The Best Simple Games – From The Sea, Freedom

This week in The Best Simple Games I’m going to tell you about a wonderful little game which will draw your attention from everyday bustle – for a few minutes – and help to clear your mind of all the useless junk we often tend to stuff in our heads. The game is called “From The Sea, Freedom” and it is one of the few mind relaxing games I’ve met.

As its authors – Second Dimension Games – stated, “From The Sea, Freedom” was created to be a calming experience, a game of exploration and relaxation.

From The Sea FreedomYou play as a diver (a girl-diver, I take it), who’s just left herย bathyscaphe and is going to explore the surrounding underwater area. And that’s pretty much all that this game is about. You just control the girl-diver and swim around, discovering all there is to discover under the sea. This includes all sorts of fish, coelenterates, abandoned submarine and even a drowned city. The sole goal is to discover everything there is to discover. There are no enemies here, no dangers, no challenge – you can’t lose in this game. The devs actually warn you, before you play, that this may not even be a game at all.

Technically, it’s a 2D side scroller with simplistic graphics and that’s not a surprise as “From The Sea” was made during a “Ludum Dare” in just a few days. The controls are very simple – you either click and hold the left mouse button and then drag it around, thus making the diver to swim in the direction you choose, or you do pretty much the same, but with an X360 controller. When the diver is close enough to an object you haven’t discovered yet, you will see a message at the bottom of the screen, informing you of your discovery. When you find everything, you can return to your bathyscaphe and the game ends.

All of this takes 5-10 minutes in total, accompanied by calm, relaxing music which fits the theme of underwater exploration perfectly. Despite the game’s simplicity, it conveys the atmosphere of being a lone observer in the middle of an endless sea in a way you wouldn’t want to forget.

You can play “From The Sea, Freedom” anytime right from your browser for free – just follow this link. No installation is required. Note, though, that the authors recommend using Chrome, as there may be issues with other browsers.

If you’re feeling angry or frustrated for whatever reason, or if you just want to have a break – try it out and let me know what you think of it. And don’t forget to check The Best Simple Games next week ๐Ÿ™‚

18 thoughts on “The Best Simple Games – From The Sea, Freedom

  • Hello, this is indeed an interesting games.

    I’ve been used to RPG, strategy, or puzzle games. Sometimes they almost make my brain explodes because of overheat LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    A mind relaxing game is a good thing to hear. This is a browser game, right? I hope there will be something like this in android/iOs games. Or, do you know if there is any?

    Thanks for reviewing this game ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Alblue,

      Yeah, games with complex character development systems can do that sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

      As to “From The Seas”, yes, it’s a browser game and I’m not sure if there is anything like it for handhelds out there – should check this out actually (well, quick search in Play Store didn’t give me anything similar, so I guess it’s at least not too easy to find such games there).

  • The design looks very simple, but I think you can kill a couple of hours by playing this game. It’s very curious to see how this one doesn’t focus much on fantastic graphics and build up a good game play. I got one question, How much it cost the full game, you didn’t post it on this review? Overall, great work

    • Hi Javier,

      The game is absolutely free (actually mentioned it at the bottom of the post), although I doubt you could kill a couple of hours with it – there’s not too much to do in it. But it’s great for taking a break for a few minutes when you’re working or something like that.

  • This is a pretty sweet game. And yeah as you have mentioned it gives you that calm serene feeling as if you’re just chilling under water. The music adds it too. The only downside is that it’s either my laptop or my wifi is damn slow the game was choppy. I’m not a big gamer so I prefer simple games like this than modern 3D type of games.

    • Hey Joon,

      I’m glad you like it!

      It’s strange that it was choppy, as don’t think it demands a lot of resources from your machine. As to your wifi being slow that also shouldn’t be the case, because the game pre-loads first and then you can run it. What browser do you use? The authors mentioned that Chrome is recommended.

  • Hey Dmitriy,
    From the Sea Freedom eh? Sounds pretty fun! I miss those 2D games when we used to play back then, very calm to play especially when its under water.

    Don;t get me wrong, the awesome visual games like Skyrim and WItcher are great too but there are occasions to play those and I can’t play them on my laptop either as its not strong enough. This will be a great mind relaxer before a meeting!

    • Hey Riaz,

      Nice to hear from you again ๐Ÿ™‚ .

      2D games have been making quite a come back lately, at least it looks like it. Many of them end up being really good, actually. I don’t know why is this happening, but I certainly like it, seeing how I’ve been playing games since early 90’s, lol.

      “From The Sea” is nice for a quick break while at work – that’s for sure. It won’t distract you for too long and at the same time it will help clear your head from unnecessary thoughts.

  • Hehe NICE! pretty refreshing if you ask me, I ve been into a good amount of indie games, Ori blind forest is among them though this is debatable lol but seems like a nice getaway from the work place “in” the workplace if that makes sense, I like it. I retro game a bit here and there so this is definitely something that’s in one of my alleys. kudos to the developer and hope to see an improvement down the line.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for the comment!

      I’ve been seeing tons of great indie games lately and I like this tendency very much.

      Actually, speaking of “From The Sea” – a few days ago I’ve found out about another game which may look very similar at a first glance, but it’s not. Still, I think it’s an interesting game I (hopefully) will try out soon. It’s called “The Aquatic Adventures of The Last Human”. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

  • Wow.. they really made a no-enemy game.

    I, myself, will not play the game like this. But I see that this might be a good game for my daughter. To explore everything and just swim around.

    Yes, I might recommend this game to parents. No violence at all. No blood, no gory images, no angry words. Just plain game to discover new things around you.

    • Hi Ariefw,

      Thanks for the comment!

      The game can be a nice distraction for kids – it will keep them busy, but not for too long, which is good. So yeah, I bet some parents will love it ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • This isn’t the first time I’ve visited your site and definitely won’t be the last. I love the way you write with such love and devotion to what you do. Your reviews are expert and enjoyable to read. Everything is laid out so neatly and the background and images are so relevant to both the topic and the niche. You’ve really done a great job with this site and you should be very proud of it,

  • excellent site. good selection of games. easy navigation don’t see any problems need a few choices like. peggle or little big planet for the newbies and kids. all choices are for experienced gamer but then again I think that is the main audience. several of the games are ones my daughter can play but the skill level needed for online play keeps going up so i stick to easier ones or the ones like portal with 1 player options.

    • Hi Puncake,

      Thanks for the comment!

      I am currently re-thinking the main topics of LC-Games on which I should focus, and I’m totally going to write about games for kids on a regular basis – especially the ones where parents can join the fun, too!

      Some time ago I actually played Portal 2 with my 5-year-old son on XBox 360, and it was a good experience. However, my kid was a bit too young to be able to handle the controls properly. Recently we tried playing Rayman Legends on PS3 together and I must say the game really shines when you play it in co-op! My kid loves it and I do, too ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • Abzu is a similar game (of a relaxing nature). The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human is very good too but you have to shoot monsters and stuff, reminds me of an old C64 game by Tony Crowther (who also programmed the magnificent Realms of the Haunting) whose name I forgot.

    • Ah, yes, I know both of the games – thanks for reminding me! When I first saw “The Aquatic Adventure”, I loved the looks of it – definitely going to try it out some time.

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