You Must Build A Boat

10.8K reviews
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About this game

" * * * * * - A truly superb mash-up of match-three and endless runner that’s unique on mobile and thoroughly addictive. Buy it" - Stuff Magazine

" * * * * * - Makes the original game feel like a demo. It's absurdly fun and nearly impossible to put down." - Touch Arcade

" * * * * ½ Gold Award - Building a boat will indeed become the most important task in your life." - Game Informer

" * * * * ½ - We will gladly build a boat again and again." - Gamezebo

Travel the world in your boat, from the top of the Mage Tower to the bottom of Hell

Recruit a crew to live on your boat and offer their services

Match as fast as you can to keep on running

Turn Monsters to your cause to get bonuses and have them aid your in battle

Use magic to aid your quests, and don’t forget to visit your onboard Arcanery to upgrade them

With procedural dungeons and random Dungeon Modifiers, It’s never the same experience twice

Upgrade your tiles, Quaff Potions and Pray for Modifiers to whatever fits your play style best

How fast can you build your boat?

You must spring out of bed.
You must bargain with the lizardman.
You must heed your undead navigators.
You must slide rows or columns of tiles on a 6x8 grid.
You must match at least 3.
You must run to the right.
You must focus intently on 2 areas of the screen simultaneously.
You must match keys to unlock chests and swords to attack.
You must literally collect your thoughts and trade them for dragons.
You must not dally.
You must not be too hasty.
You must voluntarily ramp up the difficulty by taking on multiple quests at once.
You must incrementally reach your goals.
You must try again.
You must try again x5.
You must win every time, even when you don’t.
You must remain optimistic.
You must upgrade your magic staff.
You must occasionally stop playing to allow for your hand to uncramp.
You must take credit for random chain combos you made no effort to arrange.
You must trust a blue bean man to make dangerous investments with your money.
You must forget about the blue bean man.
You must mind the asp.
You must reconcile that despite the game’s title, you begin your journey in possession of what is, in no uncertain terms, already a boat.
You must go all-in on the retro aesthetic.
You must trade junk for gold with the voidorb.
You must pray for salt.
You must consume fish and tomatoes for time.
You must venture through hell.
You must disarm traps like your life depends on it.
You must make an offering at the chapel.
You must rally the Fantasy Union and the Undead Buddies to your cause.
You must weigh anchor and methodically yet joyously hop in sync with your entire crew.
You must feign interest in critiquing the gardener’s work.
You must look up at the clock and wonder how it’s so late already.
Updated on
Feb 20, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

9.91K reviews
John Holsinger
March 22, 2024
It's unique and cute, but gets tedious quickly because upgrades are in small increments. The biggest thing preventing this game from being great (that I didn't encounter) is the ability to "bank" matches - if you match before the target of the match is encountered, then you've basically wasted a match. This differentiates this game from others, but it feels limiting.
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Aaron Jordan
September 30, 2020
I * hee-haw* love this game. I've been playing for a week and I'm on my second playthrough. I don't know if this is by bug or design. But on the last level, you don't receive good from monsters or chests anymore. I'm on my second playthrough, so I didn't have to repeat as many levels And now my gold is almost zero, and I can't beat the reaper as quickly. Another quirk of this problem, I can't get enough gold to fully upgrade my tiles and get the (secrets).
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anton vinogradov
April 21, 2022
The game itself is fine but the amount of needless waiting you need to do is just unreasonable. Why can I not just tap something and that open up the menu for it, why do I have to wait for the dude to get to it? Why are there so many things to tap on and sliders to slide? These are the weirdest design choices and really make me not ever want to replay it. Edit: I tried replying it recently. Realized the excessive tapping is why I stopped playing. 2 stars now.
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What's new

-Bug fixing and Compatilibity changes