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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers

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Based on 13 critic reviews
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51

Top Critic Average

8%

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Developer: Arc System Works

Genre: Simulation

New Frontier Days ~Founding Pioneers~ is a town-building simulation game where you command your pioneers to colonise a new land. The pioneers are capable of logging, mining, hunting, fishing and much more. Command them accordingly, and build your own town efficiently! From the materials gathered via the actions of your pioneers, you can build! With the buildings you create, you can process logs into lumber, weave wool into textiles, grow plants in the field and much more! Make your town thrive with all these useful buildings! You can also keep wild animals as pets too! Pets can go out with the pioneers to gather materials, or they can help in hunting, and even allow pioneers to ride on their backs! As you progress in colonising the land, you may obtain Invention Cards along the way. These cards provide various effects, such as shortening your farm harvesting time cycle, and increasing the fishing time. There are over 290 cards in the game! Use them wisely! Three game modes are in the game: First, there is the Story Mode, where you set out with the help of your lovely assistant, Jessica, to build your dream town from scratch, overcome all sorts of obstacles, and aim to develop into a city. Then, there is the Survival Mode, where you can choose from five levels of difficulty to suit your pace of gameplay. Lastly, the Free Mode has no game overs, and you can use whichever Invention Cards you have obtained freely. You choose how you want to build your frontier town!

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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers Reviews

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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is a different proposal within the current Nintendo Switch catalogue. However, it's a game that doesn't innovate and doesn't provide enough fun to choose it against other console's titles.

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The first simulation title for the Switch, New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is a mixed effort with a barnyard full of blusters. It’s a decently priced romp at $9.99, but its lack of customization and odd control scheme may turn off those who want a quality farming game.

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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is a real surprise in the Switch's launch lineup: a focused town-building sim with an addictive gameplay loop that looks decent, sounds great and plays well. A lack of variety and an unambitious presentation are notable drawbacks, and will keep it from being a long-term investment for many, but what's here is enjoyable enough, and certainly worth a shot for sim buffs looking for something simple and fun.

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New Frontier Days : Founding Pioneers doesn't venture into uncharted lands from the construction and simulation game territory, yet it's a pastoral, simple and efficient introduction to the genre, although such lack of ambition shows limitations sooner rather than later, whether because of the repetitiveness or the absence of multiplayer.

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