Barotrauma is a deep sea exploration and survival game. Games are match based, usually with an objective, which sees players working in a team to keep a submersible craft operating. Players are faced with challenges in keeping up with standard maintenance in addition to defending the submersible from the monstrosities living in the depths of this alien world.
The game is played in a 2d view, from the side, and players take on differing roles. Roles include Captain, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Security Officer, and more.
Game modes can be as simple as doing the most basic operation of going from Point A to Point B. Additional missions will have players donning deep sea diving suits to investigate alien ruins, derelict submersibles, and the ocean floor in search of artifacts and resources. For groups who want to further spice up the round, an imposter setting can be enabled which gives one or more players objectives of sabotaging the crew and submersible.
Single missions, or a sandbox mode, can be selected, but there is also a campaign setting. In campaign, a crew will work from underwater sea base to underwater sea base, accomplishing missions along the way. As funds are gained, improvements can be made to the submersible. New submersibles can also be purchased along the way. Progress is conserved in a save file that can be resumed at a later date, when the crew can get back together.
From my experience, the game is difficult and requires teams to be on top of repairs and defenses at all times. For me, I have just as much fun failing a mission miserably as I do in succeeding.
Several of us have met over the past few weeks and had a good time playing single missions. As with most online games, having more people equals a more interesting experience.
Also, it's on sale until June 4th.