The Isle is an open-world survival game where players choose from three factions in an attempt to survive a fierce island. Hunt. Prey. Survive.
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Release Date: Dec 1, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The Isle is an immense undertaking by a group of veteran developers that have collectively worked on three previous dinosaur games. We don't want to create 'just another survival sandbox' or 'just another dinosaur game'; we want to be 'the' dinosaur game. Though the initial core of the game will be implemented upon release, this is a platform sandbox being developed for the community that will help shape The Isle into supporting any game-type imaginable. This goes from classic team deathmatch integration to dramatic park tycoon creation, accurate dinosaur ecosystem simulations, and thrilling survival combat. We believe we can create the basis and modding content for every player's dream that was or is a dinosaur game. After all, 'creation is an act of sheer will.'”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately fifteen months based on community support, with a full release scheduled for Q1, 2017.”

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

“The Day One Early Access version has the core implementation of dinosaurs and their functionality. There are currently many other planned features that we will be adding in the coming weeks, some of which already in development. Aside from internal planned features, community feedback will be vital in the creation and implementation of additional dinosaurs, player types, cosmetic skins, and various other aspects.

Current Planned Features:
- Mac + Linux + Steam OS Version
- Full Mod Support (i.e. skins, additional dinosaurs, extra or intentionally limited game features, maps, and gamemodes)
- Full Controller Support ( Xbox / Steam Controller etc)
- Other Steamworks Features (Achievements, Trading Cards, etc)
- VR Support
- Localization of All Game UI / Text
- Realistic Dinosaur AI with Complex Ecosystems
- 20+ Playable Dinosaurs
- "Cannibal" Faction Implementation
- "Mercenary" Faction Implementation
- Player Crafting System Implementation
- Base Capturing
- Dynamic Aerial Drop-In Spawn System
- Human/Dino Body Painting
- Dinosaur Taming
- Advanced Vehicle System
- More Skins
- More Dinosaurs
- Improved Sound FX, including regional sound localization
- Improved and Expanded Vegetation System, including interactive foliage
- Functional Steam Economy
- Global In-Game World Quest (That will directly affect game development)

Aside from the necessity of community feedback finds for bug fixes, content suggestion, and creative feedback, the Isle will have a post-release content structure after Early Access has been polished to the best of our ability.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All necessary features such as options, settings, and graphics are present.

Dedicated servers, steam synchronization, and basic persistence are present.

The minimal requirements of a dinosaur survival simulation are in place. Players can choose from all available dinosaurs and have the basic needs for eating, drinking, and have the capability to move through the world, stalking and hunting other players and AI.”

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

“Pricing will be changed during each milestone of large development features, such as new factions, dinosaur editions, and maps.”

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

“Community feedback is imperative to the overall development direction of additional features on top of current content. These include, but are not limited to, dinosaur additions, future environmental biomes, weapons, skins, and community inspired creations.”
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August 29


- Fixed: Galli Animations
- Fixed: Shanty / Trike Stomp required more stamina then the maximum stamina.
- Added: Default Hypo, renamed previous default to "Green". Green is still default for character, but now more closely follows the naming scheme.
- Fixed Hypo basemap.
- Added few extra Baryonyx sounds and the "Styraco" sound set.
- Added: Bones Carno skin, Volcano Carno skin.

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August 29


- added native multithreaded anim bp for dinos
- added native anim bps for most dinos
- activated new anim bp for herrera, austro, and galli, for testing.
- added reusable footstep sound/particle for physical surface collection data asset (IFootstepSoundsData) and notifier that uses it
- added missing anim blend spaces
- fixed many footstep notifiers that had threshold values lower than .5. Could cause 2 footsep sounds to be played / 2 foot prints to be generated.
-Fixed master prop shader not having a default specular texture after KiteDemo got deleted
-Started assigning material types to landscape (some areas might need to be repainted or layers renamed since mud doesn't look like mud, but it sure sounds like it now)
- fixed baryonyx eat range
- Added corpse assets. Might need tweaking.
- FIxed Bug with bary not correctly setup as a progression dino.

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About This Game


Foreward and Caution

Firstly, thank you for looking at and possibly considering the purchase of our game. Despite the fact we aspire to create a fun game approachable by many, we feel the need to caution any potential users. We have begun updating the game towards the point of intended hardcore functionality. As this happens, difficulty will gradually become more brutal and chances of survival become less likely. We, the developers, are actively going to design the future game islands and creatures to counteract known player tactics of survival. Your mistakes will be punished. Expect no survivors.

The Isle: A World Designed to Kill You

The Isle is a realistic, gritty, open-world survival horror game. There is only one goal in mind: Survival. The islands and its inhabitants will radically change, ever-evolving as players themselves learn how to survive. There are no waypoints, tutorials, or ulterior precepts in mind to alter play styles or purpose. In the end, the only person you can trust is yourself.


These features are currently in the game and though they are listed, may have bugs that have not been discovered or addressed.

  • The Island: A vast landscape of dense jungle and open plains, hidden within are various ruins and expanses that hold insight as to what was here...
  • Up to 100 players per server based on server hardware and bandwidth.
  • Progression System - Start as a defenseless creature and work your way up to the mighty titans of the prehistoric era, falling all the way to the bottom of the food chain upon death.
  • Basic Dinosaur Simulation - Basic needs such a thirst and hunger are present. Stalk your prey and avoid your predators among the dense forests and swamps.
  • Playable Dinosaurs - Choose between more than 15 playable dinosaurs such as Austroraptor, Carnotaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Gallimimus, Utahraptor, Acrocanthosaurus and Allosaurus, with many more planned ahead.
  • Dedicated Server Binaries with Steam integration
  • Basic Dinosaur AI
  • An expansive island stretching larger than 16x16km²

Planning Ahead: The Future Development Goals

We realize that there is a long road ahead and a lot of work to be done in order to turn this into the dinosaur game we want it to be. Throughout the year, we will be adding a lot more to the Isle based off of current planning and user feedback Some of these features are as follows:

  • Mac/Linux/Steam OS Support
  • Full Mod Support - Skins, additional dinosaurs, and various gamemodes such as deathmatch and a tycoon sim
  • Additional Steamworks Features - Achievements, Trading Cards, etc.
  • VR Support
  • Localization of all Game UI/Text
  • Realistic Dinosaur AI with complex ecosystems
  • 20+ Playable Dinosaurs
  • Cannibal Faction implementation
  • Mercenary Faction implementation
  • Player Crafting System implementation
  • Base Capturing
  • Dynamic Aerial Drop-In Spawn System
  • Human/Dinosaur Body Painting
  • Dinosaur Capturing and Training
  • Advanced Vehicle System
  • Improved Sound FX, including regional sound localization
  • Improved and expanded vegetation system, including interactive foliage
  • Functional Steam economy
  • "The Escape" global in-game world quest

Aside from the necessity of community feedback finds for bug fixes, content suggestion, and creative feedback, the Isle will have a post-release content structure after Early Access has been polished to the best of our ability.

Unique Triple-Faction Gameplay

Choose between three playable factions and find yourself stranded on a merciless island of harsh wildernesses, rampaging dinosaurs, vicious cannibals, lethal mercenaries and rival players. Explore dark and foreboding jungles, unforgiving swamps and beautiful but deadly mountain vistas for the supplies you will ultimately need to survive. As you progress and explore, you will happen across ancient ruins and abandoned military bases that, with perseverance and time, can convert into your own outpost or nesting ground in this hostile world.

  • As the Mercenary, you'll experience a sense of both wonder and terror as everything on the island has evolved to kill you. However, you will find yourself armed to the teeth and more than capable when it comes to survival skills. Nothing will stand in your way... so long as you still have ammo.
  • As the Cannibal, you will find yourself in-tune with the natural environment. Capable foragers and natural hunters, you will form tribes or survive alone. Armed with spears, bows, poison, and makeshift camouflage, you must be as ruthless as the beasts among you.
  • As a Dinosaur, you'll be the epitome of cunning and ferocity. From the small agile Austroraptor to the unstoppable Tyrannosaurus Rex, you will survive from being a juvenile until adulthood, forming packs, creating and defending your nests, hunting prey, and claiming territory. All roads lead to death, or becoming the apex predator of the island.

A Global Community Story

The Isle features a narrative told strictly through the environment, achievable only through immense cooperation among players. Hidden locations and artifacts are dynamically created within the open world that reveal the answers to all the questions that would arise. Why are you here? Why dinosaurs? What is causing them to mutate? Why can’t you just leave? It will take the entire global community to unravel the purpose to their being on the Isle and each discovery will directly affect the future of the game.

Become the Beast

One key focus of the Isle is the unique element of playing as dinosaurs and other creatures found on the islands. All will have a general familiar play-style, while each retain their own uniqueness of capability. Players can select a variety of creatures and grow from juvenile to adulthood. As your dinosaur grows, you can select different palette options and skins, growing your abilities to hunt, create your pack, and eventually mutate into a much powerful version of your dinosaur and claim the right as the Apex.

Unparalleled Mod Support

We will support all the features of Steamworks and allow for any aspect of the game to be modded by the community using Steam Workshop. Members of the community will be able to download a free copy of Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games and generate mods and change all aspects of the game. This includes everything but not limited to making a new map, adding new dinosaur types or new game modes such as a Dinosaur Park Simulator or a role playing focused game mode.

You can subscribe to mods on the workshop and select what ones you want enabled when you start your server. Players joining the servers will automatically obtain the required mods without even needing to restart the game.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later (64 Bit ONLY)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 3.5 GHz or faster.
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R9 280X series card or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game needs a dedicated graphics card to run. It will struggle to run on laptops, notebooks etc.
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later (64 Bit ONLY)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 4 GHz or faster.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 series card or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Experimental Direct X 12 Supported with Windows 10. Use -DX12 in the launch arguments.
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51.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
Highly enjoyable but very challenging. Remember that this is an Early Access game and things are not set in stone.
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1.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
Walking Sim
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127.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
I have seen many reviews, of The Isle. Myself, I ignored all of them, and turned to youtube, as almost half the time, the people in steam, are little cry babies that can't handle games. This is my review, and also my opinion about the negative reviews. Now let's start with the negatives. Those who say progression is horrible, are just little 5 year olds, who can't handle playing the game, without crying that they are not strong. This game is supposed to make it harder to survive. If there was sandbox, what fun is that? How do people actually like chaos? Why do people want easy flowers and sunshine? All I can say, is this game is time processing, and if you make a foolish mistake, it can cost you time. But that is far from not recommending the game. For all of you buyers, make sure you realise, not to trust most of the people who complain. And as another example, this game is still early acess. Complain when the game is done, not when it is under HEAVY construction. There will be so many more things added, yet you still critique about what is wrong. You say you "Payed" and the devs aren't treating you correctly? Haven't you put it in your small brain that you may have done something wrong, or were rude? Also, you shouldn't just buy the game to complain about it. Now yes, i'm not talking to those who love the game, i'm talking about those many idiots who complain about the smallest thing. Now, i'm laughing, since they are complaining, and they can't even make a 2d simple game themselves. This is all i've got for those few idiots. Now, for the review.

-The game has breathtaking graphics, the grass, the bushes, the trees, the lakes, the dinosaurs! Every single thing has amazing detail. I just can't say how amazing the graphics are.
- Fun and challenging, that is for sure.
- Multiplayer! You can actually play with others!
- Endless land! The maps are absolutely huge! You surely can't get bored of them.
- MANY MORE UPDATES to come! This is only the beginning!
- Hunting, and stalking. You can actually ambush your prey! If your good enough of course
- Herds! You can form packs of herds, to make life easier.
- SO much more I just don't know how to say
- Dying and loosing time
- If you suck at the game, you better get good, or else you won't have a happy time lol

That is all. I hope this helps for those new buyers!
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62.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
I used to love this game, I loved the aspect that you could be mostly any dinosaur your heart desired, But progression got added and now all I see are little Dryos running around, And KOSing Utahs.

I think I remember Dondi (The creator/lead developer) saying on a livestream that the end product for The isle would be a sandbox game, But I'm not sure, Someone will correct me.

Also, I have seen that the developers are right up rude to the people who paid $20 for this game, They insult peoples PC's and they shouldn't act like that to people who paid to play this game, They need to learn some manners, The same goes to Dondi. Us people who have already bought this game are screwed, But if you are thinking of buying this game, Watch a few livestreams and see when it suits your fancy.

The progression system is crap, I don't see why he added when all Dondi gets is hate.

It's crap because if you join a server and get to Sub-Adult Rex and you want to join your friend on another server, Then you can't play as your Sub-Adult rex which takes around 5 hours to get, And I see most people hiding in the forest, And every now and then coming out and killing a Dryo; this just makes the game not fun for me, Some other people may feel differently, but I think I am speaking for around 65% of The Isle community when I say Proggresion needs to be fixed.

Over all, I think once this game is finished it will be great, As long as Dondi gets rid of Proggresion this game will become really succesful.
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15.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
As of right now, I can't recommend this game anymore. The progression sucks. The fact that you have to wait to get to a dinosaur, unlock it and die almost instantly, and have to start all over again is insane. I loved the game before, graphics have improved. everything about the game is awesome, but the progression time makes you not want to play as if you venture too far out, your dead. all you do now is just sit and wait. love the fact you have to unlock dinosaurs, but to start all over again is just ludacris. Its why I stopped playing DayZ, and will most likely stop this game now as its been ruined.
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4.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
The isle is an open world, survival dinosaur game. It needs fixes and it's really early acces BUT it's really enjoyable. This is what makes the game special that you play as a dinosaur and you have to hunt, hide, and survive. The developers put so much efford in the game and i'm sure it will be a 5 star game. For the developers: The map is really big and there's not enough water. If you could add some rivers or more lakes to the map that would be really awesome! And PLEASE DO NOT add ever humans and cannibals!!!!! The game is really awesome with just dinos!!!! We have games with humans and dinos! Great example: ARK: Survival Evolved
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22.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
Kill or be killed.
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Overdrive Notso
15.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
I would recommend the game, but expect a bareboned product as it is. Loads of features are not in the game yet, but the game receives updates multiple times a day (usually). The current intro movie on the steam page and it's screenshots don't represent the product anymore, and not all dinosaurs in it are playable.

Expect a DayZ without any looting, but with hunger and thirst. KoS is common place, and so is cannibalism. If you die, you lose all progression you made with that dino and have to start over as a basic dinosaur. Progression is earned by online play. 1 progression point equals 1 minute in a server, and some dinosaurs take 120 progression points. Expect this game to be a timesink, and if you have the option, play with friends.

All in all, the game is pretty cool except for the punishing nature of it if you die, but this too is a work in progress.
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70.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
First things first: This game is "Early Access". It's not yet ready. More features are constantly added as the development proceeds, but some features are currently missing. It appears that most reviews here don't seem to take this into account, so this needed to be said. If a rapid cycle of game update patches and encountering occasional bugs not yet fixed is something you don't want to see, then "Early Access" is not for you. In that case wait until the game is done and officially released.

If this is not a problem for you, then read on.

The Isle is a horror/survival game from the hardcore end of that genre. And when I say "hardcore" I really mean hardcore. The core premise of the game can be summarized as:

The Isle will kill you. Survive as long as you can. There is no other victory than survival, and in the end you *always* die, because The Isle *will* kill you.

If you are expecting a dinosaur simulator game, move on. Play Ark or whatever. The Isle is something else. Oh, it's a multiplayer, shared world, online game where you live the life of a dinosaur, but this game takes that phrase "live the life" seriously. The Isle puts you on a world that is beyond harsh. Not as an environment but in how the ecology of the players is set up. If you want to survive, you need to eat. If you are a carnivore, that means someone else is going to be your meal. When you realize that this applies to everyone else in the game you start to see the picture...

Survive long enough and you can progress and evolve into more powerful creatures, but understand you are playing a hardcore survival horror game. There are no saves. There are no backups. You die and the journey ends. Start over. No saves and no backups. This single mechanism solves the big flaw in most MORPGS where everyone just constantly progresses to ever greater heights. Not so in The Isle. Your time as the apex predator at the top of the pyramid is limited. Not by the game but by your ability and by the actions of other players. You stay there at the top until someone outwits you, or you get careless, and you get killed. Which will happen.

Value your life because in this game it truly means something and survive as long as you can but keep in mind that in the end The Isle will always kill you. If you can't take this, this game is not for you. If, on the other hand, this raised your interest, then go ahead and you will see a beautiful game. A harsh one, but beautiful.

Welcome to The Isle. You will get killed.
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1.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
before it was i would have recommended it but now it is different because before you choose whatever you want that made people join packs stalk preys but now you should earn points and that is by waiting so its now every body looking for an empty place to rest and ever body is aiming for the stronger dinosaur which tier 5 trex and arco and soon you would see less players playing raptors and allos and other dinosaurs and that took one big aspect of the game and that is choice before people would play allos and carnos and raptors because they loved the animals but now they are playing other dinosaurs forcly and for the sake of progression and power hopefully the isle would change to the game we loved it

rip old isle
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144 of 202 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
53.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
BEWARE! The screenshots and trailer no longer represent the game. MANY of the skins and some of the models have since been removed.
BEWARE! The community is toxic now and anything other than complete and utter praise for this game and its devs will result in a horde of sycophantic fan boys descending on you.
BEWARE The devs are incredibly arrogant and insulting, frequently attacking or insulting their paying customers or their computer hardware. That being said...

If I'd written this review a few months ago it would have been so different... Sadly, I can no longer recommend this game.

I bought this game a few months back, from what I read and what I'd seen it seemed like a really cool game. There aren't many where you actually get to play as a dinosaur and that really appealed to me. On many occasions I would turn on The Isle and run around the sandbox like, open world servers. Sometimes I'd be a herbivore, a Stegosaurus or Ankylosaurus, and run around trying to ward off predators, find a herd and eat and drink my fill. Sometimes I'd be a carnivore, A T-Rex or an Allosaurus, and find a pack to hunt with, then hunt down some herbivores while trying to avoid being attacked myself.

None of this is possible anymore... Not only have they implemented a "progression system" Where, each and every time you log in, die or the server crashes, you have to start out as the smallest dinosaur possible and wait a full 60 minutes to get enough points to be a slightly bigger dinosaur. This means that if you wanted to play one of the big carnivores or herbivores it would take between 3 and 4 hours! , that is of course assuming you don't die and the server doesn't crash. If you are killed, die somehow, get stuck or the server crashes then you have to start right back at the very start as the smallest dinosaur! It doesn't matter if you are 5 points into your first dinosaur or only need 5 more points to get the biggest, you always, always go right back to the start.

There is no "save" feature, no checkpoints, nothing. If, for whatever reason you die or are removed from the game your 3-4 hours of waiting around become meaningless.

Some people may like this type of meaningless waiting around, this waiting to play the game. Personally I do not. The thing that annoys me is the fact that this is not the game I bought. I would not buy the game in its current state, not because it is early access, but because I don't like this type of game. I don't want to have to wait around for 3 hours in order to play it!

If you haven't bought The Isle yet, I would strongly advise you to look at very new reviews and decide whether you like the direction the game has gone in. If you do, then you can make an informed decision whether you would like to play it or not. For those of us that bought this game for what it was, we're basically screwed...
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
This is, by far, the best dinosaur game i've ever played. It has massive potential, and i like the direction dondi and the team are going. People seem to be giving it a bad rep, but thats just because they're too impatient, close-minded, and judgemental to see the real potential behind what the devs are doing here. They seem to have forgotten that this is an early access title, and EVERYTHING is subject to change, nothing is final. I just wish the community would learn to love gems like this, instead of shaming every single tiny thing they don't like about it. Keep up the good work, guys!
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
457.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21
NOTE: This review is written 8/21/16. A few days, weeks, maybe months from now the game will no doubt have features that have been added or removed. Take this with a grain of salt.

I wish I could stamp a 'Yes and No' tag on this review. The Isle shows great potential as a survival/horror game, and the developers have obviously put a huge amount of effort into the models and environments. It's going to be amazing when it's fully fleshed out!

However, if you're expecting what you see in the trailers, you're going to be disappointed. Many of the models have been removed for revision, as have almost all of the skins and maps. Don't purchase if you 100% expect what you see on the store page, and I would not recommend this game to the casual player who wants to treat this like Feral Heart or something. It's not a true dinosaur simulator by any means at this time.

Previously, there were two game modes: Progression and Sandbox.

Sandbox refers to where you pick your archosaur from the start and go off and do whatever you like. You can die with no penalty, etc. Currently, this mode is unavailable for use as developers are trying to iron out issues and finish up the Progression system. It will return, but at a later date.

Progression refers to where you start off as a small animal and gain points for surviving, and you can use these points to unlock higher tier animals. You gain one point per minute, thus you can unlock high end archosaurs in a few hours. On death, you loose all progress and start from square one (NOTE that there will be systems in the future that will make this process less troublesome) again.

In my opinion, Progression is an interesting change of pace and good training for the mindset you'll need to have once the game is officially released. Trust nobody, focus on your own survival, learn through trial and error to get by, that sort of thing. It's a much better dynamic than Sandbox in terms of how you play the game in correlation to its intended function and genre.

However, it is frustrating more often than not at this point in time. Swarms of T. Rexes that are painfully easy to reach and small, piscivorous animals such as Austroraptor felling large animals with no problem make surviving difficult. The community is toxic and the developers have pretty ugly attitudes, so the only thing really worth checking out are patch notes and the ocassional stream.

Once armor values, collision, AI creatures, progression tree revisions, and trample damage are implemented, I have no doubt that The Isle will be much less of a headache to play. Progression will get much harder, make no mistake, but the aforementioned changes will lift significant strain off the player base.

As of right now, I cannot recommend this game to just anyone. If you have mixed feelings on whether your purchase is worth it, wait. Check back in a few months and then see, as updates are reasonably frequent.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
86.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
I don't wan't to be rude or anything but, maybe hold off on the game until Sandbox comes back. I mean Progression is a little nice but, I'd love to have Sandbox back.
The creator is just trying to follow their dreams for how they view the game should be. I understand their motives but, Try to hold off for a little while. there will be notifacations to how the game is doing and how evryone feels about it. I won't hold you back from getting the game just be carfule with your choice.

Good luck to everyone.
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35 of 57 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
388.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
I was actually going to wait to review this game later on when it is more developed, but now I felt the rather irrational onslaught of negative reviews had really pushed me to do this.

But anyways...

I'm really liking where this game is going. It may not be in a great state right now, it is absolutely not perfect at all during this time, but this is just at pre-alpha stage. It has huge potential and I really look forward to how different it will be like further down the line.

This game is destined to be a survival-horror game. Involving dinosaurs, as in the future there will be humans as well as weird humanoid things such as cannibals. At its early days, it used to be a dinosaur sandbox simulator with many dinosaurs coming in. It was basically a survive-as-a-dinosaur type of game during that time. It was pretty barebones, but that's how the game basically started out. I will warn that it is laggy to some, however.

The dinosaur models are beautiful and well-detailed, for sure some of the best dinosaur models I've seen, with many great animations given to them. Then there's many skins for the dinosaurs. There used to be a lot of old ones, but they got removed because they weren't compatible with the new overlay system they have, however they're replacing them with new skins which, imo, will be worth the replacement. The environmental maps are also highly beautiful as well. Unfortunately, many of the old maps are going away, but the Isle V3 map looks beyond amazing as it's not even done, it should become even more amazing later on. Overall this game takes the visual part to the extreme in a good way, even in lower settings.

At this time, they recently put in the gamemode Progression, which is what the game is meant to be. Granted, it is very, and I mean VERY underdeveloped. It's far from perfect and I'm not happy with it right now at this moment, but then again it's underdeveloped, so obviously it will vastly change over time. As of now, it's basically that you have to start out as a small dinosaur. You have to survive for a certain amount of time with that said small dinosaur, and if you survive long enough you can progress and become bigger dinosaurs. At least this gives the game something to do, and not quite as barebones as just simply walking around, eating and drinking like it was in its earliest stages. Right now, the developers have removed sandbox temporarily to focus on progression, and when progression is done, sandbox will come back.

Unfortunately though, Progression is a big reason for most of the negative reviews. But really, in all honesty, they're mostly from people that are like "I DONT WANT TO START OUT AS SMALL DINO!!!1111 I WANNA BE WHATEVER DINO I WANT!!!!1111" and are salty because they can't have their birdbath simulator, as many of them probably just played only Tyrannosaurus, carebearing and mass murdering everything on sight 24/7. It should be blatantly obvious that they did not read the store page. If you ACTUALLY BOTHER READING THE STORE PAGE, you will plainly see that the game is meant to be a hardcore, survival horror game. Many of those people are just noobs that don't want to try, but too bad. It looks like now eventually you have to work hard and earn to get your wanted dinosaurs (even though progression being a prototype is very easy to some right now, but it will get harder and harder in time hopefully). And again, sandbox isn't gone forever, IT WILL COME BACK WHEN PROGRESSION IS DONE. Yet people are still blind and still complain about sandbox being gone, it amuses me really. You just have to be patient for progression to be done, folks. What's also not surprising is that many of these people came from an awful game known as Primal Carnage: Extinction, which is a game with absolutely horrible gameplay and doesn't head the direction of where it should be.

The developers are the other aspect that is the foundation of the ridiculous swarm of bad reviews. Well, they DO act idiotic on occasion, but at least they're actually focusing on working on the game in the way that it is intended to be. And they're making the game the way that the lead dev, Dondi, had dreamed it to be. It is often said that they don't listen to feedback, well obviously they aren't gonna listen to whiners that repetitively complain about sandbox being temporarily gone to this day! And I think that a lot of stupid actions from the community had driven the devs to be snappy at them too.

So really, I think that the biggest problem about The Isle is the community, not the devs. This game's community is frankly, very stupid (not as bad as PC:E's community, though). Many players like said before just played as large theropods and will carebear much smaller animals which logically wouldn't happen in real life. I often tried to take advantage of that, however (tried to snatch the carebear tools and just tried trolling). And again, the community is so immensely stupid in that many of them just non-stop cry like babies about sandbox being put aside at this point in time. There are times where I can have SOME fun in this game despite the idiotic community, often occasion I just tried to be a troll and ♥♥♥♥ off salty players.

I'm not sure if I would suggest to get the game at this very moment, however I recommend it mostly because of the huge potential it has. Later on over time, there should be vast improvements to the game to hopefully it will be more fun, given that now the game is generally still in its rather early stages.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
453.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
A great game. Yes, Sandbox has been TEMPORARILY, KEY WORD: TEMPORARILY, (to those who think that it's gone forever) progression is still a very fun game mode even with how uncomplete it is. Believe me, i'm almost certain it will become an awesome thing when it's complete, and once all the creatures are added the trees will be filled. A gamemode filled with adventure, horror, and lots of exciting things for the most hardcore players! While there may be some balancing issues, a bit of connectivity lag (with people rubber-banding,) a few buggies, and the community can be a little bad, the game is still pretty fun the way it is now. It will definitely be a hella-lot funner when it is complete, too (most likely.)

A list of pro's and cons:

-fun gameplay
-frequent updates
-lots of future upcoming
-lots of creatures to play
-large map, fair optimization, lots of exploration

-Community can be a bit bad at times (especially with the temporarily removal of Sandbox)
-Only one gamemode currently (only counting this as a con because so many people changed opinions on game due to the removal of Sandbox. Honestly, I think it was a good choice so they can get more feedback. Also means more development. So honestly, i'd kind of count this as a pro.)
-A few bugs here and there. Not too much, though.
-A few balancement issues (like with adult rex, (turning radius,) etc...
-a bit laggy

If this list does seem unprofessional, keep in mind I don't make lists much.

Wlel, i don't have much more to say, but I think The Isle is a good game. Keep up the great work! Thumbs up
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
173.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
You're walking through one of the many peaceful forests of V3, either hunting for meat or eating plants as you go. You're a top tier dinosaur, one of the strongest in the server. You've fought many creatures and lived to tell the tale.
But wait.
There's one thing you haven't come across yet.

Thump. Thump.

What could that be? A herbivore? A carnivore?
It comes closer, and you see it.
A Tyrannosaurus rex!
But you're not worried. You've spent hours getting where you are now, and you're confident you can get away from this fight with a few scars.
You feel the adrenaline pumping in your veins.
You roar, he roars, you charge.
You get the first hit, thinking you'll win!

lol nope

You get one shotted, your body flying through the air in a majestic arc. The Rex lets out a victory roar, t-bagging your body and devouring it.

On a serious note, I like this game. It's fun, but the thing is, everyone has their own opinions. You may read negative reviews and think "oh, maybe I shouldn't get it"
Or the opposite for positive reviews. Only you can really decide. But since you're here for other people's views, I'll give you my own.

  • A great selection of dinosaurs
  • Amazing visuals
  • Amazing Animations
  • Frequent updates
  • Nice music and sounds


  • Lag
  • Somewhat) cancerous community.
  • Not much in the game yet, but hey, EA!

TL;DR: 8/10. Get it, don't, your choice.
Give it a try if your interested, or check back and wait until it's not in Ea and has more to offer.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
Great Game. People are mad because they canot be the biggest and baddest in the first hour. This game is to represent a dinosaur realistic game. Which means if you die you wont spawn as the same thing but the smallest thing in the food chain. Greeat game, Great potiental, many reviews of mad 4 year olds.
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
::Edit august 26th:: (The TLDR is that the Devs don't listen to the community. If you don't meet the system requirements don't even bother buying the game.) Young I'll spend most of your time hiding in a bush just AFK'ing waiting to progress to actually enjoy the game only to have some unannounced update, lag, or server crash rob all of your progress. Play in a group and not solo if you are going to play at all.

I enjoy this game, however I can't recommend it for the following reasons:

The screen shots in the store page are from a game type called "sandbox" and all the pretty pictures, maps, and dino skins you see are gone. They don't exist anymore. The game type "sandbox" will be returning in the future (according to the devs but don't hold your breath.) I myself have personally never played sandbox but I wish I could have. I didn't purchase the game in time.

The devs claim to want feedback and ideas about their game but have yet to actually listen to the community. They'd rather ban everybody that speaks out against them, gives bad ideas, or post irrelevant things in the wrong threads. They'd rather spend more time insulting you for your opinions and get in the middle of debateable topics without actually doing anything positive.

The dino damage and armor balance is very unbalanced. Doesn't make a lot of sense at times and the crappie servers make combat very frustrating. Carnivores HAVE to eat other players to stay alive. Herbivores eat specific trees. All dinosaurs Ave to drink water. This is very much a survival game where you spend most of your time hiding in a bush or with a large group of people.

The only game type available is called "progression" and you get points the longer you stay alive. 1 point per minute. It takes 3 hours to get to a top tier herbivore and 4 to 5 hours to hit a top tier carnovore. If you die you start all over. (They promise a save feature later on, however the time will apparently take MUCH longer to progress when that happens.) It's very time consuming and very frustrating. It is fun if you have lots of people to play with though. I don't recommend playing solo unless you enjoy hiding in a bush all day.

They just removed ALL of the maps except their "premier" map. Which is fine if it didn't have to worry about bugs, massive server lag, and an up to date graphics card. (I have a 980ti and still have issues from bugs and server fps drops. It doesn't happen to everybody though somehow. Could he a driver issue or something)

There are no set spawn points and you could loose all of your progress simply by randomly spawning on the other side of the map after hitting tier 3/4 and getting un-lucky with who is near you.

With all of the negatives this game is very fun if you have people to play with and the servers are not acting up. Which they are 75% of the time. This game has a ton of potential but I'm not sure of it will ever rise to meet it. I hope it does.

Look forward to its future and will update my review as time goes on.
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
75.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28

Ok, you know what, I'm just going to be as descriptive and forward as I want. I honestly don't care anymore. Let me explain why and how this game got worse since I've last seen and spoke about it.
I'm starting to get myself involved with game development. I know what it's like to have to spend countless hours pouring blood sweat and tears into something you want to give to the community, unpaid, for fun. I don't do coding, but I know it's hard. My friend tells us how difficult it can be and I'm kinda glad I don't have to get into that stuff until college when I take the classes. Making a game is hard and takes effort, and with enough of that effort, determination, and time, anyone can make a game possible. Its only a matter of how much of these elements you put into it.
And to be honest, this game just shows none of those things.
We talk about the Isle from time to time about how progressively bad it is and we constantly wonder to ourselves how anyone could enjoy this. My immediate answers to these are "people just want to play as a dinosaur", "they want to find another game where they can ♥♥♥♥ people off", "they are probably naive about whats going on or refuse to look deeper into the game or the people that play it", yaadaa yaadaa. Truthfully, when I first got the game those answers would also include me. I've played Isle when I was just starting out in game development almost a year ago and I thought this game was going to be the most perfect thing ever ; playing as any dinosaur you want and having to survive against other players?? wOW!!!! FINALLY SOMEONE MADE THAT SH IT POSSIBLE!!!
But noooononooonoo I was wrong. So very wronnngg. I started realizing what a mistake I made spending my birthday money to help fund this garbage at the time it was starting out. It was just after the Theri was released that made my hopes sink to the very bottem of the abyss they now live in and somehow it managed to go even fURHTER when progression came out.

"But Yam, all you're doing is complaining! Where is the real review?!?!" yeahyeahyea SHUT YOUR FACE I'LL GET TO IT.

There is just so much to cover that now I'm not going to be able to fit into this review alone I need to fuel out all my emotions about it first becuase I can't find any other way to start it off. But I think I've made my point, atleast I hope I did, so here we go.

Toxic communities are everywhere and we're always going to find them eventually no matter what console we use or what kinds of games we play, hell even real life. There is always going to be people who would just love to ♥♥♥♥ you off or just ♥♥♥♥ you off because they're naturally annoying. We also have the stuck up arses who think they're so superior to everyone else just because they have complete control of the players i.e our admins or the game devs themselves in this case. Now keep in mind, every community has it's bright side and thats no different here. Isle has legit awesome folks sometimes and it's really fun hanging out with them, but thats a very small portion of what we have here.
I don't give three sh its how early access your game is, once a community has been set in stone it's never going to change. The people here are just a bunch of kids who do nothing but complain about what's happening in-game i.e carebears protecting their sweet little dryos or an annoying over population of rexes.
"Oh no but the devs are working on trying to get rid of carebears and KOs'ers!! They'll be gone soon so stop being so butthurt over it!!"
I'm not being butthurt I'm just stating the facts. Do you honestly think that the devs would have the ability to completely change a person's motivation just by 'fixing' something? They can't control minds, people, no matter how much I'm sure some of them would love to. If a person wants to carebear, they're going to carebear, no matter what the consequences are. If they're feeling a little bloodthristy then they're going to go on their little rampage. You can't stop them. I can't stop them. They aren't going to stop themselves any time soon. Pretty sure the devs can't stop them either even with progression or the hunger changes. So what does this mean? NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE HERE. Carebears are never going to let you eat that dryo and KOs'ers are never going to stop counting their kills.

You Isle fanboys and gals are all probably tired of hearing the same thing over and over.
yeah. But you know what. I'm just going to remind you : ^ )
I'm also going to drag that 'effort' thing back as I hope you guys got that thought all screwed into your nice little skulls.
There is no effort here aside from artwork and skin making. I feel like the people who draw the pictures in the artwork section of the community put more time and effort into their work than the actual game devs do for their own game. Why? Because nOTHING IS FINISHED, DAMIT.
Literally, like, tell me, what part of the game did they actually finalize? What promises did they keep? They said a long time ago that Quetz was going to done but it's been over a YEAR since the game's release and all they've been working on were the newer dinos and buffing the hell out of that new rex. When you make a game, and you tell people that something big is going to come out, and everyone starts getting so hyped up and they all start loving and kissing your a ss then you FINISH THE THING YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO FOR THEM. You can't give your loyal customers something half ♥♥♥♥♥ like the quetz, or say that you're going to be adding this super badass snake soon but never finish it. These people are paying you money to work on the game you said you were going to give them, but then you decide to work on something completely different like adding the acro (which is in a crappy state right now along with the Utah) and make everyone wait for you to finish 6 months later, but all you really did was lower it's speed or get rid of it's pounce. I can't change how Dondi is, no one can, that is on Dondi and the rest of the people on his team who have been reported for asshattery, but this isn't how game development works. It's different if you're making a free game because you're not asking people to cough up their money, but if you're being paid by the people then it's only fair that you give them what you promised.
"But YAAAMMM we have children who complain about not having enough skins and the poor devs are just trying to make them happy!!!"
There is a fine line between what the community wants and what the devs want. If the community is asking for skins, then ok, cool, make the skins. But whats that? Theres glitches, bugs, insane amounts of lag for everyone and no one is happy with the overall performance of the game? You have these dinosaurs that you obviously have the animations for because they clearly came from a completely different game and you have yet to add them all in all nice and clean? Then that should be your main priority. "Oh no but making this game is so haAARRDDD" yeah I get it you're all working your fingers off trying to fix everything but what exactly is being fixed? And why are you making all these excuses? It's great that you're getting your community involved, but you don't have to do everything one side says. People are telling you something is wrong and then it takes you months later to fix that one little thing because you're so focused on what YOU want to do, or you just spit in their face because you refuse to believe your perfect game with beef rex is falling apart.

Progression is also a problem that I really want to cover, but I don't have enough room in this review to continue. Maybe I should make a webpage that continues it all the way through but its not even worth the effort. If anyone has questions about it just ask.
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