Imagine a world where Zoo Tycoon got a sprinkling of pixie dust and morphed into an entirely new, magical entity, complete with dinosaurs of fantastical origins. No need to tap into your overactive imaginations, game aficionados, as this is not a drill, not a parody. It’s a game called Fantastic Haven, which is all set to create a gaming tsunami! The pop-up wizards at Goblinz Publishing have concocted this gaming sorcery, defining it as a chill-out management task of building an abode for endearing creatures.
Now, if you're envisioning theme parks and roller coasters, pop that thought bubble. Instead, picture constructing a magical sanctuary from scratch, brick by brick, and garnishing it with a veritable smorgasbord of mythical beasts. And not of the 'roar and ramage' variety, mind you. These little tykes just want a snug corner to cosy up in. The absolute cherry on the digital cake is that you also get to explore some city-building attributes. Quite the dual package deal, wouldn't you say?
Quoting directly from Fantastic Haven’s store page description as it's too good to paraphrase: “Welcome creatures back to the refuge and restore their health. Find them a snug spot in quarantine, and when they're in the pink of health, toss them in a sanctuary that's to their liking. And voila! You now have a creature-friendly biotope. The ultimate goal? Guide them back into the wide, wide world, and in doing so, restore a dash of magic. Sounds like a superhero gig minus the spandex, right?
Ready to take things up a notch? Your gaming avatar can head out on scouting trips. Well, it isn’t all flora exploration and Dora the explorer-ish. Instead, this includes fetching creatures in imminent need. Turns out you’ll also put on the hat of a diplomatic envoy. You'll get to have Martha Stewart-like talks with displeased populations and whip up alliances with a dash of charm and strategy. You’re nurturing a community, after all.
Guess what stirs up even more excitement? Watching how Fantastic Haven reinvents standard city-building elements! Instead of stressing about conquering, extracting, and colonizing, you get to nurture nature. Echoing the sentiment of Terra Nil, a 'reverse city-builder,' this game brings the charm of environmental rejuvenation to the table.
The green gaming saga of Fantastic Haven is set to unfurl into early access in the year 2024. The grapevine tells us that the access drill will kickstart only for PCs. Meanwhile, you can find the mega-adventure on the virtual shelves of Steam.
As we eagerly anticipate its release, what are your thoughts, fellow denizens of the gaming universe? Let us know while you're counting the days to your eco-adventure or browsing for more undercover gaming gems. The gaming world is teeming with oases of excitement, and they’re just a click away.
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