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Windborne brings social sandbox creation games to the next level. Explore a vibrant world filled with secrets to unlock and treasures to find, craft personalized furnishings and innovative artifacts, and befriend intriguing Jin to help build a new civilization.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

“I don't think I've ever been so giddy working on a project. I find myself just grinning at the screen instead of actually working on the game, wandering around the world watching our creatures or exploring the cool things that the procedural system made. Our vision with Windborne is both simple and enormously complex at the same time. We want to make a Miyazaki-style Disneyland of creative sandbox worlds- an infinite number of dense, exciting islands to explore with your friends, full of high adventure, where it's up to you to decide what to do. Inspired by games such as Animal Crossing, Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress, and the early Zeldas, expect more features to be added and finessed as we move closer to launch.”
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Windborne Update, 7/22/2014

July 28th, 2014

Windborne Signs, Ladders, and Launchers Update, 7/22/2014

  • New features:
    • New Climbable (vines, ladders)
    • New Launcher (you can shift-click it in gather mode to switch between various directions)
    • New Signs (Iconic Standing Sign, Iconic Wall Sign, Iconic Floor Sign, Standing Sign, Floor Sign, Hanging Sign)
      • Activate normal signs to write text on them. Click in the text box to write on the sign.
      • Shift-click iconic signs to go through the icons
    • You can turn on auto-gather in settings. This makes it so you continually gather in gather mode without holding down the right mouse button.
  • Misc fixes/polish:
    • UI Consistency update (buttons, scrollbars, etc)
    • Fly-to-player no longer teleports you inside the target player
    • Physics is now turned off for plants, ladders, etc. You can place these even if standing in the block.
    • Wall and brick blocks are much more efficient (they hide geometry that is obscured). This is retroactive.
    • Hand auto-hide is less annoying
  • Bug fixes:
    • Many crash fixes
    • Pets tamed as a client no longer act like they belong to the host
    • Malik/Ferals only take one block from item stacks (you won’t lose all your gold in one swoop)
    • Music volume setting is less sensitive
    • Player/Character loading is more safe and tries to handle/recover corrupted characters
    • Some broken UI crafting filters were fixed

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Bug Fixes Patch (5/30/14)

June 2nd, 2014

Hi, everyone! Echo here (posted by Nerdmaid). It's been just over a week since we released the World Traveler, and I thought I'd take some time to talk about where we're going next.

This patch which addresses some minor bugs that we missed in the update, as well as a recovery tool which should help those who are in the middle of a save when the power goes out (It happens more frequently than you’d guess). I’d like to thank everyone for the feedback and reports – they help us a lot, and we go through every one of them.

Now we’re going to start focusing on our next update, which means that we probably won’t update the game for another 5-6 weeks, but we still have a lot of things going on:

  • Kaboom, our community rep, runs weekly build challenges and live streams (follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/windbornegame )
  • We’re active on twitter at https://twitter.com/WindborneGame
  • We post dev updates periodically on our website:
    --> Blog: http://www.hiddenpath.com/blog/category/windborne/
    --> Forums : http://www.hiddenpath.com/forum/forum/hidden-path-forums/windborne-general-discussion
  • The Windborne Steam Community is pretty active - http://steamcommunity.com/app/221560/discussions/

What’s planned for the next update? Well, we like it being a surprise, but I can give one hint right now: Exploring is going to become a very important part of the game.

As always, thanks for your support, and feel free to give us feedback at any time!

Patch notes:
  • Fixed a number of crashes
  • Flits and Pinchers now follow you after being tamed
  • Visiting Gallery islands is more reliable
  • Pets won’t follow other players
  • Character select now shows your entire character
  • Re-added the recipe for Super Marble Bricks
  • Control settings are more reliably saved
  • Those who play in our live streams with Kaboom now may receive a special gift!

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Reviews

“Hidden Path’s Windborne Looks Lovely”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“The entire experience, even in alpha, was very charming, colorful and vibrant.”
Inside Gaming Daily

“Windborne adds flights of fancy to block building (preview)”
Examiner

About the Game

Windborne brings social sandbox creation games to the next level. Explore a vibrant world filled with secrets to unlock and treasures to find, craft personalized furnishings and innovative artifacts, and befriend intriguing Jin to help build a new civilization. Will you seek out the clues and artifacts of the ancients, or just loot passing islands for minerals and rare plants? Bring along your friends while you play, and share your creations with the world. Where will the wind take you? Windborne is set to release in late 2014. It is being developed and self-published by Hidden Path Entertainment, Inc.

Game Play Features Currently In Early Access

  • Exploring – Explore an infinite number of islands, each full of wonder and surprise.
  • Building – With a wide variety of building materials, furnishings, and artifacts, you can build whatever you can imagine
  • Jin – Make new friends by trading with the native Jin
  • Quests – Basic quest system gives you a guided tour of Windborne, with rewards for each completion.
  • Multiplayer – Play and build with your friends!
  • Crafting – Learn to make almost 200 different blocks

Game Play Features Coming At A Later Date

  • Guiding – Guide the Jin to civilization by defending them, building homes for them, and teaching them, and they will help you in return.
  • Exploring - Explore millions of ruins filled with puzzles and treasure.
  • Community – See other islands floating by, and visit them to trade with their owners. Join your friends and help them build their town.
  • Dragons – Breed dragonlings to unlock special abilities, including the ability to fly!
  • Combat – Defeat enemies that are encroaching on your island, or try assaulting a copy of your friend’s island to test its defenses.
  • Quests – Pick and choose quests to give you optional challenges that net big rewards.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista (SP2 Required), Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 video card with shader 4 support and Passmark Video Benchmark of 160 or above such as the following: ATI Radeon HD3650 or better (HD3650-HD8000, RX200-RX300+) (Radeon HD 4200 and HD 4250 not included) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or newer (8800, 9600-9800, or 100-700+) (GeForce 8600M not included) Intel HD Graphics 2500 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windborne requires a multi-core processor and at least 3 GB of RAM on your computer to run. Windborne relies on a DirectX 10.1 or later graphics engine which means it runs on Windows Vista, Win7, Win8, and Win8.1. Windborne will not run on Windows XP. Windborne requires Steam to run.
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
123 products in account
5 reviews
10.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
While this is not the most engaging game of the genre mix, it is very nicely put together and extremely stable. These guys know how to make Early Access seem like a good thing amidst a lot of other companies. I would recommend this game, but for the price it is not worth it. There are several other world builders with many more features, purposes, and functionality for a lower cost. There are two that I can think of are also early access and equivalent on graphics, have a lot more entertainment value, and functionality.

Pros:
Stable
Nice graphics
Nice music
Smooth animations
A very helpful tutorial
Constant positive interaction with team

Cons:
Not much to do
No combat or real purpose
Simplistic gamplay
Simplistic recipies and components
No storyline
No penalties
No challenge
Nothing new
Very repetitive
Posted: April 30th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,337 products in account
25 reviews
97.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I've never played minecraft, so all I can say is that this game is tons prettier than the game I see my niece playing on the 360. There, comparison out of the way.

I really, really enjoy this game, even in its currently raw and unfinished state. The islands you can generate are very pretty, and I like how easy it is to share the seeds of your favorite worlds either for resources or just to share a great set of biomes.
The developers are really involved with the community, which is pretty cool. Steam discussions, bug reports, build challenges and weekly streams, these devs are all over the place.
The item sets are all good looking, and fit well within themselves, and you can make some really impressive stuff, if you want to put the time in. Honestly, being able to visit other people's islands is almost depressing. I was pretty happy with my house until I saw some of the stuff other people were making. :S
I dig this game for what it is, and I'm looking forward to where it goes. Updates aren't super frequent, but when they come, they're hefty, so I'll try to update this after the next one, should be a month and a bit.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
2 reviews
414.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Too much to say about such an amazing game!

I bought it the evening of June 1st, and as of June 19th I have OVER 200 hours of game play logged...

Take Minecraft, Legend Of Zelda & Animal Crossings and you KIND of have this game, Community is GREAT, and are pretty much all very helpful, the devs REALLY listen and interact with the community, even for the game being early access there is a LOT to see and do in the game (hence my 200+ hours lol)

One of the cool things in the game is the ability to REALLY teraform your environment, so you don't just have a square block world, the graphics are light and really easy to look at (esp the skies!!) crafting is easy, and gets faster the more you craft each item, at the time of writing this there are 247 crafting recipes to learn, 56 quests, and 3 types of pets (4 if you buy the Order Of The Dragon Package) and unlimited islands for you to create, explore, build, mine etc.

I highly recommend picking up this game, you'll be glad you do!
Posted: June 19th, 2014
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 products in account
2 reviews
221.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Love this game...but I typically love building sandbox games. Writing this while it is still in "Early Release", which to me means open Beta. However, the game already has a charming feel. I love that the building isn't completely boxy like in some other building games this gets compared to. I love that we have a huge island (and yet it says it is a small one) to build on, and we can load as many extra islands as needed to mine for resources or build alterate island homes. I love that we have cute NPCs - Woolies (flying sheep) and Jin (flying forest people) to do some initial interaction with - I hope there is more to come. I love that the sheep are called Woolies and not sheep because it reminds me of my favorite former MMO where we had Sniffers, Scratchers, Hoofers, Flappers, Pouncers, Scooters, Thumpers, and Waddlers. I love how the devs are actively in the forums, even on the weekends, and how they post pictures of their in-world creations (which means they actually play their own game). I love how the player community is predominately positive and helpful in the forums. I love how quickly our ideas and suggestions are implemented by the development team, even though I'm sure they have a long list of things they have planned for the game. Last week, we had two updates with notable content improvements (I'm used to games where you are lucky if you get one update every few weeks and most are for technical reasons), and quite a few were from player input. There is so much more coming, but I'm so glad I got in on this Early Release, so I can actually provide input, and feel like I'm actually being heard. This is a great game, and already an even better player/dev community. And I don't think that we've seen anything yet...really going to need some sunglasses, because this game's future is so bright! Well worth the investment up front to play.
Posted: March 2nd, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I recommend you this game, and I publicly whine because my GTX 260 can't run it smoothly. :-(
It's an amazing game, I'll make sure to write a serious review in the future, as for now: Luca approves this!
Posted: May 21st, 2014
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84 of 100 people (84%) found this review helpful
271 products in account
2 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I have only delved into it a bit, but so far it is fun and I see ALOT of potential.

You dont use a pickaxe or shovel, but rather magic (through your hand) to dig/place blocks. I believe they will eventually allow you to craft items of power that will go on your character (like an rpg) that will allow you to "dig" faster, etc. It certainly looks like it has the potential to use magic on enemies (whenever enemies are introduced) instead of a sword or blaster. I personally like this and have not seen a sandbox crafting game that really allows magic as its main formula.

The game also allows "Quality Crafting" So instead of getting that iron bar (like Minecraft) every single time, you get one of three options: iron bar, superb iron bar, or exceptional iron bar (I forget the exact names and the higher the quality the less of a chance you will get one). This also works with blocks as well. So when you are crafting marble blocks from raw marble you are going to get 3 different kinds of marble, each with their own color and look. A higher quality block will look like it has more blocks that compose it so you get a greater quality of detail when you get the rarer items.

The potential is mind-blowing when you consider all the unique items you can get. The amount of detail will be unsurpassed, I believe.

Also there are adorable flying baby sheep that you can harvest wool from. What's not to love?

If you don't want to buy it right away, definately keep an eye on it! It should be a great building game!
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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