Endless Ocean

Common Sense Media says

Engaging scuba-diving simulation with no danger.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are a researcher exploring the ocean and periodically act as a guide for others.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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
Price:$30
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:January 6, 2008
Genre:Simulation

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Parent of a 7 year old Written bybob84838284852 May 25, 2010
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What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2010
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Endless Ocean was the first game for Wii I recieved. I instantly fell in love with it. It's often been called "the most overrated or underrated game of the century." Either you love it for the calming aspects and the stunning graphics, or you hate it for the sheer boringness. Endless Ocean involves your character, (a person who can be changed with three skintones, gender, two hair styles per gender, two wetsuits and two hair colors, but don't worry, you can unlock more options later on in the game.) who works as an amateur biologist who liveson the sea in a sailboat called "Gabbiano." Along with Katherine, the boat's witty but often mysterious guide, you go on scuba missions and explore Manoa Loi. The graphics underwater will take your breath away. You can explore limestone caves, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and trenches. Hundreds of animals that appear in different seasons can be found and logged in Katherine's "Marine Encyclopedia" including dolphins, sharks, manta rays, walruses, birds, a variety of fish, and even a polar bear! Clients can also request tours underwater (if they give you 3 stars or higher, your reputation and therefore your amount of clients improves). You can also take snapshots for local magazines and papers and customize the local aquarium's display whenever you feel like doing so (however, you can only add previously discovered animals.) Finally, Endless Ocean has incredible educational value. By reading the descriptions of each marine creature, many (including me) have gained an invaluable knowledge of various animals. Like stated before, if a calming, simple game is one you want, Endless Ocean is the perfect game for you and will keep you glued to your TV for months. However, if you're a hardcore gamer and enjoy seeing blood, gore, and guns, you'd better sit Endless ocean out.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2009
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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. :-)

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