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a game by James Bendon
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 6 votes
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Gaming is an interactive medium that is essentially wish fulfilment. If you want to take on the world at a sport you have never played, you can. If you want to embark on a long and exciting adventure across a bewildering and harsh landscape, the option is there and if you want to play God and create anything that your mind can imagine, plenty of games accommodate this. Dinkum is a cute indie game that promises the latter, allowing you to create a town in your own image.

This game plays like other building games such as City: Skylines, Banished, Sim City, Planet Coaster, No Man’s Sky and Fortnite Battle Royale. This game allows players to engage in a peaceful life in the Australian outback and meet a series of interesting characters. However, is this game a little to close to reality to offer the serotonin associated with playing God. We find out in our review of Dinkum.

A Delightful Dinky Time

Firstly, lets take a look at the visuals here. They are a mash up between Animal Crossing and Minecraft. You still have the environments with the sharp edges made up of cubes. However, the structures and character models are cute and wear their inspiration of Animal Crossing proudly on their sleeve. We will admit, the visuals are nothing to write home about but thanks to the levity and nature of the game, this is exactly the approach that the game needed.

The majority of the work has gone into making this game a fun and engaging experience. The gameplay allows for this with a series of activities that players can partake in. You can fish, hunt, mine and forage to bring back resources for your town. Plus, when you are at a loose end, you can visit the various biomes within the game like Eucalyptus forests, deserts and scrub lands filled with fascinating wildlife to discover.

We admit, the crafting and resource management aspects of this game don’t stand up against the big hitters like Animal Crossing for example. Customisation is rather limited and at times, the player feels like they are on rails which is exactly what games like this try to avoid. That being said, its not a poor experience and while it may only offer the illusion of choice at times, the game has its perks.

The Verdict

Overall, Dinkum is a cute game which has a series of excellent characters, great stories to tell and environments in abundance that reward exploration. However, where this game falls down is in the crafting and building department, which is sadly what should make up the foundation for this game to be build upon.


With a stronger, more versatile building system this game may have been a hit but thanks to the finished product not hitting the mark, the overall experience is mediocre at best.


  • Cute and colourful visuals
  • Rewards exploration


  • Surprisingly lacks replayability
  • Limits the choices of players far too much

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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