Ocean Blue iPad Review: Realistic diving sim with beautiful graphics

Ocean Blue Rating: ★★★☆☆

A Diving Sim That Doesn’t Go Deep Enough!

Com2uS Inc. have become famous for their quality games for the iPhone, iPod Touch but not so much on the iPad yet, however they’ve taken a different turn with their latest release, an ocean diving sim called Ocean Blue.

There are plenty of fish tank and koi card pond simulators on the iDevices but Com2us Inc. are looking to take things to a whole new level with stunningly beautiful graphics, 2 unique locations and educational features.

Ocean Blue iPadThe locations do indeed look great, the underwater environments look very realistic as do the 6 fish that you can add to either environment.

While viewing the ocean environments you can move your view by either using the accelerometer or by dragging your finger across the screen.

Tapping on any of the fish will bring them up in close up mode with the ocean environments blacked out so that you can concentrate on the marine creatures themselves. From here you can then tap on the camera icon to bring up more details of the fish.

This is ultimately all there is to this application although one additional feature certainly is impressive it technically adds little to the overall application.

If you have a friend who has an iPad and also Ocean Blue you can ‘join’ the two iPads together and create one large environment where the marine creatures from one screen will swim across onto the other. It certainly looks cool and is fun while it lasts but the fun doesn’t last that long.

Ocean Blue iPad_3The major problem with Ocean Blue at the moment is the amount of content that you get for your $10. While both environments look great you can only spin around and around, and up or down. You can’t swim around and explore the environments so they are pretty limited.

Also limited is the 6 marine creatures that you can add to each environment, again, they look great but after you’ve looked at them for a while and read up on the details there’s not much more to be done. It’s not even as if you have to do anything to find them as they are all available from the moment you launch the application.

For $10 I would certainly expect more for my money despite how good it looks. I’m sure that Com2uS will provide more fish and possibly more environments in future updates but at this point in time nothing has been confirmed.

If you want to sit and watch some beautiful fish swimming around beautiful ocean environments then that’s exactly what you will get with Ocean Blue, is it worth $10 though? For me the answer, at the moment, would be no.

The Good

  • 2 beautiful ocean environments
  • 6 gorgeous marine creatures
  • Cool Bluetooth link up

The Not So Good

  • Limited exploration abilities
  • Limited content
  • $10 price tag!

Price: $9.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.1
Size: 33.0 MB
Language: English
Seller: Com2us USA, Inc.
© 2010 Com2uS
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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  • http://twitter.com/jhjh7306 Jung JaeHwa

    Thank you gor great review I am the designer of Ocean Blue
    We are currentely updating it now
    you will see much more great undewater view with ipad and Ocean Blue

    if you have any good idea or suggestion, email me

    doublej@com2us.com