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 (404 reviews) - 84% of the 404 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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Very Positive (404 reviews)
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STM Still Dreaming
( 34.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
YOU! MUST! BUILD! A! BOAT! Is match 3 rpg goodness. With a longer campaign, more upgrades, secrets and more modes than 10,000,000. And if you loved 10mil you definitely need to pick this up. Trust me you won't stop until you build that boat.
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TheDigit_man
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
If you have the faintest interest in Match-3 puzzles, for the love of God buy You Must Build A Boat. This game is addictive, and that's an understatement. The price is so worth it. It requires real skill and if you have a touch screen computer like I do, it's even easier to get the hang of. All major complaints from 10000000 are fixed here, just adding upon the promise of the original.
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nostrildomus
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
You are hat man. hat man have zombie friend. hat man want boat. hat man kill may people for boat pieces. he could have just buy boat, but he kill everyone for boat instead. hat man happy.
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retrowire
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Definitely improves on 10000000's formula and seems to give it more of a story as well. It's what every good sequel should be, a more fleshed out progression of the first in the series. Love it!
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Flying Shisno
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
A great Match-3 Puzzle RPG. Your character will constantly be running right(east) on top of the screen. You match swords and staffs to damage enemies, match keys to unlock chests and get gold, match brains/muscles for intellect/power(used later), and shields for armor. When you get pushed off screen, which is done by taking to long between actions and/or being hit by enemies, your run end. You get sent back to the Hub Screen, which is a ship that gets bigger as you progress.

If you've played 10,000,000, then much of whats offered in You Must Build a Boat is the same, but greatly improved upon and there's still plenty of new stuff. If you enjoyed 10,000,000 and/or Puzzle/RPG's, then You Must Build a Boat is a must have.
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Zoro
( 20.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
A very fun game if you want something to play and relaxe
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JayRules
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
The game is fun. Challenging and interesting.
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Peanut Brittlez
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I love this! even if it depends on "luck" as someone said. This is a puzzle dungeon and I like it a bit more than 10,000,000. Sure it is a bit more random and the monsters have more effects but that's what makes it epically more fun! :) I love this! Best $5 ever spent!
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Justin_Brett
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It's a match-three game where losing doesn't set you back - but when you keep losing a few seconds into the run because you can't pick out a match under a time limit, it gets annoying pretty fast all the same.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
511 of 720 people (71%) found this review helpful
857 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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67 of 77 people (87%) 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 80 people (73%) 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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99 of 150 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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33 of 40 people (83%) 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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373 of 614 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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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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
If you enjoyed 10000000, you will enjoy You Must Build a Boat. It is essentially more of the same, with some additional layers of complexity which help the experience feel more rounded.

You will probably not be surprised that your primary goal is to build a boat. You do this mostly by clearing dungeons, which is generally accomplished by executing a variety of match-3's in an experience that mirrors an endless runner. You'll have a variety of ways to attack your enemies, you'll gather loot, and you'll use that loot to upgrade your ship. The dungeon goals feel a little tougher this time around. While this adds a welcome level of complexity (and hoarding spells to hurl at fireball at a frozen enemy does feel mighty fine), these more complicated goals can sometimes stall your experience. There was one dungeon objective which was so poorly explained that I was stuck for at least an hour before I finally Googled to find out what I was supposed to be doing. When a similarly difficult objective came again a little later, I didn't waste as much time before looking up the answer. Still, plenty of run goals are accomplished simply by entering the dungeon and matching away. As you upgrade your weapons, spells, and shield, you'll find allies to aid your journey and your runs will become longer as you master the matching mechanics.

You Must Build a Boat suffers from being extremely repetitive. You are going to be doing the same matches again and again. You will go through dungeons that all look fairly similar and face lots of similar enemies that want to kill you. It is a grind, and while it is well-executed, you will probably not be able to play the game in one sitting. My mouse hand grew numb during more than one play session, and the visual strain of staring at the screen to discern matches can be tiring. Still, I absolutely recommend the experience for its high level of creativity and clever execution. I have always enjoyed endless runners, and this is among the best of them.
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39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
It's good....for like the first 4 days. It's one of those games where you'll play a lot for the first few days and never pick it up again. However, whether or not that's worth $3 (on sale right now) is up to you.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
It lasts about six hours, it's very repetitive and relies on luck more than it should.

But it's also stupidly cheap and insanely satisfying when you combine the great chiptune soundtrack, with the massive combos you can get and a clear sense of progression.
While it does still feel like something more welcome on mobiles than on PC, it's still a fun game that costs less than lunch and isn't as lazy a port as some other mobile games on Steam.
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