[Nintendo Switch] Dorfromantik Review

by EdEN, Owner

Dorfromantik from Toukana Interactive is a chill procedurally generated sim experience in which you build landscapes from hexagonal tiles. Learn more in our Dorfromantik review!

Dorfromantik from Toukana Interactive is a chill procedurally generated sim experience in which you build landscapes from hexagonal tiles. Once you’re ready to go, you’ll be presented with the game’s tutorial so that you can take it for a spin and learn all of the basics. You’ll move the camera around with the right analog stick, rotating it left and right by using the D-Pad. You can also zoom in and out by pressing up or down on the D-Pad as needed. Once you’ve got a hexagon to place from your stack, you can move it around the area with the left analog stick and then place it with the A button.

Before placing a tile, you can rotate it with the L, R, ZL, and ZR buttons, in case you want it to be set in a specific way. This will allow you to form groups of each element – forests, deserts, villages – as they connect for at least 5 tiles. You’ll know a group has been properly connected because it will light up. There will be a counter on the bottom right corner of the screen right next to your stack, which will let you know how many tiles you have left before the session is over.

To be able to keep your run going, you will need to gain additional tiles by completing quests, which are indicated by speech bubbles. There might, for example, be a quest with a speech bubble with a house and the number 4. What this means is that in order for you to complete the quest, you must place at least 4 additional houses in a group in your landscape. Do this, and you’ll be rewarded with more tiles for your stack. If you notice a flag has spawned, that means you can close the group you just completed to earn extra points and tiles. To close a group, you must place tiles so that they can’t be expanded anymore.

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Some tiles will have restrictions to keep in mind. Take, for example, tiles for rivers and tracks. Their ends can’t lead into every other tile. Connecting river tiles into groups and connecting track tiles into groups will also be part of the equation, so be ready! Every time you place a tile on the playing area, you will be rewarded with some points depending on how well said tile fits with the edges of its neighbors, and this is twice as important for special tiles like the aforementioned ones. If all six edges of a tile match its neighbors, then that will be counted as a perfect placement, granting you some bonus points… as well as an extra life!

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While playing Dorfromantik, you will sometimes find special spots out in the distance that have a white outline. By building towards them, you’ll be able to reveal a special collectible tile. Once you manage to connect your landscape to a special tile, you’ll receive a special request that must be fulfilled in order to complete the challenge. These might include objectives such as gaining a highscore of 2,500 points, forming a train route with at least 10 train tracks, OR forming a water body with at least 15 water fragments.

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Dorfromantik is a chill procedurally generated sim experience that is easy to recommend on Nintendo Switch. You’ll unlock new tiles and biomes as you complete more and more runs as you aim to beat your highscore while also trying to get onto the online leaderboard. Dorfromantik is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 asking price, and it’s one you should definitely check out on the console.

This Dorfromantik review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Toukana Interactive.

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