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Submerged Hidden Depths (2020) is an adventure game where you sail, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle-solving and no combat, you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first Submerged game and takes us back to explore the world and quench the anguished, angry presence lurking beneath the waves.

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 curse 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Submerged Hidden Depths 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated today.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform and Traversal game with Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete. To find everything can take a lot longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The game features a large, dark and menacing creature with black tendrils, the appearance of which is accompanied by ominous music and sound effects. The design of the creature may scare younger children.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Alcohol Reference. 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 where 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.

Skill Level

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 a 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.

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CostsCosts

Submerged Hidden Depths usually costs £24.99.
 

Submerged Hidden Depths

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform, Traversal (Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 43 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Uppercut Games (@UppercutGames)


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