A speeding power boat, a humble tug to a luxury cruise liner. Captain eight highly detailed ships, fight against realistic water physics and take in spectacular vistas as you navigate famous European ports.
User reviews: Mixed (261 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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"The most relaxing ship simulator to set sail is now available on Steam Early Access. Let's help the devs make it even better!"
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April 16

European Ship Simulator - Moving To Unity 5

We are currently working on moving European Ship Simulator from Unity 4 to Unity 5. Unity 4 presented us with some restrictions during the development process and we know these will be lifted with the move. We are now working hard on this and seeing good progress and will make an announcement in due course.

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March 27

New Update - Port Boat Mission

Hi everyone. A new port boat mission is now available. This is a new type of mission that includes way points that are partnered to AI ships meaning that the mission marker will follow the ship as it maneuvers around the map.

Another mission will release next week

All the best!

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About This Game


Captain eight highly detailed vessels and explore famous European ports including Dover, Rostock and the bay of Gibraltar. Larger vessels will break through the waves with tremendous force but smaller ships will rock back and forth creating a great experience as you try to combat realistic water physics.



Each ship handles differently, some with different controls to master while others may have a sharp difference in acceleration and speed. Every ship contains a highly detailed bridge for you to explore in first person mode.



Included is a detailed Mission editor which allows players to adjust wave height, create a selection of triggers and spawn AI ships. This game is a core product for the development team and will continue to be supported post launch with new updates and DLC.

Features List

  • Eight ships with highly detailed bridges and
  • Six ports to explore
  • Mission editor
  • Weather conditions include rain, sun and snow
  • Realistic water physics
  • 20 missions including some of which can take 40 – 60 minutes to complete

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 (All OS must be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.6 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX11 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or above
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.6 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics with 1GB VRAM (DX11 compatible - Nvidia Geforce GTX 470/ATI Radeon 6900 series or greater)
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
207 of 234 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This game is no way or shape ready to be considered a final release. I purchased the early access so that I could be part of the development process, which I was expecting to last 12-18 months. Here we are a month or two later and its considered "retail" ready. No, this is yet another embarrassment to the Early Access/Kickstarter way of doing things.

If you are looking for a "simulator" do not buy this. Anybody that considers this as a simulator doesn't know the meaning of the word as it has no simulator aspects to it. I am very disappointed in the game, the developers and Steam for continuing to allow developers to release early access games that they have no intention of finishing and just want to make a quick buck. If the game remained in Early Access I wouldnt have an issue, but this is not a finished product.

Early Access and kickstarter products like this are legalised theft, that is all I have to say.
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127 of 155 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
At this point, the game isn't really worth buying (I, unfortunately, can't get a refund. But, maybe I can help you save a few hard earned dollars).

I have a decently beefy machine. Not a monster computer, but a 6 core 4.2ghz machine with an AMD R9 200 series video card and 8gb of RAM. It doesn't struggle with any games I play - except this one. The frame rate is just horrid (sub 10fps). And changing the video settings doesn't seem to do anything for me.

Additionally, the gameplay is, well... lame. I absolutely love sim games (days of play time on ETS2), but this is a huge disappointment. Other ships in the harbor will run right into you, even if you run your horn. The controls are poorly implemented, in that you can't easily reset them to "0" by adjusting them left or right, as you do to increase the throttle.

I haven't played a ton so far, because it is frankly frustrating to play. I was suckered in by the decent reviews that were likely posted with this being an "early access" game in mind. Now that it is a real release, I can only call B.S. on this one.

Devs - feel free to credit my account for my $20. I know you won't, but that'd be the right thing to do.
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88 of 104 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
First, European Ship Simulator was not created by the same development team that brought you Eurotruck Simulator. Arguably, there was an effort by the Euroboat team to make it appear that way. Unfortunately, with European Ship Simulator, what you get is a shallow experience at best without any campaign mode, meaningful objectives, or even a sense of immersion to say the least.

I've completed 4 of the missions so far, successfully I might add, and it wasn't challenging at all. You have a short selection of "Missions" along side a mission editor. I started off with a tug boat mission. The tug boat itself was sufficiently detailed and breaking into open sea from the harbor was satisfying, the choppiness kicked up and there seemed to be correct current physics to deal with. That, unfortunately, was about all there was to be impressed by.

Dropping the tug was a simple press-this-button, which displays a bunch of balloons around your boat. All I had to do was select one of my ballons, and click on the balloon from the ship I would be towing. This easy process connects the two balloons together with a rope, instantly. At this point I'm ready to tow. The massive tanker's front end would dip inappropriately into the sea while towing, which was weird. The physics aren't perfect but I can get passed it. There is no complicated mooring procedure either once you get to your destination. You simply float to the next arrow and you're done. Congratulations. *yawn*

Later, I tried the speedboat. A speedboat mission! My objective was to drive my speedboat to a yacht and pick up a rich lady in distress. On my way, I clipped through just about every bit of ocean, I was practically a submarine. Additionally, the reaction of the boat to the choppy water felt so unauthentic that it made me feel like the developers included this irritation just to force me to press the A and D keys a whole bunch of times and not fall asleep.

To spice things up, I tried the cruise liner. I figured, this should be a challenge. Wrong again, and that brings me to my conclusion. European Ship Simulator is a disaster at the price it is asking. I've played more complex and immersive sims on the iPad. I don't know how some people came the the conclusions they did by recommending this game, it really does make me wonder. The game offers you nothing in return for your effort. It is over-simplified, unrealistic and broken. Wait for the massive content update it needs and in the meantime there are better boating simulators out there.
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83 of 99 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
The release of this game is clearly premature. It will require at least an additional 500 man-hours to reach the status of what I would label a “final release”. In every other industry, a company would lose a tremendous amount of money and market value if they would decide to put such a product on the market.

Unfortunately the whole game industry seems to take the same path of laziness, which is why I cannot personally blame the developers of European Ship Simulator.

Another thing, I understand the word “Simulator” as a software that tries to emulate reality as accurately as possible within technical feasibility. And by this definition that game does not even come close to a simulator.
Maybe I will come back to that entry next year in the hope to see the positive changes, but as for now, I definitely not encourage other people to buy this game.
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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Early Access Review
I'm not really sure why this is getting such rave reviews.
The graphics are OK, but not "breathtaking." Also, there is very little actual game here, even for an early access title. You have very constrained mission areas to play around in, no roaming the high seas. The largest area is a trip across the English Channel at night.
Also, the physics are somewhat suspect, as your boat cannot so much as touch anything else without sinking, no matter how gentle the inpact.
Another black mark is that the UI and menus are very unpolished, and very little exists in the way of tutorials. Even yourincoming radio messages are simply texts, with no voice acting. You truly feel alone in the world they are presenting.
Even though the game doesn't feel in the least bit like a finished game at this point, it is leaving early access.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Pre-Release Review
Terrible and unrealistic navigation option on the bridge , no bridgewing consols and no free will to explore the ship exsept the bridge. The Graphics is in some ways good but the missions and controls are just terrible.

I recomend it to people that likes ship games and just wanna sail.

If you know the seaterms and have a thing for the sea i rather recomend Virtual Sailor game.

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40 of 67 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
This Simulator has great potential, the Scenarios that are offered so far are sure to satisfy every taste, from a small Speedboat to a big Cruiseship. The level of detail is good, though i would wish for a more detailed bridge with more buttons and levers to use.

Overall i think it is well worth the money, since you are supporting a Simulator that could easily become the new industry standard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqJ1P0CVNGw
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
Wow, what a fantastic ship simulator. I spent over 25 years as a marine radio officer in the merchant navy & this is about as real as it gets. Congratulations to the game developers. The morse code being send is perfect morse & says LEDU wonder what that stands for? To the game developers, I would like to see a few people walking around the docks & onboard vessels. The thrusters should be marked BOW THRUSTER (left side) & STERN THRUSTER (right side thruster). Single thruster vessels should be marked BOW THRUSTER. Looking forward to the game developing further.
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Early Access Review
As a current student at a Maritime Academy, I am really enjoying this game. It runs GREAT on my laptop and I hope the further development on this game strives. I hope this game will have a lot of new content in the future because I will be using it in my future to practice maneuvering. The game is very smooth and realistic other than the tug mission where you can slam a bulk carrier around with no consequences. Once again this is the best ship simulator that I have played since ship simulator extremes which is outdated and won’t run on my laptop. To the developers, keep up the good work and PLEASE add a container ship and maybe the ability to walk around the whole vessel not just the bridge. :)
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
I agree that European Ship Simulator (ESS) has amazing potential. The graphics are excellent, and it is a challenge to operate your ship right. Being a game in development, there are still some things to work on. Based on my limited experience with the game I do have some thoughts. See my comments in the suggestion forum.

My concern is that this game becomes just a mission oriented simulator. Driving the same ship, over the same course, at the same time of day, with the same weather, with the same AI ships in the same positions, with the same sea state… you get the picture. It will quickly get put away and not played.

If it becomes a true simulator, with a purpose for my ship to leave the harbor, and ability to sail to multiple ports in a variety of conditions, then this sim will be fantastic.

I always thought: build it and they will come. Look what happened to MS Flight Simulator and Kerbal Space Program when they opened it up for developers to mod! Wow!! Both are sensational products. ESS has the same potential. Let’s see where it goes…. It all depend on the budget and capabilities and desire of the producers.

For now I like what I see.

Grandpa1955.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
The game is amazing, with the ferry, tug, speed boat, fishing boat, and bulk carrier. The ONLY downside is that there isnt a free roam option...... Other than that i highly recomend this game for ship fans.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
Ok so here we have anouther Ship's Simulator.. But this time it seems the directors and staff are listning to the users and not blundering through to bogdown and same as the other sim that come out before..

Yes if the Simulator is going to be maybe the best ever produced then they are off to a good start. We Simulator buffs all know what we want so this time around you have the chance to say your bit.. Don't just bull on about unreal mods or patches. Think of the real world and persue the near real requirments, for this will surly become the Market leader for Shipping Simulators I think it's well on the way now!!

Thank you for this great sim.

Please give us a free world for sailing :-)

Happy new Year!!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Early Access Review
I really like this game. It's a good start for an Early Access ship simming title. The market needs one. There were a few issues at the outset of it going live but from what I've seen in the updates and from the forum, the devs are working hard to make this a great game as quickly as possible.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Early Access Review
good and fun ship simulator thay need a cruise ship
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Early Access Review
This simulator has great potential and I hope it heads in the right direction.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Early Access Review
I'm sad to say I don't think this was a well spent $20. I'm aware of the current state of the game and that it is a work in progress but I was so disappointed in the physics I had to write a review. Even the original Ship Simulator game made 8 years ago blows this one out of the water (not to mention the newer versions). The response of the vessels is unrealistic and when I saw the lines (rope) I was amazed at how strange it looked and jumped around.. Other than that, the graphics are good and I think there is potential here but the developer has got to get serious about this being a "simulator" and not just a game. Ship Sim set the standard and this just doesn't measure up...for now. I work on tugboats currently and I really want a good affordable simulator that does the maritime industry justice.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Early Access Review
European Ship Simulator is a very promising nautical simulator. In its current state the game is fun and highly detailed, with a lot more content coming in the near future. All of the missions I have played so far feature very detailed ship models with realistic controls, fun and challenging ports to navigate and highly-varied and challenging missions to complete.

It's also great to see the developers be so active within the community forums, responding to feedback and updating the game weekly with new content.

Looking into the future the game will have a mission editor allowing players to create and share their own missions as well as downloading other people's to play, which will give the game a lot of variety and replayability.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Early Access Review
Euro Ship Simulator is the game ive been waiting for all my life. So far as a beta version the game is great with so much portential. The gameplay is very true to real life sailing. The diffrent ships all handel in there unique way, Some have bow and aft thrusters some dont. Some engines respond quick and some dont. Very realistic. I would like to see wind and tides play a role in this simulation as it would add to the difficultly and realism. So far soo good. Recomended.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Early Access Review
Pretty darn good game so far. I would say that if you are looking for a fast and furious action type simulation, this game isn't for you. I you are looking for a realistic simulator designed to test your skills at navigating ships, then this is one to buy. The graphics are good for an early release game and the physics of the ships seems pretty accurate. I have owned boats most of my life and I would day that they control pretty much as I would think a ship would with the exception of the tug boat which seems a little overpowered. The modeling of the water is incredible. You really get the feeling that you are out on the ocean in the weather and waves.

Here is my wish list for this game:

The ability to visit different ports to pick up jobs instead of having the game be all mission based.

If the game is going to be mission based, include a mission builder to allow third party down loadable missions.

It would be nice to have the ability to walk around the entire vessel instead of being confined to the bridge.
Improved physics for the tug boat so that moving a large freighter isn't as easy as it seems now.

I look forward to the updates to see what the developers have in store for this game!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
I am impressed. Why? Because I am not really into ships and that and I have not the slightest idea of how to operate one vessel, but ESS just got me hooked immediately.
It is absolutely not understandable how this could even happen, but then, it did!
It is SO much fun driving (do you even say "drive" moving a ship?) the small ones and the big ones around and I love the feeling of gettingt better each try.

As for the early access: I have found no bugs, just one single crash -but that might be because I was to hard trying to 360 that beast ;)
all controls work great, graphics and sound are almost perfect.

Only thing I would love to see is more, even A TON more vessels and I can't wait for the weather conditions to be changeable. Or maybe to find out how to change 'em, if it's already implemented!

Guys, thanks for this!
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