The ill effects of climate change sure make for a beautiful game

Submerged, from the little-known Australians at Uppercut Games, is a very pretty exploration game about sailing a small fishing vessel through a tropical city that is half, well, submerged. 

The devs posted on their development blog that they are going for a kind of “destroyed beauty,” which we so often see in these games about exploring ramshackle solitary worlds, like Vane and Cylne. But this one stands out in that the disaster seems to be caused by modern geological tragedy. Intentional or not, the theme brings to mind the rising sea levels brought on by the warming global climate—the islands of Maldives, for example, are predicted to sink in less than a century. 

But as these screenshots show, at least the impeding ruin will make great scenic photos for desktop backgrounds… maybe?