Hydrophobia: Prophecy

6 Overall Score
Graphics: 4/10
Gameplay: 6/10
Audio: 3/10

Nice water physics

Awful voice acting | Poor weapon balancing

What is Hydrophobia: Prophecy?

Hydrophobia: Prophecy is the ultimate version of this jaw-dropping action-adventure set onboard a floating city, where terrorists take control and heroine Kate has to overcome her haunting childhood memories to fight back using all her skills and expertise as a systems engineer.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Hydrophobia: Prophecy

DEVELOPER(S): Dark Energy Digital

PUBLISHER(S): Dark Energy Digital

PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3

GENRE(S): Action

RELEASE DATE(S): Available Now

2051. The world has become consumed by the ever rising tide of the global population flood. Fertile land has been reclaimed by rising oceans and expanding deserts, resulting in famine and poverty on an unprecedented scale. Water is now mankind’s most precious resource, and conflict erupts wherever it flows. – Quote from the Steam Store page for the game

My Thoughts

I was first interested in this game after seeing a video of it on the Xbox Live Dashboard, I never bought it for the 360 but I did buy it for the PC, Hydrophobia: Prophecy is a game that revolves around water physics and as such the game does this part very well but as you progress and the game expands; that is where you begin to see it’s flaws. It has many.

You play as Kate, a badly voiced mix between Lara Croft and Zoë from Dreamfall, Kate is able to swim for long periods of time without having to take a breath and climb the trickiest of obstacles, she is also able to escape from imminent death wherever it may encounter her, she isn’t however able to fire a weapon properly.

The physics on this game are done very well, the water reacts to it’s surroundings and the physics objects are realistically weighted, both of these are good aspects of the game and this is where those good aspects sort of end. The voice acting on this game is dreadful, now I know the developers didn’t have the biggest budget of all time but seriously the voice acting in this game makes you want to beat yourself to death with your keyboard, it really is bad.

The visuals aren’t very nice either, the game has some very awkward level design in places where you tend to get stuck on parts of the map, the map is extremely repetitive and you tend to get lost in the same green corridor with bright red pipes and blue beams while the water is pouring in from any and every orifice, the texturing however isn’t the best but it isn’t the worst either.

The story is at some points all over the place, now and again you’ll be doing something that makes sense then the game will all of a sudden take an unexpected turn and you’ll be off to something else, the game also has a lot of inscriptions on walls and monitors that tell you to kill yourself.. The first time I turned around and saw “Kill Yourself” in huge text on a screen behind me I felt a bit awkward.

The game does consist on actual gunplay, you get to brandish a weapon now and again but it isn’t fun, the weapons are extremely weak, very difficult to aim and don’t actually appear to have any advantage against the enemy, you’re better off either shooting something that will explode to kill the enemy or forcing something heavy to drop on their heads.

I would recommend this game to people who like witnessing physics done right, this game does have that as the water physics are done very well but other than that this game is rather poor and I’d steer clear.

The Good

– Good physics
– Fairly long story

The Bad

– Poor graphics
– Terrible voice acting
– Poor weapon balancing


Thanks for reading and good gaming.