This indie hit lets players explore the deepest ocean.
It’s a place completely inhospitable to us, but teeming with life that’s both beautiful and terrifying.
Maybe that’s why so many water levels in games make the player feel in danger and out of control. Ecco the Dolphin took it a step further, adding actual aliens to its aquatic adventure.
Abzû by Giant Squid Studios takes a different approach, playing up the mystery of the ocean, but dialing down the terror and helplessness.
There are no traditional levels in Abzû, no HUD full of icons and health bars, and no enemies to fight. You simply swim, taking in the beauty of its environments and its lush soundtrack until you find a path forward.
It’s around this point that the game’s story comes into focus. Without a single word, Abzû tells a simple but moving parable based on Sumerian mythology.
On the surface, Abzû is about the pure joy of movement and sharing space with its aquatic ecosystem. Dive deeper, and you’ll find a story about our responsibility to nature.