Subnautica Below Zero

LQ: 9.55


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.7

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Subnautica Below Zero is the latest game in the Subnautica franchise, set on the same underwater alien world from the original game. You play as Robin Ayou, a woman who travels to the mysterious planet to search for her missing sister. After crash landing, Robin must gather materials in order to survive, battling for oxygen below the surface and warmth above it on the icy terrain. 

As she is trying to simply stay alive, Robin will discover abandoned research stations all over the planet and put the pieces together about what happened to her sister as well as all the other scientists who were stationed there. 

The player controls Robin as she navigates this new planet by swimming through the ocean, collecting materials to manufacture into useable resources, scans and obtains information about the lifeforms, and collects information about building habitats and terrain vehicles. Monitors for oxygen, warmth, and health are all mandatory but players can make the game even more difficult by adding hunger and thirst meters which require the player to find and process food and clean water on a regular basis in addition to all the other constraints placed on Robin by the environment. 

Subnautica Below Zero helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

In Subnautica Below Zero the player needs to collect items and manage an inventory in order to build tools, vehicles, and habitats. Storage space is finite so players need to organize their materials in a way that allows them to find the resources they need without too much searching. Lockers can be crafted to hold additional items but the player still needs to know what those lockers contain and label them accordingly. Players who struggle with organization may find themselves going out for supplies they already have or spending too much time looking through their inventory to find what they need to craft an item. Players can practice their organization skills by dividing their supplies into categories and labeling their lockers to reflect what is inside of them. They can also check to make sure that they have enough empty space in their personal inventory before heading out to collect more resources. 

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Surviving in Subnautica Below Zero requires a fair amount of planning. Tools, Vehicles, and Habitats all need to be constructed, which means that materials need to be collected and resources need to be crafted. Robin is also trying to discover what happened to her sister on this planet, so completing mission objectives and laying down beacons to show where she has already searched will be necessary to avoid swimming in the same part of the ocean over and over again. Players who struggle with Planning may find it hard to know what to do next in the game and spend too much time doing tasks that will not further the narrative or help build necessary tools. To practice planning, the player should focus on one goal at a time, such as finding materials to craft a flashlight, or exploring a new research station located on the map. 

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