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Dave the Diver

Critics Consensus (Play It)

Wholesome, wonderfully complex, and completely unpredictable, Dave the Diver is the surprise hit of the summer.

Game Info

Former arms dealer Cobra, discovers that every time he enters the Blue Hole the ecology and terrain change. He sees a money making opportunity. Cobra convinces the ever-optimistic Dave (the playable protagonist) and Bancho, a sushi chef who specializes in cooking rare sea creatures, to open a sushi restaurant near this Blue Hole. While investigating the interior of the Blue Hole at the request of archeologist Bacon, Dave discovers that the descendants of ancient Sea People, who still live in the deep sea, are under threat. Realizing that this will be catastrophic to not only the hidden village of the Sea People, but also to the Earth itself, Dave dives deeper to search for a solution to the problem.

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50% of scored reviews fell within the range of 86 to 92 / 100

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Travis Northup (IGN)
June 26, 2023
9/10

Dave The Diver is an aquatic adventure RPG that’s wholesome, wonderfully complex, and delightfully hard to put down.

Jeffrey Parkin (Polygon)
June 29, 2023
Recommended

What makes Dave the Diver work so well is wanting to see what comes next. In another game that just tacked on mechanics and plot devices with no plan, it could feel like the padding around a threadbare premise. But Dave’s kitchen sink approach somehow feels like a perfectly logical, if absurd, escalation — like a Tim Robinson sketch in game form. It’s a teetering pile of mechanics and minigames that never gets around to collapsing because the balancing act is just too much fun.

Lyle Carr (God is a Geek)
June 28, 2023
9.5/10

Whether you’re diving into the depths or managing a sushi restaurant, Dave the Diver is full of ideas and engaging from start to finish.

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