Publisher: GameTrust Games
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: July 12th, 2016
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Insomniac Games, known for Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive, etc. have taken the helm on this underwater exploration puzzle platformer. So what is Song Of The Deep? It is an open world, 2D platformer, that incorporates puzzle elements as well as strategic fighting. Are you ready for Castlevania fusing with Metroid fusing with a little girl and her submarine?
You play as Merryn, a 12 year old girl who’s in search of her father. Her father was a sailor and would tell her stories of all the adventures he had been on. He told her of all the different places under the sea, such as The Forbidden City, as well as all the different creatures that inhabited the sea. One night, after occurring a bad dream, Merryn wakes up to find that her father has gone missing. She suspects that he was kidnapped and taken to The Forbidden City. So she builds her own submarine to go and find him.
You control Merryn underwater in the submarine as well as at a later point in the game, outside the submarine. The goal is to find her father. You’ll encounter enemy creatures along the way. Early on in the game you are given a grappling hook of sorts to grab onto objects with. This is your main source of attack as well as solving the treacherous puzzles. Speaking of puzzles, you’ll run into a lot of puzzles. Ranging from just finding a missing statue piece, to getting colored beams to line up in the correct order to unlock a door to get to the next area. This is what makes Song Of The Deep so interesting and fun. The amount of puzzles is astounding and they can range from extremely easy, to absolute thinkers. I personally haven’t found any that are too difficult, but have had a head scratcher or two.
Song Of The Deep is also visually impressive especially for a 2D world. You’ll notice as you’re navigating through the world, creatures are living and sunken ships will fall. The game also boasts a very impressive color scheme. It truly is a unique and mesmerizing world full of color.
Song Of The Deep is definite must buy, whether you’re into 2D sidescrollers or just enjoy puzzles. This game is to not be missed, one where time melts away and you can just enjoy the sprawling, beautiful world. It has an incredible story, an incredible world, and certainly lives up to the retro pedigree it aims for.