Topia World Builder Review
- Casual simplicity; easy to pick up, control and enjoy.
- Virtual herds bring your world to life.
- Lacking in any focused objectives; more of a toy than an evolving game.
Topia World Builder has a lot of potential to be a creative and immersive interactive world-builder, but for now it's more 'time wasting' than 'time enriching'.
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[This title was featured as the Mini Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 12th of October, 2012]
This isn't so much a game as it is an open-ended toy of sorts. Topia World Builder is a risky release from Crescent Moon Games and Solid 60, but there's method behind the madness.
With news of the game appearing around the same time as From Dust on the XBLA, it touted some impressive features, many of which have been realized in this current version.
Although mostly a free-play title where you can shape a planetoid, creating mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, lakes and so forth, the game responds beautifully by ensuring no matter what you do, the end result is somewhat realistic. Trees and plants will grow in arid zones, while inhospitable lands will spurn their growth. Throw in some herbivores and they'll happily frolic and reproduce, but you can also throw in a carnivore or three to spice things up.
While the game is promising to add in a focused set of missions in the future, for now Topia remains a beautiful way to distract yourself from the drudgery of real life and start working on a virtual one.
DescriptionFrom the Award Winning Studio Crescent Moon Games and Glenn Corpes, one of the creators of the original Populous series of games, comes TOPIA WORLD BUILDER, a unique world building sim, tailored for iOS devices.
Topia World Builder is a world creation simulation. You become god and shape the land as you choose, by the use of touch controls. Swipe your finger to create mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans. Watch trees grow, spawn thousands of animals - and watch them live and die on the planet of your creation!
-Spawn various animal types
-Build enormous herds of animals
-Watch predators attack other animals
-Save your worlds so you can edit them later
-Change the color of land, water, sky
-Play in both landscape and portrait modes
What's New in Version 1.6.1This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Native support for iPhone6 and iPhone6 pus screen resolutions
New in 1.6
Herbivores can outnumber and kill a carnivore.
Poips now eat trees.
Shoals of fish.
'3D' gyro driven view motion.
64 bit CPU support (saves power on new devices)
Land creatures are less likely to wander into the sea.
Birds don't get stuck and interact with the Landscape.
+many small fixes.