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Go-Go Town screenshot

Coming to early access next week, Go-Go Town is busy-busy work

We’ve been rather intrigued about the next game from Prideful Sloth, the development team that brought us the lovely and cosy Yonder and Grow: Song of the Evertree. Landing next week in early access, it’s almost here: Go-Go Town takes a step away from the fantasy settings of the team’s previous games, instead throwing players into a very modern metropolis — albeit one they need to build themselves.

Thrown into a blank canvas, a town that’s just been demolished, in fact, you’re told that you’re now the mayor of Go-Go Town. And as the mayor, it’s your job to do just about everything. When we say everything, we mean everything. Emptying the trash cans? Your job. Restocking the local shops? Down to you. Gathering the materials needed to build said local shops? You guessed it.

There really is no rest for the wicked in this little town. If you want to succeed, you’ll need to grow, and that means building resources to attract visitors, then doing enough to make those visitors want to stay on as locals. Each potential townsperson will have a specific request for you, whether it’s build X amount of lampposts around town, or sell so many pet rocks in your local crafts shop. Once you’ve met their demands, you can move them in — but you’ll need to have somewhere for them to live, too.

Go-Go Town screenshot
Image: Prideful Sloth

Like some sort of weird dystopian nightmare, townspeople are assigned a house, and to begin with, two random villagers can live together in a small house. You’ll also need to assign them a job running a shop or town facility. Your residents are ultimately the backbone of the thriving little metropolis you’re hoping to build, so ensuring they’re happy and catered for is ultimately your goal here.

We’ve only scratched the surface of Go-Go Town so far, and while there’s a lot of busy work involved, we’re somehow hooked. We’ve been drawn in by the promise of a thriving town, and experiencing every level-up, every improvement, has kept us playing. We’re keen to keep progressing, seeing just how much we can grow our town. And, most alluring of all, we want to be crowned #1 mayor of all the towns: a fictional leaderboard will see you climb the ranks if you succeed.

Go-Go Town screenshot
Image: Prideful Sloth

We’ve yet to experience it, but eventually you’ll be able to automate some areas of Go-Go Town by hiring farmers, miners and fishermen — and a courier service can even ensure your deliveries go to the right place. It seems like that hard busywork will pay off in the end, then, as long as you push through long enough.

If you liked Prideful Sloth’s other games, or you’re a fan of cosy simulation games, we think Go-Go Town is well worth checking out. As long as you don’t mind getting your virtual hands dirty, of course. There’s a lot of promise here, and seeing your town grow from literally nothing is going to be seriously rewarding.

Go-Go Town is coming to early access on 18th June. We’ll have more on the game at launch — and if you can’t wait that long, there’ll be a free demo available as part of Steam Next Fest from tomorrow, 10th June.

Summer Game Fest 2024 is in full swing, and we’re covering the latest, best announcements right here. Want to see everything so far? Head to our SGF 2024 hub right here.

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