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Walk around your Townscaper creations in first-person, in your browser

A first-person view of a Townscaper town
(Image credit: Oskar Stålberg, Meli Harvey)

Townscaper is delightful. But what could be more delightful than dropping from that architectural birds-eye-view to walk down the cobbled streets of your own creations?

Thankfully, urban planner Meli Harvey has given us the opportunity to do that with a free browser toy, Threescaper. Earlier this year, Townscaper received an update that let you export your creations as .obj 3D model files. Plug that file into Threescaper, and you're free to take a walk through that town with rudimentary first-person controls.

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There are a few caveats to the fantasy of walking around your own Townscaper town, mind. That lush, toylike aesthetic is somewhat lost in the export process—textures are muddier, doors and windows jut awkwardly out from buildings, and railings are only rendered with simple wireframe.

Nevertheless, after spending weeks cobbling together a sprawling seaside monstrosity, there's a magic to getting to experience it from a human perspective. I've even tried my hand at doing this myself, pulling the .obj into an existing Unity project.

A big red city

(Image credit: Nat Clayton, Oskar Stålberg)

But if you don't feel like going through the faff of installing Unity and setting up lights, player controllers, collision, environments and other such nonsense, Harvey's tool is a much easier and welcome way to get a closer eye on Townscaper's lush island towns. And hey, if you're super-committed to your quaint seaside creations, you could even go and 3D print it.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.