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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of meaning and place in the world.

Play involves swimming around to explore each of the new areas you visit. You are led through what becomes a gentle adventure, by some robot characters you meet and befriend. As you delve deeper, you discover a beautiful underwater realm and the creatures that live there.

But this is more than a journey through an underwater land. The narrative soon gathers pace and invites you to ask questions about who you are in the game, how you got there and where you need to go. By the end you discover that all is not what it seems.

The result is a game as much about identity and our place in the world as scuba diving and bio-diversity. It's a tantalising look under the waves, but also what lies under our own personas.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Giant Squidology (@GiantSquidology)




Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.


This game has helped players develop their Belief as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
BBC Abzu Documentary
Using Abzu In Worship

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game is rated PEGI 7 and is suitable for persons of 7 years of age and older. Violence lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because of the mostly slow nature of the game it works for young children. You need to persist in exploration and puzzle solving, but there isn't often a time limit. Older players can get more out of the narrative that develops.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 44-year-olds play this game:


Abzu usually costs £14.99 to £15.99.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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