valve added a refund addition to Steam on June 2nd, 2015 that could potentially allow customers to refund Towns as the development of the game has halted.
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You can request a refund for nearly any purchase on Steam—for any reason. Maybe your PC doesn't meet the hardware requirements; maybe you bought a game by mistake; maybe you played the title for an hour and just didn't like it.

It doesn't matter. Valve will, upon request via help.steampowered.com, issue a refund for any reason, if the request is made within fourteen days of purchase, and the title has been played for less than two hours. There are more details below, but even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look.

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1,281 of 1,323 people (97%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This highlights the worst part of Steam Greenlight. The developer posted a ton of ideas, some good-looking screenshots, and pitched a solid concept.

Before I even get to the review, I'd like to note that THE DEVELOPER HAS ABANDONED THE GAME. He took the "Early Access" money, cranked out an Alpha-at-best version of the game and left. He got another developer to theoretically try to finish the game, but the hopes of that actually happening are looking pretty dim.

So as for the game itself. You build a town to attract heroes to explore and clear dungeons. Sounds good. The execution is NOT. It's a buggy mess, with villagers having AI and path-finding so bad that they often get stuck and starve. You control which heroes arrive, can't tell them what to do, and can't even sell them items. The crafting system is tedious and the building system feels like it's constantly fighting against you.

It's a buggy, barely-playable mess with no endgame, few sounds, and almost no animations. Avoid like the plague.

EDIT: The developers responsible for taking your money and running are Xavi Canal and Ben Palgi. I've been asked a few times to mention them here so if you see any projects from them in the future, you can remember this cash-grab and avoid them.
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