Like the happy union of Farmville and SimCity, Township is all about developing a happy and successful town through farming, building, growing your population and cleverly managing your resources.
It’s a game of constantly expanding possibilities. You start simply, in a small village overseeing a teeny plot of land. The crops you grow can be turned into resources like bread and feed for cows. Which means you can get milk from those cows, opening up further options.
Sell your wares and you can buy buildings to increase your population and expand your land further. With a little patience you’ll find yourself building skyscrapers, sourcing planes for your airport and animals for your zoo. And of course the bigger your town gets, the harder it is to manage; by the time you’ve built a city you’ll be juggling a lot of responsibilities.
One of the most pleasing things about Township is that your success is all there on the screen – you get the satisfaction of watching your small village expand into a bustling town right in front of you.
The visuals are bright, colourful and surprisingly detailed, with animations that make your town feel like a living, breathing place. And it’s worth inviting your friends to build their own towns too, as once you reach a certain level you can trade essential resources.
Township does a very good job of combining two popular game types into one neat package. There’s just so much to do in this compelling mix of farming and city-building and Township’s lasting popularity is testament to its enduring appeal.