Your Town may be a hidden gem. It just needs the right person to discover it.
Theme and What is it?
You have been traveling the lonely desert for months. You look up and see buildings. You hope it is not another mirage. You are ready to find a place to rest and recharge. Being a lone outlaw is tiring business. As you get closer you can tell that the buildings are real. This is not a combination of your imagination and heat stroke. As you enter this dusty little place you see a saloon. That is just what you need. Time to refresh your mind, body and soul. As you relax you startle yourself with a realization. It is time to hang up these dusty old boots and settle in. It’s time to call someplace home.
Your Town is an adventure graphic novel for one player.
Your Town operates in the same way as a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Your Town has way more depth and possibilities than the classic Choose Your Own Adventure Books we all grew up with. There are a few tables that you will want to go to the publisher’s website to download and print. They are found in the back of the book, but you will want to use the print outs so you can play multiple times. The game reads like a graphic novel, and you will have to make choices and perform tasks to move through the story and achieve your objectives.
The focus of Your Town is just that…creating your town. You will build buildings, attract residents and potentially lose everything as you work through the story and make decisions. I will be every vague in this review so I don’t spoil anything.
I was very excited to try Your Town. I was able to go through Captive, which is another title by Graphic Novel Adventures. I really enjoyed Captive and had high hopes for Your Town.
Right out of the gates I knew they were very different applications of the same idea. Your Town has a stronger RPG element to it then Captive has. It does not have a strong story element. Your Town has greater variability and your choices are more far reaching.
There is so much to do in Your Town that I spent a lot of time filling out the worksheets to keep up with everything. It got to be a bit much for me. I took Your Town on a business trip and planned on getting it out at night. I did the first few nights but it wasn’t keeping my interest enough that I ended up reading a book I had bought.
Game Build Quality
The game book has held up well. It seems like it is a normal hard back book. The pages are semi glossed so the art work really pops out.
You Town is based in the old west. There are scenes when you travel across barren desert and the art captures that feeling. There is a brown cast to all the art that makes everything feel old and dusty, which is how the environment should feel. Overall, the artwork was fun and kept the game from feeling too serious.
Your Town did not do much for me. I have tried to play it a few times and have not been able to make it through. I feel like it is well designed and has great potential, but it did not work for me. With that being said, my ten-year-old daughter loves it. She has picked it up every night for the past week and has been going through her own campaign. I have found her with Your Town on the couch working on it while we wait to leave for basketball practice. She was very excited when I told her she could work on it and she has been loving the experience.
Age Range & Weight
Your Town is recommended for 10+. Like I just mentioned above my ten-year-old is totally obsessed with it. I didn’t find anything to keep her from playing it. She loves Choose Your Own Adventure books and this was a natural next step for her. She loves building her town up and trying to figure out some of the mysteries. There are puzzles and some complex thinking skills (like a monthly budget) which are helping her develop the critical thinking part of her brain.
Although Your Town was not my cup of tea, it worked perfectly for someone right in my house. I can see this game having lots of appeal. There is plenty to do and explore in it. It just never captured my attention. I may have compared it too much to Captive, which I loved. Please do not let my lack of enthusiasm dissuade you. Your Town may be a hidden gem. It just needs the right person to discover it. For me it was my daughter. She even asked if she could take it to her cousins to play it with her. When someone enjoys something enough to want to share it, then you know they must think it is pretty awesome.