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ABZU review
by Merlijn Eskens

ABZU is an interesting game. Not only because I havent played it myself, but also because it is.. Not as much of a game as most would like it to be.

In this game you swim around using simple WASD & mouse controls and slowly traverse the underwater world of ABZU.
Now, I gave this game to my little sister, who is not used to keyboards at all, but still, I feel like I need to note that this made the otherwise perfect game a lot harder to enjoy for her. The mouse was too fast and the turning she could not wrap her head around.

Now, this might all sound a little basic for a description. But to be honest, it isnt. There are no other things you will be doing in this game other than:
Opening doors,
Swimming with fish
Swimming without fish.

That does not make it a bad game however!
It is quite the opposite. It tries to teach you all the different types of fish swimming around, as well as the wonder of exploration.

If anything, ABZU proves that you do not need action to make an experience, and for that I am grateful.
«Sit back and relax»
«OST on repeat»
Serge Ulankin
This is when walking simulators took the turn to swimming simulators.

Other reviews15

Sometimes sitting back and playing an atmospheric experience with great music is all I want from a Game. And Abzu nailed it!
i didnt like the controls much, but the world looks good , so this game is worth a try since it is so short
perfect relaxation game
«Blew my mind»
The first game I completed. It helped me with the BIG SAD.
«Sit back and relax»
10/10 - It made me feel things.
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
Even if you don't like the gameplay, the story, or the visuals (first of all, how dare you?), the music alone is enough reason to love this game.
A nice trip inbetween more serious and demanding games.

Like a vacancy, in the depths of the ocean.
Not interesting
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Now at the Sale, the Opportunity was there. And yes what should I write? I'm there and away. Play now 1 Hour, and it's called 2 Hours of Play. I just reached the 2nd chapter. Am I Getting Into the game so rum that has already passed an Hour of Ingame? Or Do I Use the Game for what it's meant to be? I let myself drift in the Water, accompanied by the Fish and Sea Creatures. The Soundtrack is a wonderful supporter of this. Of Course I can watch me "work" the Game as soon as possible, but do I want that? Nope! I was still undecided tonight whether to buy it, Read tests. It is called in "Meditation Mode" the black Bars disturb. Hmm of the Beams is half transparent and is limited to the bottom left corner of The Screen. I play on a big TV Screen, so it doesn't stand out. Apparent I think the Testers at the Gaming Portals just don't realize what this "game" is about. It depends on People, and you should know what you want to get involved in during The "Dive"
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Wow! What an incredible Experience and Journey that was! I don't think you have to say much about the Visuals and the Nature of the Game; Either the Style suits you or not. For me personally, this Game is visually a Masterpiece and is one of the most beautiful Games I have ever played! The Story is presented in a Way I not only expected from this Game, but also hoped. In My Opinion, the Narrative Style fits perfectly with the Mystique of the Game. There would have been a clearly broken Down story just out of Place. The Soundtrack is very well tuned to the Environment. The sometimes more modern Sounds harmonize beautifully with the Action that Has been pointed out. I myself have no Problem with the Control; However, I can imagine that Some have to get used to it first or play a little with the Control Options. Overall, this Game is just great in my Eyes. Clear Buy recommendation-bought it in the Sale, but think the Game is worth its Full Price too. If you are sceptical, you can still get it in the Sale.