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Aquaria review (iPad)

November 13, 2011

“You’ve got me pretty deep baby
I can’t figure out your watery love
I’ve got to solve your mystery…”

10 word description: Explore massive underwater world, teeming with life, filled with secrets.

Encounters with mysterious underwater beings are all part of the rich story

10 word review: Great port of a beautiful looking game. Enchantingly slow-paced.

There are many named locations and a map that is essential

You will like this if you enjoy: Big, gorgeous looking 2D explore-em-ups.

The good news: As mentioned, it’s a very good port of a PC indie favourite. Touch controls make it feel fresh on iPad. Loads to see, many hours of gameplay.

Naija's songs form a large part of the game

The bad news: It’s not the fastest, most exciting game. Traversing underwater mazes, solving puzzles is enjoyable and fairly relaxing but it’s worth noting that there is quite a lot of swimming around through beautiful, labyrinthine levels. I have to mention this, just in case anyone with a 3 minute attention span read this far and is considering getting the game.

Opening this door by singing the right song is one of the first puzzles you will encounter

Arcadelife verdict: It’s very good, yet another well considered port of a PC game. Nothing has been chopped out for this version and the controls and interface work very well with the touch screen. If you have the time to invest in a long and mostly enjoyable undersea exploration, there’s nothing else like this around for the iPad and, as far as 2D exploration/puzzle/action games go, this was always one of the very good ones. The mixture of graphics, music and sounds create a fantastic, compelling atmosphere.

Another pretty screen. There are lots more

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link

Aquaria website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0)
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