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Shinsekai: Into the Depths

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Underwater apocalypse adventure has a resourceful hero.

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This moving action game has a slower, almost poetic pace. Shinsekai: Into the Depths' story slowly unfolds over half a dozen hours in an inhospitable world. It's a beautiful realm, with gorgeous water and air bubble effects and enthralling underwater sounds complemented by atmospheric music. But it's also dangerous. If the encroaching ice or intense pressure doesn't kill you, a nasty fall or an aggressive aquatic creature might. Our hero faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his quest to survive, but he never gives up, using a mix of wits to work out solutions to contextual puzzles and brawn to take on the deadly fish of the deep. Using air canisters to boost through the water is handy and fun, but the constant need to replenish oxygen means you have to be careful in choosing when to use them. It's not an easy game.

That's why it's better experienced using a traditional controller -- either on Switch or on a mobile device with a Bluetooth gamepad. Jumping, boosting, and floating are hard enough on their own without adding finicky touch controls to the equation. Aiming on a touchscreen can be tricky, too -- especially while moving. Add in a confusing opening hour, when players are provided scant instructions, easily getting themselves stuck and unable to progress, and some people are bound to grow aggravated. If you can play with a gamepad, it becomes a much more accessible experience, leaving players free to fully appreciate the thoughtful narrative while gracefully moving around the sea floor. Shinsekai: Into the Depths is a smart and bold take on side-scrolling adventures, and it's well worth a look for players interested in an adventure with more than just button-mashing action.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Apple Arcade , Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Also available through Apple Arcade, a subscription service that costs $4.99 per month.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: March 26, 2020
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , Ocean Creatures
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood
  • Last updated: April 6, 2020

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