Welcome to the 1980s! This is a city which just started to develop, and you're in charge of this small urban village. How will the city's future be tied to this place? Manage your land, construct new buildings, explore the stories, and find out the ultimate fate of this urban village!
In 1980, this is a city which just started to develop, and you’re in charge of a small urban village. Manage this place carefully! You will witness its connection with this city and the changes taking place as the city develops. Eventually, when it is surrounded by skyscrapers, what will happen to it under the fate of being gentrified?
In this urban village, you can:
- Try to fit in as many population as you can within limited space!
- Attract immigrants by posting ads!
- Renovate your urban village and purchase new stuff to increase the attractiveness!
- Explore different characters' stories as the city develops!
This game is inspired by Gangxia Village, an urban village in Shenzhen, China. Such villages have a more unique history comparing to other residential areas. They have accompanied Shenzhen since the 1980s, the time when the city just started to develop. Immigrant workers who were seeking for better opportunities and lives arrived here and settled in urban villages, making Shenzhen one of the fastest-developing cities.
Despite some problems brought by the high population density, the rent prices in urban villages were more affordable. Therefore, it was the choice of numerous immigrant workers, since they didn't have enough money to purchase a house in the big city. They came to Shenzhen for different reasons. But eventually, their work allowed Shenzhen to develop from a small fishing village into a major city containing over 10 million people in just 40 years.
However, in such a fast-growing place, new things always replace the old ones. Due to the rapid city growth and several factors, many urban villages in Shenzhen are now facing the fate of being gentrified. The fact is: before Gangxia Village, Baishizhou, another urban village in Shenzhen, was already facing gentrification. Immigrant workers who settled themselves there will have to find another place or return home.
It is an undeniable fact that all urban villages will gradually disappear in our city and being replaced by modern buildings. However, we cannot forget how remarkable they are in Shenzhen's development: they made dreams possible. This is why I developed this game: to tell the stories behind this.
Enjoy the Game!