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...”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“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.”
Venture Beat

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

    • 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
    • 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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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
7.1/10 – It’s Really Awesome at The Price of $5! No More.

This game does an amazing job hooking you from the store; it just has that majestic city look that makes you want to dive right in! At first glance the world is breathtaking, giving me exactly what I want. The campaign was minimalistic, no words are exchanged, but still an interesting story evolves. You piece together the history of the former city while working to save your brother who is dwindling. The campaign is progressed by finding the (10) supplies needed to save your brother’s life; of course these are always atop the highest points!

Unfortunately, my high hopes were soon deflated. I was able to traverse the entire map in about 10 minutes. So although it's an open world it proves to be quite small. The campaign was completed for me in about 3.5 hours and that's with exploring the whole map and just cruising around. The world is beautiful but quite repetitive, for how small the world is I would have liked to see some more dynamic buildings.

The game does have some good stuff going on especially with the boating and climbing which the game revolves around. The climbing mechanics is exactly like Assassins Creed where you must dangle and navigate up a perilous building to reach the objective. The boating is pretty awesome; you command a small vessel that is greatly impacted by the hostility of the waves.

Overall, $20 is crazy expensive for this! Based on the content and experience I'd look to grab this for $5 or so!

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Sorry, but I have to give a negative review. The game is very repetitive. You only drive a little boat and climb all the time. Nothing different, nothing challenging, nothing exciting. You just keep doing the same thing over and over again. The game is beautiful, but beauty itself can't make a good game. The storyline only consists of some pictures you can find by exploring, but just some cute drawings can't make you interested enough in order to search for all of them, so I only found a bit more than half of them. Its price isn't reasonable at all. 20 euros for such a small repetitive game that has nothing interesting to offer? Just no! This game is surely not for everyone and I'm one of the people that didn't like this game. If you buy it and expect an actual game, you'll be really disappointed. If you're into walking simulators though, maybe you'll like it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25

This is a pretty special game and I would completely agree if one says that it is pretty difficult to rate it either with a thumbs up or down.
Yet there is a saying that perfectly fits to describe Submerged in a very few words – no risk, no fun!

Very recently completed this game and actually it is the first game that I considered for completion of achievements as there aren't many to get.

I've bought Submerged solely because I liked the artwork of the game and most of all I hoped for great music done by Jeff van Dyck (Total War Rome 1 OST and other).

But at the end of the day I was rather disappointed by the game.

Submerged is ok for people that seek a smaller distraction from the daily life but the repetitiveness throughout the game makes one (at least me) sick.
Not only the soundtrack - well-crafted as expected - brings too less variation into the game, also the graphics and the options what you are going to do in this game are pretty limited.

Actually this game is forcing you to do very few things - good enough to taught a child some focus and patience. But it is seriously not so enjoyable for an older grown up like me.

So what is this game about?
You are landing in an abandoned mostly sunken city with many buildings and references to our human culture so it is not completely fictional at all. There is just you and your seriously wounded brother. Your mission is to give up your own in sake of restoring your brother’s health.

Pro's and cons:
And thats pretty much it. This story may have provided some good stuff for a real drama, but this game is far from being one.

In the first place one might think Lara Croft could get jealous - as this girl is able to climb up and jump climb up and jump and climb down and actually able to climb either ladders, rain water downpipes or 2 variants of red brushwood. But actually there is a big difference to Lara in the end.

This climbing action quite all action you can have in the game to interact with the complete and big environment of Submerged. And this makes this game soooo boring. You cannot hurt yourself, you cannot make a wrong step and fall down from a high building as well. You are getting ill over time but don't have to supply yourself in any way. It is all about the brother.

Everything seems perfectly peaceful. The music does contribute to this very much but gets repetitive as well soon enough.

The most interesting thing this game has to offer are actually the very beautiful visuals because weather, day and night changes. The Buildings look impressive and seem to have many variants in the first place, but soon enough you notice they are just dead blocks of stone, assembled with some plants to let them look wild and exploreable. They are the only objects that a player can actually interact within the game (and a boat) - and so your options are extremely limited.

This game would have been much more enjoyable to me if there were more real secrets to find, if I could have explored the majestic monuments, doing a skydive from the highest point in the map - simply having more immersion in any way.

Jeff van Dyck has done a good job on the music but there is also too less music to give this game enough live and most of all tension.
And most of all there only one aspect of tension in the game and that's about some golems and the urgent question how this all would come to an end. If your brother will make it through or not.
This sadness cannot be compensated by some animals striving around in the water (only), while the buildings are completely abandoned.

Conclusion and rating:
Submerged is a pretty special game - it is on the edge of my liking and I'd rate it with a thumbs up for the original idea and music, but not for the gameplay that is too shallow.

I rate submerged with a fair 5/10. Where the most points are spent for the pure nostalgia of listening to some new tunes of Jeff van Dyck and the basically interesting idea of the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Very interesting sytle, and interesting gameplay, however it does get a bit repetitive, so I was finding it a little boring towards the end. Enjoyable and relaxing to play, but there is no variation in the gameplay or story at all, you're just essentially doing the same thing over and over again. Took me less than 3 hours to finish. I can't recommend it at the current price, but if you can get it for under a fiver it's probably worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This might be the right game for you if you like the exploration aspects of Assassin's Creed or Tomb Raider but not the fighting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I recommend this, as a casual game, for players who're getting tired of those intense action, shooting or adventure games. No fighting, no bleeding, no death, and still story-rich and beautifully drawn. All you need to do is to collect stuffs to promote the story process, which also reveal some "secrets". A young girl run away from her home with her little brother (who is injured and feeble). They settled, temporarily, in a flooded city (actually tha whole world was flooded and invaded by strange green plants) to get the boy recovered. As you proceed in the game, you'll discover more and more secrets of the city, the planet and the girl's family. You may also notice that the girl is changing- she is being...somehow...possessed by plants?! Whatever, you'll find it yourself. Casual, calming music though it is a little monotonous. The models of characters are not perfect to the details but scenery is still wonderful. It may be a good adventure game if some battling is added, but I like it this way. 8 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
*nods head* *smiles*
I rather liked this for its mindless zen the collectables are tedious at best but the boat was very calming to explore in and i found the story very enjoyable and im suprised at how it acually ended. It was a sweet little game with great music.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Submerged is an explorative story based game. If you're looking for your regular shooters this isn't for you.

But this is for me, and probably many other people out there.

There are basically three storylines within this game;
1. the main story follows a brother and sister - you're playing as the sister and exploring this sumberged city to help your brother
2. the story you uncover of why you're there once you collect each supply crate
3. the story of the city as you collect each secret (these aren't given in order so you'll have to read it at the end once you've got all 60)

I really enjoyed this game as it felt like a breath of fresh air amongst the other games I'm currently playing and on top of good story telling the game itself is beautiful. I loved the design of the city, the animals within in it, and the Remnants.

Other positives about this game are its open world (though not huge), theres a day/night cycle, and weather changes (including a thunder storm) which all adds up to a nice atmosphere.

Keep in mind that the main story isn't super long and will be completed quicker if you don't stop to explore other buildings/gather secrets on the way. Climbing the buildings allows for good lookout spots to enjoy the scenery and take in the beautiful design of the world created.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
So the sound track maches, the wild life is amazing and the atmosphere together with the sun sets and rises is vert good. However for 20€ i would have expected of more of a story maybe extending your shelter and a boat update system. While talking about the boat: cruising through the city is quite fun but the boat driving style is a bit too much arcade for my taste. Overall i would totally recommend the game on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is a nice little game. I enjoy the story and like how it is told with images. Worth the pennies that I paid!

If you like to play games, that means be entertained, then this is a great time killer. The basic aspect of this means it is easy to play and is quite harmless.

The people are strange though!

I enjoy it anyway!
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mrs bonez
2.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
Assassin's Creed at it's finest.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
A simple joy of a game. Climb buildings and save your brother. Gorgeous water tech is the big thing in this game.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
Nothing ground-breaking, but I thought it was pleasant, and it didn't overstay its welcome.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
I wish there were a sideways thumb, for "meh." This is not a game. There is no skill, you can't die or even make mistakes , really. There is only one path no matter what path you take, the story goes the same way. So this does not make it a game, but an interactive story. It's not even all that interesting of a story. I finished the main thread and did a little exploring, collecting secrets and other trophies, but by this time I was too bored to go much further. The world is enchanting but small, sort of a one note thing. So, meh. But it was pleasant and if it's on sale, probably worthwhile. Thumbs up it is then .
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7.9 hrs
Posted: October 12
"Find your inner peace in Submerged."

I bought this during a sale and would not recommend buying it at full price unless you really want to support the devs. Otherwise it's too short and too little content.


Submerged is a slow paced story about a girl trying to rescue and protect her brother in a - you guessed it - submerged city. In order to do that you explore this forsaken place by boat to find the items you need while also discovering the secrets behind the whole calamity.


Since the story can be easily summed up like this, it's no surprise the gameplay isn't very much in-depth either. You basically just drive around in your fishing boat and climb up the buildings (3rd person) in order to find secrets, story items, upgrades for your boat (they only increase the boost duration though) and some stuff for your journal, but also to just enjoy the overall view and atmosphere of this very place.

A pro for achievement hunters and exploring freaks like me: 100% are easily doable if you look around closely and try to make out every possible way. You might need to revisit a lot of places, especially when it comes to boat upgrades, but unless you get bored by your surroundings and the atmosphere really quickly (then the game probably isn't the right for you anyways), you'll still enjoy it.

The gameplay itself is the only downside for me by the way (the atmosphere makes up for the lack of gameplay, I'll get to that in a bit). You can't jump, you can't "fully" explore everything you see, there aren't that many animals to discover (although those who are present, make the whole thing even more beautiful) and you can't actually enter the buildings, which is my personal major con, since they look so majestic on the outside that it's a shame you can only climb up the surface.


...but as I said, the atmosphere makes up for it. It really does for me. You see, this game is so beautiful to watch, listen to and experience as a whole that it just calms you down. Whenever I felt frustrated by another game or in general, I played Submerged. Its relaxing effect is just amazing. And for a player who loves exploring and looking for secrets more than anything else, it is a perfect combination.
Submerged provides stunning visuals with breathtaking views (when on top of buildings), a great, melancholic soundtrack that supports this whole post-apocalyptic setting very well and delivers a lot of screenshot material. I actually wanted to talk about the soundtrack and visuals in separate paragraphs, but since those aspects all work together in order to create the mentioned atmosphere, I changed my mind.

To give an example: after setting off in the morning and lurking around the buildings for a while, you go out in the open for a bit when a group of dolphins shows up to accompany you on your trip. In front of you, the silhouette of a whale becomes visible right before he emerges out of the ocean and dives back into it right next to your tiny boat. Then you hear a rumbling noise in the distance and lightning fills the sky - a thunderstorm, the sea's getting rougher. Therefore you decide to take a look around an old hospital and start climbing up the cracked and overgrown walls...then your eye spots something on top of the building...or is it someone?


Submerged is a game for people who like to explore, who want to relax, who don't have a problem with just pausing for a moment and let the atmosphere sink in. There isn't much to the gameplay, not even the story, but that's completely fine. The game doesn't want to be some gigantic, pseudo-realistic blockbuster, it's just offering a relaxing ride through a post-apocalyptic, submerged city and I love it.


Thanks for reading!
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5.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
This game is a real gem. 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. 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.
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