Submerged Hidden Depths Preview (Steam)

For our Submerged Hidden Depths Preview we get to report back on the first hour of the game, For those who have never heard of Submerged, hidden Depths is actually the second game in the series. The game plays very much like an adventure game full of lush landscapes, Combat free experiences, and Ruins to explore all while untangling a captivating story and solving puzzles. Forgot to mention but the world is in a bad way and the whole game is played out with you traversing the world on a boat. Strap in and put the kettle on, it’s time to go back into the world of Submerged.

Submerged Hidden Depths Preview Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, screen mode, v-sync, graphics quality preset, resolution quality, anti-aliasing, shadows, post-processing, textures, effects, and foliage. Has auto-detect.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller buttons including the option to swap the sticks around.
  • Action puzzler gameplay.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Ongoing tutorials and pop-ups including handy button icon prompt.
  • Powerful impactful soundtrack.
  • Truly gorgeous locations.
  • Subtitles as standard.
  • Postcard mode is a photo mode with basic controls like zoom and tilt.
  • Discover and record creature entries in your journal.
  • The map uncovers as you explore.
  • Feels familiar.
  • Returning players will feel like they never left.
  • The compass at the top of the screen will show locations, objectives, and icons.
  • Driving the yacht is simple easy and responsive.
  • Diary entries can be found and collected to give you more stories.
  • Collectibles flowers.
  • Your telescope will show any uncollected items on a location but is also used to find your next objective.
  • The controls for moving around are silky smooth.
  • Every collectible collection triggers a fantastic piece of art to pop up.
  • Scan locations to get an idea of what’s there like objectives, relics, upgrades, and lookouts.
  • Yacht styles are split into pieces, collect all pieces to get a new cosmetic look for your yacht and it also uncovers all locations in the current area.
  • Play how you want.
  • Semi-open world.
  • The goal of the game is to collect and return the life seeds found in the game.
  • Lookouts reveal parts of the map.
  • Day/night cycle with different weather from raining to thunder and lightning.
  • Unlock fast travel points.
  • Auto Dock at the designated points.
  • All collected relics are shown in the dome.
  • The dome is your home and central point.

Submerged Hidden Depths Preview Cons:

  • Few performances hitch like juddering.
  • Cannot mark locations through the telescope.
  • Had it where I got stuck a few times in geometry as the game is very regimented in not letting you walk off platforms outside of the steps.
  • The mouse cursor always pops up front and center when bringing up the menu.
  • No run button.

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Submerged Hidden Depths:

Official website.

Developer: Uppercut Games

Publisher: Uppercut Games 

Store Links – 

Steam

Summary

Doing a preview but keeping the review style is kinda hard as demonstrated here. Our world is not in the best shape, we need a distraction a bit of color, so thank fuck that Submerged Hidden Depths came along, it’s evocative, it’s bright and beautiful but most of all it’s the way it just drags you in and captivates you. I had to force myself to play the story, not because it’s bad but because I only get an hour to write about and I love exploring and collecting more! The first Submerged was brilliant, short but brilliant so I am so happy to see that here in the second one we get so much more to do from collecting new boat skins to diary entries and relics, it means we have not just more content but more reason to explore the world and its a world you want to explore. The general gist of the game is you are going to certain parts of the map to recover and insert these life seeds, in every location it’s almost like its own level in a game with puzzles, platforming, and Collectibles. Outside of that, you can go and do whatever you want and with so many broken-down civilizations and Collectibles, it’s never been better. I cannot wait until I can do as I did with the last game and just binge it in one go, I love the world they have created, I love finding out what happened, seeing remnants of people who were just living life until something happened gives the world a creepy yet intriguing feel to it. The World reacts to you from flowers sprouting to remenants changing position and color going from a burned-out husk to a blossoming array of flowers and moss. I don’t feel you have to play the first game to get this one, I implore you to play the first one because it is excellent and this is not just more, it’s a whole lot more. Submerged Hidden Depths builds on the previous game in all the right ways and proves that an hour-long preview is not nearly enough time.

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!