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?
User reviews: Mostly Negative (1,282 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 7, 2012

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September 1

Towns v14e (5th v14 patch) has been released

Towns v14e has been released.

As we did with Towns v14d, we released this build even if it have small changes. Basically we added the copy of pile/container configurations to all the other piles with a single click.

News v14
http://www.townsgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=238%3Atowns-v14&catid=2%3Anews&Itemid=1

Patch notes
http://www.townsgame.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1420

Note
- Towns v14e IS savegame compatible with Towns v9 and higher


Enjoy!

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July 18

Towns v14d (4th v14 patch) has been released

Towns v14d (4th v14 patch) has been released

Have to say that the v14d still needs more and better tutorials, but I decided to release it mostly because the fixes it solves.

News v14
http://www.townsgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=238%3Atowns-v14&catid=2%3Anews&Itemid=1

Patch notes
http://www.townsgame.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1420

Note
- Towns v14d IS savegame compatible with Towns v9 and higher


Enjoy!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I really didn't want to give this a Not Recommended, but due to how things have gone with development i just had to do it... maybe i will be able to recommend it if it can improve or gets a massive price cut

Don't get me wrong, the game is very enjoyable, maybe even to a point where I could consider it good, but it is however an unfinished product. A few very minor bugs are present, the AI is a bit dopey, the enemy scaling is absurd (due to the market system, you can get Gold, a top tier material early on and proceed to completely stomp the first 5 or 6 floors of the dungeon, then suddenly it all comes to a halt on the next floor as enemies can one or two shot your heroes regardless of armor because armor only increases evasion, it doesn't make people more capable of taking damage) the game can have massive lag at times when doing mass item hauling (most common when you want to sell several buckets of iron) and the punishment for doing something wrong can be horrible especially when you don't know why said thing is bad (ie you have to make graves for corpses or they spawn strong ghosts, but now there's an event lategame that can rarely spawn even stronger Zombies for your village to fight off if you didn't build your graveyard a mile away, even high level zombies can spawn potentially adding to the death toll unless your village is well equipped O_O

However, despite all the bad things, I feel like they're more nitpicks that could be ironed out later (if they ever do) the game is strangely satisfying when you do the smallest of things. I felt glad when I got my first town up and running with a constant food supply and with enough production to allow the town to build walls and decor to make them happier, which brings more people in, and eventually Heroes, whom I also got a nice warm feeling from when they moved in, especially a cameo from the fantastic Sips_ :D. When a dungeon level gets cleared there's also that good feeling when you clean all the loot out and equip the village with better items to withstand the ever increasing sieges that want to ruin all your fun. Overall there's just a great feeling I get from getting things done right, it's oddly satisfying to watch all your little people mine out all the stone before converting it into a storage room for your builders so you can continue to build up the town walls to make it harder for the sieges from completely stomping all over all your work so far, and i got a really good chuckle when the nasty hoard of yeti coming in to storm the place is almost completely wiped out before they reach their victims because you built a bridge that serves as the only way in that's completely lined with traps, and watching them set them all off (sadly there's no real animation, but it's still great to watch a big bad yeti get his foot caught in a bear trap and his friend who walked on ahead set off the bamboo shooter, hitting them both as well as anyone else nearby, then the log traps finish off the already wounded, before the villagers team up to pick off any surviving monsters that are likely bleeding from every possible area of their body. Perhaps next time they'll realize that the decaying goblin heads shoved on the pikes outside are a sign that this town is defended)

If you already own a copy go ahead and have a blast directing all your little people to their fates. Grab some mods to fix some of the problems and some of the frustrating elements and you're good to go. If it appears in a bundle with some other things you're interested in, go ahead and give it a go, you might like it. But I would not buy this game through steam now, especially at full price, when there are more options available that either offer more polished development, are cheaper or promise so much more in the future. Gnomoria, Craft the World and Banished are all around the same price but all offer their own quirks and are still being developed regularly or are even finished in the case of Banished.

The main reason I am not recommending this is because the devteam, they released a game which was basically in alpha, but not stating as such, they slowly developed said game over about a year, then dropped it. Now I can perfectly understand their situation, as one who actually browsed the forums, they got too deep into something they shouldn't have, their reputation was on the line, their own personal lives were causing them trouble. They hired another developer but their paycheck would have been so low that they too eventually dropped the project. When the game was left in this dropped state, the steam community went wild, with people buying the game just to give it a negative review, the product tags mostly consisting of "scam" and "abandoned" and the reviews said nothing about the game. The development of the game has since continued, however i would still not buy this game until they can promise to the buyers that they can bring out frequent updates (updates as of late have been very minor and slow, but a v15 is in development to help fix some issues)

So until then, if you have it already, have fun, otherwise it's probably best to stay away unless it's on sale for £3 and you're curious or have nothing better to do for a rainy weekend. Then again, if the devs do get off their butts and finish the game, this could possibly be one of the best entry level Dwarf Fortress clones ever...
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I was with this game from the beginning. From the moment I heard about this game in the Royal Indie Bundle, I fell in love with it. I played tens of hours of it through Desura. I desparately wanted this game to succeed because it was like a beautiful growing flower that would blossom with so much potential. I was an active contributor on the game forums along with others who shared the same passion. Then Steam Greenlight was launched and when this game was one of the first to be on passed through it, I was absolutely thrilled. And then, it all went south. The game was becoming more and more complex (which isnt necessarily a bad thing) but the way the developer did it made it more robust and annoying to get into. On top of that, each update introduced more and more bugs. The developers became less and less responsive. One of them left due to family concerns which is understandable. The gap between updates became longer and longer. Soon enough, the developers just disappeared. The game stayed in its buggy alpha state for months. Then out of nowhere a new dev was hired to fix it up. Except after only one update, he too seemingly has disappeared and the game continues in its buggy alpha state. I wanted to love this game. I wanted to see this game completed and succeed, I really wanted to. I now see that that future will never arrive.

Don't get this game. It's dead and abandoned. RIP
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I bought this game in early access. It was playable, but seemed to be missing a lot. I decided to wait and play later. Now it won't load at all. I recommend avoiding this game even if it's on sale super cheap.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
this game was fun at frist but they were supost to add tsomuch more so im sorry but i must give it a negitve rating :(
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
280.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
From what Im reading, the creators stopped supporting the game. Dont buy it. There are other better games out for your money.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Not recommended. Had to look up the controls and even once you figure it out it is still confusing. Gets boring very quickly and is not intriguing whatsoever. Would skip this one.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
64.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I have to give this a thumbs down. It is very buggy, a very steep learning curve, and totally random. I got really lucky in one town, and found a merchant willing to buy dirt, and sell me gold and some magical crap. I gave 2 townies full stets of gold stuff, and they were slaughtering everying left and right. I had a good working farm and started to grow my town, getting heros, but building took FOREVER. I left the game running and the next day my build orders were not done. I left it a few more hours to find that all my townies were slaughtered by some stupid monster, exccpt the ones with gold sets. Well, kept trying to rebuild, but could never recover the population, too slow to build, too slow to do anything. I just don't see this game going anywhere, really cool idea with little execution.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
The description makes it sound really good, it's a pity that description bears no resemblance to the actual game. I bought it when it was in early access, saw that it needed a lot of work but that the developer had some good ideas, things looked promising.

The original developer did one with the early access takings, theoretically leaving some new guy to finish the game, which he promptly didn't before also leaving.

Probably the only product in my Steam library that I actually regret buying.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Need to play it again, maybe they made it better? Found it really really hard to control your people and tedious to get stuff done.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Just get Gnomoria instead
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
RUN!! TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN AWAY AS QUICKLY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!

No words will ever describe how bad a game this is.
I got sucked in by the promise and was left horribly dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I am mad at myself for spending both money and time on this broken piece of ♥♥♥♥. Also this game has been ABANDONED by the developer so don't expect anything in respect to support or updates.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Just to keep this short : this game has not been finished. Things were promised, hopes were up but in the end it has been abandoned and after a long time I have no more faith in it ever being completed.

I don't recommend buying anything from this developer.
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8 of 18 people (44%) found this review helpful
202.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It's enjoyable for what it is. There's a lot you can still do and the resource system for setting up big towns is great. I haven't been able to find anything with as complex of a system. It's like Banished, where a lot of the fun can be to let the town run on another screen and check in every now and again to see how it's doing.

There are definitely some bugs with pathfinding, especially when on the higher difficulties, but I've had a lot of fun with it.

Despite not getting more updates, there's more content here than in a lot of games.
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I just don't like this game.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Towns is a good little game. If you want a cute little town builder then look no further. The interface takes a little getting used to and the wiki for the game will surely add a few new tricks for you to try.

I like it, you might like it.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
7/10
Worth the $15

I'm sure if you're reading this you've seen a lot of negative reviews for this game. Let me start off by telling you, when you first start, its really hard. The interface is very different than most town building games but once you learn how everything works, it becomes engrossing. I have played for 3 days nonstop and have encountered no glitches. Now don't get me wrong, villagers do have a tendency to get themsleves stuck, but that happens with any building game. I've also seen a lot of people complain about the villager AI. in the options menu you can set how good the Ai is, the default is 2, the highest you can go is 6. The higher the Ai, the more prossessing power it takes. (I have a 2010 i3 and it works fine for me on 6).
There is with any game room for improvement, but if you read the most recent update, they explain the delays in updates.(http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/05/07/towns-called-malice-development-of-city-builder-ends/) But basically it comes down to this, the more people that buy the game, the more time they can afford to spend working on it.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
157.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I have looked at the "mostly negative" reviews for this game and i am pretty upset, most people with negative reviews have not even touched the surface of the game. 20 hours or less is not enough i am afraid, and most people probably get a little irritated by the games difficulty. Well you need to grow a pair because not every game is going to spoon feed you everything, once you learn this game it is amazing. I think this game should be more popular, but I don't think that will happen with the development stopping. All I am saying is give this game a chance and with a little patience you won't regret buying it.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
59.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
It looks like most of the reviews here are just people who buy the game and get mad after a while of playing it, probably starving to death or traveling down into a dungeon. If you're like me, you were digging and lost 20 people when they hit water and drowned in the flooded mine shaft. But this game has come a long way since some of its earliest versions, even before this game was on Steam. The developers really put a lot into making this game better and better, so much that when I found this game on Steam a long time after I played one of the earlier versions on the website, I didn't know what I was doing. There was so much more for me to do and figure out. I would say that this game isn't for everyone, but I personally love this game and respect the developers for making so many improvements. If you're not sure about this game, try watching someone play it on youtube to get a good idea of what the game is all about. I highly recommend this game to my friends and anyone who has the patience to build a beautiful town out of only their natural environment.
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