Islanders

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews
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5.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2021

Islanders: Console Edition, while not a game for everyone, is exactly the game for people looking for what Grizzly Games (and most actual islands) can offer you; an escape from the everyday.

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8 / 10
Sep 24, 2021

Islanders doesn't necessarily reinvent the wheel and may have a few control issues, but it still provides a hugely enjoyable time that's always there to dive into between other games. It also has a very enticing price point of £4.19 / $4.99. The game has quickly become a perfect title to wind down with when extended sessions of Splitgate have aggravated us or the intense subject matter of Lost Judgment has become too much. If you’re looking for something to break up your gaming life, Islanders: Console Edition is a fantastic choice.

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Recommended
Aug 19, 2021

This thoughtful spin on strategy is a classic on PC and a delight on Switch.

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Unscored
Apr 5, 2019

A breath of fresh air in my game rotation.

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Unscored
Apr 4, 2019

It’s all ever so tranquil on the surface, and never once made my cortisone levels spike, but there’s a fierce brain throbbing away beneath those sedate low-poly models.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2021

A breezy and relaxing puzzle game hidden within the veneer of a city builder which just happens to be highly addictive and rewarding despite the lack of visible Islanders. Easy to pick up and hard to put down, Islanders will appeal to anyone who enjoys meditative gaming.

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78 / 100
Sep 1, 2021

For best results, pick up Islanders: Console Edition for shorter sessions; calm yourself down and escape from the stress of life. Don’t look for it to satisfy your Napoleonic yearnings for military glory. And if you’ve been looking for the next “Civ-on-the-go,” keep looking. Islanders: Console Edition is a small game that knows what it is — and isn’t. And that’s just fine.

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8 / 10
Aug 26, 2021

Meanwhile, if you're just here to relax and create detailed island dioramas, Sandbox Mode is the way to go. Here, you can build to your heart's content without having to worry about score modifiers, switching islands at will. And it helps that Islanders is very aesthetically pleasing; there's real satisfaction to be found in the simplistic art style as you decorate each landscape.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2021

Islanders: Console Edition trims every bit of fat from the city-building genre, stripping it down to the core mechanic of plunking down buildings for points. While the controls are a bit fidgety, the chill gameplay and focused mechanics more than make up for it. Play for a few minutes or a few hours, either way, Islanders delivers.

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8.8 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2019

Islanders is a uniquely-designed city builder that offers a relaxed experience even if you only have ten minutes to spare.

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