You Must Build A Boat is the sequel to the award winning "10000000". Travel the world, run procedurally generated dungeons finding artifacts, capturing monsters and recruiting crew for your...
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Release Date: Jun 4, 2015

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“Building a boat will indeed become the most important task in your life.”
9/10 – Game Informer

“You Must Build A Boat is how all sequels should be.”
Recommended – Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

You must build a boat.
You must spring out of bed.
You must bargain with the lizardman.
You must heed your undead navigators.
You must slide rows or columns of tiles on a 6x8 grid.
You must match at least 3.
You must run to the right.
You must focus intently on 2 areas of the screen simultaneously.
You must match keys to unlock chests and swords to attack.
You must literally collect your thoughts and trade them for dragons.
You must not dally.
You must not be too hasty.
You must voluntarily ramp up the difficulty by taking on multiple quests at once.
You must incrementally reach your goals. You must build a boat.
You must try again.
You must try again x5.
You must win every time, even when you don’t.
You must remain optimistic.
You must upgrade your magic staff.
You must occasionally stop playing to allow for your hand to uncramp.
You must take credit for random chain combos you made no effort to arrange.
You must trust a blue bean man to make dangerous investments with your money.
You must forget about the blue bean man.
You must mind the asp.
You must reconcile that despite the game’s title, you begin your journey in possession of what is, in no uncertain terms, already a boat.
You must build a boat.
You must go all-in on the retro aesthetic.
You must trade junk for gold with the voidorb.
You must pray for salt.
You must consume fish and tomatoes for time.
You must venture through hell.
You must disarm traps like your life depends on it.
You must make an offering at the chapel.
You must rally the Fantasy Union and the Undead Buddies to your cause.
You must weigh anchor and methodically yet joyously hop in sync with your entire crew.
You must feign interest in critiquing the gardener’s work.
You must look up at the clock and wonder how it’s so late already.
You must build a boat.
You must build a boat!
YOU MUST BUILD A BOAT!!!

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core2Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5
    • Processor: Core2Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit or Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit
    • Processor: 2.6GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit or Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit
    • Processor: 2.6GHz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Leviathans
13.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Awesome game with good music.
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DrIdiot
12.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
Really addicting game. Simple mechanics. It does get tiring, but for $5 you can't really complain.
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✜Chmielu
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Great logic game, and the soundtrack... majestic!
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Bouchart
11.9 hrs
Posted: September 11
Well-made Match 3 game. A little different than other offerings but not by that much, so you've probably seen most of this before.
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kungfu_sidekick
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 10
★★★★½
It's the same game as 10000000, but instead of living in a dungeon, you're now living on a boat, but still fighting in a dungeon.
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ima420r
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 5
This game is so much fun. I play it pretty much every day.

it's a basic match 3 game with extras. You move down a hallway and run into monsters and chests. As you get hit you are pushed back, and as time passes you move back. You match weapons and keys to continue. You can also match brains and muscles to gain points to unlock other things. You have to complete quests like "kill an orc" or "hit an enemy for 80 or more damage" or "gain 30 thought in one run". You can match crates to have spells and items appear, like food which lets you move forward in the hallway or spells which have different effects like freezing or damage.

There are some hidden monsters to unlock, and once you finish the game you can restart at a higher difficulty. I play on my iPad and have gotten to level 12 difficulty.

It's a great time waster, and I can't wait for the developers next release.

Also, see their previous game "10,000,000" which is very similar to this one.
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Daledais
7.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
Repetitive tile matching and then buying upgrades that simply make you good enough to finally get to the next level. Zero actual skill or thought involved. Exactly what I wanted, 8/10
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
You Must Build A Boat is a match-three puzzle game with it’s own unique RPG elements where you must build...a….boat.

Please note this review is mostly for people who have played 10,000,000 as there are a lot of comparisons.

General Gameplay
I was a huge fan of 10,000,000 and I was excited to try You Must Build A Boat and i’m glad I wasn't disappointed. It stays true to the original whilst adding new gameplay mechanics and extra replayability to make for a refreshing play. This time around you’ll find yourself starting out on a small boat which you’ll need to slowly upgrade and add crew members so you can reach your goal. The main gameplay is pretty much the same as 10,000,000; you must match three or more identical tiles by dragging a row on your board. Different tile matches will have different effects from damaging opponents to opening chests or collecting resources. Most of the tiles are the same in YMBAB however you will find new tiles to match in this game two of which are Thought and Power. Much like wood and stone were in 10,000,000, you collect these and can spend them after the run. Though they seem a little useless at first they are both actually very useful as you play on. Power and Thought are used for adding crew members which will give you permanent passives during your run eg +10% spell power or +6% staff damage. They are also used for upgrading other things such as your spells.
Quests range from matching tiles to using spells in a certain way or killing certain enemies. Once all ‘quests’ are completed you’ll be able to progress to the next area where you’ll find a different range of monsters as well as new quests and a new ship unlock at the end. The ship unlocks consist of new people for your ship that’ll upgrade your things like your staff, sword and shield and other some vendors too.
Monsters you encounter differ in the different zones you are in and each are either melee or ranged. They all have their own immunities, perks and weaknesses making them all different from one another in some form. All monsters can be ‘collected’ and added permanently to your crew by completing their specific quests (which you can’t miss) or finding the secret collects which can be found by doing certain tasks or actions which are...secret.

Pros
--- New randomized dungeon effects add a lot more replayability.
--- New upgrades, rooms and NPCs.
--- Relaxing yet challenging at the same time.
--- Ridiculously addictive gameplay.
--- Fair range of enemies with their own immunities, perks and weaknesses.

Cons
--- Lack of explanation on certain things e.g Secret Crew members perks, no in-depth tutorials because things are unlocked progressively.
--- Not a fantastic port. Too much clicking and unneeded swiping when it comes to opening boxes or levelling up.
--- Unnecessary changes from the first game e.g items are now stored on the board and not in your bag.
--- If you’re going for 100% achievements, by your third run things can feel REALLY grindy.


Summary
Although not as good as 10,000,000 in my eyes YMBAB is still a fantastic play and worth picking up if you are a fan of it’s predecessor. There is plenty of enjoyment to be had despite its few flaws and really is a must try for any fans of the previous game or any casual gamers in general. Well worth the $5 I spent on it even if I would have prefered to play it on my phone in hindsight.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
I'm not normally a fan of the match-3 puzzle genre, but the way this game blends puzzle gameplay with RPG-progression elements and dungeon crawling made for an instantly addictive game. Eases you into the gameplay before gradually ramping up the difficulty, though never reaching hair-pulling levels of toughness. Visuals, gameplay, and soundtrack are all excellent. Great introduction to the match-3 style, but I would imagine it is equally fun for veterans of the genre.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Very grindy, and quite boring
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Great puzzle adventure that also has daily missions once you are through the game. 7/10
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521 of 743 people (70%) found this review helpful
882 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Are you ready kids?!

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Which Steam game is an elaborate and awesome Match 3?!
YOUMUST-BUILD-ABOAT!!!
Addictive time consuming and fun as can be?!
YOUMUST-BUILD-ABOAT!!!
If nautical nonsense be something you wish
YOUMUST-BUILD-ABOAT!!!
Then drop a few bucks and flop like a fish!
YOUMUST-BUILD-ABOAT!!!
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70 of 81 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
A definite improvement over the simple concept 10000000 gave us. Rather than set a goal over the whole experience, the game makes it a bit more about the journey.

Pros:

+ Shows some real evolution of the original concept with more tiles and new special attacks
+ New zones keep the enviornment interesting and the journey long
+ Heavy upgrade to the presentation of the game as everything feels nicer to execute
+ Better soundtrack than 10000000, even if it also gets a little repetitive. Has much more fitting music for the art style.
+ Earning your keep very much pushed in this game as you must do well to progress and unlock new crew members
+ Keeps an adventure feel to it rather than dangling a goal over you like in 10000000
+ Only tweaking the formula to avoid any unneccessary confusion, adding more, but not too much, for veterans.
+ Much more varied color pallet.
+ Enemies now have weaknesses and immunities.

Cons:

- Some goals still seem arbitrary.
- While nice, the new library for looking at item effects, enemy types, and weaknesses is, in the end, pointless considering you're at the mercy of the tiles.
- Still a bit more luck based than skill based.
- Not too much has changed visually.
- The way upgrading is handled stinks of a game that had microtransactions but were seemingly removed for the Steam version.
- Upgrading still feels way too slow considering the cost, now adding a minigame as if still meant for a touch device.

7/10.
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392 of 640 people (61%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
You Must Build A Boat is a mobile styled match-3 game. That's it, if that's exactly what you want then read no further - this is the game for you.

Onto the review proper. I have never played 10000000, I do no know what type of game it is and maybe I should have done more research because the description 'About This Game' was not what I was lead to expect at all when I bought You Must Build A Boat.

YOU DO NOT BUILD A BOAT. For every stage you pass your boat gets bigger and more furnished. You have no input in how this happens.

You do not actively gather a crew or capture monsters. These events happen as you match tiles but, again, you have no strategic or tactical input. There is no skill involved.

You can upgrade your weapon, cast magic and upgrade your board. But ultimately there is little choice in how you do any of these things. The game boils down to: buy the cheapest upgrade so that you can eke out a little more time in the next match 3 game and then buy the next cheapest upgrade.

The match 3 game which is the core and only gameplay of You Must Build A Boat (as there is no boat building or monster wrangling) is frustrating rather than fun.

Certain enemies are weak to certain tile combinations - swords for an enemy weak against physical for example. But the very tight timelimits left me frantically mathching anything I could in the hope that any damaging tiles - regardless of appropriateness - would fall onto the board. There is no time to build combinations effectively and no guarantee you'll be given magic or ability tiles when needed.

This is not a thoughtful puzzle game. The timelimits are too tight and the board too random. If you're waiting in a station or a queue at a shop this would be a good time waster but on a PC where I am choosing to spend my time on entertainment for enjoyment; it's just frustratingly flat.
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58 of 81 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Yes!! I've been waiting for this title for quite a while so I am tickled pink that it is finally in the store!

This little 55mb gem is brought to you by the creator of '10000000' for an affordable $3(currently on sale).

The object of the game is simple: You must build a boat.

Much like it's predecessor, you journey though a side scrolling dungeon completing tasks and sliding matching tiles for bonuses/items etc.

Excellent time waster if you're looking for something to sort of casually play without putting a lot of thought into overly complicated mechanics.

There's my short and sweet review!

FIN
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
My experience:
- Over 6,5h
- 33k tiles smashed
- Finished the game

Would I recommend it?
Yes.

Will I play it again?
No.


This is simple game, but the gameplay provides fun and has this 'one more run' syndrome (it is addictive).

While it is not a complex game, it gets the job done - for relatively small price ( kinda equivalent of a beer ) you get 6 hours of enjoyment.

33k tiles dudes. Over 33k tiles. That counts for something :)
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101 of 154 people (66%) found this review helpful
117 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
A good sequel to 10,000,000 that is set on a boat, much in the same way that Speed 2 is a good boat-based sequel to Speed.
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