Deep Loot Review
We as a species allegedly know more about the universe than we do about our own oceans — with that in mind, it’s clear there is a need for more underwater exploration (in gaming too right?). So with that in mind, step up Deep Loot an ocean-based loot-‘em-up for iOS.
Developed by Leamington Spa-based indie developer Monster and Monster, Deep Loot’s premise is as simple as its name suggests — in that you go exploring for loot, deep underwater.
Greeted with its wonderfully vibrant 16-bit design, Deep Loot will pull you in quickly. A quick tap on the screen and your looting commences.
The core gameplay is simple and straightforward — tapping sends your charming, and fairly stout, diver to that given location, digging through blocks and shooting fish along the way as you go deeper in search of treasure. Your progress is limited by way of an air-meter which dissipates both through movement and damage taken, care and selective movement is required to extend your dive for as long as possible.
Despite its simplicity, the screen tapping navigation can often seem cumbersome. If you quickly change your mind on where you want to go it will often result in a wayward move and a loss of precious air time. Of course, we’d rather take this over an on-screen directional pad, but it’s a niggle none the less.
Your looting will see you collect the likes of gold pieces, booty from treasure chests along with rare artefacts (like Tutankhamun’s coffin). Your loot can then be used to purchase new boats, diving suits, and upgrade abilities. Different boats provide different perks, varying from the useful ‘more special chests’ and ‘one free air boost per dive’, to the absurd (and possibly useful, but probably not) ‘bananas!’. Apart from the obvious visual changes, different diving suits increase and decrease your divers air time, attack and defence to varying degrees, although the difference between them is minimal in gameplay and one suit purchase should suffice a casual player.
Hard earned loot however, is best put to use on upgrading the divers equipment and abilities. An upgrade to your oxygen tank or defence stats for example will greater increase the percentage of air time available than a new diving suit would.
The amount of time you spend grinding early on can become a little tiresome, and may put casual players off. So, it’s either a case of powering through until you have enough loot to reach deeper areas, or spending a little on an in-app purchase to get yourselves to Deep Loot’s more rewarding depths.
Free to download, beyond basic coin bonuses Deep Loot does include a variety of in-app purchases. However, Monster And Monster must be commended for not overtly pushing prompts to make purchases. Yes, the prompts are there, however a suitable balance has been met, and their position is mearly suggestive rather than forceful.
Diving deeper not only brings more valuable loot but also uncovers wonderful pop-culture references to the likes of Spongebob Squarepants and The Planet of the Apes for example. This is where Deep Loot is at it’s most rewarding and worthy of some investment.
Deep Loot is visually lovely, with a superb 16-bit style soundtrack that matches its colourful visuals perfectly. Casual players may find the game that on the surface looks lovely but is a one trick pony that soon wears thin. However, those willing to invest some time (or a small monetary investment) will discover a whole underwater world full of highly addictive looting action and humorous references. Deep Loot is a fun little game worth loot-ing out for.