Today’s new release on GeForce NOW, a beautifully crafted underwater adventure game called ABZÛ, is a real treat for anyone that’s looking for a uniquely immersive and captivating experience.
Set entirely beneath the waves of a vast, vibrant ocean teeming with life, ABZÛ challenges you to explore its depths to unravel ancient, hidden secrets. You’ll perform fluid underwater acrobatics as you explore, discovering and interacting with hundreds of unique sea species in your efforts to decipher the adventure game’s meaning.
ABZÛ is available in the GeForce NOW store for the special introductory price of $15.59, which is a 20% savings off the standard retail price. This offer is good through August 16th, and your purchase includes unlimited streaming rights on SHIELD and a digital download code for Steam you can use to install a local copy of the game on PC. ABZÛ is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
“ABZÛ” is derived from the oldest of mythologies: AB means “water” and ZÛ means “to know”. Similar to the aforementioned titles, ABZÛ drops you into its waters without pretense – you are nameless and there is no traditional story – no narration or text to read.
There is also no combat, and no character building or role-playing progression. ABZÛ, rather, is experiential, and the experience is evocative – you’ll likely find your own meaning to this beautiful underwater adventure game as you play.
ABZÛ serves up a seemingly boundless supply of beauty and wonder. Exploring its underwater world is an almost magical experience that will represent something different for each player that takes the plunge.
ABZÛ is one of those rare titles that hardcore gamers will try for a moment, perhaps expecting to be underwhelmed, only to find themselves still playing hours later; and that “non-gamers” will feel compelled to try with the same result. Heck, the entire family can sit down together and collectively enjoy it.
And, if this adventure game looks completely different than anything else you’ve played but somehow feels familiar, that’s likely because it is the first title to debut from Giant Squid, which is a game studio formed by the lead artist for Journey and Flower, Matt Nava.
In ABZÛ, you are free to explore at your leisure, not only experiencing the world with your own eyes but also through the eyes of the creatures you meet and interact with. The art design in ABZÛ’s underwater universe – from its lush kelp forests and pink coral reefs to the vast array of creatures that call it home – is stunning. And all the eye candy is backed by a haunting, soothing and all-original soundtrack that changes dynamically to suit your surroundings.
As you play, this simulation game just continues to become more and more resplendent, rewarding you for your progress with increasingly more ornate visuals. However, it’s not all about peaceful exploration: There are some puzzles to find and solve and a few dangers lurking about.
Few games can pull off the minimalist approach ABZÛ manages with such grace and style, which is why the simulation game is turning critics into fans. Gamespot, for example, scored the game a 9 out of 10 rating, saying in its review “When I die. I hope whatever happens next is even half as beautiful as ABZÛ.”
Thankfully, you don’t have to die to experience ABZÛ’s beauty for yourself - just grab your controller and dive in!
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find ABZÛ in the Buy & Play Instantly category.
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 70-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
The GeForce NOW Developers Program makes it simple for developers to publish their games on GeForce NOW and reach a new generation of gamers.
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