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  • Summary: It was supposed to be a simple mission. All I had to do was collect some samples from a contaminated area under the sea. As soon as I left the ship, everything went wrong. Communications were lost and my submarine crashed on the ocean floor. I survived, but my oxygen is running low and IIt was supposed to be a simple mission. All I had to do was collect some samples from a contaminated area under the sea. As soon as I left the ship, everything went wrong. Communications were lost and my submarine crashed on the ocean floor. I survived, but my oxygen is running low and I cant contact anyone for help. All I can do is move forward with this operations drone as my only companion. Trouble is, its been acting sort of weird lately. Almost as if its trying to sabotage my mission

    Anoxemia is a exploration adventure game. It takes place under the sea shortly after Dr. Baileys submarine crashes, leaving him stranded on the ocean floor. Communications with the surface are down, but since hes got a diving suit and an operations drone (ATMA), he figures he might as well carry out his mission.

    Move the drone around the screen and Dr. Bailey will immediately follow. Lead him through twisty passageways and complex caverns, nab upgrades and items like harpoons and dynamite, collect seaweed samples, and pick up O2 canisters to keep your supply topped up. Its a big, dark world out there, and the mystery of why your sub crashed isnt going to solve itself.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Apr 3, 2017
    80
    The tone, and the story it tells, is done in a superb manner and whilst the controls can get clunky at times and some of the level design is occasionally annoying, if you can get over that then you’ll want to take a deep breath, hold your nose and discover the secrets of Anoxemia.
  2. Apr 14, 2017
    65
    Anoxemia is an interesting adventure with a very personal look but with an irregular rhythm and a very hard control system that makes the experience even more difficult to be enjoyed.
  3. Apr 17, 2017
    60
    Anoxemia stays true to what it promises and offers us an acceptable game without pretensions. Some players may like it, especially those seeking for an adventure in the dark depths of the seabed.
  4. May 4, 2017
    60
    Given that Anoxemia is only a few bucks, it’s hard to knock it too much, and if you can deal with the frustrating controls and the seemingly unfair deaths, there is a decent amount of gameplay here with almost 40 levels to explore. With a few checkpoints thrown in between each level, I would have enjoyed my time with Anoxemia so much more, but there were times where I was wanting to hold my breath, hoping it would be over sooner than later.
  5. Apr 21, 2017
    60
    Anoxemia has a wonderful sense of tension and a dark atmosphere with an interesting enough plot highlighting Dr Bailey's isolation and possible decent into madness, but it begins to lose its charm as you progress. The lack of checkpoints can make repeating the areas very tedious if you die from any of the hazards or from your supplies running out, but the short levels do make up for this. There is some incentive to exploration and it does provide you with some helpful upgrades, but your main objectives rarely differ from collecting a number of items or reaching a specific location. There is enough to keep players entertained for a few hours, but the repetition and lack of variety in objectives holds back what could have been a far more exciting game.
  6. Apr 4, 2017
    40
    In the end, Anoxemia is a decent game with a really bad mechanic. Or rather, missing a big mechanic. A checkpoint here or there wouldn’t break the game, but at the same time, it would have made that game pretty short. I see why they did it, but that doesn’t stop the game from getting frustrating quick due to both restarting levels as well as not being able to actually control the one thing that can die and force me to start over. It’s a budget title, but even then, I would suggest either a price drop or an avoidance altogether.