Islanders Looks Like The Cutest Lil' City-Building Game

City-building games are always so big, and heavy. Islanders is coming at the genre from the other side, pitching itself as a light, quick and breezy way to build some nice buildings then get on with your life.

The approach is eerily similar to what Bad North did to the RTS, in that it breaks a longer experience up into bite-sized ones spread across a number of cute lil’ islands (or in this case infinite ones, since each map is procedurally-generated).

The official pitch from the small three-man development team is:

ISLANDERS is a minimalist strategy game about building cities on colourful islands. Explore an infinite number of ever-changing new lands, expand your settlements from sprawling villages to vast cities and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

It’s the last part especially that’s got my interest, as the chill atmosphere looks like a lovely old way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Islanders is due out on April 5 on Steam.


    The aesthetic looks lovely, but I'm not convinced by the puzzler elements. City Skylines it ain't, more Reus with a touch of Concrete Jungle. I might wait for the bundle.

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