Intuitive vehicle building game in a big open world filled with things to do and places to explore.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (89) - 82% of the 89 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (456) - 79% of the 456 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 30, 2018

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Why Early Access?

“Like any other game in Early Access, we need your help to decide what goes in the game and what does not. Trailmakers is a construction game made out of thousands of small parts. There is an endless opportunity to adjust and add to the features in the game, and we have a plan of where we want the game to head. It’s up to you to tell us if that is the right direction. We will make frequent developer updates on Steam, our mailing list, twitter, facebook and discord to tell you where the game is headed. Write your suggestions and comments about the game on any of these platforms and we will see it.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our plan is to move out of Early Access, and have a 1.0 release in 2018. It is an estimate that we are prepared to change if this adventure in open development opens our eyes to big features we simply can't release without.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“In the first versions of Trailmakers, we are setting out to prove that the vehicle construction genre needs more purpose than simply building. That is why we introduce “Expedition Mode” as a campaign where you will actually USE your vehicles for something. Our plans of expanding Trailmakers are:
  • Adding many many more building parts, both functional and cosmetic
  • Continuously making the world bigger and more exciting
  • Expanding the Expedition Mode with new challenges
  • Public and private multiplayer for all game modes
  • A platform where players can share their vehicles, personal records and gifs
  • A system where players can challenge each other’s achievements and make their own game modes

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of Trailmakers is the foundation of the game. It has the Expedition Mode which is a challenging campaign mode, and it has the Sandbox Mode which is a free-form creative experience. The two modes combined have enough content to give you an idea of where the game is headed and serve as a basis for discussion. What needs work? What do you want more of?”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of Trailmakers will be reviewed as we move on from Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“It should be as easy as possible to tell us what you think of Trailmakers. Here is the current system we have in place to involve you in our development process.
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June 20

Trailmakers 0.5.2 - Submarine is now live!

This is the second water-themed update for Trailmakers, and we call it “Submarine”. While the first water update, “Build-A-Boat”, was centered around surface-vehicles, this update is focused on the sub-surface. The list of changes might seem small, but once you try the new blocks you will discover just how big this update really is.

  • There’s new Loading Screen Hints!
  • We removed our Redshell implementation. If you’re curious what this means, you can read more here.
  • Gifs recorded with F6 now include post processing effects.

  • The Ocean around Sandbox Island has been updated with cliffs, caves, coral, plants, small fish... and a very big fish.
  • The ineffective Piranhas have given up and moved on somewhere else!

Race Island
  • When loading into Race Island you’ll now start at a new Checkpoint which is next to the new Underwater Race. How convenient!
  • A new race has been added to Race Island - the Underwater Race. Build a fast submarine, and see if you can beat the other racers on the leaderboards.
  • The Ocean around Race Island has been updated with cliffs, caves, coral, plants and fish.

  • NEW: Diving Bell - A seat that will not eject you when submerged. Time to build some submarines!
  • NEW: Buoyancy Control Device - A block with an inflatable and deflatable airbag.
  • NEW: Weight Block - Small, compact, 30 kg of weight in a 2x2x1.
  • NEW: Heavy Weight Block - Same as above, but 50 kg.
  • NEW: Rubber Shark Fin - To scare the bejesus out of swimmers.
  • CHANGED: Gimbal Jet - Now has a particle effect to better visualise it being in use.

Bug Fixes
  • We fixed an issue for users with Controlled Folder Access being enabled which prevented us storing saved Trailmakers data (Save Game and Saved Blueprints) in the Documents folder. If you do have Controlled Folder Access enabled the storage location will default to C:\Users\Username\Trailmakers.
  • Fixed the Start Zone for the Three Bridges race on Race Island being larger than life.
  • Fixed being unable to Teleport to Checkpoints which you hadn’t visited in Race Island.
  • Fixed an issue with Continuing Expedition setting you at the start of the World rather than your last visited Checkpoint.
  • Fixed an issue with you sometimes spawning into Race Island in the middle of the Race Track.
  • Squashed another stuck in Build mode bug!
  • Fixed an issue with the Piston Block not responding to T and G bindings.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rotating Servo returning to it’s default position at a different speed to that it was set to.
  • Fixed an issue with the motion blur effect being applied to blocks inside Build mode.
  • Fixed an issue with certain vehicles self accelerating. Spooky.

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June 5

Trailmakers 0.5.2 - Block Hunt is now live!

When you update Trailmakers today, you will be able to play a brand new version of Trailmakers with a bunch of new features. We call the update “Block Hunt”, named after a new mini-game in the Sandbox. We have added a bunch of cool new Seats to the game, but instead of giving them to you for free you will have to work for them. That’s where the Block Hunt comes in!

  • Block Hunt - Explore the Sandbox to find strange beacons hidden in the sand. Activate one to start a Block Hunt. The Block Hunt will send you on a dash to activate a series of beacons before time runs out. Complete the hunt in time, and you will be rewarded with a seat block!
  • The Sandbox Island map is now completely displayed, no more shroud! This means you can open the map up [TAB], and fast-travel by clicking the Checkpoints making it easy to find the perfect spot to build, experiment and blow up!
  • Points of interest such as the Ball Puzzles, the Block Hunt start beacons and the Football field are now visible on the map!

Race Island
  • Two new races have been added to Race Island. The Archipelago Race and the Grand Island Tour. These races have Start Zones in the water to encourage the use of pontoon-based floating vehicles.

  • We updated the tutorial to make things clearer to a new player.

  • NEW: Go-kart Seat - This seat provides very little protection, but is super lightweight.
  • NEW: Armoured Seat - This seat is indestructible. You will never get ejected from it, and it can’t explode.
  • NEW: Cockpit - This seat disables tilting air control, but has great aerodynamics!
  • NEW: Operator Seat - This seat just looks radical.
  • NEW: Drag Racing Wheel - High top speed, good traction on tarmac.
  • NEW: Truck Wheel - Good universal traction, but not built for speed.
  • NEW: Slim Wheel - Very lightweight but fragile wheel.

  • CHANGED: Piston - You can now toggle “Auto Reset” of the piston to its starting position when letting go of its activation button. There is also a slider for setting the Starting Position and it has more power. That’s always good, right?
  • CHANGED: Rotating Servo - You can now set the max angle to 360, and set a hold position
  • CHANGED: Steering Hinge - New option to "hold position".
  • CHANGED: Large Hinge - New option to "hold position".
  • CHANGED: Gimbal Jet - New graphics.
  • CHANGED: Small Tailfin - New graphics.

  • You can now build and repair your vehicle while in the water. This feature is only available in game modes where the Piranhas are harmless - Sandbox and Race Island.
  • The build button and the repair button will now work even though you are in motion. You no longer need to slow down. This feature is disabled in Dethrone where it would give an unfair advantage.
  • We have improved the mirroring in the builder as demonstrated in the gif below. Select one or multiple blocks, move the camera to face the surface you want to add a mirrored selection to. Click the duplicate button [Insert].

  • Improved “aiming” at a vehicle you want to enter build mode with.
  • Every block available in the game is now displayed in the builder interface. The ones you have not unlocked yet are greyed out. Hover over them to find a hint about how you can unlock them.
  • In the Blueprints menu, it should now be much clearer if a blueprints is unavailable due to locked blocks.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug with blueprints from workshop not disappearing upon unsubscribe.
  • Fixed a bug where the game acted weird if more than one controller was plugged in.
  • Fixed an issue with the mouse invert enabling when using the In Game Feedback menu.
  • Fixed an issue with Transforming between a vehicle with the standard seat and the VIP seat.
  • Fixed the Trailer Hinge rotating incorrectly.
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“The best building in a game that I have ever seen – it’s just drag and drop, easy as pie!”

“I like the idea that I have a little environment to go around, not just building stuff in a test arena. A world to see!”

“I can see Trailmakers gaining a big audience with people who like Minecraft, the Kerbal Space Program and other creative games that aim to be limitless.”
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About This Game

Building a car, airplane, helicopter or walking robot is as easy as playing with toy blocks. Take your machines on exciting expeditions, race them against your friends, or build the craziest contraptions you can imagine in our huge sandbox.

  • Intuitive building with modular blocks. It is easy to get started but the possibilities are infinite.
  • The world is huge and alive.
  • There is always something to do: Go on expeditions, take on challenges, play in the sandbox, race your friends or shoot each other to bits.
  • Four player drop in drop out multiplayer game modes.
  • An active and growing community with tons of premade vehicles ready to test.

EARLY ACCESS is short for: Trailmakers is still an infant and will become a lot better and BIGGER over the next year. Our aim is to ship significant updates every 2-4 weeks.

If you want to know more about our plans and what the current players are thinking then check out our discord channel:

System Requirements

    • 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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