Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Developer: Mechanistry
Release Date: 2022

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'Timberborn' Playable Demo Available - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 27, 2021 @ 9:51 a.m. PST

Timberborn is a beaver city-building game featuring ingenious animals, vertical architecture, and river control (with dams and dynamite!).

Humans are gone. Will your society of lumberpunk beavers do better?

Mankind turned Earth into a wasteland and perished, but some species survived and evolved. Choose one of the unique beaver families and see how long your colony can last!

Endure catastrophic droughts thanks to millennia of experience in water engineering. Beavers of the future redirect rivers, put up dams and dig canals with explosives. But be careful, uncontrolled flooding is as deadly as a dynamite blast!

Turn timber into sophisticated machinery, buildings, and monuments. Wood is the core resource in Timberborn, but the most advanced structures require metal. To find it, send your scavengers to the ruins of the old world.

Create a thriving beaver settlement using a modular, vertical architecture system. Here, space isn't infinite, so stack lodges and workshops on top of each other, cover hills with fields, and set up a power grid for your growing population.

Mechanistry has released a playable demo on Steam where it will remain until February 16, 2021.

“We were wondering what we can cut from the demo so that players still want to pay us for the full game afterwards”, muses Bartlomiej Dawidow, Timberborn’s lead designer. “We’ve just implemented dry seasons, and after looking at the current game industry’s standards, we realized removing water from a beaver game was the best worst thing we could do”, he says.

The demo can only be played on two maps and your goal is to survive… long enough. The map editor will also be available in the full version only. You’ll have to figure out the exact limits of the demo yourselves.

  • The demo ends after a few wet/dry cycles
  • You can play on two unique maps: Plains (256x256) and Canyon (128x128)
  • The map editor is not available in the preview demo
  • Some buildings are not available in the preview demo

And here’s why you should give a dam about the demo:

  • You get to build a post-apocalyptic settlement of beavers that are bound to die of hunger and/or thirst if you don’t act.
  • No, really. The goal of the demo is to survive a cycle of two deadly droughts.
  • To do that, you need to irrigate, put up dams, terraform, erect stackable buildings, AND maintain your colony’s wellbeing.

Build a prosperous city with efficient production chains and beaverish nighttime activities. Follow the lives of individually simulated inhabitants throughout their day and celebrate when the next generation is born!

Satisfy the needs of your colonists to extend their lifespan and make them happier. An evolved beaver's lifestyle is not just "work, sleep and chomp on wood". Balanced diet, decorations, temples, even carousels – you take care of it all.

Unlock additional beaver families, each with unique style and traits. While one species might be okay working long shifts, another would rather focus on increasing the population – so choose what fits your playstyle.

Play on one of the included maps or create your own and share it with the community! With green hills of different height, ruins scattered in the desert, and twisting rivers you will build dams on, each map poses a different challenge.

Timberborn is coming to Steam Early Access (PC/Mac) in Q1 2021, closed beta is available now!

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