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Dive For Treasures

In The Land Of Submarines

Dive For Treasures turns piloting a submarine into a game of patience.

By Sam Barsanti • July 30, 2013

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Earlier this year, The Discovery Channel aired a special called Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real in which a team of scientists rode a submarine deep into the depths of the ocean, hoping to capture footage of the fabled giant squid. Sea monsters are cool, but why bother with scientific pursuits when you can plunder the ocean as if Poseidon left the front door unlocked?

Dive For Treasures prioritizes that pursuit of riches over science. When a cargo ship crashes off the coast of a seaside village, its crew hires you and your trusty submarine to dive down and recover as much of it as you can. That means navigating underwater mazes and avoiding naval mines and enemy subs. Piloting your submarine is the best part of Dive For Treasures, and it has an unexpected bonus: Once you’ve got the hang of it, Dive can be very relaxing. Rather than tapping where you want to go or using unreliable touchscreen joysticks, Dive For Treasures gives you two steering wheels to turn, controlling your sub’s depth and speed respectively. Crank the left wheel, and your submarine will drop like a brick. Spin the right wheel, and your sub shoots off like a torpedo. But if you turn the wheels a little bit at a time, you’ll gracefully slide through the ocean like a majestic whale. This makes it easier to avoid collisions, and it also slows the game down, giving you a chance to appreciate the beauty of the cartoon ocean and the soft ping of your sonar. Real submarine pilots on TV might get to do cool stuff like hunt terrifying monsters, but I have a hard time believing they find the experience as calming as Dive For Treasures makes it seem.

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4 Responses to “In The Land Of Submarines”

  1. Chalkdust says:

    Any chance we’ll see more non-browser, non-smartphone games in the Sawbuck mix overall?  I would love if we could get some coverage of downloadable releases on the handhelds.  The 3DS in particular has the “Guild” collection of games published by Level-5, which just released Attack of the Friday Monsters, and I’d love to see it get some screentime here!

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