Man, do I have great fun with this! The Steam store page was spot-on: city builder with survival aspects. So, one might think "so what!? There's a million of these!" That very well might be true, but this is the only one that I own that I can play in both first and third person perspective. That means I can click on anyone and jump into their role in first person perspective. I can mine, build, gather; all of that in first person. I've read a few state that's it's a Banished rip-off, others say that it's a tweaked version of Banished. Personally, I don't know because I've never played Banished. I don't know how it measures up to game "such and such", because I don't really have any other city builders. All I know is that I have so much friggin fun with this that I'm officially back into gaming. There's only one caveat: it Is a relaxing game where you can just set up your farms and mines and whatnot and expect them all to do their assigned jobs, minus one: hunters. Hunters do indeed do a great job at keeping my village stocked with meat, however they are terrible at one of their other jobs: defense. I read that all you have to do is set up a few hunting lodges around your farming areas and they'll protect your livestock, but that's not quite the case yet. I slowed down my game to normal speed so I could go out and have a cigarette, figuring that my hunters would protect my chickens, orchard, and apiary. When I came back, Everything was dead and honey was gone (stinking bears and wolves!). The reason why that's kind of a big deal is because the only way right now to restock your coop is to tear it down and rebuild it. I thought I could get away with not having animal farms, but your village needs a varied diet; they won't rely only on fish for their diets. It's not that big of a deal, I like jumping into different roles, I just wish I would have known that hunters suck at protecting things on their own because my village died of starvation that winter. It upset me a little more than expected when my children died. I'm kind of a soft-heart when it comes to things like that, let's just keep that a secret between you and I
So, in short, I find Forest Village both relaxing and challenging. I have read " The game is an Exact copy of Banished, no new mechanics, just upgraded graphics, it brings nothing new to the Banished experience", and that might be a turn-off for you. But for me, who has never played Banished, I love it. In fact, here's another little secret for you; I blew off a symposium on ammolite to play the game, don't tell my wife I'm a bona fide mineral fanatic, but I find the game absolutely enthralling. Plus, it's ammolite: fossilized ammonite shell composed primarily of aragonite, they've been on the market since like 1970, I think I got that ground pretty well covered by now without putting my gemology career in jeopardy.