Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of finding meaning and your place in the world.
Play involves swimming around to explore each of the new areas you visit. You are led through what becomes a gentle adventure by robot characters you meet and befriend. As you delve deeper, you discover a beautiful underwater realm and the creatures that live there.
But this is more than a journey through an underwater land. The narrative soon gathers pace and invites you to ask questions about who you are in the game, how you got there and where you need to go. By the end, you discover that all is not what it seems.
The result is a game as much about identity as scuba diving and bio-diversity. It's a tantalising look under the waves, but also what lies under our own personas.
Explore story themes
These games focus on storytelling and often have complex themes. Expect touching stories that can make your child feel strongly. Discuss the game's themes and emotions with them.
Ask your child to tell you about the game, its story and the world it's set in so you can share the experience and enjoy the game together.
Support critical thinking
Talk about the story your child experiences through the game and the problems it brings up to solve. Ask them questions about the in-game world, the decisions they make and the content of the story to support their critical thinking.
Skill level age
Suggested by Family Gaming Database
Because of the mostly slow nature of the game it works for young children. You need to persist in exploration and puzzle-solving, but there isn't often a time limit. Older players can get more out of the narrative that develops.
Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, as well as pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The goal of the game is mostly exploration. The main character can be attacked, although any violence is unrealistic. Younger children may find the sharks they encounter frightening.
There are 10 accessibility features for
Data by Family Gaming Database
Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
November 2, 2016, updated in 2018
No. of players
This is a single-player game.
Adventure | Narrative