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: Mostly Positive (586 reviews) - 72% of the 586 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

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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January 27

Help us improve TUG

Hey everyone, we are in the process of testing some data bits for TUG, it would be a huge help if you could help us out a bit by playing for a while.

Just install our VakariMod and play on our dedicated server. Server info is in step #3 just in case you miss it. http://devotus.github.io/TUG-VakariMod/.

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January 15

TUG AMA Today @ 2:00PM - 4:00 PM CST

We will be taking down the buy button for TUG, so nobody will be able to purchase the game until we are ready to release TUG version 2 (openGL) after a lot of testing with all of you, who already own TUG.

AMA today at 2-4CST, for everyone and anyone who has any questions about what's going on with TUG, where it's at, and where it's going. We will be doing it at /r/tug https://www.reddit.com/r/tug

Lots of current discussion about no longer charging for access to TUG in the future. Some general outlines of this thinking in ino’s vlogs below… same game, no gimmicks, just free for everyone to try, with a few aesthetic bits to let people choose to support what we are doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDOr8EtGSvg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMPS4XApXNo

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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
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
January 2016

A quote from yesterday's AMA on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/tug/comments/414taf/tug_dev_ama/

"we so much dont want to get any new players, that we are going to stop selling TUG next week, and not give anyone new any access until 2.0 is ready."

Don't buy this version. They're ceasing development on it, and there's not much to hold your attention for long. Come back in a year and see if it's been fleshed out. Follow it if you're interested. But if you spend money on it now you'll regret it.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Early Access Review
I'm one of the original backers from kickstarter. I've seen the entire process up to this point. Its been 3 years and this game is no more closer to completion than it was at the end of year one. Now the company is moving to change the engine and make the game free to play so more modders can have access to the game. Now they stated from the beggining the game was going to be modder friendly, but making the game free out in year 3 is simply because they cant just get up and finish the game themsleves. I love the idea of this game (thats why i backed it) however the company is clearly not capable of completeling the game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
slow sluggish. unresponsive boring, poor crafting just all around bad.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Early Access Review
Pile of steaming rubbish.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
Early Access Review
It's one of these EA games that while delivering good fun make us wonder if that's worth it or not. Progress has been relatively slow and there's no guarantee that they will reach the end. They seem to be working on it seriously, it's not a scam. BUT they like others might be chewing more than they can bite.

PROS:
- nice graphics
- some 'Minecraft feeling' where you can explore, dig, craft, farm...

CONS:
- the world is a bit empty for the time being
- graphics aren't very well optimised so you might need a powerful PC
- after a few hours it starts to feel repetitive and there's not much to do

I was tempted to not recommend it, but I don't regret personally. It was fun.

But don't buy it if you're short on cash; wait for the final release. Only buy if you're happy to enjoy it as it is and don't expect more in the future.
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