Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  1. Aug 5, 2016
    Song of the Deep is also a great game. Its spunky protagonist had me rooting for her until the heartwarming conclusion, and I didn’t want to leave the game’s enthralling world. It’s one of the most original titles of this year, and certainly one of the most fully realized.
  2. Jul 8, 2016
    Insomniac Games' Song of the Deep is an excellent metroidvania whose underwater setting gives the genre a nice twist. Its map is impressively large, and it packs many inventive puzzles that are fun to solve. It looks and sounds brilliant too. The boss battles are a little on the weak side however, but they don't take the shine off what is otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable and very sweet exploration game.
  3. Jul 11, 2016
    Song of the Deep’s experience stays faithful to the game’s name in more ways than one. The game by Insomniac does indeed feel like a melancholic yet enticing song from a time long gone, awing the listener with its grace and tales of mysteries which may not exist. In the end, it’s the journey which is truly important, and the enjoyment one can get out of it. And there’s plenty to be had in Song of the Deep, despite some issues here and there.
  4. Aug 8, 2016
    Song of the Deep tells a compelling story and presents enjoyable, captivating Metroidvania gameplay set in an enthralling underwater world.
  5. Jul 29, 2016
    Song of the Deep is as beautiful as it is challenging, as picturesque as it is magical. This labyrinth exploration gets better with every hour.
  6. Aug 22, 2016
    The story is a tad bit generic, but perfect in the sense of a children’s tale. The control and movement feels very fluid, and the game overall demonstrates mastery of basic mechanics typically used in games of the same genre.
  7. Jul 15, 2016
    Insomniac Games delivers a traditional Metroidvania with a pleasant atmosphere and an intelligent use of backtracking. Song of the Deep is a solid adventure, with some memorable boss fights and a complex level design.
  8. Jul 12, 2016
    It has a few bumps along the way, but as a first attempt in the genre, Insomniac proves they’ve got the talent and heart for a game of this nature and for $15 it’s an absolute steal, totally worth player’s time.
  9. Jul 10, 2016
    Song of the Deep is a very good metroidvania style game, with challenging puzzles and a big map to explore. A good story and great presentation combined with interesting aquatic corridors and creative mechanics make us forget some minor design problems and technical issues that could be polished better for the final game.
  10. Jul 8, 2016
    Song of the Deep is uninspired only when it comes to its boss encounters, which end up being repetitive gauntlets of angry anglerfish enemies. Everywhere else, the game overflows with detail and creativity.
  11. Aug 9, 2016
    It might not shine like the shiniest gem, but Song of the Deep is a metroidvania diamond in the rough - a game that even with its minor flaws can reel you in and completely immerse you into this aquatic adventure.
  12. Jul 21, 2016
    A beautiful fairy tale of a daughter that is trying to find her lost father is paired with uniquely designed environments and an enjoyable 2D side scrolling/ action/ adventure/ puzzle gameplay.
  13. Jul 13, 2016
    It may flounder a bit, but give it a chance and it can swim just fine.
  14. 75
    On the surface, everything about Merryn’s adventure is absolutely charming. The deeper you and Merryn go, the game loses its luster, but it’s still worth undertaking the journey if this style of adventure game sings to you. Just be aware it may not be a complete pleasure cruise.
  15. Jul 12, 2016
    A fine little action-adventure game with a poignant and beautiful story, told in a fanciful underwater world with well known gameplay elements.
  16. Jul 14, 2016
    If you’re a fan of games like Guacamelee or the two titles the genre derives its name from, then Song of the Deep really deserves your time.
  17. Dec 1, 2016
    An enjoyable undersea adventure overall, and we expect it to last about 6 to 8 hours for most players. The serene music sets a relaxing pace for you to search out each nook and cranny while the friendly narration bolsters the storybook tone. It strikes a nice balance between making sure you never feel lost, while providing ample room to experiment and explore. Don’t fret over this sub’s creaks and groans. There’s much to see beneath the waves.
  18. Jul 27, 2016
    This is a colorful metroidvania game. It's a shame that the level design is just as subpar and frustrating as the enemies in the game itself. The art direction is also a strange mix of 2D and 3D elements that ends up feeling inconsistent. A good effort but there are much better games in the genre.
  19. 70
    The presentation is enjoyable and the puzzles and discovery of new powers are genuinely exciting. If you can look past repetitive combat and backtracking and are willing to live with a few technical hiccups along the way, Song of the Deep is enjoyable but flawed, with some unrealised potential around the narrative meaning it was a missed opportunity.
  20. Jul 19, 2016
    Song of the Deep is a soft and tender faery/mermaid tale in the form of a Metroidvania game. It offers a strong atmosphere and beautiful graphics, but suffers some gameplay issues and is maybe too easy for gamers who need a real challenge.
  21. Jul 17, 2016
    Sometimes, it's nice to play a game that doesn't ask too much of you, one that allows you to relax and simply enjoy being in its world. If you can forgive its technical hiccups and learn to adapt to its loose controls, you'll have a whale of a time.
  22. Jul 17, 2016
    Insomniac Games Should have taken some risks with Song of the Deep's gameplay: the combat system is basic and some puzzles are out of contest. The game is a "simple" metroidvania, though a solid and pleasant one. Song of the Deep fails to deepen the genre's formula.
  23. Jul 17, 2016
    Despite some technical shortcoming and not always well-thought-out logical puzzles, Song of the Deep is worth checking out. There an unique charm in little girl's heroic adventure in world known only from her father stories, backed up with solid gameplay.
  24. Jul 12, 2016
    Beautiful, charming and touching, Song of the Deep provides an enjoyable, worthy adventure despite its issues.
  25. Jul 10, 2016
    Song of the Deep could have been downright outstanding, but there’s enough flaws here to bump it back down into the realm of simply good. If you’re looking for a title with a touching story and gorgeous art-design, you could do a lot worse than Insomniac’s underwater metroidvania adventure.
  26. Jul 8, 2016
    It’s a beautiful, lonely world and the Ghibli-like aesthetic works incredibly well in its favor. However, some control issues and harsh random difficulty spikes hurt it by slowing down the experience.
  27. Jul 8, 2016
    Annoying puzzles aside, Song of the Deep is an excellently put together Metroidvania with a sweet tale to tell.
  28. Jul 8, 2016
    Song of the Deep is a very beautiful game with an interesting story, but it doesn't take risks on the gameplay.
  29. Jul 8, 2016
    Despite its sparkling surface, Song of the Deep could use a bit more polish. That said, it hits more than it misses, and I can easily see myself coming back to its sprawling world every few years or so.
  30. Jul 8, 2016
    Luckily, Song of the Deep’s combat and beautiful presentation, showing cutscenes as colorful storybook illustrations accompanied by narration from an Irish-accented speaker, push the game a fair distance above its failings and make it a journey worth taking for anyone who enjoys Metroid-inspired games or action/adventure games with interesting stories.
  31. Games Master UK
    Sep 6, 2016
    Takes on too much water to cruise comfortably, but it's bailed out by a few brilliant moments. [Sept 2016, p.81]
  32. Jul 11, 2016
    Song of the Deep is a meandering lesson that not every reflection of Metroidvania has to be a grand odyssey. By that measure it's a serviceable decent into the great unknown with a handful of neat ideas. It's also too oblivious of its own limitations to leave a distinct impression in a crowded field.
  33. 65
    At its best, it’s an entertaining way to spend a few hours in a wonderfully-built ocean world. At its worst, it’s a cheap. uninspired and frustrating slog.
  34. Jul 14, 2016
    Insomniac Games is obviously doing something else, like PS4's new Spider Man, and this Song of the Deep feels second-tier in every aspect, from its visuals -not to be confused with art- to the combat segments and puzzles, nothing we haven't seen already and underwater levels. Even so, in the background there is a nice story that makes you keep moving forward through it's not so lengthy gameplay.
  35. Jul 12, 2016
    Insomniac's Song of the Deep is a beautiful Metroidvania robbed of much of its potential magic.
  36. Jul 11, 2016
    Song of the Deep has a sweet and appealing core at its center, but small frustrations make it difficult to appreciate those qualities.
  37. Jul 8, 2016
    Still, Song of the Deep's mix of combat, puzzle-solving, and exploration generally lands somewhere around "fine," even if it waivers between aggravating and enjoyable in the process. And although the game tests your patience more often than your skill, its engrossing world and excellent story keep the experience afloat through it all.
  38. Jul 11, 2016
    If you're a fan of the Metroidvania genre, Song of the Deep isn’t a bad pick up, but it might be worth waiting to see how good Head Lander is if you only have money for one side scroller this month.
  39. Jul 17, 2016
    What Song of the Deep does have in heart, it just can’t quite make up for it’s wonky physics and sloppy mechanics.
  40. Jul 14, 2016
    An undersea adventure that is more about seeing the sights than captivating gameplay.
  41. Edge Magazine
    Sep 26, 2016
    For the most part, Song of the Deep is content with being pleasantly unremarkable. [Oct 2016, p.119]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. Jul 14, 2016
    The Pros:
    -stylistically beautiful and the narrator is an Irish lady!
    -Interesting albeit light world building The OKs: -Combat consists
    The Pros:
    -stylistically beautiful and the narrator is an Irish lady!
    -Interesting albeit light world building

    The OKs:
    -Combat consists of punching (with your sub), shooting, and throwing. When enemies attack it is almost always in a wide open space and so each battle feels the same. Even the last boss fight is just a wide open area with waves of enemies.
    -Puzzles and obstacles are relaxing and really go a long way to give you that nice tranquil vibe to mesh with the artstyle.

    The Cons:
    -gotta mention it's bad framerate. Everytime you swim (dive?) over a save point the framerate drops absurdly. Even besides that there are some dips but I never felt it affected gameplay.
    -Few cases of game breaking bugs I have heard about and I was affected by one myself. So somehow I never got an upgrade to my gun, I expect a bug that makes interact-able items to be non interact-able is the culprit, and I progressed pretty far without it until I got to a point of no return where I needed it to break a wall. Usually a game will force you to use a mandatory item shortly after getting it so I can't help but feel that the design choice not to do that coupled with the bug really boned me.

    -If you are on the fence I wouldn't suggest it. If you are mesmerized by its beauty and tranquility then sure, give it a shot.
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  2. Jul 12, 2016
    This Game is beautiful. Insomniac's first take on the metroidvania genre really came out well, with a radiant and engrossing soundtrack, wellThis Game is beautiful. Insomniac's first take on the metroidvania genre really came out well, with a radiant and engrossing soundtrack, well designed and well animated puzzles, and a gripping story, this game was kind of short, and the water physics could use some touch-ups but both were minuscule when thinking about just how beautiful and awesome the art was, and how I just wanted to dive deeper into this game. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2019
    Overall, this game is a joy. It has a lighthearted mentality combined with a mystical atmosphere in which you can explore an undergroundOverall, this game is a joy. It has a lighthearted mentality combined with a mystical atmosphere in which you can explore an underground world. You also gain more feats during progression, which freshens up the gameplay multiple times. You can then reach areas you had to skip previously. While the most time it is relaxing to play, here and there you will find yourself in a tight spot. The cute graphics are adorable on top of that. If you like side scrolling games with these attributes, it is a must-play. Full Review »