Go spearfishing and run a sushi restaurant in this weird little game

A weird little game that’s been gaining momentum lately, Dave the Diver has players like Dave, underwater fisherman by day, restaurant owner by night who dives to fill the menu of the sushi restaurant he runs with friends . The restaurant sits on the side of the mysterious Blue Hole, a vast ocean chasm alongside an island that has many mysteries to explore.

It’s a mix of action, spearfishing combat, and exploration as you dive in search of new creatures and ingredients for your meals. You also unravel the mystery of the blue hole, in search of new ecosystems and “mysterious ancient artifacts”. It is also naturally full of giant bosses to fight: hermit crabs, huge lantern fish, huge squids.

Meanwhile, the restaurant game is a twist on your classic tapper game, where customers sit down and order and need to be served fast enough and correctly to keep them happy. Doing well at this end of the game allows you to show special customers around.

Steam user reviews for Dave the Diver are doing well, with 94% positive reviews. It may look like an indie, but it’s not: this is the first release of Nexon’s spin-off in publishing smaller games: Mintroket. Nexon (opens in a new tab) is the billion-dollar, Korea-based Japanese publisher best known for its free-to-play MMOs and mobile games, and as the originator of the first popular MMOs like MapleStory and Mabinogi, alongside recent releases like DNF Duel. (opens in a new tab)

I won’t pretend that I don’t feel represented by Dave, a chubby, bearded dude with a hobby that belies his physical appearance. For Dave, it’s being a diver, for me it’s being a gardener and a lumberjack. We are both majestic, in our own way.

You can find Dave the Diver on Steam (opens in a new tab), where it’s in early access for $20. It’s currently on sale with 10% off until November 2.

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