We PC gamers have built cities in different time periods and weather conditions, across a huge range of worlds, and even in virtual reality. I don’t think I ever built one on the back of a giant animal after the apocalypse. Indie sci-fi citybuilder The Wandering Village will let me when it enters Early Access on Steam on September 14th. See the great forest beast for yourself by watching the trailer below.
We got our first glimpse of The Wandering Village’s unusual take on the genre of city building in March of last year. You will have to foster the development of a community on the back of Onbu, a huge creature that you will have to befriend to help you manage what it does. There’s the standard building construction and resource management you’d expect from any town builder, but developers Stray Fawn say The Wandering Village has roguelike and survival aspects to boot.
Seems like the roguelike survival stuff has a lot to do with Onbu’s health, which you’ll need to take care of if you want your town to keep moving. The Wandering Village is set in a world with awful weather, bloodsucking parasites and poisonous spores, and a limited amount of resources to gather. You’ll need to adapt your village to survive as you move through a bunch of different dangerous biomes, all while keeping Onbu on your side. Stray Fawn says the beast might grow spikes where you want to place a building, or you might be tempted to harvest its blood if crops fail. Ouch.
Ed tried out the Steam Next Fest demo for The Wandering Village in February and thought it was like building a Lego set on a cat’s spine. “You can train and train with your feline friend and he might just let you put the pieces together peacefully,” he said. “But, they are cats and they cannot be tamed. So you’ll end up chasing your Lego-attached cat down the street as it ducks under cars or jumps on birds. Will your Lego set survive? It depends on the quality of its construction. It’s a little out of the way, Ed.
The wandering village rocks on Steam Early Access September 14 for £22/$25/€25.