Barotrauma Review (Steam)

For this Barotrauma Review, we play a 2D co-op submarine simulator – in space, with survival horror and RPG elements. Steer your submarine, complete missions, fight monsters, fix leaks, operate machinery, man the guns and craft items, and stay alert: danger in Barotrauma doesn’t announce itself!

Barotrauma Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Training/tutorial section that is optional and repayable.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, line of weight effect, display mode, lighting resolution slider, v-sync, texture compression, visible light limit slider, fish eye lens effect, chromatic aberration, and particle limit slider.
  • Can rebind controls and aim assist strength.
  • Text settings – language, Hud scale slider, inventory scale slider, and text scale slider.
  • Full mod support via Steam Workshop.
  • Two game modes – campaign and multiplayer.
  • The campaign has story and training modes.
  • Multiplayer has a server browser and host server options/modes.
  • Customise – mods, submarine editor, and character editor.
  • Inventory and equipping items can be dragged and dropped or double tapping the item.
  • Movement is like that QWOP where the limbs are like a puppet and it’s a lot looser with animations. WASD moves you and the mouse changes your direction.
  • Pumps can be used to drain or flood rooms.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • Five character roles – Captain, Engineer, Mechanic, Security, and Medic. Each has strengths and weaknesses.
  • Light only shows in rooms you are in and having doors open for light to travel.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • Map seed entry field.
  • 15 submarines to unlock and use, each varying in size and how many crew members are needed along with a difficulty level.
  • New game settings you can tweak are – tutorials, Jovian radiation, starting supplies (low/normal/high), starting balance (low/medium/high), difficulty (easy/medium/hard), and max missions per round (one to ten).
  • Crew creation can be randomized or you can tweak gender, name, hairstyle, accessories, hair color, and skin color.
  • Decent loading times.
  • The store allows you to buy and sell items.
  • World map level selected with each showing a difficulty bar, and any available missions.
  • Give orders to your teammates who will then go do them, or idle them.
  • Hotswap between crewmembers.
  • Driving the submarine can be manual or set to autopilot.
  • You get a checklist of missions to complete.
  • The later submarines can house up to 16 players and you can choose how many are real people and how many are bots.
  • Chat with the bots via the radio.
  • Play how you want.
  • The goal is to take on missions and survive in your submarine.
  • The submarine can flood, get damaged, be set on fire, invade and so much more.
  • Has an FTL meets Starbound type of vibe to it all.
  • The slight horror aspect in that light is minimal and even more so when swimming out in the ocean. That and creatures jumping out at you.
  • The periscope allows you to freely look around.
  • The radar used for steering allows you to change how the sonar works along with setting routes.
  • So many systems at play.
  • Playing with friends is a true experience.
  • I like how it goes from calm and dull to fast and frantic in mere minutes.
  • Kinda reminds me of when Starbound first launched with a slow ramp-up and then a slide down in madness as you strive to survive.
  • The systems you use and are simplified but still impactful.

Barotrauma Review Cons:

  • No controller support.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Graphics settings don’t have a benchmark test.
  • The gameplay tutorial is very basic.
  • Even with the text slider I find the text to be really small.
  • In solo play it is a lot fo spinning plates and ai management.

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Developer: FakeFishUndertow Games

Publisher: Daedalic

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!