Trailmakers

  • Developer: Flashbulb
  • Genre: Action Adventure, Open-World
  • Version: latest
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Release Date January 30, 2018
Developer Flashbulb
Publisher Flashbulb
Genre Action Adventure, Open-World
Language English
System Windows PC Under development: Xbox One
Version latest

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Trailmakers Review: Racing in the Exoplanet Sandbox

Trailmakers is a sandbox game with elements of racing, based on the story of an expedition on a far planet. Left by yourself, you need to be perfect drivers and engineers at the same time. So you need to build your car yourself, ride it, modify it, according to environmental specifics, and explore the world.

Left to Your Own Devices Lite-Rally

The idea of a car-centered sandbox where you can both assemble your vehicles and ride them is not new, But Trailmakers from the early announces was the game to take this to a new level. Flashbulb, the developing and publishing company, released early version in January 2018, and now that you can download Trailmakers for PC, it’s quite a big success with reviews mostly positive.
The game combines ease of building with challenging tasks of engineering and exploration, multiplayer mode and free roaming. So you don’t have to complete tasks (though there are some) or compete with rivals (though this option is also here). You can just feel left alone and ride the beautiful exoplanet as long as you want and as far as you can.

So, literally, the game is not that lite (as it requires at least i5-4440, 8 GB RAM and 5 GB of storage under Windows 7 or later), but it’s alright with a rally in it.

Ride What You Build

Speaking in terms of goal, your mission is to build yourself a vehicle and ride it as far as you can. The word “sandbox” sounds more literal here, as you really leave a trail out of sand. It’s so yellow and red that it reminds both of American desert landscape and Martian surface, but there’s obviously more life in here. The landscape can change, providing a new challenge.

Construction part is very spectacular here. To combine parts at your disposal you need to position them with an electromagnetic tool. Each block has its unique properties, including functions, weight and shape.  So you can use them to build a racing car, an airplane or a helicopter. There are no exact tasks or quests; you build what you consider necessary for any given terrain.

To build a vehicle, you’ll have to move the camera a lot, because positioning elements depends on the base orientation. Though the developers tried to make assembling as easy as possible, you’ll need a lot of tries before you assemble your first vehicle.

And then ride it. Riding is made similarly to what we see in numerous racing games, with the convincing physical part. All the parameters of your vehicle depend on how it’s built. After collisions or crashes, your vehicle needs repairing. Luckily, it’s easy unless you make any changes. You’ll have to because this world is a dangerous place with various landscapes that require different properties. As for the world, it’s colorful and vivid, with its sand and stone esthetics. The gravity on this planet is close to that on Earth, and the rest of physics is natural too.

There are two ways of multiplayer online: you can either compete, each in his/her own vehicle, or take an expedition together in a two-seated one.

The controls are designed according to Windows usage mode, that is, for keyboard and mouse set. The developers introduced also generic gamepad support (keeping in mind that most players will use Steam Controller, Xbox gamepad or some generic model), but there are still some complaints about gamepads working incorrectly.

The game still receives updates that introduce new features, so it’ll be long before you explore it inside out. But beware: some of them bring innovations into game physics, and after these changes apply, the models you have made according to the previous version may change their properties too.

What to Play On

So far we only have Trailmakers for Windows (10, 8). It’s the only platform this game has been developed for since it’s first been announced. Trailmakers for Mac isn’t even planned, but a virtual machine can be a solution. But it will take a powerful Mac model, because the virtual machine and the host system will still require much of its resources, and the virtual Windows machine should satisfy the minimal requirements.

When will Trailmakers come out for Xbox? The developers are announcing the Trailmakers Xbox release in Q1 2019, but it’s not specified whether Trailmakers for Xbox 360 will ever appear, or it will be exclusively for Xbox One. There is also nothing said about Trailmakers for P4 (PS3 release is more doubtable). As for Trailmakers for Switch, it’s even less probable, due to specific Nintendo policy on game selection, taking on more exclusives.

When will Trailmakers come out for PS4, PS3?  At this moment are no current plans to release a Trailmakers PS4 version as the studio seem to be focused mainly on the PC and Xbox.

Mobile gamers can relax so far. There hasn’t been any announcement about the mobile version, though, in theory, it’s possible because the game is based on the popular Unity engine. Given the performance of the latest iOS devices, we can suppose that Trailmakers for iPhone or iPad will be no surprise (though, again, there’s never been even a hint).

We don't recommend to download Trailmakers from a torrent, use Trailmakers demo version or Trailmakers cracked version from non-official resources. This soft can include viruses and can damage your device. So we prepare full list of official digital markets who distribute software.

 

Conclusion

It’s one of the most prominent games in its very special genre of sandbox-and-racing. You may feel a bit of confusion when you download Trailmakers and can’t make it out. But as soon as you learn the basics, it gets much more fun. There’s no cheating if you watch some videos on YouTube before assembling your first vehicle. As for controls, gamepad will enhance your experience, but lack of it won’t kill it.

Cons:

  • No Trailmakers for Android or iOS, console versions also questioned
  • Updates can change the physics dramatically and impact your builds features
  • Gamepad support is not perfect yet
  • Trailmakers for PS4 isn't ready yet

Pros:

  • Original concept that combines sandbox and racing in open world
  • Spectacular graphics
  • Moderate system requirements
  • Non-trivial multiplayer modes
  • Trailmakers Snowmobiles
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