Monday, September 12, 2016

Games in school : ABZÛ, the game under the water in the classroom

screenshot ABDÛ

ABZÛ or ABZU is a awesome underwater exploration adventure game that evokes the dream of diving.

From the art director of Journey®, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving, immersing ourselves in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as we descend into the heart of the ocean. But must be aware as we swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.

screenshot: game ABDÛ

What means the word ABZÛ?

ABZÛ is a word from the oldest mythologies. AB, meaning water, and ZÛ, meaning to know. ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom. Also refers to a Mesopotamian myth about a primeval sea.

Despite what you might imagine though this is not an open world game in the manner of Endless Ocean.

There is a lot of exploring but students proceed through essentially linear environments, from coral reefs to the ruins of a long civilisation

screenshot: game ABDÛ


The principal goal? To explore the underwater world and find the meaning to all its beautiful secrets. ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. 

Some thoughts: 

This game is visually one of the most beautiful games. Images are fantastic. And the soundtrack is incredible. 

"Fish and other creatures swim and scuttle about in a bealieable way, reacting to each other, and what seems to be their own natural instinct, creatinga awe-inspiring displays of colour and movement."

The game’s a joy to look at, listen to, and move around in. Do you want better for a science curriculum at school?


My usual readers know me! I'm always searching for new ideas and digital resources to help the integration of games in school education. 

There are so many games, apps, educational digital resources to include into your lessons, making learning fun. You will find different proposals by searching on my blog along the years.

Immerse your students in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life:
  • Performing fluid acrobatics as the Diver using graceful swimming controls.
  • Discovering hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life. 
  • Interacting with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators. 
  • Lingering in epic seascapes and exploring aquatic ecosystems modeled with unprecedented detail. 
  • Descending into the heart of the ocean where ancient secrets lie forgotten. 

Simple controls and enjoyable movement system are great fun to play around with. I'm sure students will love it.

screenshot: game ABDÛ


PlayStation 4 and PC



Release Date: 

2nd August 2016

Level : 

Primary; K12; junior high-school.


Sciences; History; Technology/ Computing. 

Teachers and students will decide how explore ABDÛ in the classroom. The game opens a huge possibility as a digital resource that I advice to include into school curriculum. 

screenshot: game ABDÛ

My thoughts: 

Why not learning by having fun by playing games in school. You know how your students love to play. Games in school will offer an incredible teaching. Students will learn much better and easier.

Of course, it will be a good resource for Computing curriculum. Students will be encouraged to follow their dream to be a game designer. 

Important note:

Never include a resource into your lessons without prepare it previously. In this case, you must watch the game, app or other resource, analyze if the content is good or adapted to the age of your students, the level and the curriculum you are teaching. And prepare some good activities to propose to your students.

Remember it! This preliminary work, a good preparation, is fundamental to the success of your lessons.


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