A release date has been set for Terra Nil, an ecological take on a city-building game in which you reclaim nature and create ecosystems using irrigation, wind power, and other methods. The game will debut on Steam for Windows on March 28 and be added to the growingly amazing library of mobile games bundled with a Netflix subscription, according to publisher Devolver Digital.
A part of the revenues from Terra Nil sales on Steam will be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Fund, according to the South African company Free Lives, which also created the tonally very different Broforce, an homage to 1980s action heroes.
The game’s lush isometric visuals, relaxing soundtrack, and serene atmosphere are showcased in a new teaser. It will take six to eight hours to see all four of Terra Nil’s regional biomes, which include volcanic glaciers, tropical islands, and deserted towns, according to the press release. Nonetheless, all of them are procedurally created, replayable, and come with additional unlockable alternate levels.
Charlie Hall wrote in 2021 after playing a trial of the game for Polygon, “There was a pleasant tension to spending the least amount of resources while having the most impact on the land. But, it was a calm, detached kind of strain, the same kind of tension experienced when deciding which wall in the living room should be painted an accent colour or how to lay out a vegetable garden. And the game’s lovely, Ghibli-inspired environments and animations constantly served to lessen the strain. Frogs and herbivorous animals were active in the woodlands, and flocks of geese filled the sky as the earth began to reanimate.
Sounds quite good, I must say. I’m in as someone whose favorite game of the previous year was the similarly contemplative Dorfromantik.