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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Very Positive (16 reviews) - 87% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

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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kome360
11.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
10,000,000 but BETTER
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Pherax
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
Really liked this one after having played its predecessor on mobile.
Quality game that will definitely stay in my top 10 indies!
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Zevelepo
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
Grind and loose over and over again, to get enough money to "upgrade" your gear to a level that makes your "quests" possible, with a "random" that literali hates you. Not my idea of fun.
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Wulf
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 9
"10,000,000" was better.

This one is filled with LOTS of time padding elements and doesn't feel rewarding for doing well or for unlocking anything.

The worst aspect has to be the mobile elements. You have to spam click things to upgrade them or to unlock a quest chest that you received, you have to swipe to unlock it. These elements should have been removed from the PC version of the game. (I'm guessing this is also on mobile or was developed with that intention anyways) I had to go download an auto clicker, because it gets pretty bad, requiring a LOT of clicking just to upgrade one thing.
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The True Correct Guy
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
Biblical carpenter simulator.
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GreyHulk
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
An addictive combination of endless runner and symbol matching with RPG elements.
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Subject-Sigma
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 4
Took me more time than I would like to admit. Had help from my girlfriend, who is a candy crush veteran. Charming humor. Though with passing time it feels more like a chore and less like a game. But if you're into that kind of stuff it's pretty nice.
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Guz
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
--- You Must Build A Boat ---

* Don't mind my time played here, I have logged 100+ hours of the iOS version because this game is near perfect when on the move.
* I really don't recommend the Steam version of this game because of the awkward controls. Just like it's predecessor 10,000,000.

What is this....

You Must Build A Boat is the sequel to 10,000,000. It's a match-3 endless runner with a bit more to it. There is no story to speak of, the goal of the game is answered in the title, you must build a boat. Acctually the boat builds itself along the way as long as you capture new monsters and upgrade your weapons and magic on the little dinky boat you start off with. The ultimate goal is to have enough crew and upgraded stuff to be able to win the last "level" of the map. Sounds easy? It kind of is, the first times. This game get's real serious when on NG+++++++ and above. This is something the game calls "ace levels". The question is who is even going to want to play this game for that long with the awkward mouse controls? Anyway...

The games single biggest problem is it's useless control scheme. I understand that there really are no good alternatives for games like this. This is sad because this really is a good game, just not on PC. This is a game that relies on quick inputs and sometimes a bit of mild planning how to arrange the table, but with this clumsy controls that's just not possible.

This is one of those games that are perfect in bite sized chunks - for when you are on the train or having a break at the job. If I play for more then 10-20mins in one go I quickly get bored.

The good music is still awesome and the gameplay is smooth and dandy on this version. It's just that you cannot get around the deal-breaker here. This should be operated with touch controls. I have not tried it myself - but if I would guess I'd say this game probably is as good as it can be on a iPad.

Mechanics....

Match 3 or more of the same symbol from the board and you "get" that symbol as a attack on your enemies. A sword for instance is a physical attack. A staff is magical, shield is armor etc. There are other symbols you can match and collect too like wood, gold and experiance which is used to buy new skills and upgrade your boat to further improve physical/magical/skill damage output. It's all the same as 10,000,000 only the developer reskinned it and added more stuff, like the brain/thought-tile in this game. Oh, and the swiping mechanic has been improved from the predecessor. It's more fluid in this game which is good.

Final verdict....

The iOS version 8/10. The Steam version 3/10
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Ken El
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
this is a fun game but you will rage. well made, quality indie.
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tejas
3.5 hrs
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
this is a fun game but you will rage. well made, quality indie.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Grind and loose over and over again, to get enough money to "upgrade" your gear to a level that makes your "quests" possible, with a "random" that literali hates you. Not my idea of fun.
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521 of 742 people (70%) found this review helpful
878 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Are you ready kids?!

OHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhh
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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69 of 80 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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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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387 of 634 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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100 of 153 people (65%) 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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30 of 35 people (86%) 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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
I will admit, I am not a huge fan of match 3 games, Endless runners can be fun but even they begin to get a little annoying after awhile. So as you can imagine, I was very surprised when I played YMBAB and had a friggin blast, hours flew by and I didn't want to stop playing. The game takes all of its genres and mixes them perfectly. Mixing not only match 3 but also light RPG elements. What drives you to continue playing is the games constant reward system. You are rewarded with new crew members, gold, or expansions to your vessel. No run feels pointless, you always feel like you are accomplishing something. On top of all that you have access to a vast array of abilities to improve. This feature allows you to create a strategy and play style that is unique to each player and something you wouldn't expect in a match 3 style game. Of course the only problem I could find with YMBAB is that sometimes your attention needs to be divided with what's going on up top and continue matching. This isn't always easy and can be a little frustrating, however this is far from any kind of real problem. YMBAB is made extremely well and bug free. The pixel graphics are adorable and the music matches suit. There really isn't any reason to not check out YMBAB at a great low price of $4.99. So excuse me while I play over and over again and expand my vessel!

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/6rqyZND7w2M
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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