Here you can find some of the most fun and entertaining diving games to play on your computer. From the realistic exploration of gorgeous underwater environments in Subnautica through to the just-for-fun scavenger hunting in Hidden Expedition: Titanic, every diver out there is bound to find a suitable PC-game counterpart to their real-life passion right here.
Diving is quite frankly one of the most rewarding and exciting hobbies and/or professions in this world, but if all the divers out there were being honest, it can be a relatively expensive and time-consuming affair. Though computer games could never scratch the diving itch that drives most people’s passion for the deep, they can go a certain way to bridging the gap (which often feels like a lifetime) between diving expeditions. Below is a selection of the most relevant, entertaining, and realistic diving experiences that you will find on popular gaming platforms such as Steam and Big Fish Games.
First among the depths of these great diving games is Unknown Worlds' Subnautica. This is a game that's all about underwater survival, and is played through the first-person perspective to make things all the more realistic. You play as a character that has crash-landed in the middle of an ocean, and it's up to you to navigate the perilous-yet-beautiful underwater environment to find food, shelter, and generally survive for as long as you possibly can.
This is a few nautical miles away from the terrifying, tension-steeped experience that fellow scary underwater game Depth with it's Megalodon sharks - instead this is actually more comparable to Minecraft, only set underwater. It's all about overcoming the restrictions placed on you: oxygen and hunger are your main limiting factors, though you can combine various items you find in the ocean to make certain meals and other useful items used for your survival. In terms of diving games, Subnautica is one of the most well-balanced because it combines intensive realism with beautiful underwater environments and a great first-person format that accurately replicates the stresses and satisfactions of diving in general.
World of Diving
Much like Subnautica, World of Diving is one of the Steam platform's many early-access games. Early-access means that developers have released the game for purchase, but players buy the game in full knowledge that it is an incomplete entity that will be updated and improved over time. Thankfully, World of Diving has a lot more features than many early-access games usually have at the same stage of development.
A tutorial gets you acclimated to the underwater action, which consists mainly of exploration at this stage since the developers at Vertigo Games, haven't yet included any goal-oriented missions involving pressure-filled situations or dangerous scenarios. For example, you can encounter sharks, but as of yet they don't pose any threat to you unlike in more savage games found at shark attack games. There is a wealth of photography missions available to play however, and most impressively of all, this game is compatible with VR headsets, making it playable with hardware like the Oculus Rift and essentially stepping up the potential realism of World of Diving by a substantial margin.
Hidden Expedition: Titanic
Hidden Expedition: Titanic is somewhat of a different experience than most diving games out there. Based around a scavenger-hunt format, this game involves heading to the bottom of the sea to dive in and around the wreck of the Titanic. In the process of looking for a valuable crown on the wreck, you will play through 14 separate diving missions, each imparting to you a limited quantity of oxygen and a list of treasures that must be located in any one of the given areas.
Though this is a point-and-click a scavenger-hunt game that offers little more than static underwater rooms with hidden treasure, you still really feel the pressures of diving in Hidden Expedition Titantic, thanks to the necessity of striking the right balance between thorough searching and oxygen preservation. It's not the most realistic or visually appealing diving game, but it's worth a look over at Big Fish Games.
Tropical Dream: Underwater Odyssey
Tropical Dream: Underwater Odyssey continues Big Fish's offerings here with a strategic time-management game set in the depths. The sickly sweet storyline involves playing as a girl that has decided to give up the bustle of city life to spend her time deep-sea diving. Much of the game consists of going on a series of dives and taking pictures in the admittedly stunning underwater environments.
This game as content on its side, with a staggering 75 unique underwater areas to explore, each involving the meeting of certain goals. You'll progress through the game by meeting as many objectives as possible, which include photographing certain locations and achieving a certain number of points for each photograph. Treasure hunting is also a part of the game, as is achieving progress by upgrading your equipment as you go. Another game lacking in realism but not in entertainment here - this isn't a realistic diving game, but Tropical Dream: Underwater Odyssey is still a fun and light-hearted take on the genre nonetheless.