Game Pass for Xbox has plenty of titles that can easily be overlooked, but which, for one reason or another, turn out to be real surprises when you play them. That’s how I felt recently with A Memoir Blue, which not only told a nice story, but also let me collect 1000 Gamerscore in just under an hour.
Hooked on this concept, I’ve been browsing through Game Pass for the past few days in search of similar games. And found a title that surprised me in two ways.
This game is about: The title is called townscaper and has been available in Game Pass for quite some time. This is all about me building a city in a seascape. And that works much easier than it sounds. Because via a compact menu I only choose the color of the desired houses, with a click on a point first a platform is created on the water and then the building.
Several platforms then connect automatically, so I don’t have to worry about complicated structures at all, but can watch the city grow little by little in a fairly relaxed manner.
In the trailer you can get an impression of the look of the game:
Suitable for relaxation and/or quick gamerscore collection
Two things particularly surprised me: For one thing, how meditative engaging with Townscaper can be. There are no predetermined standard goals or challenges, but the way is the goal here, so to speak. As a result, I set my own tasks. For example, how high or long can I build my city? It’s also fun to pay attention to the many details that the game automatically places in my city, such as birds flying around or detailed gardens.
And on the other hand – and here I pick up my headline – collecting the 1000 gamerscore in Townscaper is also extremely fast. These achievements are available in Townscaper:
- The Gardeners: Build a garden – 100 GS
- Opulence: Build up to the sky – 100 GS
- Who goes there? Build a lighthouse – 100 GS
- Now that’s inspiring: Build a house with a spire – 100 GS
- Sculptor: Decorate a garden with a sculpture – 100 GS
- Captain: Build a headland – 100 GS
- Architect: Build a church door – 100 GS
- Propelled: Build a flying city powered by propellers – 100 GS
- Every block matters: 100 blocks placed – 100 GS
- Rome wasn’t built in a block: 1000 blocks placed – 100 GS
Many of the achievements are self-explanatory, but if you still need help, you can find numerous guide videos online, such as this one:
Link to YouTube content
How long does it take to get 1000 Gamerscore? The title of the video above already indicates that you can collect all the achievements in Townscaper in 10 minutes. So it’s really quick when you put your mind to it.
In addition, Townscaper only occupies a small part of your hard drive. The download of the construction game is just 413MB in size, so it should be done in no time. And then it can start. Either with relaxed building or quickly collecting 1000 Gamerscore.
I’m into simple building games, for example I’ve spent a lot of time in village romance lately. Townscaper hits a similar notch visually, but otherwise goes its own way. For example, the concept is much more open, a clear game goal is missing, as is a tutorial. But that’s not bad at all, because the functions of Townscaper are internalized in a very short time. How intuitive everything works is one of the great strengths of the game.
The 1000 Gamerscore in a short time is of course a great bonus, which can be an additional incentive for some. In any case, I can only recommend you to take a look at Townscaper. Maybe the relaxed city building will grab you like me.