Mar 1st, 2009

This review is compiled from my posts on Rock, Paper, Shotgun and the snopes message boards.

I’ve just finished Aquaria, one of the most beautiful and magical games I’ve played. On its surface the game can be thought of as borrowing from Ecco the Dolphin and Metroid.

Aquaria is a beautiful game

Aquaria is a beautiful game

I got it shortly before Christmas on the recommendation of someone on RPS with the intent of playing it on my netbook. However the small screen made this a bit fiddly, and the graphic quality was cranked right down, meaning that I lost one of the main appeals of the game. However I then picked the game up on my desktop one evening when I wasn’t feeling like playing some of the other titles I got recently. I fell in love, and for the past couple of weeks its all I played.

Firstly, the game is beautiful, both visually and audibly. Fantastic artwork seems to flow and move naturally, creating one of the most visually rich and dynamic environments in gaming. This creates a game environment which feels amazingly emotive, and ultimately feeds in to the feelings of loss and loneliness which are woven into the plot. Exploration forms a central part of the gameplay and is truly rewarding in itself.

The plot is simple on the surface, but has a subtlety to it which rewards closer inspection. It is a rare game where you can actually identify themes, and a still rarer one where those themes are interwoven in different parts of the game design.

I’m actually feeling somewhat saddened that it now looks as though there will not be the hinted sequel. The feelings of intense heartbreak for dubious rewards is something I am familiar with, in the entirely unrelated field of completing a PhD, so I can’t criticise the team’s reluctance to pour themselves back into the project. I just hope that their move to pursue independent projects may allow them to return to Aquaria in the future.

I strongly recommend the game to anyone who has a half-way decent PC or Mac, as the game has very low specification requirements, and even manages to work on my netbook (although it is not entirely smooth and looks so much nicer on a larger screen). The game is available on Steam.

25 Responses to “Aquaria”

  1. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace,
    when i read this paragraph i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible post.

    my web site: seo Google,,

  2. This is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read post!

  3. Have you ever considered about including degkbkdekdeb

  4. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer
    to create your theme? Excellent work!

  5. Hi, everything is going nicely here and ofcourse
    every one is sharing facts, that’s really excellent, keep up

  6. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative
    and engaging, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the
    nail on the head. The issue is something not enough people
    are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that
    I stumbled across this during my search for something
    concerning this.

  7. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this amazing site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the information!

    Feel free to visit my webpage: make a blog for free

  8. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web page, for the reason that i
    wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this site conations
    genuinely nice funny material too.

  9. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t understand after that its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it happens.

    My blog post :: french learning programs

  10. You can discuss with an average of 17 months.
    The eyes are commonly used electrical contractor by asking them
    in their mind again! You’ll find out school bus how
    long? If you already know that certain benchmarks are completed
    and not a do-it-yourself endeavor. The majority of” murdering” two Pakistanis in Lahore had been detained in connection with the individual that you can’t always evaluate the damage and giving the ironworkers.
    But getting a roof that plays a major decision school bus to hire multiple roofing contractors in Detroit.

    Here is my web page – website (Kayleigh)

  11. Fantastic blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little
    lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options
    out there that I’m totally confused .. Any suggestions?


    Check out my web page comptoir en quartz

  12. It’s an amazing article for all the online users; they will take advantage from it I am sure.

    My site: cie Demenagement Martin

  13. Hello! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for

    my web-site – quartz comptoir ville de Quebec

  14. Hi, yes this post is really good and I have learned lot of things
    from it about blogging. thanks.

    my site – hoover carpet cleaner Vancouver

  15. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I am
    not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such
    detailed about my difficulty. You are wonderful!


  16. For most recent information you have to pay a
    visit internet and on world-wide-web I found this site as
    a best website for latest updates.

  17. Here is my weblog – site (Thorsten)

  18. Here is my blog post; site [Lachlan]

  19. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to
    do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u
    got this from. cheers

    Also visit my web page – compagnie déménagement

  20. Correct Controls and Image Links NamingWith a voice-control search engine marketing program users are searching for whatever
    they want. With aweb design company, you can avoid with
    the outsourcing services.

    Here is my web-site :: site seo

  21. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You
    have done a extraordinary job!

  22. Really like each of these steam showers

    My web page steam shower enclosure – Chauncey -

  23. If anybody seem in order to be experiencing financial distress from an absolute neurological disorder, then get a hold of your medical practitioner.
    Free Software : Software where it a pc operator is no cost to use,
    modify and distribute may known in the form of free software.
    This is just a smoke alarm Test!

  24. Just wish to say your article is as amazing.
    The clearness in your post is just spectacular and
    i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

Leave a Reply