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  • Summary: A weird tale of otherworldly mystery. Call of the Sea is a first-person adventure puzzle game set in the 1930s that tells the story of Norah, a woman on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. The search takes place on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, filled withA weird tale of otherworldly mystery. Call of the Sea is a first-person adventure puzzle game set in the 1930s that tells the story of Norah, a woman on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. The search takes place on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, filled with secrets waiting to be unearthed. It is an otherworldly tale of mystery, adventure, and self-discovery. Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Jan 29, 2021
    100
    Call of the Sea is a visually beautiful story of a woman’s road to self-discovery and acceptance against a backdrop of Lovecraftian lore and storytelling. The great length and colorful graphics make for a medium-sized adventure, as long as you don’t rage quit from one of the puzzles.
  2. Dec 8, 2020
    90
    Developer Out of the Blue’s debut game is a gorgeous homage to the films and games that inspired it. Through engaging Myst-style puzzles and a captivating story, Call of the Sea triumphs in bringing its island alive, along with the characters that have explored it. It delivers a short-lived but engrossing experience through stunning art direction and an excellent voice cast, with the biggest of its minor annoyances being a slow movement speed. If a fun, but emotionally affecting adventure is what you’re searching for then Call of the Sea most definitely answers that call.
  3. Dec 10, 2020
    90
    When I finished Call of the Sea, I couldn’t help but smile. It was such an incredible journey with an intriguing story and a well-thought-out ending. From start to finish, with the exception of a couple of frustrating puzzles, I truly enjoyed this game. Considering it’s is launching on Xbox Game Pass, there is absolutely no reason for Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One gamers to not give this gem a try. The sheer amount of love and care that went into crafting this world should be the new standard that all devs strive to achieve. I can’t wait to see what Out of the Blue have in store for us next, and I truly hope we’ll return to the world of Call of the Sea in a future title.
  4. Dec 27, 2020
    80
    Call of the Sea is a great adventure game with solid puzzles and story, and if you are an adventure fan who holds a Game Pass, then you are all set to enjoy a great journey without even paying for it.
  5. Dec 12, 2020
    70
    Call of the Sea isn't as groundbreaking as what the sales pitch would make you think. It's a very classic puzzle game which doesn't stand out from the rest. Thankfully, le visuals are great, the narrative is a good surprise as it has multiple endings.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    70
    Call of the Sea could benefit from having more substance, but otherwise it’s a solid adventure game that manages to put a unique spin on the traditional Lovecraftian adventure. Norah’s journey is a memorable one, thinks to some terrific dialogue and a breathtaking, surreal island full of fantastical mystery. It may not be the most challenging graphic adventure game, but it’s still one that players might want to take a look at sometime. After all, after so many sheer descents into madness, why not set out to find a welcome change of pace?
  7. Jan 23, 2021
    60
    An old-fashioned adventure with an intriguing setting and a challenging set of riddles, which however fails to distinguish itself from the rest of the bunch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 1, 2021
    10
    One of the best games on gamepass, enjoyed every single part of it. 100% recommended.
  2. Jul 6, 2021
    9
    The good:
    Investment history. Challenging puzzles. Nice and colorful graphics. Realistic physics (despite the caricature of the designs).
    The good:
    Investment history. Challenging puzzles. Nice and colorful graphics. Realistic physics (despite the caricature of the designs). Only progression achievements are easy. It has a chapter selector (if you don't have to start the story from scratch to get the secret achievements). Lovecraftians references. It has two endings. On Xbox Series X it looks spectacular (although some textures and surfaces like water don't look as good). It's on Xbox Game Pass.

    The bad:
    Cryptic and challenging puzzles. It's not ideal for achievement hunters (unless you're trying to play it with a guide in hand). Something short.

    Lo Meh !:
    If they told me this is a Sea of ​​Thieves “explore an island” mission, I would believe it. With a guide all achievements are easy (so joke). Ideally, you should try to finish the game by yourself and then replay the chapters to get all the achievements. There are achievements that are absurd and if it weren't for someone already taking them out, they would not believe they are there (that includes achievements of seeing murals, having all the notes and per chapter there is a well-hidden object to find.). Personally I am up to the cap of the Lovecraftian references in this type of games they should work it more (I say this because I recently finished Moon of Madness and more of the same primal octopuses from outer space)
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  3. Dec 13, 2020
    9
    I was interested in this when I saw it was coming to Game Pass. I was even more excited when I saw it pop up in my email before it wasI was interested in this when I saw it was coming to Game Pass. I was even more excited when I saw it pop up in my email before it was released on there. After putting about 6 hours in to it, I can honestly say I'm glad to have it in my collection. I thought it was a really quality adventure. I've read people say it is slow game. I think those people may have struggled with the puzzles, or were just used to action packed titles. To me it's a challenging puzzle solving game, that will really test your mind. Some puzzles can really stump you, and I enjoyed that. I loved spending a hour on a couple puzzles, and the rewarding feeling of finally figuring it out. I loved the story, as well as the time period. You play as Norah, a woman with a strange unexplainable disease. It leaves spots on her hands, and makes her feel very sick. her husband goes on a expedition to a island in the South Pacific to find a cure for her. he has yet to return so Norah goes to find him. She finds much , much more on this beautiful island. The story really changes as it goes, and towards the end really has a Lovecraft feel to it.

    The game is just so beautiful. From the lush island to the under ocean scenes, Even the Dark caves, and other creepy areas just look so great. I really enjoy the art style of this one a lot. The colors are so vibrant, and the areas are designed so well. It is some what linear, but yet still let's you have areas to some what explore for clues. I never got lost or felt like I only had one path. Looking for clues, and hidden items just gave me a really nice level of enjoyment. Each clue found, and puzzle solved just feels you with a high level of reward. I experienced no glitches, or areas that gave me issues as far as design. It all really works quite smoothly. That goes for the controls as well. The entire experience is just really well designed. I'd go to the point of saying maybe one of the best designed games this year. I was pulled in from start to finish, and only a few times felt repetition or like it was dragging on. I never felt like the game was rushed, or felt any design flaws. I actually felt quite the different. I felt that this one was sort of a hidden gem. I hope people take the time to play it on Game Pass, and then add to their personal collections.

    I can't end the review without talking about the voice acting and music. The sounds of this game may actually be the biggest reason to enjoy it. The music is just out standing, and fits right along into the adventure making it feel so epic at times. the sounds are perfect from oceans to the sounds the puzzles make as you solve them. It all just sounds amazing. The voice acting is also such positive point to the story delivered. Every one does an amazing job, but one performance just stands out far above the others. Cissy Jones. I believe, and yes this is my opinion. Cissy Jones is the best voice actor in video games today. She has done so many outstanding characters from Fury in Darksiders 3 to Delilah in FireWatch. Joyce Price in Life is Strange to Kelsey in The Wolf Among Us. Could go on and on like Norma in the Walking Dead or Sloane in Destiny. She is just a legend in the industry, and any time I see she is voice acting in a game it's a instant pickup because I know the quality of story telling, that will more than likely be delivered in game. If you don't know the name, and you enjoy quality story driven games check out more of her work. Call of the Sea is another one of her masterpieces, and the story is just unforgettable.
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  4. Jun 30, 2021
    8
    Love the art style and I like the story but the puzzles are too hard. Like may be a lot of people are looking for hard puzzles but in thisLove the art style and I like the story but the puzzles are too hard. Like may be a lot of people are looking for hard puzzles but in this game I mean they are hard because there’s no good design to guide you in to what the puzzle is about. It’s hard to explain but like many times does not feel like a puzzle and more like a maze that you are just lost there with no clue of what to do next. Good puzzle games can be hard but they are design in a way that you at least know what the objective of the puzzle is. This puzzles many times feel like you have no clue what are even even supposed to be doing. Had to look for a walkthrough a few times because I was completely stuck. I don’t mind hard but smartly designed puzzles Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2020
    7
    just an average game with a simple storyline. at least it's not overly long.
  6. Dec 10, 2020
    7
    Call of the Sea
    Crashing Waves
    Call of the sea is a first person adventure puzzle game where you play as Norah who sets out to find her boo
    Call of the Sea
    Crashing Waves
    Call of the sea is a first person adventure puzzle game where you play as Norah who sets out to find her boo Henry on an island and uncover the secrets of an illness she had.. and overall the story is the best part of this 5 and a half hour long journey, ontop of that the puzzles are just challenging enough to feel like a little enough of a nussance to kind of be enjoyable to solve, and the world and its art style is so vibrant and pretty.. great environment, great story, decent puzzles… but the problems come with this games pacing and overall performance… Letspretend everything ran smooth.. call of the sea gameplay wise just never gives you a break to let you stop and smell the roses, youre constantly trying to solve a chapters bigger puzzle to open a gate and progress, youre thrown into an era, figure out how you have to arrange things to unlock a door just do it again, its non stop, I get it’s a puzzle game but still, spread it out a bit, give me a brain break… otherwise I feel overwhelmed trying to play through your game… but call of the seas biggest issue other ttan pacing is its performance, ive never played such an unstable game in my life… l tested across multiple high end gaming pcs with xbox game pass, I had issues with crashing going into chapters 2 and 6.. I eventually got chapter 2 to work, but I only got to see the beginning moments of chapter 6.. call of the sea just refuses to load leading me to have to watch the remaining 40 minutes on youtube to get this games ending… and the issue isn’t expclusive to what is admittedly a beta system in xbox game pass for pc, after looking into it, there are reports on all of the sea causing console crashes as well, there was also a bug where I would be shown a giant white blob where cinnmematics were supposed to b shown throughout the entire game!
    If you can get through Call of the Sea, this is a really interesting and pretty straightforward puzzle game.. but if you do decide to give this one a go, don’t do it through xbox game pass for pc
    it probably wont work
    I giv Call of the Sea
    a 7.5/10
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  7. Dec 15, 2020
    1
    I played this game all the way through, and let me tell you. Never once did the Sea Call me Out. I'm very disappointed and will be callingI played this game all the way through, and let me tell you. Never once did the Sea Call me Out. I'm very disappointed and will be calling Microsoft for a refund. Expand

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