Sometimes I wonder why kids don’t design more games. Stonehearth, the culmination of Tom and Tony Cannon’s childhood fantasies, reminds me of something I would’ve loved to build had I the ability as a youngster. Voxel-based games are making tons of childish ambitions come to life with games like Castle Story and Guncraft. Maybe I’m hyping up the design sensibilities of our nation’s youth, but they wouldn’t make a chorish shitshow like Star Trek: The Video Game, so it’s odd that full-grown adults would.
Equal parts Minecraft, SimCity, and Dungeons & Dragons, Stonehearth wants you to build an impressive city, level up your citizens, and send them into adventurous dungeons. On top of that, the game’s world, enemies, and pre-fab buildings are moddable to the max, allowing you to build that city of penises you’ve always wanted. It’s currently on Kickstarter with a month left to go and about a quarter of the way to its $120,000 goal. Needless to say, I’ll be chipping in!