Endless Ocean

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Engaging scuba-diving simulation with no danger.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness
Language
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What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySammy M. October 22, 2016
Despite being a peaceful, nonviolent ocean exploration game, it is actually pretty scary.
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written bySmurfette711 November 20, 2011

Serene and educational :)

I love this peaceful, fun game. The kids love discovering new sea life and learning about animals. The music is beautiful and soothing. Positive messages includ... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySeaSerpent November 5, 2012

Refreshing

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2010
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 ga... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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