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Aquaria is a great 2D adventure in the mold of Metroid, perfect for any gamer who loves a hefty dose of exploration with their action.
Aquaria feels like a forgotten 16-bit classic in the style of Metroid, albeit with touchscreen controls.
Aquaria is a 2D, sidescrolling game that is heavily based on character development and discovery. Fans of the original game on other platforms are sure to feel right at home with this iPad port.
But at end of the day, Aquaria is overwhelmingly refreshing. It's one of the handful of games on the App Store that you could call complex while not subsequently pointing out an elaborate and infinitely tweakable RPG sub-menu or sub-system that has a hand in all the on-screen action. Sure, it has a control problem and, yeah, maybe the gating can be nerve-racking at times, but when you're clicking with the game there's nothing quite like the experience Bit Blot is offering here. It's so well-produced and offers such a beautiful and compelling world, that I easily forgive its shortcomings. You probably will, too.
Aquaria doesn’t just submerge Metroid beneath thousands of gallons of seawater. It also subtly alters its tone, trading paranoid claustrophobia for dreamy new-age introspection as it replaces space-hulks and alien planets with underwater caves and sunken cathedrals. At times, it can be a little like spending a long weekend at a slightly annoying spa, but beyond the shimmering necklaces of kelp and the meandering fantasy soundtrack lurks a game of real depth and complexity.
Pocket Gamer UK
A beautiful underwater adventure - the four-year wait was worth it.