Set in a fictitious environment inspired by ports from around the world. Captain a hovercraft, bulk carrier, yacht and other magnificent vessels in an expansive open world...
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Release Date: Nov 17, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“European Ship Simulator was our first foray into funding our own simulation title. We made a lot of mistakes along the way with that project; one being that we brought it out of Early Access too soon. Behind the scenes, we’ve been working on World Ship Simulator since January 2015. We will be launching with six boats and expanded upon features that the community had been asking for. Having learnt from our mistakes, we have offered everyone who purchased European Ship Simulator a copy of World Ship Simulator for free and we’re now at the stage in development where we can introduce an Early Access version to the ship simming community. We plan to allow the product’s direction to be driven by the Steam community and player feedback with a new development team.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is already extremely playable and we intend to further refine the core gameplay loop and increase the amount of missions, ships and content over the coming months. Our goal is to make World Ship Simulator the go-to ship simming title on PC and Mac. The game will be in Early Access for a minimum of six months.”

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

“The full version of World Ship Simulator will have implemented many suggestions from the community. The Early Access code is a working skeleton upon which we can refine to build the final game's content.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“World Ship Simulator contains six boats and a career mode which allows the player to complete a number of different jobs that, when successful, result in him/her being promoted in his sea faring career. They will be able to use earned money from completing jobs to repair vessels and purchase new ships.”

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

“We are considering a slightly higher price for the full release of World Ship Simulator after all of the features are finalized and implemented.”

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

“We will be monitoring the Steam forums every day and closely following the comments and suggestions of the community. Followers of our Shoppe Keep page will know that we take our relationship with the community very seriously and invest considerable time answering questions and actioning suggestions wherever possible.”
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March 21

Changelog 21/03/2016

Hey everyone,

Today’s update brings a few fixes and tweaks. The way mooring is handled has also been improved a little, you will now have to be stationary when mooring to be able to finish a mission or enter a harbour.

Currently the development team are working on a big content update for the game which will add four new ships to the game as well as Steam Workshop support and a modding tool, which will allow players to add and share their own ships.

The full changelog can be found below.

  • Fixed an issue where fast travelling at 5x speed could cause parts of the UI to become unresponsive
  • Fixed an issue where entering a harbour at 5x speed could cause the UI to become unresponsive
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the ‘Cancel mission’ warning message to become stuck on screen after finishing a mission
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the sea to disappear when setting the Ocean Quality to Ultra
  • The camera will no longer sometimes drift away from the Carrier while turning
  • Turning on Lens Dirt will no longer also turn off Lens Flare
  • Additional small tweaks have been made to the AI walk cycle
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the camera to rapidly shake
  • Additional animations added to the Hovercraft

We hope you are enjoying the game and let us know if you have any issues with the update.

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February 9

Changelog 09/02/2016

Hi everyone,

Today's update brings a lot of new fixes as well as more cutomisable graphics options for the visual effects.

Over the next few weeks we will also be releasing more details about upcoming ships and the direction of future development.


  • Fixed an issue where right clicking on the engine or wheel UI would affect the controls while rotating the camera as well
  • Fixed an issue where the sea depth would display as 0m
  • Improved realism of carrier turning
  • Fixed an issue where the bridge controls could be interacted with through the pause menu
  • Fixed an issue where the mission UI would not properly clear after completing a mission
  • Fixed an issue causing the bridge controls to shake for the first 30 seconds of loading up a game
  • Fixed an issue where the tutorial could be abandoned
  • Fixed an issue that could cause interacting with the world map to be difficult
  • Renting ships now costs the correct price
  • Moved a crew member from the front of the port boat
  • Fixed an issue that could cause 1st person movement to become jerky
  • It will no longer rain indoors and inside ship interiors
  • Fixed an issue where you could pause the game while at a loading screen
  • Civilians in the harbours should no longer get stuck inside objects or walk over furniture
  • Improved the smoothness of camera movement
  • The spray effects are now less luminous at night
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the camera to become stuck upon breaking a ship
  • Fixed being able to tow your own ship
  • Fixed a road that appeared to be floating
  • The ship’s wake will now be less visible at night
  • Corrected the positioning of the spray effects on some ships
  • Fixed an issue that could cause harbour sound effects to play for a few seconds when loading a game
  • Reduced the intensity of some visual effects and added in individual options to turn each effect on or off
  • You can now steer with the keyboard while in the bridge camera view using a semi-locked wheel
  • Sea scrolling should now be much less visible
  • Fixed an issue where some NPC ships in the harbour could intersect
  • Improved the NPC walk cycle
  • The scrolling speed of the world map will no longer be affected by the time speed
  • Fixed an issue that could cause rain to disappear while rotating the camera

Known Issues:

  • Fast travelling while at 5x speed can cause parts of the UI to become unresponsive
  • Entering a harbour while at 5x speed can cause the UI to become unresponsive
  • Mooring at the finishing point while moving can cause the ‘Cancel mission’ warning message to become stuck on screen

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About This Game

Weigh anchor on the open seas and begin your career in the maritime industry. Start from humble beginnings with a single ship and complete a selection of jobs that earn you experience to take on more demanding opportunities with greater rewards. Use your earned cash to repair your vessel and purchase new ships.


  • Five ships to purchase with more to come during Early Access
  • An open world with no loading screens between ports
  • A career mode that will allow players to complete jobs to earn money and experience
  • Changing weather conditions including storms and fog that affects ocean wave height
  • Manipulate time to make those long treks across the ocean pass much more quickly
  • Crew on board the vessel
  • Leave your ship at port to accept missions

Providing a combination of speed and luxury, this vessel is well worth the price tag. Some of your best moments in this vessel will be cruising the sea without a care in the world.

This vessel can complete a variety of different jobs around the port. Sturdy, reliable and always in demand, you will always have something to do when you’re a captain of the port boat.

The bulk carrier is a massive ship tasked to transport loose cargo such as grains & coal across the world. It may not be the fastest ship on the ocean, but without her, logistical transport between countries will be very difficult.

Ships Coming Soon

The below images are work in progress renders of the hovercraft, fishing boat and tug boat. These will launch with the game in Early Access and will be textured soon.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • Storage: 2700 MB available space
    • 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)
    • Storage: 2700 MB available space
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Mostly Negative (98 reviews)
Recently Posted
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 12
worst game ever dont get it
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RFG | nodrog1061 | CM
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
The worst game I have ever played when I got the game (after it appeared in my inventory) the graphics were laying over each other and I couldn't get past the main menu
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Dr. Strangepool
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
This game is so bad, so badly done, so horrible that it is like, literally swallowing a bunch of rocks and then try pass it out the next day whilst throwing salt on your eyes while having clothespin stuck on your scrotum.
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( 5.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 28
This is an early access game and nowhere near finished. Fair enough. The devs are promising more ships, missions, career mode and possibly free roam.

However, the game needs some very fundamental changes to the core. The graphics are very amateurish and, in the case of the scenes at port where one is trying to choose a mission, the whole thing looks like something from the 1990's. The NPC's look like something a child would create, the colours are all wrong and are too vibrant. The port area is excrutiating to look at.

The ships exteriors are not too bad, but utter rubbish compared with European Ship Simulator (ESS) which this game is supposed to be replacing! The bridges are nowhere near as good as ESS either and equally lacking in any interactivity with most of the controls not working. The UI controls are too small and are tricky to grab with the mouse, especially the throttles. The sea is not as good as ESS either and the water breaking over the bow looks rather like a poorly done snow storm. The background pictures on the horizon are very poor as well. It is nice that you can walk out of the bridge and around the ship, but why would you want to as there is nothing as yet to do, though this could be changed in the future as could interactive radio comms with the port authorities and other ships or interactive fully detailed bridge controls. More ports are also promised.

However, I fear that all such improvements will come to nought if the devs do not do something drastic to change the quality of the graphics. Ship sims, like non-combat flight sims should be all about beauty and something to behold. If the graphics are not improved at least to the standard of say, ESS or Silent Hunter 5, then this game is going to be a flop.

Personally, I would dearly love to see this game developed to the standard of FSX with a full world to roam about (or time skip if the distances are too far on a particular voyage). fully interactive bridges, interactive comms with ports and other ships. Radio traffic from other ships and, like FSX, a system in place where other publishers can produce high quality detailed accurate real world ships and ports as addons whilst paying a percentage towards this game's publishers/devs.

However, such developments may eventually be achieved, but are pointless unless the graphics, colours, textures and animations are not significantly improved. I will soldier on with this game and will be happy to revise this review in the future if things improve.
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( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24
poor game. not enjoyable and wasted 11 pounds and steam cant give me my money back.
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( 21.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
Amazing!!! i 'm sure it will be better in the future
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
I want the time from my life i wasted on this game back. If that dont tell you something..... Yeah this game is just as bad as all the reviews say it is.
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 16
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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 12
Have not been able to open this game, tried removeing and reloading but still no joy.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 11
The team seems to be focusing on everything except the "simulator" part. the tug handling does not give you an even remotely close sensation of being on a water vessel. very arcade-like... Still waiting for a more satyisfying handling, physics driven simulator. almost like an x-plane of Boats
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
This game is so bad, so badly done, so horrible that it is like, literally swallowing a bunch of rocks and then try pass it out the next day whilst throwing salt on your eyes while having clothespin stuck on your scrotum.
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41 of 66 people (62%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 18, 2015
What a hot mess.

Please note that this review is an initial, knee-jerk reaction to my first hour with the game, and I may revise it if things improve in the future.

To begin, I do not recommend this game unless you're either feeling self-destructive or you have $15 dollars of disposable income that you'd rather not set on fire, even after covering it in dog poop.

The game is being developed by none other than Exalibur Publishing, a bastion of few hits and many misses in the gaming world. After the failure of their previous entry into the world of giant boats and the sea, European Ship Simulator, it's back to the drawing board as Odin Game Studios does a redo and tries to make something that's playable and, well, not a gigantic turd sack. Will they succeed? Maybe, but things are not looking good.

The graphics look like they've come from a game made in 2001. I'm really not joking here. It's embarassingly bad. Ocean textures are awful (and not in the "full of awe" kind of way). There appears to be this horrible, radioactive-like film grain effect while on the open seas. The sky graphics, especially the stars at night, are blurry and extremely low resolution textures. They look terrible. And don't get me started on the harbor office!! The interior of which looks like it game out of a game from 1996. It's downright embarassing!! There are people walking around who are apparently at the harbor for some kind of balsa wood bridge building convention (and no, I'm NOT making this up!!). They also happen to be genetic clones, only forced to wear horribly different clothes as to not confuse each other. The women walk around like they've either just given birth in the women's restroom, they've just crapped their pants, or their thongs are on backward. I just can't get past the downright terrible graphics.

Gameplay itself is incredibly dull as well. Find the nice lady giving out the jobs, and she'll have to go to some fishing spots, or some other ports, or delivering cargo, the list goes on. The missions are insanely, mind-numbingly boring, and don't really offer anything beyond "go here, do that" on a flat surface (the ocean). At least we have the option to accelerate time, just so we can get through the pain more easily.

This game is so bad that I really don't even want to continue writing this review. I hate to be so brutally honest, but I'm afraid if I continue going on, I'll turn into Gordon Ramsey and really let myself go off the hook!

I DO NOT currently recommend this game. If it improves, I'll be sure to update my review to reflect those improvements. I'm really hoping that this game can eventually become a cash cow like Euro Truck Simulator, but so far it's not even 1% as good.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 24
Why would someone create one game which is garbage if you could make two of them, eh?

Reasons to my immature conclusion:
1. Un-optimized, a decent PC can barely handle it at lowest settings.
2. If you get it for free, that's good, real good, but if not, then don't bother coughing out any dough for this title just yet.
3. Most people might disagree on the claim I'm about to make, but I really think that ESS (European Ship Simulator) was far superior in being a proper ship simulator, it might have felt daft at first, I played it for 2 hours, and came up with the conclusion that it is garbage, but went back for a 2nd try, and almost enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed SS2008/SSE, and considering they well, scrapped a project competely, that did actually have some potential, just to start from scratch and have another go into the darkness and hope for the best is really quite unprofessional, which means that WSS might have the same fate as ESS.

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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 17, 2015
This is a great improvement over what it is replacing. I found it fairly easy to control, and a bit slow, but then? This sort of game should be slower, right?

Given the point it is at now as the starting place? I look forward to what it has coming.

Water and other graphics looked good to me until going to the Tourism port by Fast Travel. Then the water disappeared or showed my port boat as more of a submarine. Outside that (which didn't crash it, as I could still moor the boat to go into the harbor offices), it looked beautiful on Ultra settings.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 24, 2015
First of all, it has to be said, this game is already a massive improvement on it's infamous predecesor..... that said, you can tell this is in early access stage, ok let's start with the bad....

-The night sky- This has no depth. I honestly think my grandmother could do a better job using MS paint and she can't even use a Nokia 3310!
- Land bird noises out at sea- I know this may sound petty, but really, whenever I have been out at sea (7 ferry journeys this year) I have not seen a single land bird. I understand they migrate twice a year, however, definitely see a lot more Gulls than I see Robins this is for sure
- Water coming through the front of the boat- This just feels unfinished as of yet so not overly concerned, however, realistic boat through water effects would be amazing.
-Very small world- I hope this will be increased in size massively, I am sorry but 3 or 4 ports will not cut it. In a Sim/Arcade game, size will mean everything, a great example is Euro Truck Simulator, dozens of unique towns
Working lighthouses- I dont think Ive seen a single Sim with a working lighthouse
-The lock/unlock function- whereas this may have its uses, I feel that you also need a semi-lock where the throttle will lock after pressing w/s and not have to use the mouse.
-Things I'd love to see implemented- buoys, realistic shore lighting, more boat animations

And now for the good...
-This game has playability potential- yes the missions may be missing depth, but it has missions, and a career structure, and I am not aware of any career structure in a ship sim to date.
-The water and boat lighting- the water looks pretty good, and at night with the light shining on it, I think looks even better
-The potential this game has, with the right additions, and ensuring the additions have quality, rather than throwing in rubbish, speedily created additions would help add to the games immersability.

I look forward to regular updates, and I actually believe with the right care and attention this will be a great sim. After playing for the short time I have, it feels very much like an early Euro Truck Simulator, and that is now probably one of the best sims out there. Keep up the good work devs, and I look forward to giving you more feedback!
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 12
This game is highly inaccurate. I've been the captain of many boats in real life, so I've gotten to know the inside and outside of these vessels. That being said, whenever a boat even emits the slightest whimper, I can identify the make and model of said boat. For example, I spend my leisure time in real life on my 2009 Yahama 190 FSH, an aquatic vessel with a delightful purr that brings even the most hydrophobic lasses crawling the dock. This game has the NERVE to introduce a sport boat, yet the boat itself sounds more like a Scarab jet boat than my precious Yahama. Stuff like that honestly just makes me want to arm myself with a cartoonish hammer and bonk the devs of this game.

Now as far as commercial boating goes, the crimes here are even more pernicious. The Hammerschmidt Shrimpmaster 320 is the standard for fishing boats, obviously. Yet the Hammerschmidt sounds similar to a sustained rhinoceros grunt, echoing through an aluminum tube. If these devs were fisherman, they'd know that. Instead this fishing boat sounds like a baby ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ into an aluminum can. I can't listen to this and not be angry. This horrible mistake could only go unnoticed by the most oblivious of grass men, whose ears are so small that sounds are simply monotone beeps and purrs.

Second point, don't even bother me with a tutorial, I know how to pilot a ship. I've been on boats my entire life. My father was the captain of a large skiff, which he used to fish for crab in the Alaskan Sea. Unfortunately fishing regulations caused him to go broke. I think if the liberal up north are so concerned about the life of freaking fish they should just dive into the sea and life among the crabs, sea snails, and aquatic creatures like Aquaman.


Any real fisherman knows this game is trash created by the aeronautics industry to bring a crappy name to all boating men throughout the world (including the oceans).

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 26, 2015
Unplayable, unbelievably glitchy and the FPS averages about 5 with graphics settings at their lowest (I have just been playing Elite Dangerous at full quality, so it is not my setup).
Got this for free as I was stupid enough to but European Ship Simulator on release (it cost me £15 about a year ago), and I just feel offended that this is what is being offered in its place.
I have now deleted this and ESS and have absolutely no intention of re-installing.
This is an example of Steam (and developer) quality control being completely ignored.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 25
If we are in 2000.I can love this game,but we are in 2016.In 2000, there is better graphics then some games.TOTALY EPIC FAIL!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 21, 2015
This is an archaic looking arcade game that doesn't even run at 60FPS on an FX-8350, R9 290, 16GB RAM PC.

I got it free after the Dev team for European Ship simulator gave up and the publisher found a new dev team.

This game is ugly in comparison. But at least i runs better than the 12FPS I got in European Ship Simulator.

My refund is on the way, and both of these games will be out of my library for good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 29
Another POOR game... Message to developers: Better drop it guys... 2 simulators 2 failures...100% let down.
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