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Dungeon Village

Your Kind Of Town

Dungeon Village involves less sword-wielding, more blueprint-drawing.

By Steve Heisler • June 22, 2012

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When you venture out into the world of a role-playing game, odds are you’ll come across a few towns. They’ll sell weapons, or offer beds in which you can recuperate. Sometimes the local citizens will throw parades in your honor. And to the credit of game designers, no two towns are ever the same. Traditions and armor selection vary like snowflakes cast from your wizard’s staff.

Developed by the makers of addictive iPhone simulations like Game Dev Story and Mega Mall Story, Dungeon Village grants you a bigger-picture view of fantasy-game urban development. It casts you as the city planner, not as the adventurers themselves. Like Farmville or Tiny Tower, you build up a town worthy of attracting swashbucklers and wanderers. There are inns and bakeries to build, empty houses to fill with heroes, and monk’s robes to gift said heroes so they stick around. Occasionally, quests will pop up, like clearing out a cave full of monsters, and you sit back and watch as bunnies are slain by your intrepid heroes of choice. And if there’s a parade at the end, it’s only because you threw it.

Dungeon Village feels less thrilling at first, since you’re doing all the work only to watch some hero named John Dungeon can get all the credit. But as the selection of buildings and weapons expands, the game’s SimCity roots begin to show. Before long, you’re sending grunts out on missions while you stay home and watch your town grow around you—which wouldn’t be possible if you were merely the hero of the tale.

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190 Responses to “Your Kind Of Town”

  1. dreadguacamole says:

     Neat – sounds like more free-form Majesty, or a simpler Towns.

     (obligatory Towns link: – If they pull off all their goals, this could end up being a slightly more user-friendly Dwarf-Fortress)

    • HobbesMkii says:

       That looks pretty sweet. Have you played their demos? Is it any good?

      • dreadguacamole says:

         I played the alpha  few months ago. Even without most features, it was pretty cool; I think it’s got a lot of potential. It’s kind of like Dwarf Fortress, but concentrating more on the management/strategy bits instead of the in-depth simulation aspects. The interface is a bit clunky, and there’s a lot to take in, but it’s functional, and considering how ambitious the project is, that’s saying something.

  2. Chris Holly says:

    “sit back and watch as bunnies are slain”

    Best back-of-the-box quote ever?

  3. Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

    Concept reminds me of Recettear, that game where you run a shop in an RPG land. Although that had some adventurey segments where you’d hire someone to help find loot to sell. Fun times.

    • James Bunting says:

      I bought this game because I was bored and was sufficiently amused. There’s really not too much to it; all you really do is gift your adventurers with the most powerful items available and point them in the direction of carnage. Recettear was a lot more complete and had better strategy elements.

      Charming game, but essentially empty. Also noticed that the game may be buggy – adventurers only purchased weapons that they already owned.