Abzû has been on my list to play for a while now, and I finally sat down and played it. It’s a short explorative game with both beautiful art and music.
In Abzû, you play a diver who awakes in the ocean. As you dive into the ocean, you find that it is struggling. There’s not a lot of life or vegetation. However, there are little areas that shoot out blue water when you interact with them. The blue water is able to bring more life back to the area. Throughout this game, the diver continues to find the blue water to restore parts of the ocean, while following a great white shark. The shark ends up taking the diver into a desolate dark area where there is nothing left except for tetrahedrons who shock you when you go too close to them. The shark, knowing that the giant tetrahedron is the cause for the sick that is in the ocean sacrifices itself to destroy the tetrahedron. It doesn’t work.
It’s up to the diver to save the ocean.
Abzû’s creative director Matt Nava was also the art director behind Journey. With that being said, there are a lot of parallels between Abzû and Journey like the creatively simplistic yet elegant art, the nonverbal story that the game tells you in the form of hieroglyphs, and a deeper meaning behind an exploration game. On top of that, Grammy nominated composer Austin Wintory also composed the music behind both Abzû and Journey.
Admittedly, the only problem I had with it were the camera angles. More than likely could have been operator error, however, I had a rough time controlling the camera in order to see where I was going.
It truly was a beautiful game, though the only problem I had with it were the camera angles. It most likely could have been operator error. I had a rough time controlling the camera in order to see where I was going. Though, I have a feeling I will be playing this game again. I haven’t found what the deeper meaning of Abzû is as of yet, however, after reading some fan theories on a woman’s journey with infertility, I’m really intrigued to playing it again.
Overall, if you’re a fan of explorative beautiful games you should play Abzû. It’s absolutely beautiful.
For more info: http://www.abzugame.com/