WindForge is a side-scrolling block-building game where you explore hostile skies in an ever-changing Steampunk world. Everything you see can be created or destroyed, creating an RPG without barriers that rewards creative problem solving and improvisation.
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Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2013 - Steampunk and Skywhales with a fully creatable and destructible world."
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June 5

Version 1.1.9813 Released!

We have now made it a lot easier to create and use Mods in Windforge. There is a data extractor packaged with the game now that will give you complete access to all of the game’s data. We’ve also changed things so that your changed files will take priority over the ones in our data files. This will allow you to use mods by copying files to your data folder.

For more information on how to use these new features, please refer to our forums.

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“Windforge gets to a very hard place to reach.”

“There isn't much time to take in the majestic beauty when your makeshift airship is under attack by a flying whale.”

“One of the best looking games at GDC in March.”
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About This Game

WindForge is a side-scrolling block-building game where you explore hostile skies in an ever-changing Steampunk world. Everything you see can be created or destroyed, creating an RPG without barriers that rewards creative problem solving and improvisation. Take off in fully customizable airships, and embark on a journey of discovery and survival that will take you to the heart of the world and beyond.


  • Epic story line and quests that drive gameplay without constricting freedom
  • The first game to include minable sky whales, and meat blocks
  • Large completely destructible procedural world with multiple environments
  • Contra-style action mixed with the creative fun of Terraria
  • Build and fly fully-functional airships
  • Over 1200 craftable items and counting
  • Easy-to-control, skill-based combat with 360-degree aiming


The modern way of life on Cordeus is reliant on refined Sky Whale oil. Everything from the machines used daily, to the food that is eaten, is ultimately dependent on the oil. The citizens of Cordeus are so hungry for oil that the once abundant population of Sky Whales is dwindling. At current rate, the noble species will face certain extinction in a few short years. To avoid falling back into the dark ages, civilization must find a new source of energy. It is said that an ancient people named the Aetherkin had exotic sources of energy. Energy more powerful than anything any human has ever seen. Unfortunately, research related to the Aetherkin is strictly forbidden by law. In an attempt to save humanity’s way of life, YOU have been secretly hired to uncover this ancient energy source.


  • Freedom & Creativity
  • Explore, create and destroy anything!
  • A Dynamic Procedural World
  • Steampunk Airships

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics memory and Open GL 3 compatible GPU
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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86 of 122 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Custom-built airships that you control and fly yourself?
Terraria ripoff?
YE-well, okay.
Combining them?
This game?

I have no idea what the hell happened! This idea is everything I'd ever wanted to see in a game! But the artstyle is just so jumbled, the controls are awkward, the semi-isometric view is distracting and it just boils down to an unpleasant experience. It's a major disappointment for me.
I'd love to see someone tackle this idea again, and do something better with it. But as it stands, I just didn't like this.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
157.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I had a lot of fun with this game, but I feel like at this point reccomending it comes with a few warnings: The developers have stopped updating the game, so none of the issues with it are going to get fixed. There are a bunch of physics bugs still in the game, and a lot of other issues that make the game feel extremely unfair at times. The ship building system in this game is unfortunately very flawed. Building a huge expensive ship with workshops and so on may be cool, but it serves no useful function in the game. Almost everything in the game is easier with a fast, small ship than with a big one, and most of the essential story points happen on foot. There are also at this point other games that simply provide a better outlet for engineering minded players.

That said, the game does have a very cool world with an interesting story, which is kind of a saving grace. The fact that the game has a story you can play through and actually beat the game means that this isn't just another creative game you'll never play because there is simply no reason to get into it over the dozens of other games that have no clear goal. You can play through it in a few hours and have fun with it and then come to a satisfying conclusion.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
138.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
If The Beatles had made Windforge, they'd have titled it "Terraria in the Sky With Diamonds."* You mine a lot of resources; you craft a lot of armor, weapons, and tools; you kill a lot of bugs, dragons, squid, and people for profit; you buy and sell with various traders; you build lots of airships (because there's never any reason to build a house). Now it's no Terraria, but it's fun enough once you get used to some of its quirks.

Ways in which Windforge distinguishes itself:
• It has a nice stat leveling system that allows for customizing your character's abilities, though the goal is to eventually max out every stat.
• Building airships is actually pretty fun. And because no single ship is right for every situation, you'll build several. Will you go with a slow, highly armored gunship that doubles as your base of operations, or something small and speedy but defenseless? Will it resist acid or fire? Will it float!? Testing and refining your designs is almost worth the price of admission alone. I think. How much is this game again?
• It dares to go against politically correctness and encourages whaling. Take THAT, you animal rights fascists!
• Features a hyper-realistic** prison break simulation.
• Likely no other game allows you to fall so far, for so long to your death.

Anyway, if you loved Terraria, you won't regret buying Windforge.

* To be honest, diamonds don't factor into the game much. It doesn't have to make sense. The Beatles were doing a lot of drugs at the time. Just go with it. The diamonds aren't used for crafting anything, but you can sell 'em for a quick buck. You'll make most of your money through selling off the parts of ships you've pirated and dismantled. I guess they could've called it "Terraria in the Sky With Pirate Scrap," but that isn't as fun to hear when you're tripping balls.***

** Not really. Vaguely.

*** This review in no way should be understood to endorse tripping balls.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
In-depth 2 minute Review
Below the short informative review video, you'll also find a written review, should you prefer reading to listening.
When I first read about Windforge, I was quite intrigued to say the least. A procedural world filled with quests, combined with the building and crafting possibilities of Terraria and a Contra-style combat. Soon afterwards however, I started up the game and was unpleasantly surprised by its graphics. The weird isometric view, with the mashup of two dimensional characters just looks odd and out of place. The ugly repeating textures all of the place were giving me the rest in terms of aesthetics. But then again, judging a book by its cover often leads to missed out opportunities. So I delved in a bit deeper. After a small tutorial section, that ended up with me flying around with a self-build flying machine, I was swayed into joy again, which was not meant to last though, as the combat soon after was more than just sluggish. The main reason being the floaty controls. Followed by that however, came the final dagger, twisted into the already heavily wounded SwashbucklingSir: when entering a larger town area, the game ditched all frames into the abyss, leaving me with measly 10 frames per second or even lower at times. Barely able to move about the place, I decided that Windforge might not be as ready to be released yet, as the developer would want it to be. An ambitious project, no doubt about it, but sadly the weird mash-up in terms of aesthetics, the unresponsive controls and the horrible performance do not earn much praise for Windforge.
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348 of 386 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
With a game like this, a game that seems like it should be so good, it's difficult to tell from reviews alone whether or not it's worthwhile. I knew going in that the game had a lot of negative reviews, but it was impossible not to at least give it a try and I'll admit, I really, really wanted this game to be good. I mean, it just sounds like it should be awesome. It's basically like Terraria, a game I currently have nearly 2,000 hours of playtime in, with the ship-building mechanic from Space Engineers, and set in a richly detailed steampunk world of floating islands and flying sky whales. There's no way this isn't the greatest game ever made. Right?

Sadly, it's not the greatest game ever made. In fact, it's not a great game at all, or even a good game, or even a mediocre game. Windforge is a game which is fundamentally, fatally flawed. By way of explaining how, and because lists are easy to write, allow me to present to you The Top 3 Things Wrong With Windforge!

3. The Graphics
Here's the thing about the graphics: some of them actually look amazing. The flying whales and the krakens that live in the lower regions of the world, and the larger objects like the giant balloons and clocktowers, are all lovingly rendered. The watercolor background is pretty nice too. It's obvious that the developers really worked hard on the graphics. So what is up here?

It looks blocky and awful, like my house is built from stacked up lincoln logs. This is because there's no blending or tiling with the graphics, which is weird because even Starbound and Terraria have that. Also, there's an awful lot of these blocks. In Terraria your character is three blocks tall, and in Starbound it's four. Here? Freaking eight! These blocks are tiny is what I'm getting at, which makes construction and destruction a massive chore.

What else makes construction a chore? The painfully bad attempt at 2.5D graphics. Everything is in this weird 3/4ths view which I'm sure the developers thought was just so cool, but really it just gets in the way. It's hard to know what block you're digging at with your jackhammer when you're mining, and it's hard to see what you're doing when you're building on a ship or a home base.

Also, what's with my furniture? It looks like it's just painted onto the wall instead of actually sitting on the floor.

2. What Do These Numbers Mean?
I'll admit, math was never my big thing. I mean, I'm not completely stupid with numbers, but it never came as easy to me as other things. That said, what the hell do these numbers mean?

My ship's mass is only 524, and I have 1,389 vertical thrust, so shouldn't I be able to move up and down fairly well? No, I can't. For that matter, why is my vertical thrust only 1,389? My three propellers provide a total thrust of 13,500 (4,500 x 3), so how is that counteracted so greatly by a mass of only 524? And shouldn't my bouyancy of 30,000 totally cancel out the mass issue anyway? Honestly, it wouldn't be that big of a deal if I just knew what these numbers meant. Is my mass 524 kilograms? 524 tons? Who knows? The fact that there are no units given for these numbers just makes them all feel arbitrary.

And no, I'm not so stupid that I can't figure out adding a few extra propellers will let me move again, but I shouldn't have to guess at it. And if you DO want me to have to guess at it, then why bother giving me the numbers at all? It's not like they matter.

This issue doesn't only affect airships either. It's also a problem with armor, weapons, pretty much everything. Earlier in the game my character picked up a set of bronze full plate armor. I was excited because it gave her 30 more defense than my old set of leather-bronze bandit armor, so I put it on and went out to fight some people, and noticed that the bandits who were previously dealing 46 points of damage a shot with their pistols were now doing... 46 points of damage a shot. Seriously, what the Hell do these numbers mean?!

1. Movement
So, if I was designing a game about floating islands and airships, and I had to name what I thought would be the single most important aspect of the gameplay, the one thing that I absolutely had to make sure I didn't screw up no matter what, I would have to say that would be a good jumping mechanic. I mean, we're dealing with a game world where one missed jump means, at best, you fall and break your everything on the next floating island down, or at worst you fall all the way into the planet's core and burn to death. That's not a pleasant way to go.

That said, this game has what might just be the worst jumping algorithm of any game I've ever played. You move too fast, and it's too hard to control where you end up. Even walking is dangerous, as stepping off a slope means the jumping algorithm takes over and sends you rocketing over the nearest ledge straight to your death. I found that latching my grappling hook on to the ground was a necessary step whenever I was near a ledge, so that when I fell I would at least be able to stop myself.

Oh yeah, and let's talk about the grappling hook. I'll admit it's fun to swing around on and feel like I'm a steampunk Spiderman. Even so, the grappling hook isn't much better than anything else. It's too fiddly and too slow, it never seems to connect when you need it to, or else it connects to the wrong thing. Even when it does connect right, it's too unpredictable; sometimes you just stop and hang there, and other times you spin around at high speed, usually straight into your airship's propellers.

That brings us to the last mode of movement: airships. Airship movement is... passable. It's a bit wonky sometimes itself, mostly due to inertia and the difficulty of making yourself come to a complete stop. (Seriously, Space Engineers had the inertial dampener system for a reason, Windforge developers.) Also, my ship felt like it had a weird desire to keep drifting upward which always made it very hard to dock properly. Of course, there's also the weirdness of the numbers which I mentioned before, where you always seem to have either not enough thrust so you can barely move, or else too much so you rocket across the map with a slightest touch of the buttons. It's a good thing repairs to your airship are free, because you will crash into things constantly.

My Rating: 2/5 BAD

I find that the games I give a rating of 2 out of 5 are generally ambitious failures, and this is no exception. It's clear to me from the detailed nature of this game that the developer really wanted to do a good job. The artwork is great, aside from the afore-mentioned problems. The game world is very interesting and well thought out.

It's just a shame that the game they built around this concept is so poorly built. Like Dr. Frankenstein before him, the developer brought his creation to life as a shambling mess that can barely function and will probably end up being the death of us all - I know it's sure killed me more than a few times.

Original review posted here.
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