While visiting Japan last April, I made it a priority to bring back a few Japanese board games. Luggage space and not being able to read Kanji severely limited my selection, but one day I discovered the tiny blue iconic box of Deep Sea Adventure. It was the perfect game to discover on that trip.
Deep Sea is a light filler game where players dive into the ocean and collect treasure. Gameplay is simple: players roll dice to move and only make a few decisions during the game. The kicker is the game ends once players have collectively used up all of the oxygen in the submarine. This leads to a fun push your luck concept where players must inform their strategy based on the play of the other players. Discovering this game lead to a flurry of inspiring design ideas to our upcoming mountain climbing game: Summiteers.