Boat Simulator
September 2, 2021 6:57 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a videogame that simulates driving a small boat in and around an archipelago. Preferably PNW/San Juans vibe but anything works. Doesn't have to be realistic or a sim game, The Wind Waker kinda fits into what I'm looking for. Open to all kinds of art styles.
posted by kittensofthenight to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: eSail Sailing Simulator is around a fictional mid-Atlantic "Shearwater Islands". Claims to teach you enough to qualify for a real sailboats.

Sailaway has a persistent online world that uses real Earth maps at 1 to 1 scale. May be a bit hard.

Both are on Steam.
posted by kschang at 7:41 PM on September 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

It is probably not what you're looking for, but the sailing is one of my favorite parts of Valheim.
posted by xedrik at 8:27 PM on September 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

Best answer: These may be too gamey for you, but Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Odyssey involve a lot of sailing, though there's also a lot of naval combat and such. God of War (the most recent one) likewise had a lot of rowing your canoe around and I had a lovely time with that.

I liked boating around in Valheim as well.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:27 PM on September 2, 2021 [1 favorite]

Warning for Valheim: you would have to spend a lot of time grinding for materials and building an industrial base before you can get a raft (with sail) and then even more time grinding for the smallest boat. I found the game play during that time enjoyable but it is still there; you can't just install and start sailing.
posted by Mitheral at 4:45 AM on September 3, 2021

There are a couple of browser based training power boat simulators here. I suspect they are old and clunky, but they would be quick to try.
posted by SemiSalt at 5:08 AM on September 3, 2021

Best answer: You might try Submerged, it involves boating around a flooded city, exploring and climbing the buildings therein. It's strictly exploring and mild platforming, no combat. Available for a number of platforms.
posted by subocoyne at 9:29 AM on September 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Wave Race 64 probably isn't what you're looking for.
posted by box at 11:04 AM on September 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Pancake Sailor is on Steam, and it's free - so give it a try!

From the link:
Explore Akalana Islands, an idyllic Caribbean location offering sunset sailing around bays and open seas. Learn the basics of sailing, including steering and speed management ( how to sail upwind and downwind ).
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 12:24 PM on September 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Oh I LOVE Wave Race.
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:42 PM on September 3, 2021

You might try Submerged

On my wishlist on Steam since this RPS review which is how I know that it frequently goes on 90%-off discount -- pretty much for every Steam sale and intermittently between them. At the moment it's full-price on Steam but 90% off on Humble.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 1:50 PM on September 3, 2021

I've played Submerged and gotten all achievements. You pilot a small powered raft around a ruined city, trying to visit buildings and climb each to look for a cure for your little brother.

Looks like the devs added an update recently which added content.
posted by kschang at 9:59 AM on September 4, 2021

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