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The Wandering Village (2022) is a strategy game where you build a city on the back of a giant, wandering creature called Onbu. It's unusual because as well as building a thriving settlement, you have to also take care of the creature on whom you are building. You need to establish a symbiotic relationship to survive together in the hostile, yet beautiful post-apocalyptic world through which you trudge.

Like other simulation games, you need to gather resources, farm various crops, send out foraging missions to gather ores and survive a variety of different biomes and events, build a relationship with a giant and influence its actions. Unlike those simulations, you have to also deal with the toxic spores as you travel through different biomes with specific and different challenges each time you play.

As you progress you realise you can interact with Onbu in a number of ways. You can fling food into their mouth, you can treat their ailments with medicine and even a horn to issue commands (provided you have built up enough trust). This last interaction enables you to control how fast Onbu moves through the biomes which can help (or hinder) the civilisation you are creating on their back.

Living on the back of a wandering creature comes with challenges. You need to maintain their health and build trust. Your goal is to find a place where you can settle down with the creature and live in peace. It's an Ecology/Biology-inspired game that puts gameplay and imagination rather than issues first.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Wandering Village 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Adventure and World Building elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 25 hours to complete. Replay-ability means you can easily play this for 100's of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for fear.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to deal not only with the civilisation building aspects, but the relationship management with Onbu. Coping with many simultaneous systems requires patience, attention to detail and careful planning.


The Wandering Village usually costs £19.49.

The Wandering Village

Steam Store PC £19.49
Steam Store Mac £19.49
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Adventure and World Building)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Grid and Hand-Made

Developer: Stray Fawn Studio (@StrayFawnStudio)

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