By Semi Secret Software, LLC
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“Stunningly well crafted with a compelling story, beautiful visuals and music, and hours upon hours of action-adventure, Aquaria provides patient gamers with an ocean of depth.”
—Susie Ochs, Mac | Life
AN ENTIRE WORLD BENEATH YOUR FINGERTIPS
Explore a massive underwater world, teeming with life and filled with secrets. Join Naija, a lonely and mysterious aquatic girl, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. As her story unravels, she’ll travel from hidden caves shrouded in darkness, to beautiful sunlit oases.
Control Naija with an intuitive touch screen interface. Use her singing ability to create your own music, affect nearby creatures, move pieces of the environment and even transform Naija into different beings. Combine ingredients harvested from the environment in the “cooking system” to create tasty items. Catch a ride on a seahorse or a giant turtle. Discover new costumes, treasures and hidden secrets. Challenge the ancient gods who lurk beneath the waves.
GIZMODO: "With handcrafted visuals and an ethereal soundtrack, Aquaria looks, feels and plays just like a gothic fairy-tale. And it’s not just a loving pastiche of the classic 2D games of yesteryear. Aquaria brings the genre bang up to date with a fresh concept and a unique control system." (Gaming App of the Day)
POCKETGAMER: "Aquaria is absolutely gorgeous, and filled with clever ideas and smart puzzles. Both a calming splash in the sea and a frantic fight against the elements, it's an essential iPad game." (Top 10 iOS Games, November 2011)
TOUCHARCADE: "a gorgeous and well-produced title with a sharp emphasis on world-building and character growth." (Best iOS Games, November 2011)
EDGE MAGAZINE: "Aquaria’s gloomy caverns are a delight to explore, and, a rarity for a modern Metroidvanias, the designers don’t constantly lead the way for you."
Will you journey to the land beyond the surface and brave the dark sinister waters below? Will you defeat the ancient beings of Aquaria or fall prey to them? Will you find a companion or wander the waters of Aquaria alone?
What's New in Version 1.0.3
Aquaria now runs in high resolution on the iPad 3.
Aquaria is probably one of the best games I have ever played on an iPad. The storyline is engrossing, well thought out, and long enough that it would have easily been worthy of a novel. The art is beautifully surreal, dozens of imaginative creatures swim through the water and offer a myriad of challenges to the player. The shear size of the world you have to explore is breathtaking and well worth exploring. Even at the end the game doesn't fail to amaze, I spent the last ten minutes of the game slack-jawed as every little nuance of the story came crashing into place, leaving me with the desire to return to the beginning so I could experience it with a new perspective.
I don't have a problem with the controls like some of the other reviewers but I do see how they could be considered cumbersome. After playing on an iPod Touch for several years however, just about everything done on the iPad's screen feels easy.
Aquaria is a deep and rewarding game made of hand-drawn art, rich music, and emotional storytelling. It's an action-RPG in the style of classic Metroid and Castlevania, but it emphasizes exploration over violence: this is a complex world with a variety of life, not all of which is hostile, and your primary means of interaction is song. The majority of your power-ups are there to keep you alive and help you solve puzzles, keeping the pace (mostly) non-hectic and freeing you to just enjoy playing. And then, when there are big battles, each boss fight itself demands puzzle-solving under fire.
The game is incredibly engaging whether you're playing with cute sea creatures, fighting for your life, or just singing along to the background music. Whichever system you have, I can only recommend its purchase. And recommend you play somewhere quiet and calm.
A protagonist who isn't a female cliche? Huh?
The fact that the protagonist is a human being rather then "a strange species called female" is amazing.
The creators didn't set out to make a video game for a certain demographic (usually male adolescents). They set out to make a beautiful, lonely, atmospheric game.
The reason that the protagonist, Najia, is female is simple, they needed a vulnerability in the hero. Society is uncomfortable with that coming from a male so Najia is female.
So many female video game protagonists are "strong, but 2 dimensional woman" or "good lord those aren't clothes" or "basketball chest anatomy" or (my favorite) "this is how females think right?" This is a breath of fresh air.
To wrap this up, I'll repeat what everyone else has written. Because it's true.
This game has gorgeous art.
And a compelling story, I didn't want to stop playing it so I could find out what happens next.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Apr 13, 2012
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 326 MB
- Languages: English, Japanese
- Seller: Semi Secret Software, LLC
- © 2012 Bit-Blot, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.