Parents' Guide to

Beyond Blue

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lovely undersea adventure with strong conservation message.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Not user friendly

My 7-y-o daughter and I love the graphics but neither of us could figure out how it works. Pretty frustrating in the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

For those fascinated with the ocean, the creatures that dwell within it, and humanity's impact on the aquatic world, this is the game they didn't know they wanted or needed. Beyond Blue delivers a beautiful marine journey filled with stunningly animated sea life, authentic underwater sounds, and a clear, admirable message about how people are interfering with nature. Each dive takes us deeper into a deep blue world alive with activity that we can explore via a simple and intuitive interface. You can paddle leisurely or swim quickly from place to place and scan interesting undersea life simply by focusing Mirai's attention on it for a second or two. And once you find your primary objective -- often a whale -- you can take your time analyzing its form and movements via a controllable drone, basking in the creature's beauty as Mirai and her colleagues discuss it over the radio.

What helps Beyond Blue stand out from (the relatively few) other underwater video game adventures is its focus on the people who are undertaking it. A Hollywood-quality voice cast and excellent writing makes you care not just about the creatures you're studying but also the researchers, each of whom has a history and their own personal interests. These interests, by the way, aren't always in alignment with those of their colleagues. And to top it all off, you get a glimpse at the real-world scientists who served as these characters' inspiration via the unlockable live-action mini-documentaries included, which only makes the efforts of the game's heroes feel more pressing and authentic. Beyond Blue provides a timely and compelling experience showing players not just what's at stake as humanity continues to interfere with ocean life, but also a glimpse into the lives of the people trying to help understand and preserve the wonders of the sea.

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