Even the Ocean is a story platformer about Aliph, a power plant technician for Whiteforge City. After a routine maintenance trip goes sideways, she finds herself working directly with the mayor of Whiteforge, Mayor Biggs. to protect the city against an unknown threat.
After the incident, Aliph finds herself in a position of power and influence that she must navigate in order to successfully save the city.
Players will have to manage their energy bar of Light and Dark energies. You’ll need to adjust those energies to face diverse obstacles and stabilize the city. As you accrue more green energy, you’ll be able to jump higher but you’ll run slower. If you gather more purple energy, you jump lower and run faster.
But you’ll have to be careful, because if you let the meter fill up completely, Aliph will die.
Even the Ocean has customizable difficulties and play-styles. You’ll be able to choose between complete, story-only, or gameplay-only options to make your game experience right for you.
So far the game has been well received by both players and critics alike. The game has a positive review score on Steam, with many of the players praising the game for the story and the unique mechanics.
Waypoint’s Danielle Riendeau was very positive about the game, writing that “It’s a well-designed, challenging 2D platformer with a unique energy-balancing mechanic. It features an inclusive, politically aware story, with narrative beats about community, identity and activism. It has pretty pixel art and moody music.”
The Affinity Archives also praised the game, writing “Even the Ocean is a shining example of how we should be treating diversity and accessibility in games paired with interesting platforming challenges.”
Even the Ocean is available on Steam for Windows and Mac for $14.99.