Shipwrecked on a tropical island, you must use your wits and the natural environment to survive, craft, explore - and eventually, find your way home. Under the Ocean is currently in early alpha. Craft Under the Ocean features a flexible, physics based crafting system. Hundreds of items interact in strange and unexpected ways.
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“We are still making major fundamental changes to the game, so if bugs and rough edges scare you, please Wishlist the game and wait for Beta! But if you want to jump in, give feedback and watch the game as it evolves, this early preview is for you. We're more excited than ever to be working on Under the Ocean, and we sincerely invite you to be involved.



- Paul, Michael and Chris
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December 17

Multiplayer, and bringing things together



It's no secret that Paul and I are struggling to get this update out, and nobody is less happy with the situation than us.

By far the largest problem is the complexity of the net code. Since we started the 3D update, we transitioned across to an open world streamed world, and keeping tens of thousands of objects synced between computers, each with their own unique properties and state, has been a major challenge.

The streaming world has required many months of performance optimizations, but it works decently. The multiplayer has had a similar time investment, and it's not even clear how much more time will be required.



In the interests of getting the game out, we've decided to shelve the feature for now. It's clear that we need to hire a dedicated programmer to work on it, and that's both financially a problem, and doing so right now would delay the project even further.

The hooks are staying in the code, so we can revisit it at a later date.

Single computer couch multiplayer, of course, will work just as before; the game plays great on the couch with some Xbox controllers.



We're also opening up our Trello workspace, so you can see our day to day progress, and Paul's going to write a post on what still is required with a link to the Trello ( http://steamcommunity.com/app/227720/discussions/0/619574421252940000/ < Link to Trello ).

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About This Game

Shipwrecked on a tropical island, you must use your wits and the natural environment to survive, craft, explore - and eventually, find your way home. Under the Ocean is currently in early alpha.

Craft
Under the Ocean features a flexible, physics based crafting system. Hundreds of items interact in strange and unexpected ways. Attach a sharp rock to the end of some driftwood to make a spear. Then a glow worm for lighting, or dip the tip in poison berries - or both! Build traps to ensnare prey, windmills to generate power, a lakeside cabin, and eventually, a raft to make your way home.


Explore
Islands in Under the Ocean are randomly generated, giving you a new experience each time you travel. Elements mix and match in interesting ways. If you're on a boar infested island, you'd better have washed up armed! Islands can have different size, shape, terrain, lighting, weather, starting equipment, tools, weapons, animals, plants, backstories, hazards and more.


Contribute
Under the Ocean is still in Alpha, so by purchasing today, you’re getting in on the ground floor. This of course means bugs and rough edges; but it’s also a chance to meaningfully support the development of the game, and help shape its future. Vote on new features at http://www.underthegarden.com
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 68 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
It's been nearly a year since the last published update on an Alpha release. Time to find something else.
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30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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This game isn't fun at all. It's basically just a tech demo. Still waiting on that alpha 9 update from last december...

I don't know why I even have this game...
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
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No, this game hasn't been abandoned. they are still working on alpha 9. However I don't recomend purchasing it at this time. Alpha 9 is a complete overhaul, so save your money for when the game is worth it.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Good concept and has alot of potential, but it hasn't had an update in more than a year
Its time to find something else.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
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this is why i hate this "early access" ♥♥♥♥, it does provide new devs a chance, but i also feel like i was robbed, bought this cuz it sounded interesting, what i got for my $12 CAD was a buggy POS that i played for an hour trying to make work. pass this one people, and pass with extreme prejudice.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
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No updates in over a year. No news in over a year.

Highly disappointing and the devs should refund.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
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Allmost a whole year just for one update i feel like the game is pushed aside, great concept but with so many other great indie of its type. wait on this one~
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
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just wait for the real fun ;D
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
Personally, I liked the idea of survival, building and open world concept which is why I bought it. I'm glad though that I bought it during a steam sale cause I cannot grasp the fact that this game was a disappointment to me. There isnt a lot of instructions - you kind of figure things out yourself, and its not like other building/survival games where you kind of assume how to do things and it works out. I understand that this game is still early access in alpha state at the moment. But the last update was last year... makes me wonder if they're ever still working on this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
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I know that this has been rough a bit here and there - however since the beginning they hid nothing and always told us it was going to be rough. I have complete faith in the team here and will stick with them all the way... I have yet to find something that they dont address - notice I didnt say solve - they have always acknowledged our concerns and worked hard. I can not say that about many games I have tried. This is so far the most fun - problem solving - survival centric - game I have found yet.... I have played many but the thought that goes into this so far has been so much fun - from making fishing spears to withstanding high winds in my house it has been trying but always fun.... great job guys and I can wait to see 9 + .... everything has been a battle but thats why they call it survival right?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27
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I had high hopes. I paid my money. I check in every now and then, for a couple of minutes, just to see what's new and if things have gotten better. After frustrating my way through the stupid interface (or lack thereof) and trying to figure out what the point of this game is for a couple of minutes at a time, I ragequit and ignore it for another couple of months. I regret the money I paid for this game. I had hoped that they would clean it up and make it less confusing/frustrating, but they haven't done a thing with it (at all). Disappointing. Annoying. I give up.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Early Access Review
Bought it on sale for 2 bucks and just sat on the main menu listening to the ost for 30 minutes before actually starting the game. Started the game, didn't know how to do anything, cut down a tree, tried to craft something for about 10 minutes before giving up, tried going in caves to take cover from rain, got my butt kicked by a crab thing, died of hunger shortly after.

Looking at the alpha 9 update potential I highly recommend this game to anyonye into minecraft/terraria but enjoys the ambience of a game like Knytt Stories.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Early Access Review
*First of all, if you are looking for a finished product or at least a playable one for hours on end, then don't get this. If you want to support a dev that seems to care then please give this a purchase.

I don't regret purchasing this product and I look forward to the next update!
So far the game is minimal and a bit clunky but I can see the usual "potential" that most inde games have. WE all know how badly the game market is oversaturated with terrible products.

Anyways the ideas so far are interesting:
+Crafting is a bit different from other games
+Visuals are nice
+It's at least playble for me
-Controls are a bit clunky
-Sometimes difficult to pick things up
-updates are a bit slow, *But I believe they will come

Overall game still needs some work. I believe once the dev releases the redesigned game and updates, that it'll be one of the better indie games out there in the overly saturated market.
Again the game is a bit rough so don't go in thinking that it'll be something you can play for awhile. But, if you can wait and have the patience to do so, then give it a purchase and play the waiting game.

*I'll update the review once the updates start rolling out. You can also download Under the Garden, by the same developer, which is a free game still I think while waiting for this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
Great music.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
This Game is Extremely Fun. The only downside I have found is the controls. They confuse me. I cant craft or get weapons ready because of the controls. I have tried wikis, but that is the only downside I have found.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
Bought this a year ago hoping to support a cool surival game idea, but the devs seem to have abandoned it completely without so much as a word. Since there's no chance people will get refunded, this should at least be taken off Steam. Waste of money and your time.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
It has been a year since I've purchased this game & it is still on Alpha. The game lacks of update feels like the developers has abanddon the project. If you like survival games, there are open games on steam which consist of regular updates to polish the game further.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Early Access Review
sucks booty
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Early Access Review
I purchased this early 2013, I've played around abit with it since then and found it actually difficult to survive on a really nice island.

Did i enjoy it? Yes.
Why then so limited play time?, because I've got Terraria and SpaceEngineers.
Does that matter? Heck yeah, i like building and doing stuff, currently you roam around looking for survival stuff and pray your prepared for everything. this includes being spraining an ankle while fleeing brush fire.

The Island
The island/s are random generated, which can produce very different play styles. for example.
you could have a nice palm jungle but, no animal life so your then reliate on plants and farming.
you could have limited trees and therefore you need to find a small cave to shelter in.
you could have the perfect island but, failed to store food and fresh water before the arrival of freak storm.

did i mention that you can burn if you stand to close to your fire?

NOTE
THIS IS AN ALPHA AND COULD POSSIBLY STAY AN ALHPA
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Early Access Review
While a new update is constantly promised, it's been almost a full year since the last major update. Even if this game hasn't been abandoned, releasing a game as "early access" and taking an entire year to upload a single alpha patch means that this game will probably never be finished. Not recommended.
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