The last few years have seen an uptick in PC, console and mobile games that let you explore the ocean, battle sea creatures (or other swimming humans), and test your underwater survival skills. To save you time and money, we’ve sorted through them to identify the stand-outs.
Some of these games have multiplayer, some feature female protagonists, and some are still in Early Access–but they all have primarily positive feedback from players on Steam, iTunes, and Google Play, and from professional game critics on sites like Open Critic.
So get your wet-suit on, and let’s dive in!
Platforms: PS4, Windows PC
A beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean. But beware as you swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.
Platforms: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), iOS, Android
An award-winning 2007 action-adventure game set in a massive underwater world teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater adventurer, as she travels from hidden caves shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases in search of her past.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Windows)
Play as a shark or a diver in a dark aquatic world and overcome your enemies by employing cunning, teamwork, and stealth. Depth blends tension and visceral action as you team up against AI or be matched with other players in heart pounding combat.
Shark Attack Death Match 2 (Early Access)
Platforms: PC (Windows)
Combat in Shark Attack Deathmatch 2 is savage, gritty and brutal. Players hunt each other down in various game modes with the constant threat of terrifying sharks joining in on the bloodshed.Tear divers apart as you take on the the role as the ocean’s top apex predator, The Great White.
Song of the Deep
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows PC
Song of the Deep is a metroidvania-style action-adventure game following a young girl’s quest into the unknown to find her missing father. It combines underwater discovery, skill, and suspense with a powerful story.
Splash: Underwater Sanctuary
As a reef caretaker, the fate of a vibrant and diverse ecosystem is in your hands. With the population of the ocean dwindling, you must raise and release a multitude of species to repopulate and fill it with life. Along the way be sure to keep your Aquapedia handy, as you’ll document exciting real-life facts about each species you uncover. Watch in wonder as your sanctuary comes to life, teeming with creatures that are both visually stunning and unique in personality and behavior.
Subnautica (Early Access)
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Windows and Mac), Oculus Rift
Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with wonder and peril. Craft equipment, pilot submarines, terraform voxel terrain, and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more–all while trying to survive.