Gyula Somogyi, indie developer of Divemaster, a real scuba diving game for the iPad, has released the iOS and Android (Amazon) version of the game for the iPad. The casual simulator game is accompanied by a little universal arcade game, called Clumsy Treasure Scuba Diving, which is a spin-off game using the same character and environment in another gameplay setting. Android port for Google Play is on the way and will be available for free in March 2014.
The newly launched game, Divemaster was designed by indie developer Gyula Somogyi, multiple award winning underwater filmmaker. The lack of “real” diving games for mobile devices inspired him to create a very casual looking but at the same time a very diver-friendly game. Simple game mechanics (2D line-drawing) accompanied by real diving physics and diving industry standard solutions put the players in control of dive groups of up to eight divers, simulating the job of a divemaster working at a diveboat, visiting tropical water reefs. The dream job of many people is now available to everyone!
The game focuses on the core activities of a divemaster: guiding divers under the water, showing them the amazing underwater world and animals. The player must connect the divers to those animals they wish to photograph. Each photo taken rewards the player with tips from the divers. Using these tips the divers can be upgraded by means of training and new equipment. Just like a real divemaster, the player must take good care of their divers: if they run out of air, they will die and the game will end.
There is no violence in the game – no animal shooting, no blood-packs. Beyond the core activities players can remove dangerous waste from the water and receive environmental bonuses. This non-violent approach was applied from the very beginning of the design, promoting the responsible behavior of divers in the oceans.
During the game players explore the 31,000 pixel wide hand painted underwater terrain in eight different locations during 64 pre-set divegroups, starting at 15ft (5m) and going down more than 300ft (100m). 47 carefully animated animals can be unlocked by completing the preset divegroups in Adventure mode. Endless game mode enhances the replay value of the game. Players can compete not only to fill their photo album, but for glory: who is the best divemaster in our oceans?
Divemaster was released at 23rd February, worldwide. Universal version of the game will be released in March 2014.