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03-23-2017, 09:01 AM
#21
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 416
First Impressions!

Hey everyone, I've got some first impressions!

However, I would FIRST like to point out that on iPad, I have to turn my iPad upside-down to play the game, which is inconvenient because it's uncomfortable to play like this while wearing headphones. Developers, please enable Screen Rotation/Orientation (Landscape-Left and Landscape-Right) so that we can comfortably play this $9.99 game!


With that being said, the game looks and plays extremely well on my iPad Air 2 (iOS 8.x). There is no lag, and graphics are clean and crisp so far. Using the TAP and TOUCH controls to navigate the ship feels a little bit awkward, probably because I'm not quite used to them; you gotta put your finger in front of the ship to navigate and turn, and sometimes turning on and off the engines could be cumbersome without practicing the correct taps/gestures. With the SCREEN BUTTONS controls, I feel like I have better control of the ship, so I've decided to use this control scheme to enjoy the game.


The text size in this game is just the right size on iPad (9.7-inch display), so no problems there. The lore and grammar in this game is quite...perplexing (for lack of a better term), and the player must learn to get used to it. My English (American native speaker) is excellent, but even I must point out that this game may not work well for people who don't like to read or lack the sense of being somewhat analytical. You gotta get used to the terminologies and the somewhat "rough" grammar and vocabulary introduced in this game. First word you should learn before playing this game is "assay", if you don't already know it. Another thing is that this game can feel very overwhelming at first; all I can advise is for you to take your time with it until you get the hang of how things work.


Aside from that, the exploration factor of this game is quite exciting...it feels like an entire uncharted world is out there awaiting discovery!


Additional Notes

-The game makes the iPad hot (like Radiation Island hot) + high battery drain
-Making an iPhone version of this game doesn't seem feasible considering sizing and scale...but hey, if Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was miraculously modified for the iPhone, I wouldn't completely rule it out for this Sunless Sea.


Lastly, above all, our dear devs, PLEASE fix the screen orientation on iPad!



I will continue to play and write a review at a later date.

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03-23-2017, 09:47 AM
#22
Joined: Aug 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 351
Quote:
Originally Posted by senkoujin View Post
Hey everyone, I've got some first impressions!

However, I would FIRST like to point out that on iPad, I have to turn my iPad upside-down to play the game, which is inconvenient because it's uncomfortable to play like this while wearing headphones. Developers, please enable Screen Rotation/Orientation (Landscape-Left and Landscape-Right) so that we can comfortably play this $9.99 game!


With that being said, the game looks and plays extremely well on my iPad Air 2 (iOS 8.x). There is no lag, and graphics are clean and crisp so far. Using the TAP and TOUCH controls to navigate the ship feels a little bit awkward, probably because I'm not quite used to them; you gotta put your finger in front of the ship to navigate and turn, and sometimes turning on and off the engines could be cumbersome without practicing the correct taps/gestures. With the SCREEN BUTTONS controls, I feel like I have better control of the ship, so I've decided to use this control scheme to enjoy the game.


The text size in this game is just the right size on iPad (9.7-inch display), so no problems there. The lore and grammar in this game is quite...perplexing (for lack of a better term), and the player must learn to get used to it. My English (American native speaker) is excellent, but even I must point out that this game may not work well for people who don't like to read or lack the sense of being somewhat analytical. You gotta get used to the terminologies and the somewhat "rough" grammar and vocabulary introduced in this game. First word you should learn before playing this game is "assay", if you don't already know it. Another thing is that this game can feel very overwhelming at first; all I can advise is for you to take your time with it until you get the hang of how things work.


Aside from that, the exploration factor of this game is quite exciting...it feels like an entire uncharted world is out there awaiting discovery!


Additional Notes

-The game makes the iPad hot (like Radiation Island hot) + high battery drain
-Making an iPhone version of this game doesn't seem feasible considering sizing and scale...but hey, if Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was miraculously modified for the iPhone, I wouldn't completely rule it out for this Sunless Sea.


Lastly, above all, our dear devs, PLEASE fix the screen orientation on iPad!



I will continue to play and write a review at a later date.
Thank you very much for this review, I will wait till the orientation is fixed before buying the game, it's so basic that I can't believe it's not implemented.

03-23-2017, 10:50 AM
#23
Possible to run on iPad mini 2 without lag issue?
03-23-2017, 10:52 AM
#24
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,242
Quote:
Originally Posted by doomowl View Post
Possible to run on iPad mini 2 without lag issue?
Runs fine on a mini 2.
03-23-2017, 11:23 AM
#25
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 10
Super pumped for this

Loved it on PC... One quick question for those who have played it already; can you play it with one hand?
03-23-2017, 11:47 AM
#26
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,242
Quote:
Originally Posted by heephap View Post
Loved it on PC... One quick question for those who have played it already; can you play it with one hand?
Technically you maybe able to but it wouldn't be comfortable with so many menus and buttons. Honestly hard for me to play most games at all one handed on an iPad mini even.
03-23-2017, 11:55 AM
#27
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by anthony78 View Post
Technically you maybe able to but it wouldn't be comfortable with so many menus and buttons. Honestly hard for me to play most games at all one handed on an iPad mini even.
Thanks for the reply, I play many games one handed and judging from having played the PC version, using the buttons and navigating menus should be fine as long as it is paused. I was just wondering about the ship piloting and real time stuff...
03-23-2017, 12:35 PM
#28
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: California
Posts: 1,064
Quote:
Originally Posted by heephap View Post
Thanks for the reply, I play many games one handed and judging from having played the PC version, using the buttons and navigating menus should be fine as long as it is paused. I was just wondering about the ship piloting and real time stuff...
It can easily be played with one hand, as long as you're not counting the hand you use to hold your device. I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm just not sure what you mean. If you truly mean "single-handed play," then probably not, unless, as you said, it's paused. navigation is possible with one hand, at least on a Mini because the ship is always centered on the screen.

By the way, this looks and plays great on an iPad Mini 4. It pushes the hardware, though, which drains the battery as a previous poster mentioned. I own the desktop version but never played it much because, like Mini Metro and a few others, I always felt it was better suited for a tablet (it is!), and at roughly half the price of the Steam version.

Last edited by Ubisububi; 03-23-2017 at 12:38 PM.
03-23-2017, 12:57 PM
#29
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubisububi View Post
It can easily be played with one hand, as long as you're not counting the hand you use to hold your device. I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm just not sure what you mean. If you truly mean "single-handed play," then probably not, unless, as you said, it's paused. navigation is possible with one hand, at least on a Mini because the ship is always centered on the screen.

By the way, this looks and plays great on an iPad Mini 4. It pushes the hardware, though, which drains the battery as a previous poster mentioned. I own the desktop version but never played it much because, like Mini Metro and a few others, I always felt it was better suited for a tablet (it is!), and at roughly half the price of the Steam version.
Thanks, I hold my iPad (pro 9.7) in between my legs (sitting down) and it is often the case that one of my hands is not usable so I use my left hand to play the game. From what you (and the other guy) have said, I am sure it will be fine and I am used to it anyway.

I am glad it looks and plays great, very much looking forward to playing this!

Last edited by heephap; 03-23-2017 at 12:59 PM.
03-23-2017, 01:44 PM
#30
What kind of game can this be classified as? Action/Rpg? I can't really tell what's going on in the trailer as far as gameplay. What is the main story about and what is the objective? What role does the player have in the gameplay and its mechanics?