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Niche Spotlight – Dorfromantik

Dorfromantik

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Dorfromantik, a relaxing strategic puzzle game by Toukana Interactive that just left Early Access.

Dorfromantik is a strategy puzzle game about building beautiful, idyllic villages and landscapes out of a stack of randomly generated tiles. Place tiles to expand your landscape as far as possible.

Periodically, you’ll draw a special tile that gives you a quest, rewarding you with more tiles if you complete it. Keep building your village until you finally run out of tiles to see how big you can make it.

You can find a launch trailer below.

Dorfromantik is available on Windows PC via GOG and Steam for $13.99.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

Dorfromantik is a relaxing building strategy and puzzle game in which you place tiles to create ever-growing, idyllic village landscapes. With Dorfromantik, you can immerse yourself in a quiet, peaceful world at any time and take a break from everyday life. At the same time, Dorfromantik offers a challenge for those who are looking for one: To beat the highscore, you need to carefully plan and strategically place your tiles.

Gameplay

In Dorfromantik you start with a stack of procedurally generated tiles. One after the other, you draw the top tile of the stack, place it on one available slot and rotate for the best fit. Thereby groups and combinations of landscapes are formed, such as forests, villages or water bodies, and you are rewarded with points depending on how well the tile fits.

On some tiles you will also encounter special objects that give you a quest: For example, the windmill wants to border 6 grain fields, the locomotive wants to be connected to 10 tracks or the deer wants to inhabit a forest with at least 50 trees. Fulfill these quests to get more tiles to continue the expansion of your landscape. The game ends when the tile stack is used up.

As you expand the landscape, you can advance into new, colorful biomes and discover pre-placed game objects that give you long-term tasks. Through these tasks you can unlock new tiles, new biomes and new quests.

Features

What Dorfromantik offers

  • Building endless and beautiful landscapes
  • Unique mix of strategy and puzzle mechanics
  • Relaxing and calming gameplay
  • Idyllic village scenery
  • Strategic placement to beat the highscore
  • High replay value – every session is different
  • Many unlockable tiles and biomes
  • Original Artstyle with handpainted boardgame feel

What Dorfromantik does not offer

  • 4X Strategy
  • Trading
  • Resource Management
  • Combat & Violence
  • Multiplayer

Game Modes

Dorfromantik offers options for any style of play! Take a short break from life in quick mode or try to master the game in hard mode. The Custom Mode allows you to create your own rulesets and share them with others, while monthly mode awaits you with a new challenge every month. If you just want to relax and build your own landscape with no limits, try the creative mode!

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