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 (28 reviews) - 35% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (2,015 reviews) - 26% of the 2,015 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 7, 2012

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About This Game

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

Windows
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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Mostly Negative (28 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (2,015 reviews)
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( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
To be fair, this game is more playable comparing with Gornomria (or whatever that is).
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Shadow99Dragon
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Don'y buy this game, development has stopped for it. Game has been left half done, if that, so save you money for somthing better than this
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dat boi 69
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
i cant believe this game exists. there is ironic fun to be had, because it is so ♥♥♥♥, but it quickly gets old and you will regret buying it. make sure to set a timer for two hours so you can refund it and spend your money on huniepop or something.
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~=GD=~ GiantFlyingTank
( 49.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
So...where to begin. This game I remember seeing back in 2011 on YouTube and I thought it was pretty cool. Found it on Steam when I joined, bought it when it was on sale for like $5. At the time, it was still being worked on, albeit slowly, so I thought "why the heck not."

Looking back now, this game had potential but was left to rot by the devs and since late 2014 has never received a lick of development. It's unfinished, unpolished, buggy and will probably never, ever see what it was to become. It has good features and has a lot to it despite being in its forever unfinished state. The A.I. has always had a mind of its own and is hard to deal with when trying to set up runners, farmers, builders, and traders at the same time. Not having even just one person assigned to just one tiny task could end up causing your settlement to crash without enemies even attacking, simply because someone wouldn't go and make flour so you can bake bread so your dedicated farmers could eat and go harvest more wheat to repeat the cycle.

It's a challenge, but if you're looking for a basic time waster, this game is good for that. I can't recommend it, however, just because of the state it's been left in without further development. If it's on sale for cheap and you like a nice, casual city builder, you might look into it. But for full price, look elsewhere. This game is going nowhere and will forever be that way.
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SwordOfGandhi
( 313.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
The devs betrayed us all... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s..
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Flagger44
( 59.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Not worth $15
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Frost
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
thais game is good to pass the time,
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TinXe
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Was not impressed
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]TOG[ RoronoaDroagon
( 54.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
good game, sadly it`s aboundent :/
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Abondoned. They took their money and ran.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
So...where to begin. This game I remember seeing back in 2011 on YouTube and I thought it was pretty cool. Found it on Steam when I joined, bought it when it was on sale for like $5. At the time, it was still being worked on, albeit slowly, so I thought "why the heck not."

Looking back now, this game had potential but was left to rot by the devs and since late 2014 has never received a lick of development. It's unfinished, unpolished, buggy and will probably never, ever see what it was to become. It has good features and has a lot to it despite being in its forever unfinished state. The A.I. has always had a mind of its own and is hard to deal with when trying to set up runners, farmers, builders, and traders at the same time. Not having even just one person assigned to just one tiny task could end up causing your settlement to crash without enemies even attacking, simply because someone wouldn't go and make flour so you can bake bread so your dedicated farmers could eat and go harvest more wheat to repeat the cycle.

It's a challenge, but if you're looking for a basic time waster, this game is good for that. I can't recommend it, however, just because of the state it's been left in without further development. If it's on sale for cheap and you like a nice, casual city builder, you might look into it. But for full price, look elsewhere. This game is going nowhere and will forever be that way.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
313.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
The devs betrayed us all... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s..
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Was not impressed
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
1,189 of 1,205 people (99%) found this review helpful
23 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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1,275 of 1,317 people (97%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
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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1,479 of 1,549 people (95%) found this review helpful
88 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game has been abandoned by the devs over and over again. During the most recent sale I pointed users to a great review about the history of the game and what has happened with the devs.. It was removed as "boycott thread" I then made a post regarding how it wasn’t and it was a review... I was then banned from the forums.

I have never seen such shadyness from developers or steam forum moderators. Stay FAR AWAY!!!

Here is why I was supposedly banned...
You have been banned from Towns Discussions by a forum moderator for your post in "Towns General Discussions":
YetiChow Moderator 3 hours ago
Deleted thread "Don't buy this game". Reason: spam, calls to boycott, and the fact that the same topic has been done to death already. Also a rather icky necroposting.

A reminder, these kind of boycott threads will NOT be tolerated. There's a reviews page for reviews; if people ask for opinions then that's another place to give them; but these unsolicited boycott threads are just unacceptable.

I highly disagree with this. My original post was notifying potential buyers of a great review that was written about this game. It told the back story of what happened with the devs for this game and how they abandoned it(surprise? it just happened again). How could that be a "boycott thread"? If I had somehow managed to find a positive review for towns and asked the user base to read it and get educated of the background of the game it would somehow be tolerated. This just again shows how shady you are YetiCHow for removing threads entirely and labelling them as something they are not.

Update: YetiChow has now updated his original post to again try to make me look bad. If you are going to police the forums in a dictatorship manner and not allow users to share reviews or their opinions unless it is in a positive way atleast own up to it.

YetiChow Moderator
I was going to avoid naming names in the hope this was an isolated incident; but apparently that's not the case. Also deleted another topic by the same user bizkit_109, written in response to my deleting the original thread. This user has now been warned, and further behaviour in the same manner will not be tolerated.

Apparently they like to silence any honest negativety towards the game and if you display any of that you get the big ban hammer. What a joke this develpoer is and the staff it lets moderate its steam forums.

UPDATE!!! MAY 28 2015 !!!!!
After a user made a post asking YetiChow to comment about my review he again went after me and spread more lies saying the following:
YetiChow Moderator
For the record, I'm the one who issued that ban, not Supermalparit, not Burningpet, nor Moebius (the "second dev" who seems to be the person this post is addressed to?). The reason I issued that ban was because the poster was spamming (and worse, abusing other posters as well as the developers; the spam offence happened to be the straw which finally broke the camel's back).
I didn't want him again to be able to lie to the community and spread more misinformation so I confronted him on this as I never attacked the devs nor another forum poster. He then banned me permanently from the forums. Here is the screen shot of his post, my reply, and my new ban. What a joke this guy is.

http://i.imgur.com/Auuyizz.jpg

STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS GAME AND ANYTHING ELSE SMP DEVELOPS!! They obviously have extremely poor judgement putting a guy like this in charge of their steam forums.
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699 of 748 people (93%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Original Dev took the $2mil Alpha sales and scarpered. Sold it to a second dev who said, after abandoning it:

“I hope you are not too disappointed. And if you are: I’m really sorry. I’m quite new to indie game dev and I couldn’t really see that the game sales were declining that rapidly. I guess if I had more experience I would have seen it comming …,”

Abandon ware.

It's a real shame - what exists is broken but playable. If they delivered what was initially promised it would be a cracking little indy game.

Moral of the story? Don't buy Alpha, Beta or Early Access of anything. Ever.
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