Over the past few years, an interesting dichotomy has emerged on the ever-changing landscape that is the App Store. Most releases can be divided into either smaller, innovative titles from independent developers, or big-budget graphical powerhouses that push the platform to its limit, even if they are ports of PC or console games. While the two coexist and provide their own respective experiences, I’m all for it, and 2016’s Submerged: Miku and the Sunken City ($4.99) fits firmly within the latter category. With a heavy emphasis on atmosphere and puzzle-solving within a decrepit Uncharted-esque ancient environment, Uppercut Games’ latest release demonstrated the potential of Unreal Engine 4 and iOS’s Metal feature when it released in September last year, and today has gone on sale for the very first time to the bargain price of $1.99.
For anyone unfamiliar with Submerged, the game released initially on Steam back in August 2015 to generally positive reviews. While many raised issue with its loose interpretation of ‘gameplay’, the storytelling through beautiful environments and habitats made it a joy to just explore and navigate the world. Anyone wanting high-octane action should look elsewhere, but Submerged is a stunning showcase of the future potential of the iPhone, and the story of a young girl attempting to treat her wounded brother is a particularly heartfelt one. For a mere two dollars, Submerged is more than worth the plunge, and with no specified length for this promotion I’d recommend taking advantage of this deal sooner rather than later. Download Submerged for $1.99 on the App Store today, and head to our forum thread for further impressions on this atmospheric exploration game.