Even the Ocean is an ideal mixture of a platformer and a visible novel. The story is compelling, and extra related to the present environmental disaster than I had anticipated. It additionally unexpectedly tackles different, extra mature themes, like loss. This story frames some pleasurable platforming, although typically a little bit simple. However Even the Ocean doesn’t really feel prefer it’s meant to be troublesome — it’s a relaxing journey with a narrative to inform.
You are taking management of Aliph, a technician, as she units out on her first job together with her new colleague, Cassidy, to repair an influence plant. It doesn’t take lengthy for issues to go flawed, and Aliph quickly finds herself on the mission alone with simply the stays of her destroyed swimsuit. From the wreckage, Aliph pulls out a shield-shaped piece of scrap that acts as your major device for the subsequent eight hours or so. It’s used not solely to guard you in opposition to threats, but in addition to assist with traversal. Aliph marches on and finishes the job, which quickly results in a gathering with White Metropolis’s mayor, a predictably shady character.
After your first assembly with the mayor, it comes right down to you, the plucky new child, to repair the remainder of the crops powering White Metropolis and save your new dwelling. Aliph continues on her mission with out changing the armour that broke, which means the 2 energies discovered inside the crops—darkish and lightweight—can hurt her. That is undoubtedly essentially the most attention-grabbing factor Even the Ocean has going for it. On the display, the place you’ll usually see a well being bar, there’s a meter displaying Aliph’s darkish and lightweight stability. If it utterly fills with both darkish or gentle, Aliph will die. It sounds fairly easy; simply keep away from each and all might be nicely. Nonetheless, in case your meter is simply too far in direction of gentle, you possibly can leap increased, and if it’s too far in direction of darkish, you’ll transfer faster. This isn’t that necessary at first, however as you proceed to push deeper into the sport you’ll need to make use of this to your benefit.
When leaving White Metropolis to go repair the ability crops, you’re given the selection of which plant to sort out first, however touring to those areas is all completed via an overworld akin to what might be present in ‘90s RPGs. The backgrounds of areas all do an incredible job of appreciating what has come earlier than, a lot in order that I want there have been RPG parts to get pleasure from.
When you find yourself selecting your settings initially of the sport, you’re supplied with completely different gameplay choices that can dictate your expertise. For those who’re solely right here for the story, then you possibly can play the sport as a visible novel. Alternatively, in case you’re solely right here for the platforming, the sport accommodates that. The existence of those choices simply proves how sturdy each elements of the sport are, however you undeniably get the very best expertise whenever you pair them collectively.
The core of the sport incorporates a message — one which it delivers clearly with out hitting you over the pinnacle. There are complexities that, regardless of being appreciated, I actually didn’t count on once I started taking part in, and this shock helps elevate the sport’s story above what you typically see in different visible novels, though it does endure from subpar writing. Sadly, I normally get pleasure from a tougher platformer, however making Even the Ocean tougher wouldn’t swimsuit the sport’s basic aesthetic, as every part from the best way it appears to be like to the gorgeous rating is working to fulfil one purpose.