Timber (video game)

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Developer(s)Marvin Glass and Associates
Publisher(s)Bally Midway[1]
Designer(s)Steve Meyer[1]
ReleaseOctober 1984[1]
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
CabinetUpright and cocktail
DisplayHorizontal orientation, Raster, standard resolution (Used: 512 x 480)[1]

Timber is an arcade game that was manufactured by Midway Games in 1984. The object of the game is to amass points by chopping down trees or by balancing on a floating, rotating log.[2]


The player assumes the role of a lumberjack in the game. He or she has a limited amount of time to chop down a given number of trees that sequentially pop up from the ground. The controls consist of two joysticks, with one controlling the player's movement and the other corresponding to left or right chops with the player's axe.[2] The player must cut down a set number of trees within a time limit in order to complete each level; as the game progresses, the quota gradually increases and the time decreases. While playing, the player must avoid beehives that are thrown by bears or lose a life. The player can earn bonus points by hitting a beehive with the axe, or by catching birds that occasionally fly out of felled trees.[2]

Every couple of levels, the player is given the opportunity to amass bonus points. He or she begins by standing on a floating log. As the log begins to rotate, players must make use of their reflexes to stay on top of the log. The first two times this is played, the log is relatively large; on future attempts, the size of the log shrinks considerably. This minigame ends if the player falls off the log or he or she balances atop it for a certain amount of time, earning a bonus in the latter case.[2]

The game also features two-player simultaneous multiplayer, and can be played competitively or cooperatively. In this mode, either player can earn bonus points by pushing a tree onto the other; in addition, a bonus is awarded to the player who cuts down more trees in each level.


The cabinet of all the Timber arcade games were originally either a Tapper or a Root Beer Tapper cabinet, both also made by Bally Midway. Timber was included in 2004's Midway Arcade Treasures 2, a compilation disc of Midway Games titles for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube. It was also featured in Lego Dimensions in 2016, accessed by using the Arcade Dock in the level "Once Upon A Time Machine In The West".

Competitive play[edit]

The current world record holder for highest score is Joshua Lombay with a score of 9,767,550. He beat previous record holder Don Duwelius who had recorded a high score of 6,013,515 in 2011.


  1. ^ a b c d "timber at arcade-history: video games, pinballs, slot machines, etc". Arcade-History.com. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
  2. ^ a b c d "Timber Videogame by Midway (1984) - The International Arcade Museum and the KLOV". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 2007-09-21.

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