Unlike Lumber Tycoon 2, this game is much less open-ended, though the premise is the same. Chop down trees to get logs, turn the logs into planks, and sell them for Money to upgrade your vehicle, house, and sawmills. The game has a VIP t-shirt which gives you 1,800 in-game cash and a Big saw. This shirt is available if you wear it, it works. The game uses the old style of tycoon formatting which means that players press buttons to upgrade and build their base. This is contrary to Lumber Tycoon 2 where everything can be built according to the builder's imagination.
SawmillThe sawmill in the game starts off very slow and only produced one plank per log. However, you can upgrade it to give you up to 5 logs and be very fast. You can buy up to 4 sawmills in the game. The capacity of the sawmill was one log at a time and 15 planks in the collection area.
Lumber Tycoon has 4 types of trees. The trees are small, medium, large, and huge. Small trees have 20 hitpoints, medium trees have 95 hitpoints, large trees have 190 hitpoints, and huge trees have 9,000 hitpoints. Small trees give 1 log, medium trees give 3 logs, large trees give 5 logs and huge trees give over 100 logs.
The map in Lumber Tycoon is very small in comparison to the size of the Lumber Tycoon 2 map. The map has, from back to left to right on the picture below, a forest containing small, medium and large trees, 6 tycoon plots, a path that goes all the way around the map, 4 huge trees, and a Home Depot where players can buy and sell logs, planks axes (including chainsaws).
The game has 3 tools for chopping trees, the normal axe, the chainsaw, and the Bigsaw. The axe does 2 points of damage, the chainsaw does 5, and the Bigsaw does 10.
A land has many upgrades, some of these build player's house while others upgrade player's sawmill.