Stranded Deep is a 2015 open-world survival game developed by Australian-based independent game development studio BEAM Team Games. It was first released on January 23, 2015 as an early access title for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, and is available on Steam.
The game revolves around a marooned survivor that becomes stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean following a plane crash, and his attempts to survive on his own using whatever he can find while trying to find a way back to civilization.
Throughout their journeys, the player will encounter many exotic views, many hazards and many of the ocean’s fauna – lush coral reefs, vast sights, an abundance of fish and marine life, as well as more significant features such as sharks and even whales. Though these sights may capture the awe and attention of the player, they must steer clear of many things; some may poison, some may cause discomfort, while others will outright kill the player.
Survival on the islands will determine whether or not the player has the necessary skills needed to thrive on such a vast but empty environment. The player will need to keep themselves satiated on food and water in order to prevent any illnesses or diseases from being contracted. Crafting also becomes a key skill when surviving, as different tools are needed for different purposes – axes and hammers can be hand-made for building, while knives and spears can be made for more practical usage. Shelters can be erected to keep the player safe from environmental hazards, and crude vehicles can be crafted to aid the player in travel.
Along with using the available resources found on land, the player may also choose to dive deep in search of supplies left behind by past explorations. The leftover remnants of ancient ships and crashed planes can be discovered strewn about the ocean’s floor; within them, their cargo. Players are able to make use of these supplies to aid them in their survival, and may also possibly increase their chances of a rescue. However, exploring the depths comes with a risk, as deadly marine life can be found dwelling the waters around them, putting the player in danger.
Currently, there is no way to “beat the game”, the current objective being to simply survive as long as possible. Following the fateful crash, the player will never see human civilization again.