- Publisher: 505 Games , 505 Games
- Release Date: Aug 2, 2016
- Also On: PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One
- Summary: From the art director of Journey, ABZÛ is an underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean. But beware as you swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.
- Developer: Giant Squid
- Genre(s): Action Adventure, Adventure, General, 3D, Third-Person
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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Positive: 16 out of 19
Mixed: 3 out of 19
Negative: 0 out of 19
Oct 4, 2016The underwater controls are sublime, the soundtrack by Austin Wintory is perfect; choral swells and orchestral build-ups, a real sense of place and spirituality. If exploring an underwater paradise and uncovering a fantastic story appeals to you, then give this stunning little gem a go.
Aug 2, 2016While very brief, almost overly so, the journey was still one to remember, especially when it features one of the most visually striking and cathartic endings in recent memory. ABZÛ is a spellbinding and visually stunning experience. I can't recommend this title enough, and it's definitely one you'll want to check out.
PC PowerPlayAug 27, 2016Even though it's a linear game, Abzu offers a sense of freedom to rival any sandbox. [Issue#254, p.56]
Pelit (Finland)Oct 12, 2016Abzu's charming aquatic world is always softly in motion. A good-looking journey comes with repetitive and shallow gameplay and its pursuit of affecting emotions remains halfway. Still, execution being detailed and captivating it's definitely worth a dive. One of the best underwater exploration games out there. [Sept 2016]
Aug 19, 2016In the end if you’re a fan of explorer, filmmaker, and scientist Jacques Cousteau or feel at home watching the deep sea documentaries of David Attenborough, then ABZÛ is something that you’ll definitely want to check out.
Aug 13, 2016Abzû might not offer an easy to digest story, but those missteps are made up with a dazzling experience, some marvellous set-pieces, beautiful visuals packed with vivid colours, and a lovely soundtrack. All this artistic work gels together for a relaxing and reflective afternoon of wonderment.
Jan 26, 2017This interactive aquarium is a sight to behold, but not enticing enough to make me spend one more minute underwater.
Positive: 46 out of 82
Mixed: 26 out of 82
Negative: 10 out of 82
Aug 2, 2016This game reminds me a lot like Journey. It's one of those one day games you can just immerse yourself into and the gameplay is just so casualThis game reminds me a lot like Journey. It's one of those one day games you can just immerse yourself into and the gameplay is just so casual and amazing. It's most defiantly a game worth playing. If you want a game that pulls you into the experience this is most defiantly the game for you.… Expand
Feb 17, 2019It is a great game. I saw the pictures of the game before I played it and fell in love with them, that was the main reason I wanted to play itIt is a great game. I saw the pictures of the game before I played it and fell in love with them, that was the main reason I wanted to play it and it is definitely as fantastic as it looks. It takes you to another world and lets you do a cleansing. It is not such a long game either. After you finish it, it feels like a dream. I also liked the plot. It doesn't force itself on the player, you discover it on your own. If you don't want to focus on it or think about it, you have that choice too. Just keep swimming and follow the white shark.… Expand
Mar 8, 2023Beautiful in every way. Visuals, music, theme, etc.
I'll call this one another Journey-like and it holds up well to that standard. This isBeautiful in every way. Visuals, music, theme, etc.
I'll call this one another Journey-like and it holds up well to that standard. This is also a great game for your "non-gamer" friends and family, they'll enjoy it too.
It will only take a couple hours to complete, so maybe pick it up during a sale.… Expand
Aug 11, 2021Quel plaisir que de ce retrouver complètement plongé dans cet univers aquatique coloré et musicale. Le jeu et avant tout très contemplatif etQuel plaisir que de ce retrouver complètement plongé dans cet univers aquatique coloré et musicale. Le jeu et avant tout très contemplatif et très simple dans ses mécaniques. Mais son gros point faible reste ses contrôles...surtout à la manette. Le clavier et la souris règlent plus ou moins le problème mais c'est le genre de jeu qu'on aime faire à tête reposée et manette en main. C'est dommage. Mais je le recommande vivement à tous ceux qui hésitent encore à se lancer dans cette aventure courte, certes, mais riche en émotions. Et pour les plus curieux ou / et passionnés de la mer et des océans c'est un bon moyen ludique de découvrir quelques espèces sous-marines.… Expand
Jan 31, 2017Abzu
A peaceful scuba simulator
Abzu comes from the mind behind the art direction in flower and journey and it shows… This game very muchAbzu
A peaceful scuba simulator
Abzu comes from the mind behind the art direction in flower and journey and it shows…
This game very much follows the same structure of those games for better or worse.
Here you play as a mechanical diver…
Because of this you have no gauges to keep an eye on or air to worry about...
The burden or survival is completely lifted off of your back
you just swim and explore...
Its starts as such a nice calming adventure breathing life into the ocean bed
swimming with the predators and prey with no care at all…
Noticing little subtleties and reactions of the oceans inhabitants that really bring the ocean world to life…
You can even grab onto the larger creatures and go for a ride...
You feel as one while you swim forward exploring new environments…
But much like flower there’s a turn for the worse as you slowly inch towards the finish line of this 2 hour game…
Abzu goes from being a peaceful experience to being a bit of a typical stressful adventure game…
You can’t die here.. But what starts as a peaceful swim and escape from reality turns into a throw switches, pull chains and avoid unpleasant mines while you do so…
Time to relax is over…
Now you have problems to solve...
This is the majority of the final stretch of the game and it kind of ruins the initial feel this game has…
Enjoyment is just a memory as you’re swimming through forgotten ruins that should’ve stayed forgotten
or at the very least should’ve been briefly visited rather than turning into something to deal with because video games…
But this is still a pretty cool experience that offers a great feeling of exploration…
Even during the final moments that I didn’t like..
I give Abzu
a 7.5/10… Expand
Jan 1, 2017ABZU relies heavily on visual spectacle and the grandness of its orchestral soundtrack to entertain, yet I found the experience to beABZU relies heavily on visual spectacle and the grandness of its orchestral soundtrack to entertain, yet I found the experience to be relatively unengaging. The gameplay revolves around repeating the same objectives over and over while I was left aimlessly trying to string together some semblance of a story or message from vague murals of what I presumed to be the people of a bygone age. What I was initially expecting to be a 'spiritual' experience of sorts turned out to be a rather underwhelming experience.… Expand
Mar 6, 2018ABZU is an underwater walking simulator. You play as a nameless diver and swim through a linear underwater environment towards the end of theABZU is an underwater walking simulator. You play as a nameless diver and swim through a linear underwater environment towards the end of the game.
Rather than walk, you swim your way through the game. However, there is very little actual gameplay to be had here; there are, in principle, hazards, but in practice, they can’t actually hurt you, just stun you momentarily; they provide no barrier to your progress. There are a few “puzzles” which consist of “follow the power lines/chains from the gate to an object, then press the use key on the object to open the door”. Sometimes, when the game is going *really* crazy, there will be TWO such objects.
What this game really lacks is… much of anything, really. The game doesn’t have any real story to speak of – there is no speech or text inside the game. What little “plot” there is happens entirely within the last three chapters, and isn’t terribly interesting.
Mostly, the game exists so you swim around and look at the stylized fish and whales and other things swimming around you. That’s… really the core of the game, as far as I can tell, trying to look pretty, but it isn’t really anything special in that regard.
The controls are functional but not very good – you can flip your character entirely around while swimming, but you can’t flip your camera entirely around, which makes for some awkwardness. There’s some collectibles, but they’re nothing really interesting, and certainly aren’t challenging, just being “spot the object” throughout the whole game (and if you miss one, good luck figuring out which one – I missed at least one of each on my playthrough of the game, but I certainly can’t be bothered to play through the whole game again to find them). There’s some achievements, but they’re all pretty trivial apart from the collectibles ones.
And… that’s it, really. I left this experience quite bored, despite the fact that the game is under three hours in length, simply because there isn’t anything really to *do* in it but swim around and look at fish while going through a linear experience.… Expand
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