Islanders: Relaxed city builder brings holiday spirit to VR
Colorful islands, idyllic towns and no stressful resource management: This is the kind of mix that Islanders VR wants you to chill out with.
Islanders: VR Edition looks like the ideal contrast to gray summer days. In the VR implementation of the laid-back city-building game from Coatsink, Stage Clear and GrizzlyGames, you float over idyllic, exotic islands to build a little paradise with your own hands.
In Quest 2 and Quest Pro, this is meant literally, as you can move the cursor, buildings and other details directly via hand tracking. The similarly designed VR game Little Cities by Purple Yonder and Ndreams has already proven how well this can work in practice.
Relaxed city builder in VR
Alternatively, you can use a controller, which is also used in the SteamVR version. A procedural generation ensures an endless supply of minimalist but colorful islands.
The relaxed gameplay is deliberately different from more complex building games with their "stressful resource management". Here it doesn't cost resources to build anything. Instead, you have a limited number of buildings in your inventory, and you earn points for building them.
The goal is to place buildings wisely on the islands and unlock new buildings by earning a maximum score. Points are awarded for careful placement, for example, not blocking access to natural resources. The more you build, the higher your score and the bigger your city.
The original game, released in 2019 (Steam reviews: very positive), was created as a study project by three Berlin game designers, who later developed it further and implemented it for various consoles. Coatsink, an experienced VR producer (Jurassic World: Aftermath, Onward) is on board for the VR edition.
Islanders is inspired by games like Anno, The Settlers and Sim City. A release date has not yet been set.