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  • Summary: Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid
    Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid swimming controls. The experience draws inspiration from the deep innate narrative that we all carry within our subconscious: the story of ABZU is a universal myth that resonates across cultures. The name references a concept from the oldest mythologies; it is the combination of the two ancient words AB, meaning ocean, and ZU, meaning to know. ABZU is the ocean of wisdom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dec 27, 2018
    90
    It’s one of the most captivating and moving experiences one can have with a video game.
  2. Nov 29, 2018
    90
    Those of you who appreciate casual adventures like taking a walk in a forest will be sure to enjoy what Abzû has to offer, as the dreamlike visuals, entrancing orchestral score and deliberately sedate pace do a fantastic job of drawing the player into this alien world. We’d give Abzû a high recommendation to anybody looking for something a little more gentle for their Switch; it’s not a game about winning, but about the journey (no pun intended) you take getting there.
  3. 90
    Gorgeous scenery and a thoughtful, engaging story make Abzu memorable and spectacular.
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    Abzû is a short but intense, aesthetically inspired experience. Its message has multiple levels of reading and says a lot, without a single word. Journey's inspirations are present and evident, but the title manages to maintain its own identity.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    80
    Playing on the Switch allows you to appreciate the game’s elegance whilst on the move, and playing ABZÛ on public transport can seriously chill you out and bring a wonderful calm to a busy day. It plays excellently, with no lag or compromises as far as the visuals go, and having headphones in is the best way to experience the catharsis of such a noteworthy game.
  6. Dec 21, 2018
    75
    So is Abzû worth it? That’s not entirely easy to answer. In an era when games can deliver potentially hundreds of hours of entertainment, $20 seems a bit high for a 90-minute game. But, in an era when people also routinely pay that amount for a Blu-ray or digital copy of a movie, an experience like Abzû might be worth the trip for some people. And for players itching to go swimming, this is one of the best options currently out there, especially on Switch.
  7. Jan 17, 2019
    50
    ABZÛ is not proposing to be an action packed experience and there's nothing wrong with that, the problem is ABZÛ delivers very little in terms of gameplay experience, no matter what angle is used to look at it. Beyond its marvelous looking environment and absolutely mindblowing soundtrack, ABZÛ leaves all its promises unfulfilled, aggravated by the fact that it becomes obvious this game could have delivered so much more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Sep 25, 2019
    10
    INCREDIBLE. It almost feels wrong to call this a game, this is an experience. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Jaw-dropping. The most gorgeousINCREDIBLE. It almost feels wrong to call this a game, this is an experience. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Jaw-dropping. The most gorgeous game I have ever played. Plus, the soundtrack is just perfect in supporting the visuals and amplifying the mood.

    I was having a pretty crappy day and didn't even really feel like playing any games, but ABZU completely turned that around. Do yourself a favour, get this game ASAP, and then just relax and take your time with it. Advanced players might even want to ingest certain substances along with it ;)

    I seriously cannot find anything wrong with this game, other than maybe its short play time, but I was aware of that before I bought it. It's only 20 bucks anyway, and compared to other titles in that price range like Firewatch, it's worth every penny. Plus, I think the short run time makes for a more intense experience and entices you to replay (which I'm definitely going to do).

    Must-have.

    EDIT: I stand by my original review. However, I've now also got the game on PC because it was free for a few days. PLEASE, get this game on the highest-performing system that you have (high-end PC is the best one). This game thrives on its beautiful visuals. And while it's still gorgeous on Switch, it does have some framerate problems and the processing power is just not there to make it look as jaw-droppingly amazing and fluid as it does with the settings cranked up to max on PC. HOLY SHEEEET However, if Switch is your only system, do get the game. It is still an awesome experience.
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  2. Jul 13, 2019
    10
    Oh. My. Goodness. Three words I said throughout my entire playtime (around 8 hours) with this game. Whether it was an emotional scene, aOh. My. Goodness. Three words I said throughout my entire playtime (around 8 hours) with this game. Whether it was an emotional scene, a visual story telling section, or just pure spectacle, I was amazed the whole entire journey. I haven’t played Journey yet, but until I do, ABZÛ is the most magical, heartwarming, and captivating experiences in my entire gaming hobby. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2020
    10
    Es Increíble Un Journey bajo el agua. Este juego me encanto. en verdad es uno de los mejores indies que he jugado en la Switch. Lo recomiendoEs Increíble Un Journey bajo el agua. Este juego me encanto. en verdad es uno de los mejores indies que he jugado en la Switch. Lo recomiendo le doy un 10/10 ya que es uno de los pocos juegos que supero mis expectativas teniendo unas expectativas altas. También la banda sonora es una de las mejores que he visto. Podría hablar del juego por horas y horas de todo lo bueno que ofrece. Pero para no hacer eterna esta reseña solo diré: Abzu es uno de los mejores juegos que he jugado en toda mi vida y es uno de los mejores juegos para la switch. También es un juego barato y corto es ideal para las personas que tienen poco tiempo libre para jugar y no tienen mucho dinero. También quiero aclarar que Abzu fue el juego que hiso devolverme el interés en los videojuegos indies, en pocas palabras si no fuera por Abzu no creo que hubiera seguido comprando juegos indies. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2020
    8
    More of a swimming simulator than actually a ''game''. It doesn't have challenge (which is fine in that case), and no clear goal than justMore of a swimming simulator than actually a ''game''. It doesn't have challenge (which is fine in that case), and no clear goal than just getting to the next zone.

    It's beautiful and the music is awesome. It's true that playing this with headphones must add a lot to the experience.

    I did it in several short sessions so I think it was better that way than just rushing through it. It also feels good and weird to just have fish to interact around you. I would have love more story background for this, because games these days tend to be like ''we only give part of the story and you'll figure it out by yourself'', which is sometime good (Hollow Knight) and sometime can feel just lazy. For this game, it's an in between. True, making a good and solid story is hard, so making video games. People should care more about this part in the indie world and hire writers, even just to coach them on their story because it can really make a huge difference.

    Also, the off-water parts were clearly not thought for the controls because they are really clunky, which is the only time in the game it appears, since when you are underwater they are really good.
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  5. Jan 22, 2021
    8
    ABZÛ is a short but gripping underwater adventure with spectacular art.

    Pros: - Powerful art: The graphics and the music combine to make
    ABZÛ is a short but gripping underwater adventure with spectacular art.

    Pros:
    - Powerful art: The graphics and the music combine to make this game a fantastic experience. A few sequences might give you the goosebumps.
    - Emotional gameplay: ABZÛ smoothly cycles through emotions that range from a calm, meditative mood to flashes of wonder–and even subtle anxiety.
    - Perfect diving feeling: This game is the closest you can come to the blissful experience of scuba diving without actually getting wet.

    Cons:
    - A “swimming simulator”: ABZÛ is a very linear game in the mold of "walking simulators". Apart from playing around with sea creatures, the only interactivity consists in finding and activating switches.
    - Small screens need not apply: Playing this game handheld is like watching "Star Wars" on your phone. I started playing on my Switch Lite, and immediately dropped the game until I had access to a giant screen and a good sound system.
    - Very short: This game can be completed in a single sitting. Is that a pro or a con? You decide.
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  6. Jan 16, 2021
    7
    The game is very beautiful and the music is enchanting. It's very impressive to see all the fishes swimming around you.
    But the game is very
    The game is very beautiful and the music is enchanting. It's very impressive to see all the fishes swimming around you.
    But the game is very short (one hour), and quite laggy (on Switch) sometimes. The gameplay is very simple and the story is not very exiting. It felt more like a visual experience than an actual game.
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  7. Dec 25, 2020
    3
    I didn't really like this. I loved Journey, but this fell a bit flat. The controls were very unintuitive and the camera angles often left me dizzy.

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