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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