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* ThreateningShark: Subverted. The game appears to build up to a confrontation with a Great White Shark, who frequently appears, acts aggressive, and eats your helper robots. However, you end up ''saving'' it from some wreckage that it's pinned under. [[spoiler:It then proceeds to help you, first by ramming the massive device, saving your life at the cost of its own, and then joining forces with you after coming BackFromTheDead to destroy the machines once and for all.]]

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* ThreateningShark: Subverted. The game appears to build up to a confrontation with a Great White Shark, who frequently appears, acts aggressive, and eats one of your helper robots. However, you end up ''saving'' it from some wreckage that it's pinned under. [[spoiler:It then proceeds to help you, first by ramming the massive device, saving your life at the cost of its own, and then joining forces with you after coming BackFromTheDead to destroy the machines once and for all.]]


* OhCrapFakeout: One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character - but no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you. Though anyone who is aware of real blue whale biology probably saw this coming, since despite their large size, they're physically incapable of swallowing anything human-sized.

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One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character - but no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you. Though anyone who is aware of real blue whale biology probably saw this coming, since despite their large size, they're physically incapable of swallowing anything human-sized.human-sized.
** Also the great white's presence throughout most of the game. The first time you see it, it comes out of nowhere and takes out one of your mini-subs with one terrifying bite. From that point on, you keep seeing it around in various places, making the player wonder if it's going to attack them eventually. [[spoiler:But then you find it trapped under some wreckage and you free it, and from that point on you never feel threatened by it again.]]


Swimming around under the water, you occasionally find mysterious statues which your character can perch to meditate, surveying the wildlife around her. You also occasionally find and activate small robots which follow you, using them to open passages through the coral which has grown over a cavern. Each chapter sees you exploring ancient, mosaic-laden ruins of a seemingly primitive, sea-oriented culture, and then concluding by swimming into a large, mechanical pyramid which seems to be powered by some advanced, alien technology, but you are left to discover how they relate to one another, assuming there ''is'' a relationship.

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Swimming around under the water, you occasionally find mysterious statues on which your character can perch to meditate, surveying the wildlife around her. You also occasionally find and activate small robots which follow you, using them to open passages through the coral which has grown over a cavern. cavern entrances. Each chapter sees you exploring ancient, mosaic-laden ruins of a seemingly primitive, sea-oriented culture, and then concluding concludes by swimming seeing you swim into a large, mechanical pyramid which seems to be powered by some advanced, alien technology, but you are left to discover how they relate to one another, assuming there ''is'' a relationship.

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* AnimalsLackAttributes: Played straight; most of the animals in the game lack any gender specific characteristics whatsoever. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since in RealLife the differences are usually very subtle and unlikely to even be noticed by anyone without intimate knowledge of a specific species' anatomy.

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* JumpingFish: Many smaller fish can be seen doing this frequently. The player can also make larger creatures do this while riding on them. [[spoiler:There's a hidden achievement for leaping out of the water while riding a blue whale.]]


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* MinimalistCast: It's just you, swimming through a sea full of completely ordinary fish. [[spoiler:Though towards the end, you gain a Great White Shark as a companion and ally.]]


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* PainfulPointyPufferfish: Averted. The pufferfish are only ever shown in their normal, non inflated state, and are completely harmless to the player.

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* GuideDangIt: For the collectible seashells, several of which are ''extremely'' well hidden.


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* KrakenAndLeviathan: Subverted. There aren't actually any of these in the game, but "Kraken" is the name of an achievement you get for riding on a giant squid (the animal that directly inspired the kraken legend).


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* TentacledTerror: Completely averted. Just as in real life, octopus are extremely shy and will hide from the player when approached. The various species of squid can be seen predating smaller fish, but are entirely harmless to the player.


* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The great white shark performs a HeroicSacrifice, but is later resurrected by the player.]]



* InterspeciesFriendship: [[spoiler:You form one with the great white shark seen throughout the game, after freeing it when it becomes trapped under a pile of wreckage. It outright becomes your companion after you bring it back from the dead.]]



* SeldomSeenSpecies: The majority of the animals in the game certainly qualify. Unless you had a prior interest im marine biology, you've probably ''never even heard of'' many of the species the player encounters.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: The majority of the animals in the game certainly qualify. Unless you had a prior interest im in marine biology, you've probably ''never even heard of'' many of the species the player encounters.



* UnderTheSea: Where the majority of the game takes place.



* WhamEpisode: Chapter 5. [[spoiler:You find out via a holographic display that your character is based on the same technology as the small submarines and the big mines and that they are likely a creation of a highly destructive, advanced civilization.]] You get over it, only to later witness [[spoiler: the Great White Shark [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] for you when you meet a gigantic mine]].

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* WhamEpisode: Chapter 5. [[spoiler:You find out via a holographic display that your character is based on the same technology as the small submarines and the big mines and that they are likely a creation of a highly destructive, advanced civilization.]] You get over it, only to later witness [[spoiler: the Great White Shark [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] itself]] for you when you meet a gigantic mine]].


* AndroclesLion: A great white shark, who you've been following up to this point, is trapped under some wreckage, and your character frees him. [[spoiler:He ends up TakingTheBullet for you in Chapter 5.]]

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* AndroclesLion: A great white shark, who you've been following up to this point, is trapped under some wreckage, and your character frees him. [[spoiler:He it. [[spoiler:It ends up TakingTheBullet for you in Chapter 5.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The great white saves you from the device, ramming into it to destroy it, and he dies of his wounds in the following chapter.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The great white saves you from the device, ramming into it to destroy it, and he dies of his its wounds in the following chapter.]]



* OhCrapFakeout: One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character. But no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you.

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* OhCrapFakeout: One point early in chapter 4 makes it appear as if a blue whale is about to eat your character. But character - but no, it was just gathering up some fish swimming next to you.you. Though anyone who is aware of real blue whale biology probably saw this coming, since despite their large size, they're physically incapable of swallowing anything human-sized.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Of a sort. [[spoiler:After you revive the Great White in the final chapter, the both of you proceed to thoroughly trash some pyramids and bring life back to their regions, culminating in the giant one which initially killed him.]]

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Of a sort. [[spoiler:After you revive the Great White in the final chapter, the both of you proceed to thoroughly trash some pyramids and bring life back to their regions, culminating in the giant one which initially killed him.it.]]


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* SeldomSeenSpecies: The majority of the animals in the game certainly qualify. Unless you had a prior interest im marine biology, you've probably ''never even heard of'' many of the species the player encounters.


* WorldHealingWave: Any time you restore life to a dead region, it blooms forth with kelp and fauna in a manner not unlike ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. The ending implies [[spoiler: that with the end of the core piece of the mines, that the whole ocean is now restored.]]

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* WorldHealingWave: Any time you restore life to a dead region, it blooms forth with kelp and fauna in a manner not unlike ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. The ending implies [[spoiler: that with the end of the core piece of the mines, that the whole ocean is now restored.]]]]
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* AwesomeUnderwaterWorld: One of the main points of the game is to just take in the amazing underwater vistas. The diver's task is to restore and preserve this beauty.


* ShownTheirWork: A lot of detail was put into the animals in the game. [[spoiler:They even avert ArtisticLicensePaleontology with the various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld. Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].

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* ShownTheirWork: A lot of detail was put into the animals in the game. [[spoiler:They even avert ArtisticLicensePaleontology with the various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld.LostWorld (AnachronismStew and MisplacedWildlife aside). Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].


''ABZÛ'' (coming from the cuneiform signs Ab, "ocean", and Zû, "to know", making the title roughly "Ocean of Wisdom") is an independent game from developer Giant Squid and published by [[Creator/FiveZeroFiveGames 505 Games]] for the PC and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. It is styled like the works of Creator/ThatGameCompany, which shouldn't surprise anyone, since the art director and composer of ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' teamed up on this game, too.

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''ABZÛ'' (coming from the cuneiform signs Ab, "ocean", and Zû, "to know", making the title roughly "Ocean of Wisdom") is an independent game from developer Giant Squid and published by [[Creator/FiveZeroFiveGames 505 Games]] for the PC PC, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4.UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch. It is styled like the works of Creator/ThatGameCompany, which shouldn't surprise anyone, since the art director and composer of ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' teamed up on this game, too.

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* ShoutOut: One room in Chapter 3 has [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo a lone clownfish and blue tang swimming together]].


* NoCartoonFish: Not just the fish but all the animals are realistically designed.



* ShownTheirWork: [[spoiler:The various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld. Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].

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* ShownTheirWork: [[spoiler:The A lot of detail was put into the animals in the game. [[spoiler:They even avert ArtisticLicensePaleontology with the various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld. Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].


* ShownTheirWork: [spoiler:The various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld. Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].

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* ShownTheirWork: [spoiler:The [[spoiler:The various prehistoric animals from the LostWorld. Particularly, the plesiosaurs have fairly rigid necks and ''Helicoprion'' has its teeth built like a saw instead of hanging out of its mouth]].

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