If you like city building or management games, this early access game from Mechanistry is for you. Timberborn has been in early access for one year now. Early access games do not typically have much content within the first year. But this game is an exception.


The water management aspect of the game is amazing. With constant droughts plaguing your beaver colony, you will have to act fast not to kill your beavers. Power, food, entertainment and several other needs will have to be met, if your colony is to thrive.


This game is like Banished on steroids. You will need tons of wood to build and run your colony, coupled with the food aspect, make this a fun farm management game as well. Hydro farming gives you a reason to get in the water, and save the precious land for more trees.


Power management has also taken on a life of its own. Gravity batteries make wind and water power more powerful. You can harness wind and water at night to refill the batteries. Water wheels only work in the wet season. Droughts put a real damper on things. Even with all the caveats that need to be met, this game is still relaxing. You will find yourself playing for many hours at a time. The soundtrack is just as good as the gameplay.


With the introduction of golems earlier this summer, the mechanics have changed tremendously. They are artificial beavers. Think cyborgs. You can now have a 24 hour colony if you play your cards right. This makes the new gravity batteries essential in running the colony while your power wheels are down at night. Timberborn has a very steampunk feel to it. So the addition of golems works perfectly into the game.

Beaver Factions

There are 2 factions to choose from when playing Timberborn. You can opt for the laid back “folk tales” or the industrious “iron teeth”. Each faction has their strengths and weakness. The game plays very different between the two factions.

Timberborn Development

Development has been moving very fast this year. And the game will probably be out of early access very soon. The price of games typically goes up after they hit 1.0 status so I would act quick if this game is up your alley. TLDR: It’s the best $25 investment you can make if you’re looking for a relaxing time killer. Timberborn can be found on Steam and the Epic game stores.


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or newer
  • Processor: 2-core 1.7 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660, Radeon RX 460 or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 3 GB available space


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or newer
  • Processor: 4-core 2.9 GHz or better
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2070, Radeon RX 5700 or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

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