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Submerged Hidden Depths Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Submerged: Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you boat, 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 cursed 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Uppercut Games (@UppercutGames)

Players: 1

 

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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

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

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. 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 with 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 Rating

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. 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 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.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 48-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Submerged Hidden Depths usually costs £24.99.
 

Submerged Hidden Depths

PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Submerged Hidden Depths Accessibility Report documents 43 accessibility features:
The game has no difficulty as there is no way to die or fail the game. You can practice features as you find them, without pressure.

There are very rare occasions where timing is important such as the optional collection of animals, but the game is designed so that timed button presses are not required. For example, jumps and climbing in the environment don't need timed presses.

When using the telescope the game provides large directional assistance in the form of a circle that indicates where items are for you to find. The circle directs you in towards the items which are then permanently highlighted next time you use the telescope in that area.

Discovered locations are marked in the map and the world. This serves as a log of items to find in the game. You can approach this aspect of the game in any order. As you approach interact-able items the game shows a sizeable icon with the button you need to press. There is a map and compass that provides indication of the next waypoint with a green symbol. When you look through a telescope you can zoom in on distant areas and items are indicated with different icons.

You can set the colour of the in-game directional guidance (paths and objects).

Some of the collectable items in the game make a directional sound (and controller vibrates), however this has a small range. The seeds you need to complete levels make a sound with a larger range and when you have picked it up you are aided to its destination by a pulse sound that increases in tempo as you approach.

On controller you can choose pre-set mappings that offer set-ups for Beginner and One-Handed controls.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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