Endless Ocean: Blue World

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Scuba diving sequel adds danger and an engaging story.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The game has many positive messages including that it is good to learn as much as you can about the world's oceans and their inhabitants, that we need to protect those environments, and that you should help others whenever you can.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters you encounter are helpful and supportive of you. And you are an environmentalist as well as an accomplished diver.

Ease of Play

The controls are simple and intuitive.

Violence

You can swim into scary situations including whirlpools, sharks, and other menaces. Dangerous species, like certain sharks, might try to attack you. You have equipment that can soothe them; but, if that fails, you will need to escape by using evasive action. You can have your oxygen reduced by running into lionfish or piranhas. Situations can get harrowing, and you might not succeed in your first try. But you won't die.

Sex

In a reference book, there is a discussion about the Greek God Apollo having a lover who he thought was unfaithful.

Language
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endless Ocean: Blue World is a scuba diving simulation game with a story that provides you reasons to dive in the oceans of the world. Unlike the first game in this series where you couldn't get hurt as you swam, in this game you will encounter sharks and other menaces that can frighten you. While you won't die, the scary moments exist making this a game best explored by kids ages 10 and up. You can swim and talk with friends (you must be friends in real life) using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and the optional Wii Speak accessory.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byLuke Jacobs March 9, 2010

Better than the original!

Better than the original! It's educational, (because of the real types of fish and aquatic life.) And you do get attacked by sharks, but instead of shootin... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlisha F November 3, 2016

It was a great game.

I am rating this title high because I found this site while looking for a sequel to the game.. I am an adult and loved the game! There is a break in the game wh... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byl0l0 September 24, 2013

one of my favourites!!!

my passion is for fish and marine biology. i love this game so much!!!! there's so many diverse species, fun facts, and calming diving areas! i like to pla... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 26, 2014

What's it about?

In ENDLESS OCEAN: BLUE WORLD, you become a professional scuba diver who works for a small family-owned diving company. While you earn money by going on dives to map the oceans of the world, you can also help you co-worker Oceania solve the mystery of an underwater tune called the \"Song of Dragons\" by following clues left by her deceased father. As you travel around the world's oceans, you will explore coral reefs, sunken ships, kelp forests, and sunken castles while meeting more than 300 aquatic species. You can swim up close to most and even interact with them by feeding, petting, or, in the case of dolphins and whales, grabbing onto a fin to take a ride. You can also heal sick fish and build your own coral reef.

Is it any good?

As a sequel to the 2008 Endless Ocean, this game has much more depth. The adventure story provides a reason to keep diving; and the game's improved graphics and more aquatic species translate into a more realistic scuba diving experience.

By adding more tools to use while swimming in the ocean (you can heal sick fish with a Pulsar and find treasures hidden under the sand with a Multisensor) you have more to do when diving. And the addition of dangerous situations makes for more intense and focused dive situations. However, the danger also means that, unlike the original Endless Ocean, this game isn't a good introduction to the ocean for little kids. But for tween, teens, and adults old enough to swim with menacing sharks and navigate around whirlpools, this is a magical game.

Online interaction: Using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you can dive with friends (you have to have exchanged friend codes off line) and talk to each other using the optional Wii Speak accessory. However, while swimming with a friend, you cannot advance the story and you cannot save information about creatures you encounter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to set time limits when playing a compelling simulation like Endless Ocean: Blue World.

  • Did this game scare you? Was it the animations or the music that created the fear? Did you like being scared?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: February 22, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

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