You Must Build a Boat

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You Must Build a Boat
You Must Build a Boat icon.png
Developer(s)EightyEight Games LTD
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, OS X
Release
  • WW: 4 June 2015
Genre(s)puzzle, role-playing
Mode(s)Single player

You Must Build a Boat is a hybrid puzzle-role-playing game developed by Luca Redwood under the developer name EightyEight Games LTD. It is a sequel to Redwood's previous game, 10000000, and was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Android and iOS devices on 4 June 2015.

Gameplay[edit]

Upon starting the game, the player-character is on a small boat along with two non-playable character guides, who instruct the player-character they must build a larger boat to reach a goal; it is implied that this follows from the escape of the dungeon of the previous game 10000000.[1] The boat is built by having the character run through a dungeon to collect resources and capture monsters. As the player progresses in the game, the boat will be expanded to include shops where the player can improve their character's attributes, select captured monsters as companions in the dungeon, and more. The ultimate goal is to build a boat large enough to successfully complete the journey. You complete the game by finding the 'East Wind'.


When the player opts to venture into the dungeon, the game becomes an endless sequence of fights and obstacles, driven by a match-3 tile game. As the player's character runs across the top of the game screen, they will encounter monsters or treasure chests, which slowly push the character towards the left side of the screen until the monster is defeated or the chest is opened. If the character passes the left side of the screen, the run is over and the player is returned to the boat, collecting all the rewards from that run. To progress, the player matches 3 or more tiles on the game board by sliding a single row or column. The type of matched tiles will affect the progress: swords and staves will damage monsters and keys will open chests; matching these while not facing a monster or chest will do nothing. Other matched tiles, such as Thought and Power are used to purchase monster companions, while crates provide items and spells that can be used during play. The effect of matches is improved by matching 4 or 5 in a row and chaining together matches. The player may also have specific quest goals, assigned by companions on the boat, for a given run, which can provide additional rewards for expanding the boat.[1]

Development[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticiOS: 89/100[2]
PC: 71/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer9/10[1]
Pocket Gamer8/10[4]
TouchArcadeiOS: 5/5 stars[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vore, Byran (9 June 2015). "You Must Build a Boat". Game Informer. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "You Must Build A Boat for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "You Must Build A Boat for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ Slater, Harry (4 June 2015). "You Must Build A Boat". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (3 June 2015). "'You Must Build A Boat' Review – You Must Buy This Game". TouchArcade. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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