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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
When you love someone, you're willing to overcome daunting challenges to get them back. Tells the story of a young girl who goes on an underwater adventure to locate her missing father.
Positive Role Models
You play the young brave Merryn, who has a dream about her father being trapped under the sea, vows to rescue him. She shows she can be a strong, courageous protagonist who follows her heart.
Ease of Play
Simple controls can be a bit finicky.
Violence & Scariness
Mild combat against underwater sea creatures such as jellyfish, giant spiders, sea urchins, more.
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Products & Purchases
Special edition includes stickers, book, voucher to download soundtrack, more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Song of the Deep is an underwater adventure that has you play as a girl who's trying to find her missing father. It features a strong young female protagonist, who puts together a makeshift submarine and ventures out to solve puzzles, take on creatures, and meet some allies along the way. There isn't any inappropriate content, but there are mild combat sequences against jellyfish, urchins, and other threats, using the submarine's torpedoes, giant claw, and other weapons. The controls are simple to learn but have finicky moments that could frustrate some players. The Collector's Edition has extra content, including a book, a voucher to download the music soundtrack, stickers, and more.
Is It Any Good?
For the most part, this underwater adventure is a very good game for players of all ages. It fuses a strong lead character with a beautiful story and fun gameplay elements (such as exploration, puzzle-solving, combat, and upgrading). The game also features attractive graphics, atmospheric music, and high-quality narration. Parents should like the strong female lead and story of love and determination, while kids will no doubt fall for the game's charm, upgrades, and high-production values. There are some secrets to find that reward players for experimenting. While the gameplay remains the same as that in the original game, the Collector's Edition adds lots of extras that players should love as well.
The issues with this game range from some finicky controls to limitations in your exploration to a few frustrating puzzles that require a lot of trial and error. For example, using the submarine's claw proves more difficult than it needs to be. Combat is also a little boring as it's overly simplistic. But the puzzle-solving and action do get better over time. Overall, the good very much outweighs the bad. It's unfortunate these issues exist because they could've likely been addressed with a little more time and testing. It's still worth the investment, especially for those looking for a family-friendly underwater adventure with a lot of heart and character.
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