Oceans Board Game 9+

Adapt to survive in the Deep‪!‬

North Star Games

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 508 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Enter a vast, underwater cosmos: a mysterious interconnected world of tentacles, sharp teeth, and black ink, where your survival depends on your ability to adapt in a continually changing environment. But this is just on the surface… Lurking below the surface lie mysteries so bizarre they hardly seem natural. The Deep is a deck of mysterious traits you’ll discover over the course of many games. These over-powered traits represent the unknown: the undiscovered wonders of the deep ocean.

Based on the hit board game, Oceans offers a beautifully crafted strategy game experience. The reef and 20 deep cards are completely free to play (and ad-free!), and you may also join one multiplayer game per day free. A one-time upgrade to the Complete Game features 87 Deep Cards, 21 Scenarios, and multiple hard AI personalities for endless replay fun. You can now play online against others on any platform, in real time or asynchronously. Purchasing the Complete Game allows you to create your own decks for use in singleplayer and multiplayer, and create your own multiplayer games.

Venture into the deep at your own risk!

What’s New

Version 2.4.2

Multiplayer is here! Play real-time or asynchronously.
Build your own decks with the Custom Deck Builder,
for use in AI or multiplayer games.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
508 Ratings

508 Ratings

Vul_vulpes ,

A Pleasant Surprise!

I didn’t really have that much expectation on this game let alone playing it on the app. However I have been playing it for some time and I am completely blown away by both. The presentation is pretty good and the play actions and animations are really smooth and everything is integrated really nice. To top it off the AI is really good and I have only been playing on medium. I am actually learning strategies from a medium AI. I can only imagine how much more of a challenge the hard AI will be. This app convinced me pick up the physical board game and play with other people. Good job guys 👍 hope you integrate the expansions when they come out.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for leaving a five star review and picking up the board game as well! We really appreciate it. Have fun in the deep end!

Madd0lexx ,

Great board game, incomplete video game

Oceans shot right up to one of my favorite board games immediately upon release. I had backed the game on Kickstarter, and had been looking forward to the video game that was advertised in the box. Took longer than was advertised, so long I forgot to keep checking and missed it for a while, but that’s to be expected with small studios and was not that big a deal.

As an adaptation it recreates the gameplay of the table very swimmingly, not a complete Deep deck, again not too big an issue with how long it takes to program a hundred unique cards into a game, but what knocks a star off is that the game is limited to two of players. When you have four it really feels like you have an actual ecosystem to compete in, with lots of species to interact with. One on one is still absolutely worth playing and a blast, but without at least the option for four players this just feels like it’s not the full Evolution series experience. If the Devs ever add 3+player options (I have the bonus options for my tabletop that allows up to six players! That’s a little past what I’m asking but would be so cool) I would immediately bump this up to a five star rating. Still going to enjoy it till then.

Developer Response ,

Hello! Thank you for playing both the board game and digital versions of Oceans. We really appreciate your support, especially backing us on Kickstarter.

We think multiplayer would be a great thing to add one day.

Have fun in the reef!

Mindgamer79 ,

Good game, buggy app

I like the game, I find it a well woven web both enjoyably complex while being smooth and easy play. The mechanics used in the app work well, though there definitely could be an improvement in the explanation of the rules. The developers have made a few choices when writing the app for the various vagaries of play which are not explained or noted in the fairly short rules.

At that point I would have rated it a 5 Star happily. But as I was enjoying it I purchased the expansion, for the very reasonable price of a dollar. This gives you a few more cards for greater replay ability, but mostly a level higher AI to play. As the base AI’s are easy enough that you’d have to try to loose after you understand the basic gameplay. The Medium AI however is really unstable. As in at least half the time I try to play the game crashes, generally repeatedly. So it’s the main draw to buy the upgrade, but doesn’t work half the time! And I have a fairly new iPhone, so it shouldn’t be a hardware issue. That’s why I had to downgrade my rating. I hope the app team can get the app working better, and that the company as a whole can continue creating good games like this.

So in essence, get this app and try the game. But if you like it go get the physical game instead of trying to play it more on the app by upgrading.

Developer Response ,

Hello, Mindgamer79. Thank you very much for your review! We really appreciate it. You address several issues our engineers are currently working on. Right now, they're updating the AI to give more consistent, challenging experiences. It should be a lot smarter after our next patch. In regards to crashes, the engineers will continue to work on improving the game's overall stability. We appreciate you playing, and the next time you encounter a bug, please let us know by filing an in-game feedback ticket. These tickets pack a lot of useful diagnostics our engineers can use to figure out what went wrong.

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