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
47 of 61 people (77%) 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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28 of 40 people (70%) 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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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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15 of 19 people (79%) 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
No updates in over a year. No news in over a year.

Highly disappointing and the devs should refund.
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14 of 23 people (61%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
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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 17 people (59%) 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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18 of 33 people (55%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Early Access Review
Hard game, but fun... and is realy looking forward for next patch
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Early Access Review
Incredibly difficult to understand, not worth the money, screen flares all over the place, and... Oh, that's right, the crafting isnt anywhere near as fun as it looks in the video. All around, 2/10. If you are thinking about buying this game, don't. the video and pictures make it look way better than it actually is.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Early Access Review
Pretty sure we got rickrolled on this one boys and girls, let's see if this update ever comes. Until then stay far away.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Early Access Review
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Early Access Review
Bla bla potential bla bla, early access bla bla bla

Con: A game without an update or news within a year.

Pro: Devs give refunds if you email them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
just wait for the real fun ;D
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
This Is Really A Very Bad Game Don't Buy It

It's Boring And You Do The Same Things In All Lvls

Nothing Changed And The Last Thing Changed Was In {2013} !!!!!

I Don't Recommend This Game
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
Clunky tech demo without updates in a long time. Nice artwork design, but that's pretty much it. Horrible controls and navigation, slow and painful, and not fun at all.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Early Access Review
This game is a clunky, confusing piece of ♥♥♥♥♥.
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