The mysterious depths of the sea have a special place in my heart and mind since i’m child. Luckily i found Abzû, a little adventure set in the ocean!
Core facts about the game
Developer: Giant Squid Studios
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release: 2016 (PS4, PC, Xbox One), 2018 (Switch)
Set in vasted ocean the player takes on the role of a female diver exploring the ocean and bring back the life with magical springs. The narrative of the game is told wordlessly and based on Sumerian myths and the concept of the cosmics ocean. The story of Abzû is based on the myths of the ocean goddes Tiamat and the fresh water god Abzu. The latter also served as the patron saint of the title. Main themes in the game are the creating of life and exploring the world benath the surface.
The player explores the ocean, finds secrets and learn more about ancient technology in the ocean. Following a linear way the play will unlock new areas and has to solve some item-based riddels to visit a new area.
The player directs the diver using complete analogue control and can grab onto bodies of larger marine animals and ride on them. Each area sports hidden collectibales for the diver to find.
Graphic & Soundtrack
Abzû has a amazing art style with different colours to create a world under water that shows how diverse the ocean is. Areas near the surface have lighter colours and areas in dept of the sea have a dark color scheme. Matching the beautiful graphics, Abzû has a very cohorent soundtrack that perfectly emphasizes the peaceful & mysterious atmosphere the ocean.
All in all, Abzû is a lot of fun and a very entertaining adventure. The game scores through the beautiful look, the relaxed soundtrack and the excellent atmosphere. Especially the mysterious essence of the ocean is perfectly captured. Likewise, the gameplay entertains. I forgive Abzû the evaluation worth playing.
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