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Poly Towns (PC) review


"A city sim in its most basic, larval form. "


This is a city sim in its most basic, larval form. With a cute, minimalistic art style you are only given a few resources to worry about. You have to strategize what you place, when, and where to divert your workers at any given point if you find you're falling behind on something. At most you'll be managing your town's food more than anything. It could use some more levels of complexity but as a basic five dollar simulator, it's hardly the worst choice if you want to kill a few hours.

The problems I do have are superficial and will probably be tweaked in time. It pauses itself if you tab away from anything, which is NOT a good thing considering that, if you're balancing resource gains, you'll basically be staring at the screen for several minutes doing VERY little else while you watch your stone and wood very slowly crawl upwards before you can upgrade something and get those numbers moving up. I found myself just stockpiling one resource in the several thousand so I can move on to actually get things done.



This auto pause basically turns this game into a stealth idle - Except one you have to focus and stare at. Now, I don't mind idle games but the strength of idle games is you can focus on other things while you're doing it. No-go here.

It's tutorial barely explains anything other than a "You should build a few houses, a farm, a wood cutter, and a mine" with no indication that if you follow those exact instructions, you'll be starving your people within a few minutes. I failed the game twice before I figured out how to balance things.

That's a lot of negative. Indeed, I wish there was a "sort of" option overall. I certainly recommend it on sale, but more than anything I hope the dev continues to actually work on it.

3/5

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Community review by Zydrate (August 06, 2017)

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Nightfire posted August 13, 2017:

I seem to remember seeing this review on your Steam page, and it still reads as a concise Steam review when posted here. The first paragraph basically summarizes the whole game. Is this game really that simple, or could this review have been expanded a bit? I wonder...

Also:

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Zydrate posted August 13, 2017:

Probably just a type. (Probably).

Also it's a very, very simple game.

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