Trash Sailors Review: Trash is almost a treasure

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While the game is really a lot of fun with friends, frustrating and incessant network issues keep Trash Sailors from its full potential.

Co-op multiplayer is an often overlooked genre in games, but it has grown in popularity thanks to its frequent appearances on YouTube Let’s Plays. Marine waste, a game by Klucky Machine and published by tinyBuild, is a recent addition to this type of game, and while it may reduce the fun aspects of the experience, there are big issues getting to this point.

There is no real story to Marine trash; rather, there is a configuration. A Trash Tsunami has flooded the world and a group of survivors must now navigate as if their lives depend on it, which they are doing. The objective of each level is to simply get from point A to point B and the setting changes as the hapless crew advance further and further into the ocean of trash, traversing everything from tropical jungles. at toxic waste landfills.

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Although the rigors of trying to pilot a ship are not exactly represented in Marine wasteThe unique mechanics of keeping their little raft afloat will be what will keep players busy through the levels. As you would expect from a game with such a title, the recycle bin is the primary focus of the game as its uses are endless. Not only is it used to repair the raft, it can also be fired from cannons and serves as fuel for the raft’s engine. While quite dangerous to navigate, the Ocean of Garbage is also what provides players with the necessary influx of garbage they need to keep cruising. Collecting and grinding this resource is what players focus on when not responding to one emergency or another, which admittedly is a small part of the time.


These types of emergencies take many forms throughout the game and are the main challenge for players. While at first these obstacles are fairly simple stationary objects, eventually they turn into explosives that creepily head towards the small boat. The bridge itself is also subject to a lot of hazards, but none are more dangerous than those who would like to take the ship for themselves, whether for transport or for food. The environment itself also manages to get licked by making matters worse with the waves it sends to ward off crew members, or the nocturnal spiders that will kidnap players if left untreated.


All of these mechanics add up to a very fun and chaotic moment when Marine waste can be played with friends. Unfortunately, the game is not designed around one person who can do all of the work to operate the boat. To compensate, Marine waste provides solo players with a little robot, except it only makes things more complex. The bot will perform a task, which then needs to be completed by the player, such as having to steer manually while also trying to search for trash if the robot is the pilot.

The idea of ​​a multiplayer game being better at multiplayer wouldn’t be that big of a deal if online multiplayer worked well, but it doesn’t. When trying to play with a team of four, the time spent trying to troubleshoot network issues was equal to or greater than the time spent playing. On top of all that, latency issues, enemies only visible to certain players, etc. all occurred and hampered the experience even more.


A chaotic night at the arctic level of Trash Sailors.

It’s an unfortunate moment when a game is both extremely fun and extremely broken. The potential for greatness is obviously present, but Marine waste is holding back thanks to bad circumstances. That being said, should Marine waste receiving the kind of tech support he needs and finally living up to his potential, that would be more than a fun time for any group of friends.

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Marine waste out for PC on December 16e, 2021 and later on consoles. Screen Rant has been given digital Steam codes for the purpose of this review.



Our assessment:

2.5 out of 5 (Fairly good)

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