Crafting galore in Under the Ocean-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
IN CLASSIC literature, Robinson Crusoe is a man who was shipwrecked and survived on an island for more than three decades. In the indie game Under the Ocean being developed by Paul Greasley and Michael Reitzenstein, your character suffers the same fate as Crusoe, but how long he survives is completely up to you.
Under the Ocean plays very similarly to the sandbox hit Minecraft, wherein you are put on an island with virtually nothing to yourself.
Just like Minecraft, however, the island holds resources that can be used to craft tools, which can then in turn be used to build shelter and so much more.
The visuals are very simplistic, meaning that your PC won't need very powerful specs to run it. The simplicity is gorgeous, however, with the way that the outdoor colors stand out. Similarly, caves indoors are dark and require you to have some source of light to brighten up the surroundings.
The game is played from a side scrolling perspective, with the ends of the screens leading to different parts of the island to explore and gather materials from. If you're having any trouble on figuring out what to build, or what you can build given whatever's in your inventory, you can bring up the in-game journal and see the needed materials to craft a certain item, and the necessary equipment needed to be able to create the item in question.
There journal contains an extensive catalog of things to build, ranging from your simple crude spears, to forges and even windmills or water wheels which can act as power sources for your home. For creative minds, there is virtually no limit to what can be built in this game.
It should be noted, however, that the game is in its alpha state, meaning it's still in its early stages of development. There may be bugs here and there, but you can help out the development team by reporting these to them to help improve the game. Also notable is that the game is still subject to changes at this point but the gameplay you get now is basically how it is intended to be played.
The game can be purchased on Steam for $9.99. If you don't have a credit card, you can purchase Steam Wallet funds from DataBlitz. With your purchase you get the current Alpha build of the game which the developers regularly update, and a full copy of the game once it sees a full release. Along with that, your contribution at this early stage means that you are supporting the development of the game.
While still very early in its development, Under the Ocean shows a lot of promise at this stage, and could be even greater once its completed.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 04, 2013.