So this thread inspired me to install and play Tempest last night. I played for about an hour, powering through the tutorial, which was good, but chock full of A LOT of information and commands that I will struggle to remember when I get to the real game where my ship is not so indestructible. Eventually my ship was sunk in the tutorial by a giant sea monster summoned by some pirates I’d just defeated. I’m not sure if that was supposed to happen or if I just didn’t fight the sea monster well enough. After my defeat it seemed to drop me out of the tutorial and into the main game map…so I’m thinking that was just the end of the tutorial.
Anyway, first impressions are quite good. It reminds me of a mix of all the other sailing/pirate games I’ve played over the years, somewhere between the pure merchant goodness of a Port Royale and the sail-in-a-circle-and-shoot-broadsides-till-it’s-over feel of Pirates of the Burning Sea. The game looks good, the music is nice and the sound effects are decent. Ships controls (and those of your Captain during boarding fights) are intuitive if you’ve ever played a sailing/pirate game before. The port interface is a little awkward, as is the interface for hiring, assigning and training sailors, but the tutorial walks you through it, and with time it will seem less mysterious I’m sure. I do like the addition of a “mystical” aspect to the game, finding artifacts with special abilities and discovering uncharted islands where such things might be hidden. Overall I’m somewhat impressed thus far, and looking forward to playing more.
@lordkosc , I had the same issue at first in the Port/Warehouse interface (and again when hiring sailors). You need to use the controls to “shift” the view off of your ship and onto the Warehouse, then the goods should light up and you can click their icons in the inventory bar at the bottom of the screen to move them over to the ship. You’ll end up overloaded, so the next task will have you “shift” the view again to the merchant in port, where you repeat the process, this time selling most of your goods to the merchant. Protip - Keep the jewels, as they sell for more at the next port you reach a few minutes later in the tutorial, and there you will spend a lot of money buying new weapons and weapon upgrades for your ship.