Toplitz Productions and German game developer Bitfall Studios have released their Early Access card deck city builder game, TerraScape. Available on PC, the game includes challenges, single player and multiplayer modes for the relaxing city builder.
Using a laid back approach to its puzzle formula for city creation, TerraScape uses a card based design where players score points while laying out their town on a hex grid. Through a random selection of cards to draw from, procedural maps, and challenges, players are put in a position where they need to strategically decide how they want to expand their creation.
Building cards offer different buildings for city expansion. Points are scored based on where the building is initially placed on the game map. Scoring factors include both positive and negative influences. Factors such as terrain, water access, or other nearby buildings can impact the total score of a placed building. By adding crops or by building industries such as forestry, mining, or fishing can add additional scoring opportunities.
Wise placement of cards in the world earn points and then players receive new cards as rewards to further develop their city. City planners will need to consider their build order and how a building’s placement on the building hexes will influence other building cards. For example putting a Saw Mill too close to another Saw Mill will result in a negative score the new building on the given hex tile.
We designed TerraScape to provide players with a relaxed and rewarding puzzle experience, that combined an innovative card deck system and city builder styled game that they can really invest their time and strategies into. We’re looking forward to developing the content and game modes further with the help of community feedback during early access.Nico Pattmann, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitfall Studios GmbH
Early Access Details
Prior to the Early Access release, a TerraScape Beta playtest took place this past March. The playtest gave players a chance to see basic gameplay concepts and mechanics. In addition this was a chance for playtesters to hunt down bugs and provide critical feedback before the TerraScape‘s Early Access release date.
During the TerraScape Early Access Beta development phase, the independent developer wants to continue the game’s development with community feedback. Early Access is planned to last around 12 months. The final version of the game may differ from the Early Access version as additional content is added. At Early Access release the single player mode, tutorial, and main pack of cards are included.
At full release TerraScape is planned to launch with a higher price. Players can provide feedback via Steam, Discord, and other social media channels on the developer interacts.
TerraScape is now available in Early Access on PC via Steam and GOG for $12.99. During the game’s launch week a 25% discount is available. For more information follow @terrascapegame on Twitter and like @terrascapegame on Facebook.
Toplitz Productions (@Toplitz_Prod Twitter, @toplitzprod Facebook, YouTube) is an Austrian publisher and developer with the goal of offering games that feature “Heart and Soul” to consumers. The company is comprised of veteran game developers and executives who collaborate with multiple studios throughout the world. Toplitz’s portfolio comprises a mix of sports, strategy, adventure, and simulation games for PC and major console platforms.
Bitfall Studios GmbH (YouTube) is a German developer with a team stretching from Fulda to Berlin. Founded by Lara Klimm, Nico Pattmann, Felix Günther and Nico Wegner, the studio stands and lives for passionate game visions and developments. TerraScape is the studio’s first game title.