developer: Beam Team Games
publisher: Beam Team Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / split screen, players: 1-2
Stranded Deep for PC is the first production from Beam Team Games – an Australian studio, which consists out of merely two programmers. The developers claim that they have created a perfected, realistic, and challenging survival system for their debut title.
In Stranded Deep we play the role of a sole plane crash survivor, who is desperately trying to stay alive on one of the uninhabited isles on the Pacific Ocean. To delay the unavoidable we are forced to carefully manage our limited resources, which need to be acquired either by exploring the vast and rich, but dangerous, underwater world or by scavenging whatever we can find on the island itself. The developers have made it extremely difficult to get to know the precise layout of the surrounding region, as the island changes with each playthrough.
The crafting system is one of the most important mechanics within the game. The Australian team has put a lot of effort towards making it as intuitive as possible; the visible UI has been reduced to the absolute minimum, forcing the player to work it out by himself how to combine different elements and pieces to create useful tools. Apart from the basic equipment (e.g. a fishing rod or primitive weaponry), we can also craft more advanced structures, such as a raft or a shack.
Since Stranded Deep is a survival game, the players will face a lot of different dangers during their playthrough. Avoiding the most obvious threats among them - an encounter with a shark or heading out for the open water during a storm, which will usually end with our hero’s untimely demise - is just the beginning. It is also crucial to provide our character with an appropriate diet, as with time our food supplies will spoil and salt water only bolsters our thirst; the weather conditions, such as extreme heat during the day or bitter cold in the night, can also prove to be deadly.
Stranded Deep on PC stands apart from many other indie productions, due to its extremely colorful, high quality visuals; the developers take a great deal of pride in the day and night cycle and the dynamic weather effects, which they have single-handedly created. Furthermore, they have also managed to design a realistic and impressive looking ocean.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7850 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 9800 GT or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8