A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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Sail across an ocean using a compass to search for the stone pillars in search for the lost treasure!

Control the boat with ARROW KEYS, or Xbox 360 Controller (left stick).

Control the camera with WASD, or Xbox 360 Controller (right stick).

Music by Secret Exploration Society, an ambient album created by Murray Lorden and Jim Batt.

This project was started at the Global Game Jam 2017, and I plan to release a few updates over time, extending the features!

Things I intend to add in the future...

  • A new boat model which sits in the water better.
  • A cloth sail, and perhaps more of an actual sailing simulation (catching the wind in your sail to move).
  • Adding detail to the islands and locations.
  • Add wildlife in the air and sea.
  • I might try a VR / first person camera!

Published Jan 22, 2017
PlatformsWindows, macOS
TagsExploration, macos-games, mystery-games, ocean, sailing


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SecretsOfTheWaves-2017-01-26th-2200-(v2.0)-Windows.zip 156 MB
SecretsOfTheWaves-2017-01-26th-2200-(v2.0)-Mac.zip 160 MB
SecretsOfTheWaves-2017-01-22nd-1630-(v1.0)-Windows.zip 153 MB
SecretsOfTheWaves-2017-01-22nd-1630-(v1.0)-Mac.zip 156 MB


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Rock Paper Shotgun's Philippa Warr wrote a nice little piece on this game! ACE!

"Secrets of the Waves now has a delicious storm"


Hopefully not a spoiler, but i got to the place with faces that was WSW, but flipped the boat on the rocks and now I can only go due South - was I anywhere close to the end?

Thoughts: I liked the storm - maybe some sheet lightning wouldn't go amiss; some wind/rain noise too, though not at the expense of the music; a sun/moon would be a nice touch too; maybe make the compass smaller and dimmer; a boat reset/flip button; shark fins/flotsam/jetsam (I saw your wildlife comment); press to go faster rather than hold to go forwards


Great points, and great ideas there.

I've never cap-sized the boat! Gulp. I wish I could see a video of you doing it! I should try it myself. As you say, perhaps just a button to reset the boat would be the easiest solution.

You were very close to the end. :D

I want to add everything you mentioned! I played through with my friend Jim yesterday (the other half of Secret Exploration Society who made the music), and many of these same suggestions came up... flotsam and jetsam, a sun and moon that rise and set... I'll try to come back and add things like that!

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Feel free to drop any comments with your feedback, thoughts & suggestions! Keen to hear it. :D

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I've just released Version 2.0, which is much more polished, and features a big stormy section!