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  • Summary: Zen Studios welcomes you aboard a cruise liner called the Hope for one of the most unique gaming experiences on Apple Arcade. A tactical turn-based RPG with rogue-like elements, Dread Nautical combines immersive gameplay with a cartoonish — yet captivatingly eerie — tone.
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  1. May 1, 2020
    Dread Nautical is quite interesting, combining survival and turn-based strategy with a horror setting. It might feel a little bit overwhelming some times, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a lot of fun with it.
  2. Jun 15, 2020
    The combat is solid, the characters are interesting, and like the ocean the ship sails over floats over, the developers have ensured that their work has impressive depth.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 23, 2020
    A pleasant combination of multiple genres with a mysterious story and a turn-based core. RPG elements work well but the graphics are only ok. It would just need a little scarier atmosphere. [Issue#303]
  4. May 19, 2020
    Dread Nautical offers minimalistic graphics and gameplay. The core gameplay loop is too repetitive to be interesting beyond a few hours. Survivors, combat, and looting all needed to be fleshed out more to create more engaging systems. Dread Nautical is a cruise I won’t regret skipping.
  5. May 17, 2020
    Rather unspectacular tactical rpg with roguelike-elements and a rather unusual open sea setting.
  6. May 25, 2020
    All in all, Dread Nautical is a reasonably unremarkable game. It does well with the foundational ideas of the genres that it utilises and meets its objectives with a suitable story. However, it is more of a novelty than an advancement.
  7. Sep 12, 2020
    Dread Nautical is an example of how a great concept can turn into an equally brilliant disappointment. The game boils down to collecting items, searching for survivors, destroying a boss or a cluster of opponents, and repeating the same thing. Add to this a crooked camera, average graphics, poor balance of characters and ammunition, completely non-scary world where there is a collection of Necronomicon pages, but there is no place for the sticky horror of Lovecraft, and you get a mediocre product that you don't need to play.
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  1. Oct 5, 2020
    Dread Nautical is low-budget XCOM type game. XCOM type game means it is a turn base strategy game, fighting against some monstruous creatures,Dread Nautical is low-budget XCOM type game. XCOM type game means it is a turn base strategy game, fighting against some monstruous creatures, featuring character and weapon development as well as strong irreversable choinces all rounded with fun goofy style graphics. Low-budget means that sound and graphics will be repetitive, some features are not polyshed (translation is awful, surely done with an automated free translator) and some mechanics are either totally overpowered (like armor and ranged & root weapons) or completelye underpowered. Also, you will find glitches and bugs, some minor like few app crashes not particularly disturbing because the automated save, others somehow annoying like the fact that they forgot to port a diary recording all miniquest so you don't forget them.

    However, the bright side is that Dread Nautical is actually a true game, not just some time-consuming app. There are certainly some novelties and nice mechanics and the developers really putted some great ideas in the game (like the character recruiting). The set up is alse really nice and the weapons, descriptions and character comments are very hylarious (it is great to nock out an enemy with a cd machine while your characters comment "knock out, punk!"). However, the game certainly lacks more time and money invested on it and one would have like it to see it fully developed.

    All in all, Dread Nautical is a fair option for XCOM lovers. However, if you missed the original certainly choose XCOM before Dread Nautica
  2. Oct 26, 2020
    Simply could not play this game properly.

    I bought this game on the Epic store, but the game was in French! I checked my Epic Games
    Simply could not play this game properly.

    I bought this game on the Epic store, but the game was in French!

    I checked my Epic Games settings, and everything was configured in English.

    I tried to register in the Zen Studios forum (which looks sooooo dated btw), and never received the confirmation email.

    I sent an email directly to the support address that i found somewhere, and asked them why they would not honor the settings defined in Epic Games (i.e. English language).

    A few days later, the answer: "you have to install a language pack in Windows".

    Oooookaaayyy..... Thanks but no thanks. Just honor my settings in Epic Games and that's it.

    Oh, you don't want to? Well, hop, refund, and bye bye.

    So sad because this games seemed to be fun... But since I could not even play it... Well...

    Keep doing things the wrong way, Zen Studios! Like your dated forum, your dated logo, or your game that doesn't honor my settings. This is very professional of you! clap clap clap