Use virtual reality to uncover the secrets of the big blue in an atmospheric deep sea dive. As you bear witness to an underwater marvel, your mission becomes clear. Take your research rig out into the open sea in search of the largest great white shark ever seen…
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Mostly Positive (31) - 70% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 11, 2017

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“It’s as close to living The Blue Planet as I’m going to get...While the game has a clear mission structure, exploration is encouraged, often leading to hidden secrets that provide more information and background for the story. The ocean is beautifully realized with waving kelp forests, open expanses of water, deep sea caves, and plenty of sea life. In the first stage I felt an overwhelming feeling of exposure, like I was somewhere I shouldn’t be. It’s very effective. The best learning experiences are often those where you don’t know you’re learning, and Operation Apex’s conservational message is sufficiently subtle to not be the sole reason for the game’s existence, while at the same time provoking thought. It’s a complex juggling act that Curiscope has managed well.”
Andy Boxall, Digital Trends

“Where Apex really sets itself apart is with its bait system. While some wildlife can be scanned with ease, others need to be lured over with the relevant types of food. You create the bait using holographic projections known as mimics, which you’ll gain when you scan creatures. To attract a tuna, for example, you’ll first have to scan a smaller swarm of fish that look tasty, like sardines. Crucially, the mechanics behind Apex are simple fun. Scanning a group of fish means maintaining a distance close enough for your scanner while also far enough away not to scare the fish, and you’ll have to scan multiple specimens very quickly, otherwise you’ll need to start over...Operation Apex is a great example of how VR can be used for good, make an impact and yet still provide the same simple thrills of a solid videogame. Fallout 4 VR may be about to drop hours of content onto your HTC Vive but, in many ways, this is a much better demonstration of what VR is really capable of.”
Jamie Feltham, UploadVR

“Even though I’ve now completed the “quest” I can see myself going back and just enjoying the experience some more… there’s a sense of peace to be had in the depths away from other concerns. Sitting on the floor of the ocean watching the fish school above you.”
76/100 – Chris O'Connor, Impulse Gamer

About This Game

A VR adventure with FULL freedom of locomotion

Enter the deep to discover the most expansive, fascinating and diverse ecosystem on Earth. Using virtual reality, put on your diving gear and explore the underwater world. Venture through reefs scanning for marine creatures and hidden discoveries. Operation Apex is designed for room-scale and seated modes so you’re able to explore no matter the size of your playspace. With complete freedom of locomotion within the game, simply, use the triggers on the controllers to propel yourself forward and travel through the underwater world.

Join the search for the largest Great White ever seen

Dive with the world’s leading marine scientists and take on the role of research assistant with no diving experience needed. Your mission is clear, take your research rig out into the open sea in search of the largest Great White Shark ever seen. Assist on scientific expeditions to collect data from the marine life around you and learn about the ocean’s precious ecosystem and our impact on it.

Scan and collect marine life to lure predators

Operation Apex enables you to interact with sharks and many other elusive creatures that are rarely seen outside of their natural habitats. What’s more, the marine life in Operation Apex will react to your presence. Using the controllers, scan the creatures indicated to collect data and mimics as you progress through the game. Scanned creatures then can be used as bait to lure the predators of the ocean closer.

Highly detailed environment and creatures

All the art and imagery in the game is was carefully created to be a realistic as possible, down to the way the kelp sways with the ocean currents. Each of the underwater environments has been carefully researched to provide a compelling simulation of the real world.

Hidden discoveries

The ocean is a mysterious and wondrous place, it can even be treacherous. Revel in the beauty of this underwater world by exploring discoveries hidden in each level. Each new mission will lead you to the discoveries required to complete the level these are marked on your radar to find. Occasionally a question mark will pop up - these are secret discoveries hidden across the levels for you to explore that will reveal more about the ecosystem.

About the Development Team

Operation Apex is developed by Curiscope, a startup founded by Ed Barton and Ben Kidd. Curiscope’s mission is to help people understand the real world in a new way. Our award-winning experiences take curious minds on wild adventures that inform, inspire and drive enthusiasm for learning.

We previously created the most viewed marine VR experience in the world, now with over 26m views on YouTube 360.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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