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Dive: The Medes Islands Secret Review

An impressive, relaxing adventure

As this WiiWare download's title suggests, you play a diver in the Medes Islands, which are just located off the coast of Catalonia (though of course, you already knew that... just like we did after a quick visit to Wikipedia).

According to your diver's diary, there are loads of treasures hidden in the surrounding Mediterranean Sea so naturally you're going to have to swim down there and gather them all up.

Dive is split into ten different levels, each of which looks surprisingly different considering they all take place under the sea.

Some feature nice lighting effects as the sun splits the surface of the water, others see you swimming through dark and narrow caves with only your torchlight for visibility.

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As you swim through each area looking for treasure, you need to keep an eye on your oxygen meter. This reduces both as you swim and as you make contact with any creatures under the sea (presumably they all inadvertently unscrew your oxygen tank as they bump into you or something). The aim, then, is to get to the main treasure on each level (marked with a yellow dot on your radar) without losing oxygen by taking too long or hitting too many enemies.

This becomes a much harder task in later levels, as the numbers of sea creatures greatly rises and you find yourself trying to skilfully navigate past jellyfish, squid, sharks and the like. If you've played the infamous underwater stage in Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles on the NES, this is a modern version of that.

Despite this, Dive only occasionally gets frustrating. The controls, while fine for the most part, aren't really accurate enough to allow for precise navigation through some trickier areas, but they're good enough to get you through most sticky situations without too much hassle. You're also armed with a harpoon gun which, while not exactly turning you into an underwater Rambo, does help you get out of the odd predicament.

If you're good enough you should be able to get through Dive's ten levels in four or five hours, but the need to go back when you buy better diving equipment and explore further, deeper parts of levels you've already cleared is a clever way to extend the life of what's an impressive, relaxing adventure.


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  1. Pie supremacy Thursday 12th Aug 2010 at 08:54

    Looks pretty cool. Too bad I have no points :cry:

  2. Mr Kirby Thursday 12th Aug 2010 at 09:50

    Same here no points, ill have to get some..

  3. kirby711 Thursday 12th Aug 2010 at 18:27

    Why does Endless Ocean come to my mind? Not worth buying if it does what Endless did.

  4. mariostar6 Saturday 14th Aug 2010 at 12:29

    Why does Endless Ocean come to my mind? Not worth buying if it does what Endless did.[/quote/

    Wats wrong with endless ocean? It was a great game.

  5. Chetters Sunday 15th Aug 2010 at 14:32

    its clearly not like endless ocean, that was a 3d adventureish game of patience and searching for fish and this is a 2d side scrolling game of reactions. the only similarity is that they are both set underwater.

  6. shuggybarr Monday 30th Aug 2010 at 08:55

    Showing my age here - this sounds exactly like Scuba Dive on the ZX Spectrum published way back around 1985. Loved that game so definitely getting this. Wiiware is definitely improving - I just bought And Yet It Moves and Pearl Harbour 1941 - both could easily have been full price releases. (Pearl Harbor is a bargain at 700 points)

  7. LaytonMario3 Wednesday 1st Sep 2010 at 18:28

    Uhhh... 82%'s a respectable score but i'll stick with other m :D

  8. andrea987 Monday 6th Sep 2010 at 23:35

    Nice, I'll splash (aehm.. :oops: ) whatever's left of my points on this one!

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