Marine Aquarium 2.6
By Prolific Publishing, Inc.
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The world's leading marine aquarium simulation is now available for the iPad and iPhone! This is genuine 3D, not a canned animation. Choose your favorite fish from 28 different species, and enjoy as they explore the tank. Adjust the foreground and background lighting, or set the lights to change automatically. Zoom and pan the screen with fingertip control.
What's New in Version 2.6.2
• Allows you to control when your device sleeps while the aquarium is running
• Fish given a rating of zero stars will not be displayed, if possible
• Added Japanese localization
• Updated to support iOS 4 and higher resolution Retina display (iPhone 4)
• Added German localization
looks great, but really lacks
As far as looks go, this app has amazing graphics. The fish look and move incredibly realistically and the coral decorations, bubbles and light-ripple effects are probably the best I've seen in any aquarium app, though I find that the bubble sound effects actually get on my nerves rather than soothe me; it's too fast and high-pitched. While Marine Aquarium looks great, its shortcomings are in its complete lack of features. Basically you just watch the fish and you can control the brightness of the background and foreground. There's no interaction with the fish and you can't choose which types you want in the tank as it randomly generates different fish everytime you open the app. The lack of tank customization is another thing. You're stuck with one coral reef and one gradient background and it can become boring after a while. There are far better aquarium simulations available in the app store, however, if you're just looking for a pretty scene to look at and you don't care about the camera following fish, feeding them or any of that, then this app certainly achieves it, all while looking incredibly gorgeous. Bottom line is: it's basically like a 3D fish screensaver (and maybe that's what the developers were going for). If you're looking for interaction and customization, keep searching; but if all you're after is a realistic fish scene, look no further.
A very nice app needing only minor adjustments
Marine Aquarium 2.6 is a port of the Mac/PC version created years ago. I used to own them and presently own version 3.0 for my iMac so I am familiar with the quality of work by this company. In my opinion, this app is on par with their work on computer platforms considering the limitations of iPod Touch/iPhone. First off, the graphics using Retina 4 display is pretty good. The fish and the background objects in the tank standout very nice. If you are looking for an aquarium game that involves feeding and growing fish, this is not for you. If you are looking for a relaxing aquarium app with nice sound and good graphics, this is a good choice. The app could have some nice enhancements that would give it 5 stars in my opinion and I ask the authors to consider these. First, allowing some background music might be a plus. Second, having more control over fish selection would be nice as well. Third, and most important, having features that allow auto-zoom and auto panning would really benefit this app. I use it at work when I am writing my notes and I find it a pain to manually move the focus around in the tank. Otherwise, this is a good app and I look forward to any improvements (hopefully). A port of version 3.2 would be worth the money for me. Thanks.
Only a couple of things I would add
I bought the original screensaver version of this app for my iMac years ago, and it's still the most realistic looking aquarium app I've ever seen. I love it, and am glad I found the iPad version.
I don't mind the lack of interactivity or the fact that the objects in the tank aren't customizable - it's relaxing to me just watch the fish swim around, and the aquarium the developers have designed is very colorful and realistic.
What I would like to see are two things:
(1) When the "more than one of a single species of fish" is selected, it would be nice of each fish of a single species varied slightly in size. Though I don't know how the graphics engine for this app works, I would think this could be done by randomly scaling each fish model up or down within about a 10% range.
(2) I would love to see more Atlantic/Caribbean fish, especially some of those native to the Florida Keys. How about a Sergeant Major, Rainbow Parrotfish, Queen Triggerfish or Bluehead Wrasse, just to name a few?
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Dec 19, 2010
- Version: 2.6.2
- Size: 2.8 MB
- Languages: English, German, Japanese
- Seller: Prolific Publishing, Inc.
- © 2010 Prolific Publishing, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.