- Release date: 1/30/2018
- Developer: Flashbulb
- Publisher: Flashbulb
- Genre: Action , Adventure , Indie , Racing , Simulation , Early Access
- Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Features: Single-player, Multi-player, Online Multi-Player, Co-op, Online Co-op, Steam Workshop, Partial Controller Support, Steam Leaderboards
- Requirements: View details
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
- Processor: i5-4440 (3.1 GHz quad-core)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: GTX 660
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 5 GB available space
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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Trailmakers Review: an Anticasual Racing-and-Building
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Advanced car games have always been of two extreme sorts: arcades with beautiful unrealistic vehicles you control in a primitive way, or hardcore simulators that take disassembling and reassembling cars, exploring and exploiting them. Trailmakers is the game that offers the best of both worlds. To succeed in it, you need to drive firmly and build undoubtedly under the same account.
The game is still in early access (formally), but it’s already paid and played. If you want to download Trailmakers and test it first, Steam offers a 1-hour demo.
Graphics — 4/5
It’s OK to see your world a little cartoony and show it. But even a cartoony world could have been drawn a little more detailed, with more attention to textures. AS you look at far objects, it seems perfect. But lack of detail and rough drawing start to show as we look closer.
This lack feels especially strong when it comes to assembling, That’s where details are a must, the more of them the better. We hope the developers will fix it. At the same time, extraterrestrial landscapes and racing on that terrain look great.
Gameplay — 5/5
While the genre of the game is not strictly defined, you better start from the menu. There are three modes: Sandbox (where you can build anything of the blocks you have), Race (pure racing) and Expedition.
Building is probably the most interesting mode. Your future car contains various blocks: seats, frames, wheels, electric and mechanical details, lights, weapons and so on. Combine them right to get your car prepared to move. A little hint: your camera direction defines the way blocks can be joint. Move it to access other options of combining them.
Racing is a challenge to your driving skills. In a sandy terrain, you compete with other racers that want to become first. Your vehicle can be repaired from a damage, but it takes time.
Expedition is the most complicated mode of playing. This is an expedition to a planet far, far away requires you to be both an excellent driver and a skilled mechanic to make something for riding. Quests you are to fulfill contain various missions, from riding over birds to reaching certain points. And as you need to go various terrains with different missions, you’ll need to build specific types of vehicles periodically. That’s the most interesting part of the game because building what you’re to ride is responsibility with inventiveness in the same bottle.
Controls — 4/5
The not-so-ordinary combination like Trailmakers requires a specific way of controlling. It’s rather simple with driving: WASD moves you, and the mouse controls the camera. But when it comes to compiling, it all gets a little trickier. You need to assemble your car of the blocks you have, but you also need to combine them the right way. And here comes the necessity for the right approach. If you look from the wrong position, you won’t connect the elements correctly. So point of view matters like never before.
It may seem too complicated for casual playing, so get back to Earth, if you’re not here for long.
Replay Value — 5/5
As the game offers different modes, including Sandbox, the elements at your disposal can, in theory, give a great universal lot of combination. In fact, your selection is much narrower, depending on the task you’re preparing for and is subject to logical solutions.
But still the game has a lot of surprises prepared for you, so once you download Trailmakers and realize you like it, you’ll sink in it for long.
The idea of the game is great enough for those who like to switch between fast racing and thorough assembling. The combination turns out quite organic, so many players like it already. They even forgive this early access game its rawness and bugs.
What needs revamping, first of all, is visuals, especially in building mode. Still, many players enjoy the game the way it is and succeed in making great machines.
This ride-and-build game is worth trying. You will either dislike it from the beginning or spend countless hours in it.
Pros : Unusual combination of building and racing
Reasonable system requirements
Various blocks to build your vehicles of
Engineering fantasy needed
Cons : Only 1 hour of demo mode available
Too complicated for casual playing
Replay Value 5.0