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Townseek is a single-player exploration and trading game where the player flies freely across the world on their airship. Moving through the map, the player will find several towns, each with their own charismatic host. By trading with them for gold, it's possible to buy more merchandise to sell at a higher price in other towns, acquire tools to take part in new activities and unlock multiple cosmetic options.
The game follows the player's quest to find the missing pages of Sir Reginald Sharkingston's journal, the first sharkfolk to freely explore the world. Aside from the main quest, the player is encouraged to discover the multiple unique landmarks scattered throughout the globe. There are also dozens of items to obtain, and activities such as fishing, mining and digging!
Beyond the main quest, the game is an open-ended calm experience that lets the player discover the world at their own pace. Whether they prefer to maximize their profits, learn more about the hosts, complete their collections of items or just roam around freely, the player always has free-reign over their Townseek experience!
History 🗃️Jam Version Beginnings!
The original version of Townseek, currently available on itch.io under the name of Townseek Jam Version, was originally developed for the Global Game Jam 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the formerly physical game jam had to adapt to a digital format. While our studio has participated in multiple game jams before, these changes gave our team the opportunity to participate together for the Global Game Jam for the first time together, despite living across the world.
As a result of the pandemic itself, which caused several of us frustration by making travelling more difficult, Townseek was envisioned as a relaxing game where one could fly anywhere at any time and meet people from all cultures. We wanted to capture the satisfaction and wonder of exploring!
After its completion, the game got updated with new features, bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. The updated release was met with a lot of positive attention, being featured on itch.io's front page, and quickly gathered thousands of views. It has since become one of Whales And Games' most played games
With the surprising reception of the Jam Version and it's subsequent The Star-Seeker Update, the team decided on focusing on delivering a new full version of the game. While Townseek's Jam Version continues to work as a proof-of-concept, our vision for the future of Townseek showcases a lot of new potential, with brand-new ideas for features, improved new content and activities!
Game Pitch 📢
Embark on a journey to discover the legacy of Sir Reginald Sharkingston as you complete his journal! Take to the skies, and travel far and wide, discover exotic landmarks, visit faraway towns, trade with their hosts, complete quests, catch fish, discover artefacts, and make a name for yourself!
The whole world is your sea now, so be sure to see all that it has to offer!
- Explore an inviting pixelated, hand-drawn world at your own pace! Uncover unique locations, spawning lush forests, deep reefs, vast deserts, striking volcanos, and beyond!
- Trade with town hosts for items and profit! Complete their quests and improve your reputation for unique items and cosmetics. Discover diverse cultures of sharkfolk, cats, slimes, stonelings, regular humans, and more!
- There are tons of things to do all over the world! Obtain a fishing rod and catch peculiar fish. Mine one-of-a-kind artefacts. Dig for treasure. Farm for exotic fruits. Obtain new blimps and hulls to customise your ship and make it uniquely yours!
- Complete town quests to start reassembling the journal bestowed to you by Captain Jawline, and discover the lost legacy of Sir Reginald Sharkingston! Fill it with memories of your own travels, strive to complete your item collection, and make it an unforgettable trip!
Gameplay Video (YouTube)
Gameplay Essay (YouTube)
Logo & Icon 🏷️
Awards & Recognition 🏆
European Game Showcase at GDC 2022 – Official Selection
- Swissnex – 22nd March, 2022
Super Rare Mixtape Vol. 2 – Official Selection
- Super Rare Games – 18th February, 2022
The Very Big Indie Pitch at PockerGamer Connects London 2022 – Winner
- Big Indie Pitch – 15th February, 2022
Digital Big Indie Pitch #13 – Honourable Mention
- Big Indie Pitch – 21st January, 2022
IndieX Online 2021 – Official Selection
- IndieX – 12th November, 2021
Itch.io – Frontpage Featured Game
- Itch.io – 19th April, 2021
Selected Articles 📝
It’s a delightful little game with a beautiful hand drawn world to explore that’s full of cute little details. The actual trading gameplay is fairly simple, but that’s part of the joy of the game – it’s an easy accessible and very stress free experience that gives you a very pleasant place to spend some time in. Highly recommended.
- Calum Fraser, Free Game Planet
Townseek is a laid-back trading game that just wants you to hang out in its cosy world.
- Tom Sykes, PC Gamer UK – Issue 360
In short, Townseek managed to live up to my expectations, providing me a zen experience while, at the same time, being fun enough to encourage me to seek the different collectibles. If you're looking for something that allows you to relax after a day at work, Townseek is an excellent proposal.
- Pedro Simões, Pixel Glitch (Translated)
Monetization Permission 💲
Whales And Games allows for the contents of Townseek to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from Townseek is legally & explicitly allowed by Whales And Games. This permission can be found in writing at https://press.whalesandgames.com/sheet.php?p=townseek.
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About Whales And Games 🐳
We are Whales And Games, an indie studio creating positive, polished games and art brimming with whalistic personality! Since our beginnings, we've aimed to differentiate our projects through mold-breaking experiences that we can easily expand on with fresh content, while focusing on character development and adding value to the core experience!
By approaching game development as creatives, we're constantly expanding our ever-growing repertoire by experimenting with new ideas!
We're currently working on Townseek, an exploration trading-game, as our debut commercial title! Simultaneously, we continue participating in game jams, allowing us to discover new ideas that continue shaping Whales And Games!
More information on Whales And Games, our logo & relevant media are available here.
Townseek Credits 🐋
Jorge Carvalho (JorgeGameDev)
Programming and Game Design
José Sánchez (MoskiDraws)
Artist and Graphic Designer
John Elliot (JohnElliotComp)
Audio Composer and Sound Design