Game:Village RomancePublisher:Toukana InteractiveDeveloper:Toukana InteractiveGenre:ThinkingTested for:SwitchAvailable for:SwitchUSK:Released in:11/2022
German name, international success: The debut work of a student quartet from Berlin may seem deceptively inconspicuous, but it has garnered a lot of fame and honor on the PC and will soon even be ennobled with a board game adaptation. Before that, however, Switch owners can deal with the idyllic puzzle game.
At first glance, this seems like a mixture of the classics Carcassonne and Catan, but it’s his own thing. Here, too, you gradually place hexagonal fields next to each other in order to expand a landscape. But this is designed as a pure solo experience without any thoughts of competition – you only collect points on the side, so record hunts are possible in a relaxed atmosphere. This is how you join parts from a limited stack together, on which there are elements such as land, forest, stones, water, rails or houses – if similar areas meet at the edges, they grow together. This gradually creates a nicely staged environment in which small challenges (usually a minimum number of objects to be coupled) appear again and again: If you fulfill them, there are a few new parts for the stack and it goes on until the stock is exhausted. And since the controls, including the placement aids, have been adjusted perfectly, there is never any stress.
Opinion & Rating
Ulrich Steppberger says: I can understand the hymns of praise that Dorfromantik has come in everywhere since its debut: the basic principle is deceptively simple and quickly understood, but still has a lot of depth and the staging is just incredibly likeable. When the landscape grows field by field, you can actually only get in a good mood – of course, the pretty look and the relaxed musical accompaniment also play a major role. And it’s great that there is little to complain about technically on the switch, even when the playing field gets too big – so loads Dorfromantik again and again to an idyllic round of puzzles.
Relaxed puzzle piece laying with a large portion of charm that can entertain again and again.