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  • Summary: When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters
    Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness. Set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve
    When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters
    Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness. Set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve challenges. Explore a flooded city, either by boat, on foot, or by swimming through the water itself. Dare to look what lies beneath the surface, in a haunting struggle of darkness and light, and discover what it truly means to be human.
    KEY FEATURES
    - AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY Sea of Solitude embarks players on a nuanced and intimate action-adventure, experienced through the mind of Kay, as she struggles to overcome her inner loneliness. Players must help Kay see below the surface and beyond, guiding her through her Sea of Solitude, in this deeply touching tale of darkness and light.
    - A METAPHORICAL WORLD As her journey evolves, Kay's dark and stormy environment begins to transform, with light and color shining into the world. Water levels rise and fall to reflect her own state of mind, transforming the flooded city landscape into new areas for the player to explore, with new challenges to face.
    - FACE THE MONSTERS WITHIN Encounter fantastical creatures, solve puzzles, and rid the world of tainted memories. Meet a variety of beautiful and terrifying monsters, each with their own struggles of loneliness to tell. Through confronting these monsters, Kay will not only learn more about them, but also herself, and what it means to be human.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 90
    Sea of Solitude is a game of suffering and altruism, of lights and shadows, of terrible errors and courageous teachings. The work of Cornelia Geppert and Jo-Mai Games is without any doubt a game worth playing.
  2. Jul 5, 2019
    80
    This has clearly been a work of catharsis for its designer, blending the two to say something personal and important. By opening up about the lived experience of depression and focusing on the causes rather than the solutions, Cornelia Geppert and the team at Jo-Mei have created something that truly resonates.
  3. Jul 10, 2019
    80
    Sea of Solitude is a tremendously moving and well-thought out narrative adventure that nails story and art direction and offers solid gameplay, but could have better voice acting and a longer overall length.
  4. 70
    While minimal features and a noticeably short playtime offers an experience that is almost fleeting, its tragic story and heartfelt message leaves an everlasting impact.
  5. Jul 12, 2019
    64
    Sea of Solitude is a gorgeous adventure that knows its way around mental illness, but doesn't make great use of the medium to tell its story.
  6. Jul 10, 2019
    55
    A clearly personal story told in a bland repetitive 3D platformer with padded gameplay, terrible voice acting, and no subtlety.
  7. Jul 14, 2019
    20
    I don’t mean to make light of someone who’s obviously — maybe too obviously — writing about things that make her sad. I get it. But being sad doesn’t make your poetry worth reading. I’m sorry, I know that’s a dick thing to say, but I’m not your therapist. I’m not even your friend. I don’t know you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jan 28, 2021
    10
    Excellent indie adventure game with amazing visual style. The story is so personal and deep, and intimidate at the same time. Music and soundsExcellent indie adventure game with amazing visual style. The story is so personal and deep, and intimidate at the same time. Music and sounds are good enough to express emotions. Better to play using a controller, could be challenging in some quests. Pretty short (4-5hrs.) and not really repetitive.
    9.5/10
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  2. Jul 6, 2019
    10
    The gameplay is good,the mechanic to avoid the "whale" is very good,the characters are incredible and this game have a beautiful message toThe gameplay is good,the mechanic to avoid the "whale" is very good,the characters are incredible and this game have a beautiful message to all the people about depression,so i liked so much this game Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    10
    My biggest fear was that the gameplay only serves as an "attachment" to tell the story and in a fact of that the game is "only" a hiddenMy biggest fear was that the gameplay only serves as an "attachment" to tell the story and in a fact of that the game is "only" a hidden walking simulator: I was convinced of the opposite.
    Sea of ​​Solitude is a wonderful game, but you have really wanted to give it a try (please play it in one or two sessions) cause the game is not for everyone. It deals with difficult topics like depression, anxiety and trauma in a very serious yet genre-friendly way. Also, the story is told in a very direct way, which is in my opinion very rare in the indie game field. Some journalists where writing, that a subtler approach would have been better, but for me, the way the studio choose to tell the story of "Kay" is precisely the strength of Sea of ​​Solitude. They are naming the problems so that everyone can experience it, even if he/she doesn't know it from their own lives.
    So, if you're ready to go on a journey where you can learn a bit about problems, fears and feelings, then this is the game for you. The look and the atmosphere are very unique and contribute to this wonderful experience.
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  4. Dec 15, 2019
    8
    O jogo tem como premissa o storytelling enquanto é resolvido por alguns tipos de puzzles, porém puzzles fracos e com pouca criatividade,O jogo tem como premissa o storytelling enquanto é resolvido por alguns tipos de puzzles, porém puzzles fracos e com pouca criatividade, desperdiçando o cenário incrível shellshading que poderia ser usado para resolver esses tais puzzles. Aborda um assunto bacana muito comentado. Mantém uma arte que deleita os olhos de quem joga, mas não o suficiente pra prender totalmente por esses quesitos. Movimentação exageradamente suave, atrapalha um pouco. Gameplay repetitiva, mas que não agrada os jogadores mais frenéticos. Um ótimo jogo para quem curte histórias de impacto e que não tem pressa em terminar o jogo. Ótima indicação para players mais jovens. Expand
  5. Apr 28, 2021
    7
    The game is a very nice adventure, which thematizes loneliness. Here and there there were unfortunately a few weaknesses in terms of gameplayThe game is a very nice adventure, which thematizes loneliness. Here and there there were unfortunately a few weaknesses in terms of gameplay and a few bugs, which is why I once had to restart the game from the checkpoint, but everything is only half as bad. On the whole, it tells an exciting story. Solid 7. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2021
    7
    Sea of Solitude
    Don’t play this on the PS5
    I loved Sea of Solitude, this is a game that touches on depression, anxiety, and loss… you play
    Sea of Solitude
    Don’t play this on the PS5
    I loved Sea of Solitude, this is a game that touches on depression, anxiety, and loss… you play as Kay, shes a monster, in a sea of monsters that all represent somebody from her real life..
    And first things first… don’t play this on the playstation 5, its completely unplayable, that isn’t an exaggeration, this broken, 0/10 there… so I had to dust off the ole PS4 for this one… Sea of Solitude is a 3 hour long game that can be thrown onto the same family tree of like an ico game.. its that kind of feeling.. obviously nowhere near as complex, but I just found myself in a trance like state, following this light around, cleansing areas, defeating that sections boss, learning your lesson, and unlocking the next area… youre free to explore as much or as little as youd like, collecting pittles and shooing seguls.. but there isn’t much to explore as again this is a very tiny game, but it was a nice bite size.. It ended right on time.. not feeling too long or too short… this really was a nice story focused unique experience…
    I love these types of games that don’t hit you over the head with puzzles and fighting, youre just exploring, interacting with the things you gotta interact with, no searching, no stress… just getting lost in the world and enjoying the ride…
    Though admittedly some will find experiences like this to be lacking, I however love every once in a while just taking a break and going through a game like this that isn’t so game heavy..
    I nice pallet cleanser in between other stuff.
    I also found the story telling to be touching and thought provoking, so there is definitely some substance here.
    I give Sea of Solitude
    a 7/10
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  7. Jul 8, 2019
    3
    Just play Gettin over it, it will be a much better ride.

    The game is itself is plain, the voice acting is not catching. Plus the overall
    Just play Gettin over it, it will be a much better ride.

    The game is itself is plain, the voice acting is not catching. Plus the overall agenda of main idea is put way too straightforward, which to my opinion should be less obvious.
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