Our Score: 8/10
In a world of water and ruins, third-person exploration game Submerged: Hidden Depths is a soothing escape. The siblings you can play as one is trying to use her curse for good. While the other is determined to keep it from ruining their lives. Explore the city’s ruins in search of the seeds of its resurrection while navigating the calm blue waters and hammering whitecaps.
Villages of the flooded city hang precariously from the brittle points of the towers. As your boat breaches the waves, enigmatic creatures ride the wake, while hidden treasures gleam in the increasing darkness below.
A third-person exploration game set among the sunken ruins of a magnificent world, Hidden Depths is a non-combat adventure. Play as Miku and Taku, two people who have been cursed with a mysterious and powerful ability. But who are determined to use it for the betterment of their community. The brother and sister are on the lookout for a new place to call home. In a world that has been plagued by a weird creature. The majority of the world is submerged beneath the waves, and everything is covered in black vines. With the help of the sister’s unique ability to cultivate plants, the two set out to find a new home.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Submerged is also one of the most likely to turn off some individuals to the experience. There isn’t even a single fight to be had. This is a story-driven and exploration-based game, where you are tasked with finding and purifying various ocean-dominated locales. You are never in danger. And the only thing stopping you from completing the game is your inability to solve riddles based on the environment. Additionally, you can choose the sequence in which you tackle each section, allowing you to determine your own speed.
Sea the Beauty
Submerged: Hidden Depths has a spooky quality about it. A ghost-city vibe is already in the air because you’re in a post-apocalyptic world. Where you’re exploring the tops of familiar structures buried in years of decay and corrosion. There are also haunting echoes of the past inhabitants left behind by the black mass that apparently wiped out everyone else. As you explore, the shadows don’t do anything but change colour and do a single action when you go too close. Once you get far enough away, they go back to their former state.
Submerged: Hidden Depths resembles an iceberg in its size and scope. It’s only 10% of everything the game has to offer that’s visible. Although playing through the game as quickly as possible and ignoring all of the in-game content will result in you missing most of what is happening. As you progress through the game, you begin to uncover a hidden narrative that reveals itself in the form of diary entries written by the former occupants of the post-apocalyptic planet you’re now exploring. These diaries are the only true way to piece together the reality about what’s been going on, not that you ever truly reach a definitive conclusion on it.
Submerged: Hidden Depths has this lovely realm, however, has neither foes or fighting to stifle your exploration of its mysteries and wonders. A well-told story and gameplay that revolves around uncovering the story are two things you’re unlikely to find in any other video game.