Project Explore is a new survival game. You will have to deal with tough situations, starting with starvation and rapidly increasing insanity. There will be lots of new upcoming features and changes.
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Mostly Negative (11 reviews) - 36% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (197 reviews) - 81% of the 197 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 20, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I would like to get feedback and take extra time to really polish, and balance the game. The number one priority is a very enjoyable, and memorable, experience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I expect it to take about a year to complete every feature and aspect of the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“I want to create a really immersive and fun experience. Multiplayer is a key feature that will definitely be included by the time of the full release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully functional and includes tons of content including the following:
  • House construction
  • Crafting
  • Cooking
  • Day and night cycle
  • Multiple NPCs
  • Over 150 items
  • Temperature system
  • Random world generation
  • Save system
  • Fishing
  • Multiple biomes

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The final release will cost a bit more than the early access release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I will be posting updates consistently and fixing issues brought up by the community. I'll try my very best to stay active and involved in the forums for Project Explore.”
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June 24

Live streaming development! (12AM - 3AM PST | 06/24/2016)

If you would like to ask any questions or just hang out, I'll be live streaming some development here on Twitch!

https://www.twitch.tv/leagueofsebastian



(Caught my face at a good moment there)

Missed the stream? Here is the broadcast saved for you!
https://www.twitch.tv/leagueofsebastian/v/74213500

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May 25

Preview Build 0.3.0.5 Released!

There isn't a lot you will be able to see on the surface but I changed a ton of stuff and made a lot of improves.

Change Log
• Load game menu fixed/updated
• Controls option menu fixed/updated
• Splash screen audio now is affected by music volume options
• Vast improvements to audio system, huge performance boost
• Changed the way the Steam API was initiated, performance improvement
• Reduced video memory usage by about 23mb
• Fixed window reset issue (reported since the initial release)
• Native resolution increased from 720p to 1080p (improved visual quality)
• Singleplayer worlds can now be saved/loaded
• Save file extension type changed from ‘.sav’ to ‘.pes’ to avoid conflicts with the stable build save files
• Now launches with a splash screen
• ANSI files converted to UTF-8 (Now supporting various OS languages other than English)

One major difference you will notice is that the game is more clear. Additionally, I've left the grass test enabled so you can see what it looks like. I haven't fully setup a system for world details such as grass.

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Reviews

“If you like sandbox survival type games, you will very likely love 'Project Explore'!”
Recommended – Zaxtor99

“It's a pretty fun game with crafting, fighting and all that good stuff. You have to play it for a while before you judge how much content is in it though.”
Recommended – RagerX

“Project Explore is a charming survival game which is steadily getting fleshed out content.”
Recommened – Jedo

About This Game



Project Explore is a survival game. You will have to deal with tough situations, starting with starvation and rapidly increasing insanity.

You will need to manage your time and resources to survive the night. You must maintain your sanity by staying near light until you reach the day time hours again.

The world is rendered in 2D with various 3D elements, such as the trees, structures, storage items, etc...

Updates, accompanied by descriptive news posts, are made to the game about every other week and sometimes more often!

"I think every player deserves a voice and the direction of the game should be based on community feedback, and ideas. I've followed this idea since the beginning of the games development and so far it has helped the game become something I could not have ever imagined." -Seabass

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB graphics with DirectX 9.0c, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This runs on just about any modern potato.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel i3 550 or AMD Phenom II X2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB graphics with DirectX 9.0c, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This runs on just about any modern potato.
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Mostly Negative (11 reviews)
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Stevus Buscemi Christ
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
not enough meme
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Vaps-X-Shot(ProNub)
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 28
I'm going to be really honest with you guys. The game lacks a bit. That being said it is still fun. I would have to rate this game a 7/10

Only problems I encountered were that certain things weren't working. Such as the metal crafting table. I put in some metal to create some nails and springs and nothing popped out. Not to mention that items seem to go into a void if you mine or cut with a full inventory.

To say that this game has potential is not giving it credit for what it is. Its a fun game nonetheless. I can say it gave me a 2d feeling of rust throughout the entire time I was playing.

Again I would give the game a 7/10. Maybe its not as polished due to it being in beta/alpha.

Great game Sebastian I hope you can release more for this game or another game altogether!
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HiddenFigure
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
Definitely a promising game.
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cellF11
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
Game is nice but I can't recommend to buy for now, there is painful bug about saving cause missing strage and broken world. Just wait until it get cooked right. I'll rewrite this review as soon as get fixed.
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Lockwert
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
Still a lot to be done.
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killjoy7809
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 20
I really like so far keep up the good work
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CoftSock
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
Got over 500 FPS even though this game has a max of 4 pixels on the screen at any given time.
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AceRimmer
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
really can't wait to see where this goes! really enjoying so far.
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pr0t0
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
I like it and I'm deffinitly going to be playing it.. please keep making it :)
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Zoobas
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
So far its a great game!
Imagine if Terraria were in 2d top down game and it had a baby with dont starve.

And now about a game. Its hard at first 2-5mins then it gets very easy. You go loot, sacavenge, craft, find lake, build house near it, grow some food, kill all mobs in your area and thats it.
So for now its NOT WORTH BUYING if you want to play hours and hours in this, but if you want to try this out and too see how its becoming a better game, cuz now its only in Early Access you SHOULD BUY IT.

My verdict about this game:
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 28
I'm going to be really honest with you guys. The game lacks a bit. That being said it is still fun. I would have to rate this game a 7/10

Only problems I encountered were that certain things weren't working. Such as the metal crafting table. I put in some metal to create some nails and springs and nothing popped out. Not to mention that items seem to go into a void if you mine or cut with a full inventory.

To say that this game has potential is not giving it credit for what it is. Its a fun game nonetheless. I can say it gave me a 2d feeling of rust throughout the entire time I was playing.

Again I would give the game a 7/10. Maybe its not as polished due to it being in beta/alpha.

Great game Sebastian I hope you can release more for this game or another game altogether!
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79 of 116 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 23, 2015
First of, I'd like to point out that this is a preliminary review. As in, a comment on how the game stands right now. My attitude towards it will most likely change as it develops.
So, let's start off...

Right now this game contains about as much content as an average flash game on Newgrounds or Kongregate. It's extremely simple, and once you figure out how to move adequately you can easily fend off attacks by the wildlife (wolves and bears), whose only real difference is their speed. And if the developer reads this: You might want to change that.

Your main tools for harvesting the lands are rocks (as in common rocks you find lying on the ground) and axes; both can harvest any kind of harvestable resource (trees and boulders) or kill wildlife. There are also hammers and shovels, though their uses are limited to construction or reshaping the ground respectively, and they can't be used as weapons. Tools used exclusively as weapons include bows and handguns, which can be crafted relatively easily. Their advantage is not only in range, but they also slow your opponents drastically for about two or three seconds, making it far too easy to get in consequtive hits, assuming you have enough ammo. (And it would surprise me if you didn't, since that is also extremely easy to craft.)

You can also build your own house! Flooring, walls, doorways and roofs. Out of wood... J-Just wood... Oh, and different kinds of flooring with rocks, and wood... This will obviously be expanded on in the future updates, but right now it's just a bit boring building your own shelter, not to mention unnecessary since the map is littered with abandonned buildings. The only disadvantage to these is that you can't make doors for them, but meh...

All in all, I'm sensing the usual potential with early access games here. And if Scott Cawthon has proved anything, it's that single developers can produce good games. But right now, the game is far too limited, and much too easy. And it suffers from the same sort of problem that most survival games has: Hoarding! The game didn't do its description justice... Because as it stands right now, it's just another minimalistic survival game, with the same core ideas and the same problems. So sorry people, but I just can't bring myself to recommend this. And I'm usually a bit TOO NICE in my reviews...! You'd be better off playing Project Zomboid or something. At least that game has some challenge in its early stages...

But once again, this is only preliminary. I've put my money on this thing, so I better not be disappointed in the future as well. But I'm an optimist! So I assume that I won't be. :)
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36 of 47 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 18
Disclaimer - I have been gifted a free key for this game for review purposes, however my review will be kept as truthful as possible, since I am meant to help developers and buyers/gamers.

Project Explore review:

Overview
Project Explore is a top-down sandbox survival game which has lots of potential. Currently realism is one of the major factors of the game (after all, it IS a survival game) which is very well done. There are four needs; health, thirst, hunger and sanity. Most have their unique ways to become satisfied. Thirst is filled by using a drinking item, hunger by eating, sanity by either reading or killing enemies and health by multiple ways; eating, drinking, consuming a healing item or waiting it out while your hunger and thirst needs are mostly full. Hunting creatures is a large portion if the objective since it rewards you with multiple things, such as armor, sanity and food. However, the fighting system is quite literally just hit/miss, run up to the enemy, attack them before they run away, if they chase after you, stop for .05 seconds and then hit them and so on. So you may be asking yourself one thing; is this game worth buying? And if so, why? Isn't it just an isometric remake of AAA games? The answer is, well, the game shows potential other AAA survival games did not. You can lose the game due to a simple mistake early on in the game which evolves raidly in late game. If you went into an enemy stronghold instead of hunting bears, you will be punished. This game will challenge you, don't go adventure because nature will try and best you, but do go venture because you need everything.

Gameplay
Early game is quite difficult if you have no idea whatsoever of your actions and consequences. The learning curve is very easy to pick up since it's a mostly a generic survival game, the only things slowing new players down are small details , such as drinking straight from the water source instead of needing a canteen or something of the same sort to fulfill thirst. So in a way it is difficult because of the obvious not being so obvious (obvious in real life, not so obvious it would be added into a games' mechanics). Once you know how to survive, the game is amazing, especially seeing that your base is so large and mostly finished. It adds a factor of achievement, you can now see for all the days you have survived just how much progress you have done, even what was un-needed was added. Building mechanics are fun and intriguing, the worst part during building is probably laying down the ceiling. You can only place ceiling when it is right next to a wall. This is a large problem while making structures on a larger scale since you need to make a maze if you'd like to add a ceiling. Another con of this topic is ho the doors open and close, it's quite difficult to close them behind you sometimes. The combat system is terrible and will definitely be improved, it's one of the few flaws I've seen so far, but the worst one. Over time you will become overrun with loot which will be rendered useless, so you can't do anything about that apart from exchange it into materials.

Pros and Cons

Pros:
Addictive gameplay
Mostly realisitc
Frequently updated
Loads of times
Builing is very well done
GUI doesn't get in the way

Cons:
Combat system is flawed
Whatever you build resets after you load the game back up

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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13, 2015
Project Explore is a charming survival game which is steadily getting fleshed out content. I am impressed by how much has been added to the game when I first got 100% achievements on it. I can only look forward in anticipation to see what else the developer has in store for the game!

+ The game currently has a lot of nice crafting options.
+ Enemies can pose a threat in the right conditions.
+ Lots of ways to die.
+ Consistent updates.
+ Most of the achievements are designed to introduce players to the newly added features.
- I would like to see more variety in the generated housing.
- I would like to to see less of the monotonous achievements where you do something 500 times over.
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
147.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 4, 2015
Not a bad little game. It's still a work in progress. Survival in it's simplest form. Hunt, Defend, Build, Loot & keep your Sanity. Crafting system is easy enough and there's several items you're able to craft. The Construction part is plain and simple. It's top down only so, you're not going to build anything like you can in Mine Craft therefore, it's not a clone.

It's not bug free, mind you as with all Early Access games so, keep your sanity and read the books.
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42 of 65 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 10, 2015
Just as the introduction video on the store page initially "described" the game in just over a minute, it didn't take a lot of play for me to realize there wasn't much substance here yet. Will there ever be more - maybe, but it seems that it will take a long time before this is really an actual playable game to come out of this "Project."

I'd give it another six months to a year before purchasing, just make sure you check for any updates that happened during that time first.
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36 of 56 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 26, 2015
Started the game and felt like a weakling so avoided any combat
1st day:
  • Gathered rocks, chopped wood
  • looted houses, roamed around.
  • spent night at house
2nd day:
  • found axe, so started to kill wolves
  • kept roaming and looting houses
  • got knife - 2hit wolf n bear
  • spent night at house studying the craftables
3rd day:
  • Had all i need - food, weapons.
  • got bored
  • had to play 2 more nights to get achievement

Pros:
  • Appealing graphics
  • Decent ambiet music
  • Easy combat and UI
  • Quite interesting book title edits, for example "Fifty Shades Of Grass" or "Tail Of Two Girls & Thy Cup"

Cons:
  • Textures (trees) sometimes like to disappear
  • Wolf and bears can go through walls , not sure if at certain spots and times, or just when they're randomly wandering
  • Even tho you're not moving or no animal around you, you can hear footsteps time to time (could be ambiet music, not sure, had it on low didnt pay that much attention)
  • Nothing new that i haven't seen in Salem (as well as their 2d game), Project zomboid or Don't starve
  • No fullscreen option (Edit: now there is, although after saving the game it goes back to windowed and you have to re-enable it once again)
  • Now you can just walk against a wall of random house too see through ceiling what's inside
  • Even if the game is only in early access the prices still is too high for such small content

Overall:
The game starts quite fun and interesting like any other survival game, but cause of early access (aka lack of content) you lose the interest quite fast. If the devs will keep on working and won't bail after getting the money, it can turn out to be one really addictive and loveable 2D survivor game which doesnt include zombies.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 14, 2015
The game is nice, surely has a lot of potential. I'd say having steam workshop for it is a must-have.
The only problem is that the dev is somewhat of an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

Certainly looking forward for the finished product.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 5
I enjoy this game. Love to get a little house near the water, grow some veggies, do a bit of fishing and hunting.
Not sure if this game is still being developed though. I read online that it is not and this is a shame if true.
Good Game.
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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28, 2015
This game has a bunch of content and crafting options, very enjoyable if you're a fan of open world survival games! - although I havent invested too much time into this game yet, I'm looking forward to future interations and potential content updates further down the line!
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