Developer: Uppercut Games
Publisher: Uppercut Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch Xbox One, Xbox One X, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Release Date: 10/03/2022
Price: Added soon
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

In Submerged: Hidden Depths you play as a sister and brother who have sailed in to a ruined city. The two are trying to are trying to rid the city of The Mass, a disease that has strangled the crumbling city.

The sister has been cursed. She is determined to use her cursed to help the world while the brother is trying to keep them together. 

Submerged Hidden Depths game

A Waterworld

The gameplay is simple. Search for the seeds through your telescope and other collectables. Upon approaching the target seeds, you will then need to scale the building and put it back in to its original base. While scaling the building, there will be diaries to collect that will expand the world lore. Some of these diaries are well hidden. There is some light puzzle element. With moving platforms via the boat and moving boulder on to pressure pads to open areas to carry on exploring, for example.

When it comes to the climbing, Submerged: Hidden Depths would make Laura Croft jealous of how streamlined and simple it is. All movements look and feel fluid. With no element of the climbing complicated at all, jump to grab ledges and move with the L-stick. This is one of the game’s biggest strengths. Everything is simple to pick up and play for all ages. I had my five-year-old daughter, playing for a wee ten minutes, and she figured out how to move the boat and climb. And of course my three-year-old had to have a go, and was enjoying driving the boat.

Submerged: Hidden Depths will not be to everyone’s liking. There is no combat, no urgency, nothing complicated, and it is like marmite. You will love or hate it.

Atmosphere

Submerged: Hidden Depths has done an outstanding job of creating a somewhat somber atmosphere, with the dilapidated building crumbing in to the sea. While looking in to the sea, it leaves you with a sense of what the city once looked like. As even with it being a fictitious city, it somewhat feels familiar. 

The Mass it’s self adds an even more somber tone, as it makes plant-like after images of everything thing it touches. Leaving human like plants in the last pose of the person, like an eerie statue. Then there is the simple beauty of the open sea, and the waves lapping upon the boat and the building. All the while, the boat bobs up and down on the waves. 

Is Something Wrong?

There are no major stand out problems with Submerged: Hidden Depths. There are a couple of things that could turn people off. The puzzles are WAY too simple to be even called puzzles and the main story line is very linear with point-to-point travel.

Overall Submerged: Hidden Depths does what its predecessor did, straightforward and simple gameplay, with a beautiful world and plenty of lore to discover. While sticking with the more relaxing and atmospheric aspects of gaming. Also, my kids loved it.

As I stated Submerged: Hidden Depths is not for everyone. If you have played and liked the first one, then you will like this one too. However, if you want something more fast-paced, keep on sailing.

8-10
GREAT

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