Villagers is a beautifully illustrated and richly detailed town-building game where you build a thriving community using the people and resources around you. Success or failure depends on your ability to create a town that can grow and prosper, and overcome the harsh realities of medieval life!
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Release Date: Mar 25, 2016

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August 8

Villagers Soundtrack in the "Attack of the OSTs" bundle!

Dear friends and players of Villagers.

Villagers' soundtrack of 14 beautiful tunes composed and arranged by Michael Cherdchupan, is currently in the "Attack of the OSTs" soundtrack-bundle on!
For just a few dollars you can get a whole bunch of great soundtracks, including Samorost 3 - and additionally support the completion of Villagers' german voice support, that Michael is currently working on. So don't hesitate and get it while it's hot!
All the best,
Tassilo, bumblebee.

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June 27

v1.1 of Villagers available

Dear friends and players of Villagers.

With v1.1, we have a massive update available for you:

  • Improved Raiders: Raiders are more of a threat now, steal more than
    one resource and destroy houses. If you manage to beat them all, you will be rewarded with loot!
  • New Freeplay-Map: Lakewood
  • New Freeplay-Map: Among Giants
  • New Freeplay-Map: Home of the Witches
  • New Achievement: Happy People
  • New Achievement: 400 Villagers
  • New Achievement: Merry Island Hoppers
  • New Achievement: Survivor
  • Fixed several small bugs

Enjoy and best wishes from all the bumblebees and everyone at Maximum Games.

Regards Tassilo - bumblebee games

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About This Game

Step back into medieval times in this town-building, people simulation game!

Villagers is a beautifully illustrated and richly detailed game where you build and nurture a thriving community using the people and resources around you. Success or failure depends on your ability to create a town that can grow and prosper, and overcome the harsh realities of medieval life!

Gather and manage natural resources for buildings, ensure a plentiful supply of food and water to keep your villagers happy and allocate them jobs to continually improve and expand your settlement. Watch out for travelling artists who can spread illness, fierce bandits and wild animals that attack your townsfolk and extreme weather conditions that threaten their very survival!

In Story Mode you follow the journey of a group of medieval settlers living through dark times filled with war and illness. Using your town building and resource management skills you must guide them through six challenging missions that introduce the different aspects of Villagers gameplay. The campaigns guide you through building your first town, trading with merchants, food and water provision, managing the emotional wellbeing of your villagers, coping will illness and defending your townsfolk from attack!

You start your game on virgin lands and learn to build a community that allows your town to thrive. Happy villagers are more productive, form relationships and build homes. Couples living in houses will eventually have children who are delivered to your town by a stork! As these offspring grow up, they themselves become workers and help to support the growing town. Adults grow old and weak and eventually die, so you can follow the life of your villagers from birth to death.

Villagers is a lighthearted yet challenging town-building simulation game that will provide hours of engaging fun – are you up to the challenge?

Includes a Free Play mode with unlimited hours of fun across 6 varied maps with full access to all 27 buildings from the game.

Key Features:

• 2 modes of play; Story Mode and FreePlay
• Engaging and humorous storyline that illustrates medieval life
• 27 beautifully designed buildings to construct
• 16 illustrated and colourful characters
• 16 professions with their own clothing sets
• Sophisticated AI that influences happiness, relationships, families and duties
• Challenging missions; trade with merchants, manage livestock; control food and water supplies, produce and sell crops....
• Unlimited fun in FreePlay mode with over 6 maps to explore

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/XP
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu; other Debianbased OS untested
    • Processor: 1.2GH
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The city building aspect of this game is completely shallow. The dialog and stale still-images contained therein become very repetitive and dry.
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199 of 233 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
If you are really bored and looking for Medieval Builder then you are probably going to buy this anyways.

I really can not recommend the game unless you have low expectations. It has a really low replay value.

The story to the game pretty much follows tutorial missions. The story was somewhat interesting yet definitely one of those stories you probably do not want to hear again.

There is a lot of comparison between Villagers and Banished. The similarities are both there and not there. Seeming how they are both medeival builders there is always going to be similarities. Meanwhile most those spouting the similarities avoid the simple answer. Which would you rather play Banished or Villagers? Since I own both I would pick Banished even without mods.

So why the thumbs dumb?

1. Maps. The game does NOT have a random map generator. I mean seriously, that is the majority of the replay value of any sandbox builder game. There is no map editor either.

2. Production balance. After playing a while the production values of various buildings seem very wonky and unbalanced.
- Barn had animals that pretty much died of old age before producing enough offspring to keep the barn producing.
- Other production issues resolved.

3. Combat. They tried putting some form of combat into the game. Wild animal attacks and raiders. Honestly never should have bothered. Neither raiders or wild animals actually killed any villagers so kinda not seeing the point in investing in guards. It looks like the raiders basically ran in stole some stuff and ran off with it.

4. No refilling jobs. Anyone who played Banished knows this one. If a villager dies their job should be automatically filled from the pool of available laborers. Not having that feature in this game made it annoying once your settlers start dying off and you miss filling their job.

5. Bugs. Quite a few have been fixed however still a couple big ones that can ruin a game through population aging and starvation.

The game is getting better, there has been work on it since release. It just aint quite there yet I would recommend people to buy it. However if I knew someone that bought it, I would not make fun of them for owning a crappy game. So almost a thumbs up.
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145 of 225 people (64%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Villagers is a bit technically incompetent, having quite a few stability issues, some performance issues and abysmal animations. These are offset some by the lovely crafted graphics for the various buildings and objects with great attention to detail.

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While the games system are competent and work in nice cohesion between the gathering, trading, crafting and refining processes. There are a few flaws that mostly stem from the way the game has decided to create maps and allow for population growth.

See, population takes forever to increase and while much like banished - which this game is a, albeit less good, copy of for the most part - population (micro) management is what this game is all about, you have to make sure people get babies, and those babies grow up to get more babies so your old people can die and your town doesn’t starve and get murdered by bears.

All good right? Except that housing is a major investment initially, and you need to get quite a few, that take up a lot of space & take quite a bit of time to get children and they take time to grow up.
This is doubly made worse by the map design decisions where campaign maps are reused for the "sandbox" maps... but aren’t adapted to fit with a sandbox mode, meaning that resources those maps might not have in the campaign (such as stone quarries or iron mines) heavily restrict your gameplay should you want to play those maps in sandbox mode.

This, while SOMEWHAT combatted by the x10 speed, really isn't a solution. The slow growth and the issues with maps bring together to create a problem that the game simply can’t solve in its current form: You'll never have enough housing to grow enough people to maintain enough infrastructure (pharmacy, market, church, farms etc...), because you can’t gather those resources initially due to population limits, and "faster" doesn't help this seemingly perpetual cycle.

Also because people who have a task, often wait too long to get food and what and simply fall over and die of starvation when both their house, the warehouse and the barns have all the food they could want. Which then compounds your problems to grow more people.
Lastly, the game tries to distinguish itself from banished by having a campaign and being a bit more forgiving. Sadly, while the campaign story is pretty fun, it only lasts 6 missions and those combined have a total gameplay value of 4 or 5 hours, they are a glorified tutorial more than anything.

So combining all of this: PC Performance / stability issues, Population + Ai issues + map design issues as well as the very limited campaign, I simply cannot recommend this game in its current form, just get Banished, it’s the same …but better in every way. And has extensive modding support.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
You'll likely read a lot of comparisons between Villagers & Banished. And for good reason. Both are Medieval City-Builders and both sell around the €20 mark, with Banished selling at €18.99 and Villagers at €19.99.

There is no contest. Banished is highly regarded, while Villagers is an entirely underwhelming experience. A long-winded, convoluted and tedious story begins when your character, by virtue of their natural-born "City planning" skills, is tasked with building a village. Each mission serves as part-tutorial with new features and buildings added with each new settlement you move to. Invariably each mission involves setting up your town hall, and gathering resources before some deus ex machina prompts you and your village to move along to somewhere else.

The shortcomings don't just end with the story-line though, where Villagers really falls flat is the lack of depth and difficulty. There are very few specialist buildings and very little micromanagement involved. For some, this could be a plus, with Villagers definitely offering a more casual experience than Banished, but for myself, it falls short of what I look for in a city-builder.

In terms of presentation and UI, Villagers offers a fairly simple interface thanks to it's lack of depth and the graphics are OK. I would expect users to have few problems running Villagers, visually it offers nothing remarkable or demanding.

In short Villagers is an expensive, casual city-builder, with a poor story and unremarkable features. And being priced more than Banished results in a disappointing experience.

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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
This is a temporary review. Many pros and cons can change after a couple of patches.

So the first thing everyone will say: It's like Banished

While that statement isn't that far off I find Villagers' freegame mode to be a completely different type of challenge.
Everything is kept small, beginning with the numbers of villagers to the limited recources and jobs.
This results the challenge to be micromanagement and carefully placing new buildings.
More often than not I found myself starting a new map and my people quickly starved to death or got sick.
Every single guy seems to make a difference and I'm always in need for more after I managed to get my food supply working.

You might say that some aspects I see going for the game are bad. Everyone has his tastes, so here are my Pros and Cons.


-Slow but steady growth.
I am thankful for every new worker

-Requires attention.
As I said micromanagement is important. You might miss a tiny detail on why whatever you are working on makes no progress.

-No grid based maps.
Min/max players might find this one debatable, but I like putting down buildings around a village center in circles.

-A rather colorful style.
Having a friend who says Banished is too depressing, this is a welcome change.

-Tutorial in form of a storymode
Yes, a tutorial is important to me. While it doesn't prepare you too well for the freegame mode, it really helps exploring possibilities.

And most importantly: The devs are very active and listen to the players.
There will be at least weekly patches. Expect many bug fixes and new content.
Heck, they still improve Ghost Control Inc. which came out years ago.

More Pros may follow.

-Bugs and slowdowns.
A great annoyance, indeed. But really I haven't seen a bugfree release in a while when it comes to smaller studios.

-Tiny gameplay annoyances.
Putting down fields for the farm can be a bit of a pain if you want them in a very speciffic place
If you want to place any building in a free space you can't do it if a villager stands there

-Questionable AI priorities.
Sometimes I get the feeling my villagers do anything BUT the job they are assigned to. Fulfilling personal needs like going to church etc more often than not. They don't even go get medicine despite being sick; their only reason for being unhappy

-Speaking of not doing their job:
I have encountered which I believe is a bug where woodsmen and herbalists won't do anything. Leading to wood shortage or when a disease breaks out there's not enough medicine to heal everyone. Villagers burn through 32 medicine (max for one herbalist hut) quickly and until the the next outbreak I don't have nearly enough despite resources being available.

-"disasters" aren't much of a threat.
Except diseases(reasons given above), bandits, wild animals, storms and lifestock infestations don't have much on an impact.

-Maps will always stay the same size, no random map creator.
This one might be the most important con to some. Personally I haven't reached the point where I either wished for a bigger map or seek the challenge of random maps

Cons might be added or deleted in the future.

I cannot find a lot to dislike which is not patchable. The devs will look into it, no doubt.
If you are looking for a game which has not too much depth to it while keeping your attention, check it out once it's a little cheaper or on sale
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225 of 379 people (59%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Not a bad game, but, at the end, a "copy and paste" of Banished.

They are quite... the same game!

But Banished is more polished and complex, and have a better price.

This game could be worth of playing only at the half of the current price, not more.
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52 of 80 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
What is it?
If you like simulation games like Banished or Settlers you will love this game. It's about managing resources and build up a nice town with many villagers.
You will get everything you expect: Unity engine, orchestral music, common UI features you like and love. What you will also get is a campaign and story! Nice, eh?

Banished? Settlers?!
Like some people mentioned: this game is like Banished! Yes! And it has some features from Settlers. Yes! But you have both what's a really neat feature! From Banished you will know the city building itself, from Settlers you will be reminded of the campaign where a real story stands behind all your actions. Banished does have NEW GAME and TUTORIAL. The first one is like an endless game, the second one is just a guided play through of certain game aspects - very basically and technically - without any story or "soul". With Settlers you have a big production game which sometimes offers "too much" although you want to do this or that, the game wants you doing certain milestones - very strict to a story.
So it would be harsh to say that Villagers is just a rip-off. It borrows the best elements and combines them in a very attractive way.

The good
  • Very nice story. Every action you make has some background and you are not doing just "this" or "that".
  • Nice characters. Since the dialogue is very well written, after just some encounters you have an idea, how character A or B is.
  • Charming combination of game elements of Banished and Settlers.
  • Game is running very well on Windows and Linux since Unity is used.
  • Very good development studio. It's small, but nice. You get your answers at once and support is done very quickly. Remarkable!

The bad
  • Some minor bugs, like "hanging" Villagers when a new mission comes up or a disappearing mouse pointer on the mini-map when you play for hours. I'm sure it will be fixed within the next releases.
  • Although there is a "free play" mode, the maps are not randomized and are too tiny. So you can't play them "endless".
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I'm biased as I love city builders, but the fact that the map remains so small, and the resources go quickly, with a workforce that is spread so thin so quick, It's REAL easy to be pigeonholed... Not sure I'm all about that. Hate that I had to spend 20 bucks to figure it out as well. This would be better if you could recruit a workforce from outside towns, and had a more realistic resource scale, coupled with bigger maps. What the hell is a city builder unless you can create a sprawling town? Come on...
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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
I really like this game. It needs a little more polish but is still very fun. It's similar to Banished, but offers more challenge than Banished.
There are stealing bandits and attacking wild animals. The little villagers are alot more animated, they dance when happy, have little conversatiions with each other, become depressed when they don't have a mate, not little robotic things like in Banished
. The game actually makes you concerned about your little people rather than being a _ how large can I get my population, and how large can I get my towns.
I put alot of hours into Banished, once you know the what and when of the beginning, it's pretty much smooth sailing. The mods helped alot to increase the challenge and add production facilities, new buildings, etc,. They're great, I don't play without the mods. Villagers , however, seems to be heading towards the place we all wanted Banished to be.

I am very happyto recommend this game. The devs are not through with it, I'm having great fun.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
This game might be a good intro to city building game for someone who has never played this genre before. It's easy to pick up and play with very little challenge. I can't give it a positive rating because although I didn't encounter any bugs the game itself just isn't that great. There are not really that many buildings so there isn't a complex production chain to learn and there aren't any decorative buildings and there aren't even any roads. It doesn't seem to matter to your villagers if they live on a diet of a variety of fruits vegetables bread meat milk eggs....or if they just eat fish. Might as well just have 2 fishing piers. There is an herbalist in the game who gathers wild herbs and creates medicine. But in the entire campaign playthrough I never once saw a villager get sick and need medicine. You can build a chruch and the priest will bless houses and the villagers will go to mass, but if you turn the church off for an entire year they don't seem to mind all that much. Maybe the happiness goes down a little so they work slower but it's really not noticable. Overall the price is too high for what little you get of the game. It's lacking the complexities and decision making that makes city builders fun.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
I never ever bought a buggier game EVER! Game play, nice, the idea, nice… but really, this is an Alpha game! Not ready to be sold yet! I wanted a refund, but played 80 minutes, and the refund says 60 minutes. Well after te 60 minutes the bugs began to show! Darn!

Nevertheless I it is a nice game and they need to fix the bugs.
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28.8 hrs
Posted: July 27
Worst game gift I ever have received.
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Chuck Norris
123.5 hrs
Posted: July 19
Good Game...

Different then banished but I do like this game
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2.7 hrs
Posted: July 8
not what you expect
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
Save your money.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: June 1
Not much depth. Each level is virtually the same thing. Too expensive for casual gaming.
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26.2 hrs
Posted: May 21
it shows roads in the town area- but they need roads to make a Village- I just got this because it is like banish somethings don't produce such as tools- Banish has roads and it makes it come together evenly for placing houses along cobble stone roads- the people walk on the roads or paths instead of crossing through everything! I did recommend untill as I played this game alot of stuff doesn't work- it doesn't produce tools the other buildings hardly produce more than one item it just doesn't work correctly- the workers leave their jobs constantly-the barn works great not much else!
its only worth 5$ not 19.99- Bannish is way better than this at least it works and has roads so that you can build a cobblestone Village!
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28.0 hrs
Posted: May 20
good easy game for those who are new to building gamews.

Dissappointed there was not mor e of it CASTLE AND TRADING ETC.There was a lot more to medieval life than what is displayed here.

overall 7 out of 10
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