Parents' Guide to

Infinite Scuba

By Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Diving game aims to teach but runs out of air.

Game Windows 2014
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Infinite Scuba focuses on important environmental and scientific exploration by including a variety of on-site dives. It allows players to learn more about the science of scuba and geographical discoveries at each location. Famed oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle serves as the player's avatar and helps to bring each dive location to life as you go on a variety of missions. The game is great at bringing awareness to the challenges of taking care of Earth's oceans. Players also will have options to customize their dive equipment -- they automatically receive 500 "clams" when they purchase the game, and additional clams can be purchased on the game's website. These clams then can be used to purchase new dive equipment and dive sites.

Unfortunately, although the intention was good, the game has way too many negatives. First, the control scheme is flawed -- it was very challenging to get the diver on the correct course without constantly running into the sea floor or going in the wrong direction, which made dives very difficult. Second, there's no practice session to learn how to operate the gear, which would make it easier to understand the goals and how to control the diver. Adding a larger overview of dive sites or a map also would help players succeed in their tasks. Perhaps worst of all is that Infinite Scuba becomes repetitive and disengaging after the first few dives, meaning only the most patient or dedicated players will want to keep playing. Infinite Scuba tries to highlight how important and beautiful the ocean is, but it runs out of air before it accomplishes its goal.

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