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.
You play as a diver (a girl-diver, I take it), who’s just left her 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 🙂