Endless Ocean



Engaging scuba-diving simulation with no danger.
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You are a researcher exploring the ocean and periodically act as a guide for others.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a scuba-diving simulation game where nothing bad can happen. You can't run out of air, no fish will attack or harm you, and you can't get lost at sea. The game simulates nature and lets children experience what it's like to swim underwater at coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks. The Wii controls are simple enough that even a 5-year-old can play it.

What's it about?

ENDLESS OCEAN is a game for the Nintendo Wii that allows you to go on a series of scuba diving adventures. You can choose to simply dive to explore what this Endless Ocean has to offer, or you can get assignments to dive for a specific reason, including finding a particular species of fish or giving one of your dive customers a lesson. The graphics simulate nature as you encounter hundreds of fish and animals that populate this virtual ocean including sharks, dolphins, humpback wrasses, and blue tangs.

To play, kids simply point the Wii remote at the screen and move it in the direction they want to swim. To swim, they hold down the \"B\" button. When they encounter a fish they can click on it by pointing at it with the Wii remote and then pushing the \"A\" button. Thereafter they can interact with the fish by \"petting\" or feeding it, and when they become familiar enough with it, unlock educational information about the fish.

Is it any good?


The intuitive use of the Wii controls makes this game an excellent choice for families looking to introduce kids to the wonders of the sea. Some of the assignments, like teaching a dolphin tricks, will particularly appeal to kids. But for some, if you stay under for too long, the diving can get tedious.

Endless Ocean makes scuba diving a peaceful, non-threatening adventure. The underwater visuals of this game make you feel as if you are actually in the ocean with sunlight filtering through the water. Kids are never in danger, even when swimming with sharks or whales. Plus, you can never run out of air and returning to your ship is as easy as pushing a button on the Wii remote. While the game can be played by two people, it's unfortunate that it has to be from two different machines. Parents will appreciate that you can only swim with someone with whom you can exchange friend codes using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of preserving coral reefs and keeping the oceans free of pollution. In what ways is this game unrealistic? What did you think about "petting" the fish -- is this something you should try to do in real life? Does this game make you want to learn how to scuba dive?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:January 6, 2008
ESRB rating:E

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Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2009

A Calming Game

If your kids are looking for a game that has no violence or language, buy Endless Ocean. This game has a really soothing tone to it. The point of the game is to swim around and get to know different fish. Your kids don't have to worry about polution and people dumping garbage in the ocean. There is no other sharks eating fish and no blood from ther fish. But if you are religious, there is one song that is religious, but that is the only kinda bad part of the game. My opinion is get the game and enjoy it. If you want to know the it is Amazing Grace. :-)
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 18, 2012

endless ocean

Families can talk about the importance of preserving coral reefs and keeping the oceans free of pollution. In what ways is this game unrealistic? What did you think about "petting" the fish -- is this something you should try to do in real life? Does this game make you want to learn how to scuba dive?
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Teen, 14 years old Written bySeaSerpent November 5, 2012


Endless Ocean is a diving simulator for the Wii. Right there, most people already have decided what they think of this game. Let's face it. If you go into this game thinking it's going to be a boring and lethargic experience without any weapons, enemies, or even violence, then you're probably going to think that it's a boring and lethargic experience without any weapons, enemies, or even violence. But that is exactly what Endless Ocean is. It's controversial. In fact, it is capable of re-defining what we think of when we say the phrase "video game". This is because Endless Ocean does not try to challenge you in any way, shape, or form. And while that may sound terrible, simple, or dumbed down for the little kids, this game is clearly capable of providing entertainment for adults as well. Endless Ocean has a few things going for it that make it a memorable experience. For starters, the game is presented very well. This includes excellent graphics and a decent interface. As you journey further through this endless ocean, you will find hundreds of fish, which you will catalogue in your encyclopedia. The game doesn't make you do this; in fact you can do virtually anything you want in this game, up to and including sitting on the bow of your boat watching the sunset and listening to music for however long you want. But it does provide you with that sense of wonder to keep you going. It makes you interested enough to want to learn about the fish, or travel into the cavern. It's all refreshingly carefree and laid-back. Now, on a more practical standpoint, this game does lack a few things that would have helped its overall appeal. I definitely think that it could have used a larger map, and more overall areas in the game, although they definitely packed a lot into the space that they used, including a deep-sea abyss, a cave, and some sunken ruins. There is an online mode in which you can dive with someone else, but you can't type messages to your friend. You can only send a few simple, pre-written commands that are really pretty useless, so you're going to want to call them and be on the phone while playing if you want to enjoy it. But Endless Ocean is a bright new idea, the likes of which has rarely been seen before. I will ignore anything to do with the sequel, as I am primarily interested in reviewing this game in the context of when it was made, and with that said, this game is well made and solid all around, but perhaps most importantly, it is a breath of completely fresh air not only onto the Wii, but onto video games all over the world.
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