Ever wish you could redesign your town, according to what you think it needs? A new game called Block’hood lets you test out your city-building skills in the virtual world, Arch Daily reports.

Created by architect and game developer Jose Sanchez, Block’hood is designed to let you build a functioning community out of tiny, interconnected pieces. The game is based on the concept of blocks, each with its own set of resource needs and outputs. For instance, a tree needs water, and produces oxygen. A store needs customers, and produces a profit. A windmill requires funding, and makes electricity. The point is to create a network of different types of blocks to make a productive city and avoid decay. If blocks don’t get what they need (water, customers, etc.), then they decay and turn into abandoned ruins.


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“Block'hood is built upon ideas of ecology and entropy, allowing anyone to learn about the challenges our cities face,” the game’s website states. You can play either in a free mode, where you can explore all the design options in the game, or play one of 12 challenge levels where you’re given a set of constraints (like you would have in a real scenario) and must achieve a certain goal.

There are currently 96 different blocks available to build with, with more to be added in the future.

Get the game for $10 on Steam.

[h/t Arch Daily]

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