Hero in the Ocean 2
Getting lost in an underwater cave sounds like a nightmare for most of us, but for the team of Lampogolovii and Leric it's an adventure. Hero in the Ocean 2 is an immensely satisfying sequel, dropping the submarine from the first game into a slew of new underwater challenges. You control with the [WASD] or [arrow] keys, navigating past myriad nautical dangers including buzz saws, mines, and the odd sea monster eager to scarf you down. Unlock most submarine games, nudging the wall doesn't cost health, leaving you free to focus on exploration. The game has sort of a "Metroidvania" feel to it as you backtrack to find keys and switches to unlock doors, and the physics system is spot on, even if the puzzles take a while to get challenging. This is a game for casual players and those seeking relaxation (the beautiful soundtrack is a vacation in of itself). Lovers of gore and guns need not apply.
Hero in the Ocean 2 builds on the strengths of its predecessor while still offering some new concepts. The game features several powerups, including scissors for cutting bomb tethers, a hot-and-cold treasure detector, and tiny glowing jellyfish that will give you a helping hand now and then. 100% completion buffs will find some themselves scratching their heads trying to get all three stars in each level, even if the treasure chest at the end is sometimes fairly straightforward. The encounters with sea creatures are the highlights of the game, and sad to say, they're not as common as they should be. Watching huge serpents awaken from the rocks and pursue you offers a great thrill. It's nice to let a gorgeous piano ballad lull you into a trance while you push further into the depths of this cartoonish Marianas trench. If you're big on chilled out exploration, puzzle solving, and great music, check out Hero in the Ocean 2 and prepare to lose a chunk of your afternoon.