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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Mostly Positive (61 reviews) - 72% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (467 reviews) - 83% of the 467 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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tejas
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
A step backward from its predecessor '10000000', this game should have been called 9999999.
This game feels less like you are building a boat, and more like you are sawing trees to gather endless logs for a boat (that you never get to build - because endless logs). At first the seeming storyline or theme of building the boat seemed promising, but the lackluster and grinding gameplay, gimmicky UI, and absence of any connection of theme to the objectives and progression, makes for the perfect storm and capsized the game to unsalvageable depths. This is one Steam key that I will be tossing into Davey Jones' locker.
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OK
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Noah send me here to build a Boat for the Monsters, like Animals
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Jabsu
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
You Must Build A Boat is one of those addicting games you just have to finish, even if you're not really enjoying it anymore. It's even more luck-based than its predecessor, and this time the name of the game is grinding.

At first YMBAB felt better than 10,000,000, and while there are some improvements, some of the new mechanics (like traps and overall randomness) were there to just test my ability to avoid throwing my mouse at the wall.

Still, I do recommend this, as there's some real enjoyment involved when you've finally finished the last quest and uninstalled the game.
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Dangerous Doctor
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I built a boat. It was a pretty good experience.

The game did hang on two separate occasions, but closing it and launching it again didn't lose any progress.
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Super Mano
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
The graphic is ugly but the game is funny: yes, there is a bit of grinding but it makes sense to have it because the goal of the game is just spending few minutes without having to think.

By the way, you don't build anything: the boat builds itself when you unlock specific goals. It is just a 3 match game...
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Donald J. Trump
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
This game gets pretty bland and boring after a while... too much grind for nothing...
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Blasphemous Buddha
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This game says you can win but its more like slots either you're lucky enough to have lots of usefull tiles on screen or you fail your run 85% of the time and gain nothing to help you advance.
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Serendone
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
If you liked 10,000,000 but wished it were more grindy and soul-crushing then you've come to the right place
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I Am the Law
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I can not finish quest "Averice : gain 90 gold". after try this quest for 30-60 min. (I guess)
I think there is something wrong with balancing.
I upgrade everything I have. Have to grind more than 30 min. just to pass one quest is wrong.
I'd finish "10000000" already so I'm not new for this kind of game.

Not recommend for now.
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boyer.patrick
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Great game. I had a lot of fun and played through multiple times. By the end, I felt connected with all the members of the ship.

It's a match-3 game that rewards speed over combos. So if you're slow, you may feel frustrated in the late game. My advice to you is get it for Android. I find it easier with swipe gestures. Mouse feels like a handicap in comparison.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
If your looking at this game around 6/28 just buy it in the humble bundle-- https://www.humblebundle.com/pc-android-14-bundle. You can donate to charity AND get this game, in addition to 5 others, for only $3. So yeah.

Great game, I'm having a lot of fun with it, it's difficult but impossible to lose xD Anyways definitely get it, especially if it's on sale. Really a great and entertaining take on the match three style game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
After escaping the dungeon in 10,000,000 and building a boat in You Must Build A Boat, I still keep matching those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ tiles in my mind. Seriously addicting, try with caution.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
The graphic is ugly but the game is funny: yes, there is a bit of grinding but it makes sense to have it because the goal of the game is just spending few minutes without having to think.

By the way, you don't build anything: the boat builds itself when you unlock specific goals. It is just a 3 match game...
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
You Must Build a Boat is a mixture of Endless Runner and Match-3 with Rogue-lite elements. Sounds strange, but works pretty well.

Your character runs through a dungeon, fights monsters, opens chest and overcomes other obstacles while you match the corresponding tiles. In each run you are given a set of up to three missions to fulfil which grant special features to a run and affects the difficulty - the more you try at once, the harder it gets. But you also get more out of a run. Upon completion of all missions for a certain stage, you process through the next of ten settings. Missions also grant you new recruits or resources which you can invest into enhancing your character (which boils down to doing more damage on a match) to ease your next run.

Sadly that's it about the game. You keep running the dungeons, trying to complete the increasingly luck-depended missions. The increasing difficulty is offset by the better stats and bonuses and thus a run in the first dungeon feels not much different from on in the last. Once you complete the game, you unlock the daily run challenges and can start a new "prestige" game with slightly increased difficulty. Talking about repetitive gameplay.
The progression is strictly linear and you have to complete the missions in a particular order. You have to do a mission no matter what and you move on to the next stage no matter what, once the current one is completed. A simple farm run to get some upgrades is out of the question, which leads to some hopeless runs later down the line.

There are sadly some issues with the game which can infuriate you. Like not being able to pass an obstacle because you simply don't have the tiles for it or just not seeing any matches, while you are doomed to watch the time ticking away. I've also encountered some small bugs which lead to the game hanging, but they could all be fixed with a simple restart.

It's not a bad game at all, and good to waste some time on. But I feel it's a step back from its predecessor 10,000,000 and there are better Match-3 games out there.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
It is a sequel to 10 million.
This time you must build a boat. Again, I feel like this plays better on a tablet.

ALWAYS BE MATCHING. No matter what. Be matching.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
You Must Build A Boat is one of those addicting games you just have to finish, even if you're not really enjoying it anymore. It's even more luck-based than its predecessor, and this time the name of the game is grinding.

At first YMBAB felt better than 10,000,000, and while there are some improvements, some of the new mechanics (like traps and overall randomness) were there to just test my ability to avoid throwing my mouse at the wall.

Still, I do recommend this, as there's some real enjoyment involved when you've finally finished the last quest and uninstalled the game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Like its predecessor, 10,000,000, YMBAB is a game that is addictive and designed to keep you playing. A fantastic game for your phone, but on your PC you may feel the experience is a little thin.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I can not finish quest "Averice : gain 90 gold". after try this quest for 30-60 min. (I guess)
I think there is something wrong with balancing.
I upgrade everything I have. Have to grind more than 30 min. just to pass one quest is wrong.
I'd finish "10000000" already so I'm not new for this kind of game.

Not recommend for now.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Inferior in many aspects to 10,000,000; plus you die every 5 seconds, so the fun is replaced by anger.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This is a great example of why a story should not be forced into a game that does not need a story. 10,000,000 was great without needing a story shoe-horned into it. I only played this for a few minutes, but I already got sick of the constant cutscenes. I've gone back to playing 10,000,000, so my recommendation is to buy 10,000,000 instead.
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