URBO – Game Review

URBO, developed by Door 407—famed for their warmly received strategy game Diplomacy is Not an Option—offers a surprising shift in pace and style towards a serene, meditative gameplay experience. In URBO, players delve into a minimalist world of city-building on floating islands, aiming to evolve tiny houses into grander structures until space runs out. Despite its relaxing nature, the game presents a logical challenge reminiscent of popular titles like Threes or 2048, where merging buildings/numbers into larger entities requires thoughtful strategy and space management.

URBO - Game Review

URBO – Game Review

What sets URBO apart is its extraordinary ambiance, blending visual minimalism with soothing music and a gameplay pace that encourages meditation. The landscapes and environmental diversity, ranging from desert canyons to tranquil fishing villages, provide a rich backdrop for the puzzles. Despite simple rules, the game offers puzzles that demand concentration and strategy, rewarding attentive players.

An additional feature of the game is its card system, which introduces new buildings or alters existing ones, adding another layer of strategic consideration. URBO’s gameplay is designed to be intuitive, yet mastering all its aspects takes time and experience. The game doesn’t hold your hand; information about possible building combinations or interactions with bonus cards is discovered through trial and error. An endless gameplay path, where each new island requires a fresh approach, ensures long-term engagement, encouraging experimentation and the discovery of new strategies.

URBO - Game Review

After about four hours, I unlocked 70% of the locations and cities by choosing combinations that revealed new biomes, while the remaining “skins” for buildings present a real challenge (achieved by less than 10% of players).

URBO might seem like a simple logic game at first glance, but it offers deep and satisfying gameplay that combines city-building elements with puzzles. There’s even a photo mode, allowing you to adjust game conditions and the camera to create the perfect cityscape in the clouds. The game is beautifully designed, providing a relaxing backdrop for intellectual challenges. With a variety of environments and aesthetically pleasing buildings, each session is unique, and the ability to save completed cities adds value to revisiting and admiring your creations. URBO is an intriguing proposition in the logic game market, offering a chance to relax and unwind. Available at an affordable price on Steam, it’s an excellent choice for those seeking both logical challenges and a bit of relaxation.

I played the title on both a laptop and a Steam Deck, and it performed efortless on each device. The control of the environment and tiles on the SD/controller is incredibly intuitive and practically flawless.

URBO - Game Review

In summary..

URBO stands out in the logic game genre with its unique blend of a relaxing atmosphere and challenging mental tasks. Its minimalist graphics, meditative music, and intuitive gameplay make it an excellent choice for those seeking relaxation as well as intellectual stimulation. Its availability on various platforms and affordable price on Steam make URBO an attractive option for a wide range of players, looking for both short-term entertainment and long-term challenges.

URBO: A unique and relaxing logic game with an interesting audiovisual presentation. Maciej Wojtoń

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2024-02-23T10:44:23+0100

Maciej Wojtoń
Maciej Wojtoń
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