New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers

6.6Overall Score

Entertaining gameplay loop.

Lack of variety.

PC, Switch


English. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German

Normally, a strategical city builder is often complex, small mobile games or large PC titles. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is the middle ground that is simple on top, but has a lot of depth that can be a bit overwhelming with the pace.

You will play New Frontier Days on the Nintendo Switch, in handheld mode while using the touchscreen. The buttons are doable for a bit, but as the town becomes more complex and your population will grow and dragging a cursor around takes a lot of time especially with the clock ticking away.

The overall gameplay for New Frontier Days is similar to the old PC game The Settlers. You will start with a small outpost and a few villagers, and then you will use your villagers to gather up resources which are used for creating buildings that are able to be used for increasing the population and the overall amount of things you are able to do. You can send a pioneer out to mine for stones or to chop trees down and then use other pioneers to man the quarry or sawmill to process your resources into things that you will need to create much more complex items to sell or buildings.

The biggest and most central challenge for New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is the clock. This clock will count down time, which an in game year is only a few minutes in real time. At the end of the year, you will have to have a certain amount of money and food to have a festival. Being able to have that festival requires you to do a whole lot of juggling and making sure that every pioneer is maximizing the potential that they have. This can actually become really chaotic and hectic, even before you hit the double digit of villagers. There isn’t a lot of down time, which forces you to jump from building to building to be able to set up queues to be able to keep the pace for what you are needing for your festival as well as to be able to grow to a much larger population.

The game really encourages you to begin with the Story Mode, which has a detailed tutorial that you can use that will explain a whole lot of the underlying mechanics of how the game works, but this also will add many longer term goals that will create a more hectic and chaotic experience than the basic survival mode. Both of these modes will have side objectives like getting a certain amount of resources that will give you bonuses such as increasing the price of what you sell an item for. Free mode however does not have any goals and will allow you to add those bonuses at any time during your game play.

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This game will offer you a very different experience from anything else that you have seen for the Switch. While it can be a bit overwhelming at times, it is really rewarding to be able to see your settlement really thrive and grow. Unlike other similar titles, you will always feel like you are a big part of what is going on, but that also means that this settlement will need your full attention.

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Ella Walker
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Ella has been playing video games for over 15 years. She worked for a large game production company before and after quitting it in 2003, became a freelance writer.

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