DAVE THE DIVER (2022)
DAVE THE DIVER is a 2.5D adventure role-playing game developed and published by Korean company NEXON through its MINTROCKET brand. The player controls Dave, a professional diver, as he explores the ocean for fish during the day and serves up the fish he has collected as sushi at night. A free Godzilla DLC was announced on January 31, 2024, and is set to release in May.
Money from the sushi restaurant can be used to enhance Dave's gear, hire and train staff for the restaurant, and eventually upgrade fish farms and crop farms. The game combines elements of management, action-adventure, and RPG games. There are also multiple boss fights in the game, usually involving large ocean animals (e.g. great white sharks), extremely oversized versions of other animals (e.g. a hermit crab that uses a dump truck for a shell or a massive mantis shrimp with boxing gloves), or animals with extremely exaggerated abilities (e.g. a Helicoprion that has teeth that spin like a buzzsaw). Marine animals from all over the world are represented in the game, and some animals can be photographed, such as sea turtles, whales, and dolphins. The player also has to contend with many dangerous marine animals, with hostile animals becoming more and more common the farther they progress through the game. The game uses a combination of pixel art and stylized 3D models, with pixel art usually being used for smaller animals and people, while 3D models are used for larger creatures, such as the bosses, large fish (sharks, giant trevally, etc.), and terrain. A free tie-in DLC with the psychological horror RPG Dredge was released on December 15, 2023, adding aspects from the game, such as aberrational fish for Dave to serve to mysterious hooded figures.
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- NEXON previously developed the 2019 Godzilla mobile game Godzilla Defense Force, through subsidiary company Neople.
- MINTROCKET's DAVE THE DIVER webpage
- DAVE THE DIVER on Steam
- DAVE THE DIVER on the Nintendo Switch eShop
- DAVE THE DIVER on the PlayStation Store
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