Now that the peaceful building sim Littlewood from developer Sean Young has been out in Early Access for a few months, it's coming together quite nicely and it just got a big update. Note: Key provided directly by the developer.
Not played it yet? Littlewood was inspired by the likes of Animal Crossing, Dark Cloud and some classic bits of Runescape. It could also be compared with Stardew Valley, although it does have a very different look and feel a lot of the basics are the same. Littlewood is one of those reasonably rare super sweet experiences that can help you relax as you just zone out and appreciate the joyful atmosphere of it.
One of the stretch goals during the original Kickstarter campaign was to add in a "Tarott Monster" card game, with cards you find all over the world of Solemn to build up a good deck of cards to battle others with. As of the latest update, that's now actually in the game. To be able to play it, you need to have unlocked access to Port Deluca from the balloon transport building by upgrading it to level three. Then in Port Deluca you need to upgrade it to level six to open up the Card Shop.
Actually unlocking it might take you quite a while. I'm sure the most determined players will have it done quickly but for me it took hours. The problem with games like Littlewood, is how easy it is to get distracted. Meeting new people, unlocking a new building, styling the town and so on all the time spent on other things adds up far too quickly and you just lose track of time. There's always something to do, always a reward to grab somewhere.
With the Tarott Monster card game if you battle and win often you can earn "Duelist Badges", a new unique currency which you can use to purchase new cards for the game and furniture items too. I must admit, as simple as the game is it's actually quite interesting. As you can see in the picture above, each class has different abilities to block another making it constant game of chance on how you're going to win. If they can expand that and perhaps add a little multiplayer, it could be a solid card game by itself.
As for what's next, the developer teased with this little gif:
So it looks like the Pet Store and Pet Adoption are coming to Littlewood soon, which was also another stretch goal and it currently has a placeholder for it in Port Deluca so it's pleasing to see all these special features get added in.
If you enjoy relaxing games, you can check out Littlewood on Steam.