Ominous Ocean


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JamBaconGameJam 09 Depth
Submitted3 years ago


Ominous Ocean is a deep-sea survival game that takes place in an abandoned research lab. Stay alive, find upgrades, and journey to the depths to fight the final boss!

Intergalactic rush hour was SUCH a hassle, the constant honking and laser skirmishes were taking their toll. Aria, being the upbeat mercenary she was, needed a much deserved vacation. Lo and behold, a deal to Quasar IV! The ocean planet, with every hotel under a thousand leagues it was sure to delight. Dawning her swim wear Aria armed herself with the usual quick wits and her trusty travel visa. Oh and she couldn’t forget her ARGUS 2000 a.k.a good old Argie. Argie was her faithful robot toaster with up to 3 settings of bagels! Last time at the lunar spire Aria forgot about her old pal and she vowed never again to leave him behind. As she arrived at her destination Aria immediately set forth to do what was right and just, try the local cuisine. The local restaurant seemed sorta divey but hey, girls gotta eat.

Technology used

Neru Engine (C++ / SDL /

Protools 9

GIMP & Photoshop

Help / Controls

If a controller is plugged in, it will be used for input. Keyboard + mouse will be used otherwise. All controllers will be interpreted as Xbox 360 controllers.

Title Screen:

(Keyboard) Arrow Keys + Return

(Controller) Left Axis + A Button


  • Scavenge and explore! The game gets easier the more upgrades you find!

  • Be careful of your battery meter at the top-left. Find 'Battery Up' to replenish it.

  • Finding 'Health Up' will increase your maximum health and heal you.

  • Save harpoon ammo, they will help for the final boss.

Screenshots Click a screenshot to zoom


User Notes
Average 7.73 7.82 8.09 7.64 6.73 7.73
filipz 6 8 6 6 6 7
DielMormac (Marcos Antônio Marcon) 9 9 10 9 9 9
SouZa (José) 8 8 8 8 8 8
TrentSterling (Trent Sterling) 7 9 9 8 5 8 The light mechanic and controls drove me insane. If it wasn't for that, I would have rated the controls much higher!
BlueWolf 9 9 8 8 7 9
mholley519 (Matt Holley) 7 6 7 9 9 5 I was surprised at the level of polish.
Governor_Blaze 7 5 9 6 5 7
NervousHorse (J. K. Giih) 8 8 7 7 4 7 Gamepad controls felt pretty difficult. A-button for jump would have been intuitive, or maybe L2 and R2 for knife and harpoon so you could use them and move the light at the same time.
sponezzis 8 8 9 7 5 9
smitterson 9 9 9 9 9 9
eric 7 7 7 7 7 7


  • Jupiter_Hadley (3 years ago)

    Really nice game! I included it in part 4 of my Bacon Game Jam 09 compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

  • Ludius (3 years ago)

    Very nice, displays an insane amount of polish for a jam game!

  • cedega (3 years ago)

    Thanks for playing! The control scheme was suppose to make crouching, aiming, and attacking easier, but it's pretty unconventional.

    The game is pretty hard, but there is an ending and it's definitely obtainable. Keep playing, I'm sure it's worth it :)

  • tcatect (3 years ago)

    Very impressive for a 48h jam! I played a couple of rounds and was very impressed by the tech and animations. Great job! My one feedback was that it was very difficult to get used to the controls, so I died a lot. I did not expect RB to be mapped to jump (I'm using a standard Xbox 360 controller).

  • mholley519 (3 years ago)

    Great job, at first I thought it was broken, but I had my controller plugged in and tried to use the keyboard. Overall the game feels really good, the fact that you can't speed-run through the game is nice, forces you to think about your moves, it is however pretty hard.

  • Scriche (3 years ago)

    I played this on the keyboard and the controls didn't take too long to adjust to. I thought the game overall was a great concept and the impressiveness of the robot can't be understated. One note I found when playing is that one of larger enemies got confused about my location and stood in the corner.

  • TrentSterling (3 years ago)

    Would have been nice if I could figure out how to play in fullscreen. Playing on a high res monitor had me squinting.

  • Blarget2 (3 years ago)

    If it was not for Mholley messing up the overall rating (he clearly meant something higher) This game would have won.

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