Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat.
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Release Date: Aug 3, 2015

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“... so unrelentingly lovely, and such a rare pleasure...”
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“Submerged tells three different stories without saying a word”
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“Submerged is a poignant and melancholic experience that is a joy to partake in.”
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About This Game

Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.

Game Features

- Vast outdoor environments with a rich, colorful and vibrant habitat present the player with a beautiful place to linger during the day or night, and encounter the mysterious remnants that watch you from the rooftops.

- A serene and relaxing game experience; take your time to enjoy the sunrise and beautiful vistas, listen to the sound of the ocean, or observe the playfulness of the creatures that inhabit this place. There is only one pace in this game and that’s your own.

- Discover the hidden objects that piece together the story of redemption, sacrifice and determination, and learn more about how the city came to be this way.

- Cruise through the city streets in your small powered fishing boat, using your telescope to identify which of the various buildings contain supplies and mark them on your map.

- Discover the best path to the objects you spotted from afar. Dock your boat at tall buildings and landmarks and climb the vines, ladders, ledges and pipes as increasingly difficult navigation puzzles.

- Developed by an independent studio based in Australia, consisting of AAA veterans who have previously worked on the BioShock series, with music from BAFTA award winning composer Jeff van Dyck.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64Bit
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800GTX or ATI Radeon HD 4770
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or Equivalent card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Cluffy
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
I Bought this game for my 10 year old niece to play when she comes over to visit and it was a big hit! The lack of violence keeps her parents happy and the gameplay is spot on for a 10 year old. Every time she see's dolphins or a whale she is delighted lol. Great job guys.
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Trainwreck
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Beautiful leisurely game. No shooting or killing. Mildy entertaining.
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kikea
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
A pure exploration game with barebones mechanics that is carried by its warm environment & music and its simple, effectively told story revealed piece by piece. There are no dangers and the the game asks very little of you, just a little bit of ability to reason, esp. spatially and a want of catharsis.
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[slckr]robilar5500
26.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Submerged
is a single player exploration/adventure game set in a partially submerged city, the remnants of an undisclosed apocalyptic event. You play as a nameless older sister trying to save the life of your younger brother who has suffered a grievous wound that has caused him to slip into a coma. What happens in this submerged city will decide the fate of both you and your brother.


Story


The story in Submerged is quite interesting in its presentation. Rather than relying on dialogue, notes, or anything coming close to resembling that, it relies solely on actual exploration which triggers events and unlocks hieroglyphic frames that in turn unveil a riveting and yet somewhat indistinct tale.

For this reason, while the main story revolving around your attempt to heal and bring your brother out of his coma are clear, the events preceding this and the way in which the world found itself submerged, post-apocalyptic state are completely a matter of personal interpretation.

I found the subjective interpretation of the story in Submerged to be particularly enjoyable. Based on everything I witnessed and interacted within the game, I have drawn this tale for myself (feel free to reach your own conclusions though):

The world isnt completely covered in water. This is suggested through the hieroglyphs you unlock via completing story goals. The sister and brother fled their home on the boat which you, the sister, use throughout the game due to the events which caused the brother’s severe injuries. The apocalypse seems to have included radiation somehow, as the water and all the creatures have a peculiar coloration and glow to them. The apocalypse also seems to have happened far back in the past as the buildings that remain have been overtaken by plant life and people seem to have regressed to tribalism.

Anyway, those are just some of my thoughts on the story. I found myself thoroughly engaged throughout my playthrough, coming up with theories regarding the world presented while taking in the story arc focus of the siblings themselves. The story in Submerged receives an 8.5 out of 10.


Gameplay


The gameplay in Submerged was quite intuitive. I never found myself having any issues with the controls and experienced no bugs whatsoever.

There are a couple actual gameplay aspects to this game. Your main mode of transportation will be your boat. Simple steering via L/R sticks, acceleration/brakes with your R1/L1, and speed boost with L2. You will find the wreckage of other boats in the city, and these allow you to upgrade your speed boost, which gives it a longer duration. The only real practical use for this is simply to get around the city faster, as there are no enemies to worry about and no hazards to face.

Climbing is the other important aspect to Submerged. You will be seeking out old supply drops, presumably dating back to before or just after whatever apocalyptic events that changed the world actually occurred. The supply drops are found on the top of some of the taller buildings you must climb. The routes upward are rarely straightforward, and each of these buildings also features “secrets”, which take the form of books that reveal a little bit more about the world. The supply drops themselves essentially represent the chapters in Submerged, with each one found triggering the next part of the story as you work towards healing your brother and bringing him out of his coma.

You have a telescope which you can use to get a better view of things. However, a more practical use of the telescope is its help in identifying the location of overturned boats, collectibles and supply drops. There is also a map which I found to be quite useful in finding areas I had missed and remembering where supply drops I had spied previously were actually located relative to my position on the map.

Other things of note in Submerged are the aquatic wildlife which you will observe and in their totality unlock an achievement in the game. There are also a number of landmarks to be found. Each one is named and one of them is required to unlock two more achievements.

The gameplay was fairly well seamless. It deserves a 9 out of 10


Graphics


Submerged is one of the more beautiful games you will ever encounter. Not only is the desolation, mystery, vibrancy and vigor of this mostly drowned city brought to life in full effect, but the detail involved in every frame was both stunning and awe-inspiring. There actually is a postcard mode in game to help show off the graphics but really, they dont need any help. Submerged is a gorgeous game through and through.

This is an easy 10 out of 10. Few games are as beautiful to behold. You will spend a lot of your play time simply taking in the amazing vistas.


Sound


The audio in Submerged was somewhat dynamic, shifting based on mood, time of day, progression through the story and so on. However, in my opinion it was also the weakest part of this game. Though well done, you will have heard every track pretty quickly during your playthrough and then for the rest of the game after that. The saving grace for this is that the music never gets annoying and really just serves as a backdrop to the story and scenery in Submerged anyway. Unobtrusive despite its repetitiveness.

7.5 hits the mark for this category.


Verdict


Ultimately, Submerged is a game that truly shines in both conveying a sense of desolation and mystery while still offering serenity and a compelling, if subjective story. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game and hope to see more adventure/walking simulator style games offer similarly deep experiences in the future.

One further note for achievement hunters. There is a free roam option after you finish the story so as to find any missing collectibles and ship parts.

8.8 Buildings submerged by an undisclosed calamity that became hosts for a beautiful new, lush, and mysterious world out of 10 possible.
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Aniik
9.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game made me feel so relaxed... that hasn't happened to me for a long time. As one of those people who can't play anything that requires stealth, quick reflexes, aiming or any other kind of action I totally enjoyed this game. You get to steer a boat and climb tall buildings but you cannot fall or die. So it's all about enjoying your surroundings (which is quite spectacular), using your map and navigational skills and plannig your days in order to achieve your goals. You can get through gameplay really quickly if you wish or you can just enjoy yourself, explore and learn the whole story. I have done the latter and was not dissapointed. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to unwind, chill and explore this stunning world.
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Lemmks
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
Such a simple and awesome game. No violence, no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, just an amazing place to explore and admire while learning what happened to the world and to the main characters. Absolutely recommended.
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Ciaran
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
Would not start for me on a $2500 PC. Tried everything. Refund requested.
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JackFunk
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 18
Submerged is a fairly short game that centers on exploring a flooded world. The story is told without speech, using pictures and some text. The narrative is effective and interesting. The exploration is done in two different parts, in a boat and climbing buildings. The climbing is straight forward and easy to control. The main character has the grip strength of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. the larger buildings are small puzzles of a sort.

The visuals are very nice. The world itself is a character. Much effort clearly went into the design. The music is sweet, but melancholy. It fits the game perfectly.

As I said above, it is short. I finished it completely in about 5 hours. That said, the length feels right for this game. Any longer and it may have felt overwrought.

If you like relaxing games that tell an interesting story (in a novel way), then give this a try.
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Телттис =D
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
It's not bad, but it's not good either and it definitely isn't worth 20 euros.

It looks like a nice and atmospheric adventure game but there honestly isn't anything else to this game than holding down W, controlling your camera with your mouse and occasionally using a telescope to search for the next dull building to climb. There is no combat (which in my opinion isn't necessarily a bad thing), and there isn't anything else to this game either. You can't fail any of the climbs, you don't have to do any jumps, you don't even have to balance when you walk on narrow beams, there are no time limits (even though your brother is dying), there is no dialogue, the "atmospheric soundtrack" is a couple of dull and repetitive piano tracks and the so-called background story is just scribbled pictures which I felt like were the result of lack of imagination / interest / skill from the developer rather than a fresh idea. The world is ridiculously small and collecting the journal "entries" (again, scribbled pictures) feels like a waste of time considering how little they have to say.

Except for the lack of dialogue, it feels like a visual novel that is completed by holding down one button. I've played 90 minutes and I've completed most of the main "story", but I am not going to finish it since I'm refunding after writing this review.

Overall it's just your average indie game; an overpriced, expected disappointment that somehow manages to get a ton positive reviews in steam.
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DMB
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 13
I have only played this game for about an hour, but this a case of love at first sight. The music, the art style, the sound, and the unfolding story all pull me in. This feels so different from any game I have tried before, despite it having elements that remind me of the best parts of Tomb Raider.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Submerged
is a single player exploration/adventure game set in a partially submerged city, the remnants of an undisclosed apocalyptic event. You play as a nameless older sister trying to save the life of your younger brother who has suffered a grievous wound that has caused him to slip into a coma. What happens in this submerged city will decide the fate of both you and your brother.


Story


The story in Submerged is quite interesting in its presentation. Rather than relying on dialogue, notes, or anything coming close to resembling that, it relies solely on actual exploration which triggers events and unlocks hieroglyphic frames that in turn unveil a riveting and yet somewhat indistinct tale.

For this reason, while the main story revolving around your attempt to heal and bring your brother out of his coma are clear, the events preceding this and the way in which the world found itself submerged, post-apocalyptic state are completely a matter of personal interpretation.

I found the subjective interpretation of the story in Submerged to be particularly enjoyable. Based on everything I witnessed and interacted within the game, I have drawn this tale for myself (feel free to reach your own conclusions though):

The world isnt completely covered in water. This is suggested through the hieroglyphs you unlock via completing story goals. The sister and brother fled their home on the boat which you, the sister, use throughout the game due to the events which caused the brother’s severe injuries. The apocalypse seems to have included radiation somehow, as the water and all the creatures have a peculiar coloration and glow to them. The apocalypse also seems to have happened far back in the past as the buildings that remain have been overtaken by plant life and people seem to have regressed to tribalism.

Anyway, those are just some of my thoughts on the story. I found myself thoroughly engaged throughout my playthrough, coming up with theories regarding the world presented while taking in the story arc focus of the siblings themselves. The story in Submerged receives an 8.5 out of 10.


Gameplay


The gameplay in Submerged was quite intuitive. I never found myself having any issues with the controls and experienced no bugs whatsoever.

There are a couple actual gameplay aspects to this game. Your main mode of transportation will be your boat. Simple steering via L/R sticks, acceleration/brakes with your R1/L1, and speed boost with L2. You will find the wreckage of other boats in the city, and these allow you to upgrade your speed boost, which gives it a longer duration. The only real practical use for this is simply to get around the city faster, as there are no enemies to worry about and no hazards to face.

Climbing is the other important aspect to Submerged. You will be seeking out old supply drops, presumably dating back to before or just after whatever apocalyptic events that changed the world actually occurred. The supply drops are found on the top of some of the taller buildings you must climb. The routes upward are rarely straightforward, and each of these buildings also features “secrets”, which take the form of books that reveal a little bit more about the world. The supply drops themselves essentially represent the chapters in Submerged, with each one found triggering the next part of the story as you work towards healing your brother and bringing him out of his coma.

You have a telescope which you can use to get a better view of things. However, a more practical use of the telescope is its help in identifying the location of overturned boats, collectibles and supply drops. There is also a map which I found to be quite useful in finding areas I had missed and remembering where supply drops I had spied previously were actually located relative to my position on the map.

Other things of note in Submerged are the aquatic wildlife which you will observe and in their totality unlock an achievement in the game. There are also a number of landmarks to be found. Each one is named and one of them is required to unlock two more achievements.

The gameplay was fairly well seamless. It deserves a 9 out of 10


Graphics


Submerged is one of the more beautiful games you will ever encounter. Not only is the desolation, mystery, vibrancy and vigor of this mostly drowned city brought to life in full effect, but the detail involved in every frame was both stunning and awe-inspiring. There actually is a postcard mode in game to help show off the graphics but really, they dont need any help. Submerged is a gorgeous game through and through.

This is an easy 10 out of 10. Few games are as beautiful to behold. You will spend a lot of your play time simply taking in the amazing vistas.


Sound


The audio in Submerged was somewhat dynamic, shifting based on mood, time of day, progression through the story and so on. However, in my opinion it was also the weakest part of this game. Though well done, you will have heard every track pretty quickly during your playthrough and then for the rest of the game after that. The saving grace for this is that the music never gets annoying and really just serves as a backdrop to the story and scenery in Submerged anyway. Unobtrusive despite its repetitiveness.

7.5 hits the mark for this category.


Verdict


Ultimately, Submerged is a game that truly shines in both conveying a sense of desolation and mystery while still offering serenity and a compelling, if subjective story. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game and hope to see more adventure/walking simulator style games offer similarly deep experiences in the future.

One further note for achievement hunters. There is a free roam option after you finish the story so as to find any missing collectibles and ship parts.

8.8 Buildings submerged by an undisclosed calamity that became hosts for a beautiful new, lush, and mysterious world out of 10 possible.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Diving into the world of Submerged is a pretty experience. The game is easy to play and is quite relaxing. Graphics look good, especially sunrise and sunset show nice effects. The music is good too.

You play a girl who has arrived with her sick brother in a flooded city. In order to keep him alive you have to search for medications. Meanwhile you can find secrets telling the history of yourself and of the town. And you need abandoned boats from which you can use parts to keep your own boat in tact. To locate al this things, you can use a binoculars. At first face the city seems abandoned, but when the game evolves you find out it isn't. But who are those creatures? Well, that you have to find out yourself!

The girl you are playing deserves deep respect! She's exploring the city, finding landmarks, avoiding collisions with big water creatures and she has to climb steep walls of high buildings. Again and again. Even when she gets ill herself, she still takes care of her little brother.

As said, this is not a hard game to play. I sure can recommand it, rating it 8/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Beautiful exploration game with a touching story - and severe limitations

Submerged is a 3d exploration game set in the overgrown ruins of a partly flooded city. You navigate your boat through the ruins until you find natural mooring places - at these, you can leave the boat and climb the respective building. The goal of the game is to save your injured brother by finding 10 supply crates, which are scattered across the city. Optionally, you can also search for 60 "secrets" that will tell you more about the city's history. While the game progresses, you will also learn more about your own past.

The stories about your past (and that of the city) are told by showing simple images, which look like child drawings and form story sequences. I found them touching in their melancholy, even though they remained quite simple.

The climbing mechanics, which form the main part of the gameplay, are very simple as well. You cannot fail or fall, invisible walls rein you in. Surprisingly for a game that focuses so much on exploration, there is actually not much freedom for doing so. Many buildings are just decoration, some just consist of two ledges that lead to a "secret" - less than a dozen buildings actually provide areas to explore. Even on those, you can only climb along very few pre-defined linear paths, with occasional branches. Your character cannot jump, so even a knee-high step poses an insurmountable obstacle.

The graphics are amazingly beautiful, though a bit repetitive. There are lots of copy-pasted plants and walls, but you'll also keep finding the occasional new structure while exploring. Excellent, calm music enhances the relaxing gameplay and the melancholic atmosphere.

The game seems very polished, as it provides many of the convenience features that often get forgotten:
  • Keys are fully rebindable
  • Many graphics options are available
  • The game can be saved anywhere
  • The area remains open for exploration after the story has been finished
  • Achievements were added in a way that benefits the game, does not distract from it, encourages further exploration, and doesn't make it too hard to get them.
  • I also didn't encounter a single bug or glitch

Personally I liked the game for its beauty, its emotional (if simple) story, and its relaxing atmosphere. I was disappointed by the very limited freedom of movement while exploring the ruins, but still enjoyed the experience. In the end this is a short and rather simplistic game that does not try to offer a lot of things, but does quite well on most of the aspects that it does offer. I feel, however, that the current price tag (20€ SRP, down to 6.79€ on sales) is too high for the game's limited content. At this price, I'll recommend to wait. At half that price, I'd recommend to buy it, if the game's strong points cover things that you like.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This is essentially a puzzle game, set in a graphically rich, ancient flooded city. You have no weapons, there is no opposition to fight, and you can't die. You must travel from ruined building to ruined building climbing up and around and through every building, finding the supplies and useful items to aid you in your search. As a complete break from any sort of game where you do have a weapon of any sort for offence or defence, I found this a gorgeous water playground, cruising through the very realistic looking deep ocean swells, then clambouring up some very tall buildings working out how to get down, up, around to find everything. Not a particularly long game but a relaxing break from playing the shooters and with some lovely eye candy tossed in as well. If they made a bigger map and added a few extra types of items/buildings... I'd be in like Flynn to buy that too :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
This is a hard game to recommend because if you need good game play mechanics to enjoy a game or any sort of challenge this is not the game for you and you will hate it. However, if you want a relaxing experience this game offers a lovely atmosphere to get lost in for a few hours.

Special note to the music, the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game made me feel so relaxed... that hasn't happened to me for a long time. As one of those people who can't play anything that requires stealth, quick reflexes, aiming or any other kind of action I totally enjoyed this game. You get to steer a boat and climb tall buildings but you cannot fall or die. So it's all about enjoying your surroundings (which is quite spectacular), using your map and navigational skills and plannig your days in order to achieve your goals. You can get through gameplay really quickly if you wish or you can just enjoy yourself, explore and learn the whole story. I have done the latter and was not dissapointed. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to unwind, chill and explore this stunning world.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
though i set my view distance to ∞, i still could not see the face of a God
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Calm and atmospheric game exploring a city and it's secrets. Strong shadow of the colossus vibes, good lighting and music.
As it is a climbing game with a lot of interaction animations, the transitions could have been faster, but overall worth an experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Beautiful game. One of the most beautiful games i have ever played. This adventure game stole my heart with its beauty and story. Totally recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A short game about exploration and no combat.

If you aren't interested in that idea, stay away. If you're hesitant about whether you like that idea, stay away. If you like exploration games, buy this.

A short experience, good controls, a small map, no combat or annoying mechanics built around grinding, nice visuals, nice music, a good framerate, and an interesting world to explore.

It is a short indie game, but it's a pleasant game. With some additional time and effort, it would be a great game. In comparison, the simplicity of control and freedom of movement make this a fun experience to play. In a lot of ways, the big, AAA action/adventer designers could learn quite a bit from this game.
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