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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 13 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Timberborn is a construction strategy game where you control a population of beavers, building a civilization and preparing for drought. You build waterways, storage houses, dams and more in a densely packed city as you manage resources, allocate buildings and ensure you have enough precious water. The impending drought, limited city footprint and focus on water preservation makes this an unusual city-building game, and allows for creative problem solving and strategic thinking to take the forefront.

Set in the far future, long after humans have wiped themselves out and decimated the world, causing almost weekly droughts, beavers have emerged as a new dominant species. You take control of one of the two beaver factions (Folktails or Iron Teeth), and help them overcome the ecological challenges facing them by constructing a settlement capable of withstanding even the most severe drought.

You can build a variety of different structures, and, unlike on other similar games, build upwards instead of outwards, saving space and creating truly unique structures. Build canals and rivers, create dams and reservoirs, and build water tanks so you can continue to grow food and drink water when the dry season comes, and see how long your colony can last. You need to carefully manage your resource consumption by replanting trees and carefully managing inventory, or you risk running out of precious items in the middle of a long dry spell, spelling the end of your colony.

It's a unique take on the city-building strategy game genre, which features a message of environmentalism and responsibility, while also offering a deeply involving system of pre-planning, resource management and creative problem-solving.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy (Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Weather

Developer: Mechanistry (@Mechanistry)




Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 100 hours to complete. With a limitless amount of creating, terraforming and designing, you can easily get sucked in for hours constructing the ideal habitat.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.


Timberborn usually costs £20.99.


Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Timberborn Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
In addition to the three preset difficulties, you can also extensively customise different aspects of the difficulty to best suit you. You can stop the flow of time if you want to ensure you know what you are doing, and can run the game at many different speeds as well, allowing you to skip over periods of inactivity.

The HUD can become very complex and full of information that can easily become overwhelming, and although it's high contrast, some sections are very small, making it difficult to make out some details. The game can often seem quite greyscale and low in saturation, making it difficult to distinguish between different elements.

Because all information is communicated visually or textually, you don't need sound to play well.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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