Released (on Steam): 3 Aug, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Uppercut Games
Publisher: Uppercut Games
Steam Price: £1.49 (90% off)
Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.
- Vast outdoor environments with a rich, colorful and vibrant habitat present the player with a beautiful place to linger during the day or night, and encounter the mysterious remnants that watch you from the rooftops.
- A serene and relaxing game experience; take your time to enjoy the sunrise and beautiful vistas, listen to the sound of the ocean, or observe the playfulness of the creatures that inhabit this place. There is only one pace in this game and that’s your own.
- Discover the hidden objects that piece together the story of redemption, sacrifice and determination, and learn more about how the city came to be this way.
- Cruise through the city streets in your small powered fishing boat, using your telescope to identify which of the various buildings contain supplies and mark them on your map.
- Discover the best path to the objects you spotted from afar. Dock your boat at tall buildings and landmarks and climb the vines, ladders, ledges and pipes as increasingly difficult navigation puzzles.
- Developed by an independent studio based in Australia, consisting of AAA veterans who have previously worked on the BioShock series, with music from BAFTA award winning composer Jeff van Dyck.
Completion: Completed game, 100%, once.
Playtime at Review: 5.4 hours
Total Playtime: 5.4 hours
Achievements at Review: 10/10 (100%)
My rating: 7.5/10
Casual and relaxing experience.
Beautiful world to explore and capture with a basic photo mode.
A couple of hidden references/links to other games from Uppercut Games.
Gameplay can be a little repetitive.
Concierge achievement didn't trigger.
Submerged is the second game I’ve played from Uppercut Games, the first one being EPOCH. I really, really didn’t like EPOCH, but Submerged is very different and much more to my tastes! Submerged is essentially a casual exploration game, with no real dialogue or combat, although there is a sweet little story to follow.
The controls are very simple, with directional keys (WASD) being the only part needed for most of the gameplay. Gameplay consists of travelling in your little boat around the Submerged map, primarily in search of key items to save your injured brother. After finding each key item, you’ll get a short cut-scene as the story progresses. You’ll then start back with your brother, ready to find the next item for him. You’ll generally need to climb a tall building in order to find these items.
As well as the main items to find, there are also 60 secrets to discover on various buildings throughout the map, along with boat boost upgrades in the water. There’s a few different animals in the game too. I always liked it when the dolphins swam alongside my boat! There’s a few landmarks to discover on your journeys as well. There may even be a couple of references to other Uppercut Games, something that I really appreciated.
Due to the gameplay being very simple, it can get a little repetitive at times, but this is also one of the reasons why the game is so casual and great for a relaxing experience. The world is beautiful, so you can go travelling around the map, climbing buildings or spotting wildlife, just taking in all the views. There’s a basic photo mode (postcard) too, so you can save all of the amazing and vibrant views. I made great use of the photo mode! Of course, the soundtrack really helped with creating a relaxing experience too!
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Submerged. Sure, it’s very simple and a little repetitive, but the combination of a soothing soundtrack, a beautiful world and creatures, risk-free gameplay and cute story really made for a chilled experience. I’m a little annoyed that the Concierge achievement didn’t unlock when it should have so it doesn’t show me having 100% achievements, but that’s a minor detail and nothing game-breaking. I bought this at a heavy discount on Steam and while I enjoyed it, I would advise buying it at a discount to anyone else. I wouldn’t say it’s worth the full price of £15 for 5 hours of simple gameplay.
Posted on 27-10-2020