StoneHearth

Genre: Simulation / Building / Sandbox
Developer: Radiant Entertainment
Gamemode: Singleplayer

The town builder game has a Minecraft graphic and the developer wanted to add later at the game a multiplay, seasons and more biomes. Your job is to help your little group of survivors to build their own protected village and grow it to a town. While you are trying to set your houses up you'll get attacked by enemies if you choose the normal game mode, but you can also choose peaceful or hard. There are four different biomes to choose from and countless random generated maps within.

Build some structures as shelter, promote one of your settlers to be a farmer and attract new villagers by more food and money. The system in the game is quite easy you just need to know how things work. Some people got fast frustrated because not everything was good enough explained. You may not forget that this game was still early access.

I read complains about a slow development and some game breaking bugs that they needed to fix and indeed the building system had some really big problems in free building mode. You need to take your time and find out how it will work at all, because some of the blocks, walls and doors just won't work together as they should. The release of the Alpha was at 2015 and it seems those developers didn't get it done or really took too much time. For that reason people got disappointed.

In the beginning you can choose a map and your starting team of 6 settlers. The little villagers are adorable and the attacks by intruders can be avoided by placing your starter camp on an island or building protection walls. You need to watch your people though, because they can get stuck anywhere or trapped in a hole at mining and strave to death or die after a fight if they don't get help.

The graphic is cute, the performance is ok, we can not hide that it starts lagging with more than 20 settlers ( you can change the number at your settings/options), the music is lovely, unfortunately the gameplay had its bugs at the building system, which got meanwhile fixed as far as I saw. Resources can be easily collected and you can build everything by using blocks. The game reminds of the game Settlers although the economic circle doesn't force you to build certain things to have a production chain in the end. You choose a handful characters in the beginning and they level up at their profession by working in their jobs. The game was released on steam 2018, the community added a mod that finished the game finally and added some features as well as little tutorials. The developers left the game without optimization.The lag problems still exist. To avoid it you should restrict your village to 20-25 people.

We recommend: If you like building games, buy it, it is still adorable (add the ACE mod to it for a good gameplay)!