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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Submerged Hidden Depths 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
Play focuses on exploration and unlocking the world by freeing it of the dark black plants. You play both Miku and Taku who arrive in the world and work to undo the cursed by finding and restoring seeds to their proper place.
Unlike many other adventure games, this is an experience devoid of violence and combat. As you solve the different seed-based puzzles you can head out by boat across tranquil waters and storm-driven oceans. The islands are rich with areas to explore, climb and interact with as you collect mysterious relics of a distant past and scour the buildings for the seeds of its salvation.
The result is a Zelda-like adventure but without the combat. As you explore and discover the world and its collectibles there's a beautiful journey to go on.
This game is good if you want to:
- Be supported to remember and visualise
- Play games with visual impairment
- Keep children's rights at the centre of play
- Play your first platform game
- Muck about on the water
- Play games made in Australia
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE. This is a third-person exploration game in which players control a pair of siblings as they navigate partially submerged ruins. Players can traverse a variety of structures while searching for collectibles and diaries.
Along with the large skyscraper sized faceless demonic-looking creature, there's a moment with the girl collapses unexpectedly. Also the girl has a plant growing up her arm. For very young players these things are a useful extra consideration.
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. For younger players with the patience and inquisitiveness to explore and discover the world, this is a great fit. There's no jumping as the game does this for you. You do need to use the map and compass to carefully find all the items, and have the desire to complete your collections. You can co-play with a parent and very young child where you hand the child the controller to use the telescope and find items in the world for you both to collect.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 48-year-olds play this game:
- 48-year-old: The Lapping Rhythm Of Exploration
Submerged Hidden Depths
The game builds on the previous title from the developer, Submerged (iOS, Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, PC). It offers a similar style experience and sets up the story of the second game.
Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Accessibility: 43 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
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