Timberborn Preview (Steam Early Access)

For this Timberborn Preview, where Humans are long gone. Will your lumber-punk beavers do any better? A city-building game featuring ingenious animals, vertical architecture, river control, and deadly droughts. Contains high amounts of wood.

Timberborn Preview Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.38GB Download size.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, fullscreen, graphics preset, anti-aliasing, resolution scale slider, and ui scale slider.
  • Mouse settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, edge scrolling, swap camera buttons, camera dragging, and lock cursor in the window.
  • Worldbuilding management gameplay.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial. The tutorial is presented as broken-down objectives and ticks off as you go.
  • 12 maps and each can be edited.
  • The edited map has the following options – terrain height, terrain height relative, natural resources, remove natural resources, delete objects with a tool, starting location, slopes, water source, barrier, underground Ruins, and Ruins.
  • A fully 3D world with 360-degree camera control.
  • You can create your own map from scratch.
  • Two factions – Folktails and Iron Teeth.
  • Each pre-made map has a set map size.
  • Four game difficulties – Easy, normal, hard, and custom.
  • Each faction plays differently in the tech and gameplay elements.
  • The district range is the settings area you can build in and is X amount of tiles away from the central district center structure.
  • Connect structures by placing paths.
  • Handy hold down to build/delete large parts of a path or mark a large section of resources.
  • You don’t have direct control of the Beavers.
  • Three game speeds can be changed at any time.
  • At any time pause and un-pause buildings to free up the workers and/or stop production.
  • Cutting trees has a mark tree for cutting down tools so you have full control.
  • Play and place things how you like.
  • Day and night cycle.
  • The storage structures like the tanks and barns can all be individually set to do a certain job like one is water, this one is wood, etc. At any point, you can change what is stored.
  • The beavers will sleep at night.
  • Click on a beaver will show all their stats and current mood, food, and water levels.
  • Click the path to have a solid line show up to make it easier to view.
  • Surprisingly easy to get into.
  • Absolute stone-cold time killer.
  • Autosaves regularly but you can also save and load when you want.
  • If anything needs attention or is wrong, you can click the notification and it will take you there.
  • The menus are plentiful and overwhelming but they are clearly marked.
  • Tooltip pop-up text.
  • You can set how long the work day is.
  • The population well-being table is a detailed look at how all your beavers are doing, your structures, and how well you look after your beavers with an overall always-changing well-being score.
  • Different land types dictate what you can and cannot plant on it.
  • More extravagant structures require more power like water and with this, it needs different pipes.
  • Earn science points and unlock new structures.
  • You can run out of water, or resources due to natural disasters like droughts.
  • Water is a huge resource and can be used to power and manipulated like using it for machines, building dams, and re routing it.
  • Build stuff for the beavers well being like homes, tools to sharpen their teeth, etc.

Timberborn Preview Cons:

  • No Steam achievements.
  • Doesn’t support controllers.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • You have to unlock the second faction.
  • Not a huge amount of graphic options.
  • A lot to take in as every menu option has another one pop up.
  • Laying down the different pipes can be clumsy and awkward especially early on when you realize you can’t go over paths already built.
  • You can never just delete and build over something immediately and instead, you have to manually delete the obstacle and then build it.

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Official website.

Developer: Mechanistry

Publisher: Mechanistry

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!