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  • Summary: Submerged is a 3rd-person, combat-free game in which the gamer explores a mysterious, flooded city and discovers the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. She takes on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat.Submerged is a 3rd-person, combat-free game in which the gamer explores a mysterious, flooded city and discovers the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. She takes on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. [Uppercut Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. 100
    What impressed me most about Submerged is that it never tries to be more than its concept. It set out to be a simple narrative-driven and emotional experience with a strong environmental message, and it achieves just that. With no unnecessary actions to distract those with limited attention spans it might be perceieved as "dull" by some, but in practice it's a reflective, mature, and artful work, and this here is where games should be going.
  2. Aug 3, 2015
    80
    It's easy to get lost inside Submerged's desolate seascapes. Its desire for pacifism and drive for hope are worthy talents, but it's the call to adventure—to indulge and explore marine tranquility and conquering vegetation—that you'll keep with you, if only for a little while.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 21, 2015
    70
    It's just a pity the engine is a little bit of a shambles. [Oct 2015, p.89]
  4. Aug 11, 2015
    53
    Submerged just ends up being a disappointment. Great ideas in the storytelling and presentation are lost with a poor connection to characters and truly lacking gameplay. All the great intentions in the world don't mean anything if they don't convey into a fun game experience. Go play Journey instead.
  5. Aug 5, 2015
    50
    The title's biggest downfall, then, is not any one single thing, but rather its overwhelming ambition. And in the grand scheme of things, perhaps that's not the worst problem to have.
  6. Aug 3, 2015
    48
    A forgettable experience. It wants to mimic Papo & Yo and Journey, but ends up being way less than the sum of its parts.
  7. Aug 27, 2015
    20
    Submerged can only be described as a huge disappointment that squandered its potential thanks to some terrible design decisions and being let out the door far too early.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 5, 2015
    10
    This game is a real gem. My kids found this on PSN and convinced me to download it. After watching my daughter sail around the overgrownThis game is a real gem. My kids found this on PSN and convinced me to download it. After watching my daughter sail around the overgrown urban decay I started playing it myself. Submerged is truly beautiful. Visually of course, but I am finding the combination of the music and the way the story is delivered is really touching.

    I have grown a bit tired of brown hued wastelands. Don't get me wrong, I have been a fan of the Fallout series since the beginning and I find post-apocalyptic worlds really compelling. But Submerged's lush green world, full of life, offers a refreshing alternative.

    I am finding this to be an intriguing experience so far with mystery, and maybe menace, lying behind what seems like tranquility. This game now sits along side Journey as an example for my non-gaming friends of what games can strive for.
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  2. Aug 6, 2016
    8
    I was skecptical at first. No foes, no combat, no way to die? Turns out it was exactly what I needed. Very relaxing game. I enjoyed exploringI was skecptical at first. No foes, no combat, no way to die? Turns out it was exactly what I needed. Very relaxing game. I enjoyed exploring everywhere while continuing with the story. Picked it up at a slight discount and definitely got my money's worth. Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2016
    8
    Very pretty world and a relaxing change to the usual fast paced games wont be for everyone but if you are looking to wind down after a toughVery pretty world and a relaxing change to the usual fast paced games wont be for everyone but if you are looking to wind down after a tough day this could be for you. Expand
  4. Aug 4, 2015
    6
    Submerged
    I’d rather submerge myself before playing this game again
    Submerged is a non-combative exploration game as you can see here, this
    Submerged
    I’d rather submerge myself before playing this game again
    Submerged is a non-combative exploration game
    as you can see here, this game looks pretty dated.
    You start the game out in a submerged city with your little brother
    The objective to the game is to heal his wound
    You do this by going out into the city to find supplies on top of various buildings
    and you get to the top by climbing prince of Persia style, minus the fancy flips and jumps
    And that’s it
    This is the game.
    When you find supplies you are rewarded with a chunk of the origins story, of why what happened happened to get you to the point in the story you begin with
    Its up to you to decipher and this mystery story is actually pretty dark
    also along your journey you’ll find boat upgrades that increase the amount of time you can use a speed boost, you’ll find a handful of creatures and you’ll find the cities secrets which much like main story is finding these cave like paintings of the cities story.
    So there’s 2 stories here, but oddly enough the stories seem pretty parallel
    and neither of the 2 are worth the effort to learn about
    I went into this game excited and left disappointed and cheated of my time
    There is no fun, no pay off.
    The ambient music is good, but really that’s it
    for what it is
    Adventure game:
    6/10
    Overall
    5.5/10
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  5. Nel
    Aug 7, 2017
    6
    If you can get this game on sale it's not bad. The game is very short, but it contains some puzzles, and exploring. It's not the prettiestIf you can get this game on sale it's not bad. The game is very short, but it contains some puzzles, and exploring. It's not the prettiest pennies out there, but it can be enjoyable to play. If you can snatch it up cheap, it is not bad. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2015
    5
    The basic idea of Submerged is great, especially the combat-free part, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. For starters, it's a $10The basic idea of Submerged is great, especially the combat-free part, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. For starters, it's a $10 game that costs $20. After the first ten minutes of play, you've done and seen the vast majority of everything the game will ever show you or have you do. I don't just mean the wall climbing and boat steering (the game's two main/only activities), I mean everything. Every model. Every texture. Every corroded sea creature. It's just so little actual content. There is one kind of wall to climb. There is one kind of flowered vine to climb. The ledge, the game's real star, comes in two varieties - kind of worn and very worn. Everything is the same colour. Every half submerged building looks like every other half submerged building. None of the animals are very inspired or imaginative, though there are eight total. Or maybe I'm the weirdo, for not getting more excited about seeing a virtual pelican. You know what, I take it back, this isn't a $10 game masquerading as a $20 game, it's an $8 game, masquerading as a $20 game. And not a particularly good one. If you do find yourself curious, despite the many available warnings, I would strongly suggest you wait for Submerged to be half the price it should have launched at in the first place, which would be $4. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2015
    4
    Submerged is like you feel while you play with charming graphics and perfect sounds, BUT you feel the programing is not finished, at least theSubmerged is like you feel while you play with charming graphics and perfect sounds, BUT you feel the programing is not finished, at least the price is not equal to the programing labour, so basic movement commands in a free-puzzles platform game. It's a pity (not to me) because with a few models more in the map and some puzzle to reach the crates more than a simplicity logic. Expand

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