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TUG is a good game with a lot of potential, but there's not quite enough to do yet. The devs are good, transparent and working hard. If you like supporting a worthwhile Early Access game, give this one a buy!
+Graphics: Good mix of cartoonish and realistic.
+Gameplay: Sparse but good, with tons of crafting recipes!
+Audio: Just enough sounds to be effective.
+Workflow: Intuitive crafting/inventory management.
-Gameplay: Only so much to do currently.
-Gameplay: Needs more things to hunt/enemies!
-Audio: Some actions are missing sounds.
+/- Crafting/inventory management can take some adjustment.
+/- It may not exactly be obvious how to do things at first.
TUG is one among many survival sandbox games. It features a fantasy setting and charming, cute, simple-yet-pretty graphics. In TUG, like many sandboxes, you will have to work your way through the tech tree from the ground up. TUG also has an amazingly upfront dev team whose main concern is their game and consumer. So what's it like?
The first time you start TUG you may be alarmed by the long load time, but don't worry, only the first will take that long. When you get into the game, you may find yourself wondering what to do or how to do it. A quick bit of information gathering will fix that.
The first thing you will want to do in TUG is gather objects for tools. To do this you have to tear down a sapling or small tree, leaving you with a wood handle. At this point you will need a properly shaped rock and some vines. Once you find said properly shaped rock laying around (usually near other, larger rocks) and some vines (easy to spot and abundant) you can put them all on the ground together and hit G to craft your first primitive tool!
Hooray! That wasn't so bad, was it? From here on out your imagination is the limit.
TUG, unlike many sandboxes, features a beautiful voxel terrain editor, allowing you to shape the earth pretty much however you see fit. Doing so is a quick and easy process, as you can use virtually any primitive tool. Filling the terrain in with wood or stone, however, is not nearly as quick. So for those of you who hate seeing servers on survival sandbox games where there are tons of halfbuilt or poorly built structures you can rest easy. You can also rest easy in knowing that your buildings will take work and will be an accomplishment.
This leads to a startling revelation: building is fun. building with friends is more fun. Aside from building, crafting, hunting, and farming, there isn't too much to do in the game's current state-but what is there is fun, with more on the way. There is, however, an absolutely EXTENSIVE amount of things to craft, so if you're into making things, you're in the right place.
The graphics in TUG are a treat. Again I will state that they are strangely pretty, considering their simplistic and cute nature. You will find that there are lush biomes filled with dense foliage, as many types of trees as you could ever want, and various bioluminescent plants and resources scattered about.
The colors are at times muted, and almost always earthy, but that won't stop you from finding sand or snowswept locales. As a man that appreciates variety, I was very pleased with both the amount and the look of the biomes available in TUG. Aside from biomes I want to take a moment to talk about the look of buildings. In TUG, when you place a wood block next to a cobblestone block, they will blend together, and this can make for both some pretty--and pretty interesting--ideas and aesthetics.
The presence of fog, various cloud types, sky colors, moon and sun, darkness, etc. make for an overall pleasing and immersive graphical experience that I'm sure you'll enjoy!
The audio in TUG is also a treat, albeit a sparse one, but this is a good thing. In a sandbox you don't want obnoxious music distracting you from you building, fighting, hunting, crafting. You want relaxing music with good atmospheric sounds, and audio cues that would be distinct a mile apart, and in TUG, you have that. The audio stays in the background until it needs to be in the foreground, and I appreciate that so much. While many games try to pull on your heartstrings too much with music and sound, TUG manages to make you feel things by playing the right sound at the right time. The sounds that are there serve their purposes well, although more sounds would be nice, for example, when swinging a weapon.
TUG is a great sandbox with a lot of potential. It already has solid building mechanics and tons of crafting recipes. If you are okay with supporting a vision, give it a buy!
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