Underwater Games That May Help Cure Your Thalassophobia

Underwater Games That May Help Cure Your Thalassophobia

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Playing underwater games should help you overcome Thalassophobia, the dread of the deeps. Whether you're terrified of large bodies of water or not, many games are terrifying. This page is about peaceful underwater games. Generally.

Before we get started it’s worth noting that we’re only looking at games where you spend most of your time in the actual water. That means titles like Bioshock or SOMA are immediately disqualified. Besides, we also want to avoid horror games as much as possible. We’re mainly interested in underwater games that can help cure Thalassophobia, not make it worse. With all that out of the way, let’s get started.

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We’re kicking off this list with Abzu, a relaxing underwater game focused primarily on exploration. Abzu features breathtaking visuals paired with a beautiful soundtrack and is one of the most unique underwater games out there. It’s not just a game, in fact, but rather a surreal experience that will stick with you long after you’ve finished it. The environmental storytelling won’t be to everyone’s liking but as far as the exploration is concerned, few titles do it better than Abzu.

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ABZU (2016)

Beyond Blue is essentially a David Attenborough documentary in video game format. The game is inspired by the award-winning BBC series Blue Planet II and manages to be both fun and educational at the same time. Beyond Blue has you playing as a deep-sea explorer tasked with using cutting-edge technologies to interact with marine life in new and exciting ways.

BEYOND BLUE (2020)

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SONG OF THE DEEP (2016)

If you can’t handle underwater games that feel a bit too realistic you may enjoy something like Song of the Deep instead. Song of the Deep is a Metroidvania action-adventure game about a girl’s quest to find her missing father. Expect beautifully stylized graphics, a heartwarming narrative, interesting puzzles, and plenty of hidden treasures to find. This is another fairly short game that will probably only take you around 10 to 12 hours to complete.

Ecosystem is a god game about evolution. The gameplay mainly revolves around setting up underwater habitats, placing a few creatures there, and letting nature take its course. Ecosystem is powered by highly complex algorithms that realistically simulate creatures down to the genetic level. You can design your own creatures and make them as weird as you want or let them evolve on their own, which often leads to even weirder animals.

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ECOSYSTEM (2021)

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