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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Dinkum (2022) is a town and life simulator game set in a fantasy Australia. Your main goal is to build a town on an island populated by animals and plants to attract townsfolk and businesses. It's like Animal Crossing but with more multiplayer and a greater focus on animal husbandry, vehicles, and farming.

At the start of the game, a brief cinematic shows your character leaving the sad, grey South City by airship to a lush Australian island. Once you have landed, you set to work on a series of quests the locals give you. As you do you learn the mechanics of crafting, bug-catching, caving and keeping animals.

As you progress, things open up to give you freedom to expand as you see fit. There's always a new quest or project to take on which ensures that your town never stops improving and growing. But you also need to watch out for encounters with some aggressive animals who can set you back.

Dinkum delivers an atmospheric escape from globalisation and corporations by returning to simple agricultural bliss. It focusses on grassroots town development away from the dreary city and a whimsical, entertaining cast of new friends.

Our examiner, Joe Eaton, first checked Dinkum 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 20 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and World Building game with Adventure, Creative and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Up to three other players can be on your island with you. They can't damage your island by moving buildings or hurting your animals, but they can harvest items and take them to their own islands.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 45 hours and 70 hours to complete. As Dinkum doesn't have an ending, you can pour as much time as you'd like into it. There is plenty of content, and is being actively updated by its developer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Some younger players may find the sheer number of options and activities flustering at first. Also, players will need perseverance as town development can take a while in later parts of the game.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Dinkum usually costs £14.99.


Steam Store PC £14.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/07/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Collecting, World Building (Adventure, Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Dinkum Dev (@DinkumDev)

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