Song of the Deep Reviews

Song of the Deep is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Justin Celani
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Song of the Deep is a nice, solid length, beautiful side scrolling adventure game that will take most players anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to complete. Lots of hidden treasures to find, upgrades to purchase, and secret areas to discover. Genre wise it’s not doing anything that most other games haven’t done before it, but the setting and story are unique and just captivating enough to provide players with a wonderful undersea fairy tale.

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75 / 100
Jul 13, 2016

Even just moving from one zone to the next can leave you feeling like a child reading an adventure novel, imagining all of the cool new worlds just ready to be explored.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2016

Insomniac Games delivers a traditional Metroidvania with a pleasant atmosphere and an intelligent use of backtracking. Song of the Deep is a solid adventure, with some memorable boss fights and a complex level design.

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Ray Carsillo
Top Critic
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2016

Song of the Deep isn’t a bad metroidvania; it’s just very basic. It doesn’t do anything particularly well, outside of maybe its endearing story, but it isn’t absolutely unplayable either.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

On the surface, everything about Merryn’s adventure is absolutely charming. The deeper you and Merryn go, the game loses its luster, but it’s still worth undertaking the journey if this style of adventure game sings to you. Just be aware it may not be a complete pleasure cruise.

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Jul 8, 2016

The latest from Insomniac Games is particularly polished when it comes to the variety of its puzzles.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 8, 2016

Song of the Deep feels like a distinctly different experience from the Insomniac that we’re used to. It’s a beautiful, lonely world and the Ghibi-like aesthetic work incredibly well in its favor.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2016

The game takes about eight hours to complete, although it would be closer to 12 if trying to 100% the game and find every little secret. With that said, the game is short and concise enough to keep players wanting to come back for more, and I can’t wait to dive (pun intended) back into the game and look for everything I missed the first time through.  Any Insomniac Games or Metroidvania fan probably won’t be disappointed by picking this game up and trying it out.

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Aug 1, 2016

Song of the Deep has too many bugs and design flaws to stay afloat.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2016

Song of the Deep tells a compelling story and presents enjoyable, captivating Metroidvania gameplay set in an enthralling underwater world.

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Jul 20, 2016

Shaky conclusion aside, Song of the Deep is a narrative rich adventure that successfully pairs Metroidvania gameplay with a dynamic underwater setting.

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8 / 10
Jul 26, 2016

Song of the Deep is an intriguing, fun adventure game with enjoyable puzzles and a remarkable presentation. The colorful setting leaps off the screen, taking me back to my childhood story books. The game shines with the sheer amount of puzzles that range from accessing a hidden treasure chest, opening a door latch, to more advanced ones.

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Jul 11, 2016

I won't lie. This game hits you right in the feels. This is a story driven by love ​and begs the question how far would you go for the people you love. In Merryn's case, it's to the bottom of the ocean. The games artistry, music, and narration had me close to tears at a few key points. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the game. I only wish they had a clear definition of what they wanted the game to be. With such a hard turn from puzzles to strictly waves of enemies, the game lost it for me a little. It felt like a different game in the last couple of hours, and I missed the game I had started six hours back.

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6.8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2016

Song of the Deep is a meandering lesson that not every reflection of Metroidvania has to be a grand odyssey. By that measure it's a serviceable decent into the great unknown with a handful of neat ideas. It's also too oblivious of its own limitations to leave a distinct impression in a crowded field. "Groundwork for something greater" isn't a beacon of optimism, but it's probably the finest impression Song of the Deep can manage.

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6 / 10
Jul 18, 2016

Song of the Deep is a very mixed experience but one that should be experienced at least once. On one hand you’ve got a breathtakingly beautiful rendition of the deep sea that progressively gets both more intense and intimidating as you descend into its depths. You’ve got a genuinely loveable protagonist with a great journey to undertake. You’ve even got a large map that’s quite fun to explore.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2016

By going against their own grain, Insomniac Games has crafted a true winner with Song of the Deep, which is one of 2016’s most hypnotic and charming games.

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Unscored
Jul 11, 2016

Insomniac proves with Song of the Deep that it can make a gem with a small team, on a tiny budget, and in a previously-unexplored genre.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2016

Song of the Deep's story is touching, its art is beautiful, and its soundtrack is lovely, all of which come together to make a visual treat. Then I had to actually play it and I found it frustrating at some times, boring at others, and quite glitchy. Some may be able to forgive it, but I can't see many doing so.

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3.7 / 5.0
Jul 15, 2016

Despite some of the puzzles becoming a major pain in the last few hours of the game, it’s pretty easy to recommend Song of the Deep. It’s a relaxing undersea adventure with a compelling storyline and an earnest and endearing protagonist that you genuinely want to help with completing the task of locating her father.

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Jul 12, 2016

Song of the Deep is gorgeous and has some creative ideas, but lacks the polish to make it a must-play.

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