I thought I’d write a quick post on Wonderville; to coincide with it getting its own fancy itch.io page!
The project has been in full-time development now for around 6 months, with one developer (me) and is fast approaching it's first mini-release: a small one-room demo demonstrating some of the functionality from the full game.
So what is Wonderville?
Think Animal Crossing meets Lego and you're a reasonable way there!
Wonderville is a town building game in which you are put in charge of restoring a small village filled with animal inhabitants. You place buildings and furniture and decorate both the interior and exterior. By interacting with and performing tasks for your villagers you will unlock new residents that will move to town, each with their own style and new furniture/building options.
You are given the power to create furniture, cakes, flower decorations and more through an intuitive construction kit. By combining different pieces, paints and accessories you can create whatever objects your heart (or a villager) desires! This kit is simple to use and allows you to really be creative in how you express yourself with your town.
When you're done working with your village for the day, you can share your creations online with others, or go visit friends' towns and see how they've decorated. Enter your creations into weekly community challenges; if you win, you'll unlock in-game rewards!
Two key goals with Wonderville are:
- Provide interesting characters for the player to interact with, with branching dialog and repercussions and more depth than a few repeated catch-phrases. Your interactions with the villagers will provide you with new residents and building pieces that will vary based on your dialog choices.
- Give the player the freedom to create their own furniture and objects in a way that isn't overwhelming or complex. Every player's town should be unique, and I want to enable the player to express themselves through what they create.
What I love with games is the escapism they bring; and games like Animal Crossing provide a comfortable, welcoming and warm world to retreat to. I want Wonderville to do the same; and I'm very much looking forward to sharing the journey with you!
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