If you try explaining this game to other people over a pint, it just sounds dull. However, if you want to lounge on your sofa and pootle about trying to find things in the sea, with the soothing sound of Scuba breathing and thats all, this is your thing. I had low expectations, but am really enjoying this game and the kids are starting to get into it too.
The basic set up is you are a diver on a boat and have a big ocean to explore. Every time you see a fish (or bigger) you can get to know it by stroking it, and it goes in your Marine Log. The simplistic idea of the game is to complete your Marine Log with all the species - some 40 pages of fish and others....
Behind this simple task, there are random tasks thrown at you via email. These usually involve exploring a specific area, or searching for a specific bit of treasure, or taking other divers out. Each one of these gets you a reward of some description, usually a bit of equipment, which can help you with the Marine Log thing, or just general enjoyment. For instance, I just got a camera - so can take pictures of me swimming with a Sperm Whale.
There is a story behind it too, which makes it more interesting. Your boat buddy has a chequered past which she outlines to you over time, and that generates stuff for you to do too.
I feel a bit sad raving about this game, but it genuinely is excellent. The graphics are good and you end up becoming a bit obsessed about how you are going to find your next Shark, or whether you can find the mermaid's grotto. And as most other reviewers have said, when you get in from work and the kids have gone to bed, its a great way to just turn off and emerse yourself in what is just a very laid back world of bubbles and "Humphead Wrasse".