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Abzû is a game about exploring an underwater environment. The player's character looks like a diver and can be freely moved around the 3D environment, along with free camera rotation. It is possible to swim in any direction, break through the surface and do a flip, explore the bottom with a headlight turned on automatically when it gets dark and so on. Next to a separate button for acceleration, there is a short boost function with three tiers to get a short burst of extra speed. Next to the interactive tutorial there are no prompts or HUD elements that explain goals. The diver has an unlimited supply of air.

The diver gets to explore different self-contained areas linked together by passages. These are all filled with different types of fish and interaction is possible by swimming through them. There is also a type of ecosystem as some will feed off others. The player's character cannot die and at times small environment based puzzles need to be completed to progress to the next area. Sometimes drones can be freed that swim along. These open up certain passages and the diver can interact with them through a sound, but this has no further function. Optional elements include locating places where additional fish types can be freed and collecting hidden shells. The game encourages the meditative element of the game to sit back and enjoy the environment as certain statues can be located where a meditation function can be activated. While meditating the diver is no longer controlled, but the player moves around the camera, following and watching the fishes in the environment.

No background information is provided at the start, but the story of a civilization in the ocean is unveiled gradually through elements in the background and there is a progress system based on bringing orbs to temples. Sometimes there are also different sections, locking the diver to a 2D plane or taking away some parts of movement and limited camera actions to swim along giant creatures, avoiding mine-like objects, gliding in a jetstream with other fish. At times it is possible to cling to larger creatures and hitch rides.


Abzû Windows Inside a giant school of fish
Abzû Windows More of the story is revealed through pictures such as these.
Abzû Windows The fishes are curious and will often follow you.
Abzû Windows Following the stream to reach the surface.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "アブズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Common Sense Media Windows 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
MondoXbox Xbox One Dec 06, 2016 9.5 out of 10 95
Good Game Windows Aug 09, 2016 9 out of 10 90
MAN!AC PlayStation 4 Sep 22, 2016 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Insider Nintendo Switch Dec 21, 2018 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 4 May 02, 2017 8.4 out of 10 84
The Jimquisition Windows Aug 18, 2016 7.5 out of 10 75
Nintendojo Nintendo Switch Dec 20, 2018 B 75 Windows Aug 02, 2016 68 out of 100 68
Saudi Gamer PlayStation 4 Aug 05, 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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  • The Game Awards
    • 2016 – Best Art Direction – Nominated
  • Steam Awards
    • 2016 — The 'Sit Back and Relax' Award — Nominated
    • 2017 — The 'The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along' Award — Nominated

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