While we get closer to the release of TUG ver 2.0, we will be taking the project down from steam. Thank you to everyone that has helped us in play and testing for ver 1.0.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mostly Negative (18 reviews) - 22% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (688 reviews) - 61% of the 688 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are an independent developer and being on Early Access allows us the chance to earn the trust and support of our community by sharing our progress, intentions, and ideas. Also equally important to us is that we are able to make a game and utilize new technology with and for the community and even other developers. We get the opportunity to create strong relationships with our players and get deeper insight into what they are doing and saying so that we can act on what things actually need to change and look at things from other perspectives.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Very difficult to say, since we are developing an engine, distribution platform for mods, data systems, and the game layer itself. The project is ever evolving, but its likely that the community will decide when they think its "feature complete" to bring it out of EA.”

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

“Solely dependent on how far the community sees it going, before we can classify it out of early access. This is one of the biggest issues in developing what we are, vs a traditional game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Unique terrain generation and manipulation, magic, crafting, cooking, building, farming, and some fairly dumb enemy AI. Only functional on DX11 machines (check graphics cards as well as OS). Also, not currently for sale, while we get closer to releasing openGL.”

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

“There is a lot of discussion among ourselves as devs, and the community. One idea that is currently being taken very seriously, is making the entire project free, and selling aesthetic goods, as a means to allow everyone to enjoy the project, but only getting financial support from people that truly believe in what we are doing.”

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

“Data gives insights into what needs to be changed that already exists, however new systems and features can come from us, or be licensed from mods that the community has introduced, which proves valuable and fun to the community.”
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About This Game

Note: We have had a great deal of success from the 1.0 version, and the communities feedback has been invaluable. Putting full focus into the completion of ver 2.0, we are taking the project down from steam, until we are prepared for launch in Q4 2016 (winterish). We will be sharing progress of the new engine and TUG ver 2.0, as we get closer to release, so please feel free to follow @nerdkingdom for updates.

The new engine brings significant advances over the current 1.0 version, including:
- access to more generations of hardware,
- enhanced graphics
- super fancy new art
- flexible modding/dev environment
- pretty rad mod distribution system
- data/analytics systems for modders
- logic systems
- new terrain generation
- simplified user experience
- 71% less wtf.

Early versions of 2.0 will go to existing TUG users, who will later be able to invite their friends who do not currently have access.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel® or AMD® processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 11 compatible card with 1 GB of memory, nVidia® 4XX+/AMD® 5XXX+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 11 compatible card with 3 GB of memory, nVidia® 7XX+/AMD® 7XXX+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mostly Negative (18 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (688 reviews)
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Minotaur233
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
I don't recommend this game because it wouldn't even let me play it on my PC. I wasted 10 dollars on nothing.
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Zephroze
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
"While we get closer to the release of TUG ver 2.0, we will be taking the project down from steam. Thank you to everyone that has helped us in play and testing for ver 1.0."

GEE I WONDER WHY?

User reviews:
RECENT: Mostly Negative (19 reviews)
OVERALL: Mixed (686 reviews)
Release Date: 28 Mar, 2014

I bought this game around the same time as Planet Explorers, and they're doing quite well for themselves over there. What's your excuse, TUG?

I almost thought you got removed from Greenlight, when I didn't see the name on my list.
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WikTheMagicallLemon
38.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
Alright, so...
I wanted this game to be good.
It isn't.
Here is why:

1) Why did people have to pay for it to now make it free? Shady.
2) It runs horribly. DirectX 11 for what exactly? Not to mention it looks terrible.
3) There is about ten minutes of content.
4) There is about two minutes of engagment.
5) Broken promisses.
6) It's an unfinished minecraft clone. No point to it's existance as of now. If it wasn't bad enough for it being a minecraft clone already. Sure, it doesn't use voxels, mostly and sure, it looks different but the point of it is the same as minecraft. But without things to do, see and experience. I put (number of hours) into this and can safely say: I am a mad man for playing this "game" for such a long time.

I could have used this time for so many different things.

Don't download it.
It's a waste of space and time.

I am sick of early access games "with potential" as many people describe them. Until the game shows this potential, the point of it having potential is meaningless.
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Son Of A Mitch
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
TUG is a working game as it stands right now, the creators are rewriting the engine to allow it to run on more systems (right now its only directx 11) and people are complaining because the invested in an early access game and aren't getting excatly what they wanted. I followed TUG through their kickstarter and im quite proud of where it is now, of course I wish it was better but isn't that what you always want? When they are finished with TUG version 2, im sure it will have been worth the wait.
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Jaxar
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
I bought into TUG during its Kickstarter campaign back in May 2013. It honestly sounded awesome at the time. The campaign pitched a "multiplayer open-world sandbox-RPG using new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design." I thought wow that sounds like it could be something special!

Fast forward more than 3 years later, and very little progress has been made. In January 2016 the developers sent out a message to backers explaining how they were scrapping the DX11 engine they had been working on and were now working towards moving over to OpenGL, further explaining that there would be no more game updates for at least around 12 months. That means we’ll be (hopefully) seeing the next engine update sometime around early 2017, in an early alpha stage, four years after the Kickstarter ended.

In the same January ’16 update the developers also pitched the idea of making TUG a Free to Play 'game', with monetisation of user mods. TUG would no longer be a complete game in itself, but rather a base platform that others could make content mods for, and sell to other users. That to me sounds completely terrible, and it is definitely not something I would have had anything to do with if I had known that's where things were possibly headed.

Now to be fair the decisions of going Free to Play with monetised mods has still yet to be made, but throwing out the suggestion like that and announcing no decision will be made for a full year was quite honestly a terrible way to handle things. In the 8 months since that announcement, the community has all but disappeared (at least the current players on Steam), reviews have gone to hell, and community confusion has most definitely set in. Not a great situation for any game to be in.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the games progress and will update this review accordingly, but at this stage I’ve just about lost hope that TUG will be developed through to completion and to a state that matches what was originally promised to early backers. I have a feeling that updates and communication will continue to slow down, to a point where development is quietly cancelled. Time will tell though and I would love to be proven wrong.
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HavaGanda
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 15
UUUUUUGUH

Okay, it is underdeveloped to hell, and doesn't seem to be leaving that area ever
Yogscast gave up on this
I recieved this game when I did not want it and instead wanted Yogsquest and now I get this cancer
The game does not work properly ever, the building mechanics suck ♥♥♥, the combat is terrible, the graphics are not very good and the artstyle in general is not good, it explains nothing and in general is not good.

Please do not buy unless they fix it.

RIP
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Pichi
12.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
nothing here, boring,
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GreenGamingFish
82.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
I recommend it, though at this time you cannot acquire it. The engine has great potential and I personally haven't found anything "broken" or unplayable about it. You simply do everything that can be done and then you don't have much else but exploration and repeating crafting, taming, and resource get. The biggest problems are that the team hasn't been keeping in touch with the community and we haven't seen an update in several moons. I keep looking up their forums and still nothing. The last that was stated was they were updating to a 2.0 (versions are arbitrary so effall on that) but that probably means bumping up the technology to keep up with current-gen graphics and physics and it might be free. If they do make it free, good. I helped them make it happen. I'm not like all the extra nerds who felt like they didn't even get a game. It is a game... just a very short one and I'm used to waiting a year for updates on some of my favorite titles, so I get updates for one game each month and that keeps me busy and helps me enjoy each title more without distraction.
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Who?
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Really earlydevelopment, I do belive in the capabilites of the devs and hopeto see his game flourish. I would not reccomend to buy it right now but I'd say check back in a year, if nothing had changed then I was wrong but if it accually is something cool and awesome, buy it.

Do keep in mind the mod possibilites for this game.
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Party P3opl3 9
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
Don't bother.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
I bought into TUG during its Kickstarter campaign back in May 2013. It honestly sounded awesome at the time. The campaign pitched a "multiplayer open-world sandbox-RPG using new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design." I thought wow that sounds like it could be something special!

Fast forward more than 3 years later, and very little progress has been made. In January 2016 the developers sent out a message to backers explaining how they were scrapping the DX11 engine they had been working on and were now working towards moving over to OpenGL, further explaining that there would be no more game updates for at least around 12 months. That means we’ll be (hopefully) seeing the next engine update sometime around early 2017, in an early alpha stage, four years after the Kickstarter ended.

In the same January ’16 update the developers also pitched the idea of making TUG a Free to Play 'game', with monetisation of user mods. TUG would no longer be a complete game in itself, but rather a base platform that others could make content mods for, and sell to other users. That to me sounds completely terrible, and it is definitely not something I would have had anything to do with if I had known that's where things were possibly headed.

Now to be fair the decisions of going Free to Play with monetised mods has still yet to be made, but throwing out the suggestion like that and announcing no decision will be made for a full year was quite honestly a terrible way to handle things. In the 8 months since that announcement, the community has all but disappeared (at least the current players on Steam), reviews have gone to hell, and community confusion has most definitely set in. Not a great situation for any game to be in.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the games progress and will update this review accordingly, but at this stage I’ve just about lost hope that TUG will be developed through to completion and to a state that matches what was originally promised to early backers. I have a feeling that updates and communication will continue to slow down, to a point where development is quietly cancelled. Time will tell though and I would love to be proven wrong.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
38.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
Alright, so...
I wanted this game to be good.
It isn't.
Here is why:

1) Why did people have to pay for it to now make it free? Shady.
2) It runs horribly. DirectX 11 for what exactly? Not to mention it looks terrible.
3) There is about ten minutes of content.
4) There is about two minutes of engagment.
5) Broken promisses.
6) It's an unfinished minecraft clone. No point to it's existance as of now. If it wasn't bad enough for it being a minecraft clone already. Sure, it doesn't use voxels, mostly and sure, it looks different but the point of it is the same as minecraft. But without things to do, see and experience. I put (number of hours) into this and can safely say: I am a mad man for playing this "game" for such a long time.

I could have used this time for so many different things.

Don't download it.
It's a waste of space and time.

I am sick of early access games "with potential" as many people describe them. Until the game shows this potential, the point of it having potential is meaningless.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
i got this game when it came out after i grew tired of modded minecraft, i was hopeing for well somthing to play with my friends that was survival based. first 8 mounths of owning it, i started to relise that the games development was painfully slow and now i see it hasent really porgress that much at all a real let down i would'nt recomend it if it was free
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
"While we get closer to the release of TUG ver 2.0, we will be taking the project down from steam. Thank you to everyone that has helped us in play and testing for ver 1.0."

GEE I WONDER WHY?

User reviews:
RECENT: Mostly Negative (19 reviews)
OVERALL: Mixed (686 reviews)
Release Date: 28 Mar, 2014

I bought this game around the same time as Planet Explorers, and they're doing quite well for themselves over there. What's your excuse, TUG?

I almost thought you got removed from Greenlight, when I didn't see the name on my list.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 15
UUUUUUGUH

Okay, it is underdeveloped to hell, and doesn't seem to be leaving that area ever
Yogscast gave up on this
I recieved this game when I did not want it and instead wanted Yogsquest and now I get this cancer
The game does not work properly ever, the building mechanics suck ♥♥♥, the combat is terrible, the graphics are not very good and the artstyle in general is not good, it explains nothing and in general is not good.

Please do not buy unless they fix it.

RIP
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
It is sad to see no development in this game. the idea was a the best I have seen for a survival game, and the team was on the right track! alas, it now ends. If they dont pickup production anytime soon this game will fade into the nothingness of fails. I hope this does not happen. Nerd Kingdom, please get this game back on track!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
This game, its whole story and history, embodies everything about why early access is a bad idea. I will never see my 10 dollars again, nor will I ever see a finished game. This project was a scam, pure and simple.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
I bought this game for it's potential. Still waiting on devs to deliver. I am at the point where I believe that Early Access games are not worth the money. It was a great idea to help developers spend more time on their games and not have to worry about how they will pay for groceries. The problem is that if these developers really did have the dedication to put out a great game, they would be working for a larger game studio or be able to get outside investment money for their company.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
I don't recommend this game because it wouldn't even let me play it on my PC. I wasted 10 dollars on nothing.
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201 of 251 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
71.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 2, 2014
This game is SUPER early... probably not a good idea to buy it if you are looking to get a clean smooth play experience. The game is in early access to ACTUALLY get feedback to not just help the game progress in design, but also to get some help troubleshooting/testing the engine to stabilize it.

Update to the 3rd Review 1/19/16: Now you take the game off of steam because you wanna make it better, and exclude others from buying to focus on building a new engine? Ridiculous, I paid good money for you to not let you let new people by things by letting them buy it but you aren't letting them. 1/5 would not let again... also, go play creativerse. Its way better than TUG (for serious though, go play it).

Oh yea, they did finally make that recipe book... maybe they need a recipe for not sucking... HEY-oh!

But I take all this back since that ino's beard is fantastic.

Update Update Review 5/12/15:

Game has not updated in like a month or something. The project must be dead, they totally arent working on engine systems that take longer than a couple weeks to build and test for a stable deployment for dedicated servers... jerks.

Updated Review:

- AI is CRAZY dumb
- Crafting is a bit clunky
- LOTS of performance issues
- WTF why do gourdes glow? Thats dumb.
- Needs more non blocks in terrain stuff for building
- I'd really like more mob variety
- where the caves at, yo?
- those little chuckling goblin things scare and annoy me to ♥♥♥♥
- needs more pewpew, less QQ

Another update review:

The nubs finally got multiplayer working... nubs.

ANOTHER update review:

- AI still lame
- multiplayer complicated to set up
- WTF, y no linux and mac support, yo?
- crafting still lame
- need tutorial
- Hey, make a recipe book or stop making games, cause you suck...

Well, better get back to fixing all these problems in the game so I can write a better review of it...

(anyone not reading into this clearly, im a dev on the game *high five*)
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