Aquaria Reviews (Windows)

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One of the more ambitious indie games out there. Fredrik NOD (46) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
A game by only two people - who knew what the were doing. Peta Michalek (9) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (30 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The A.V. Club (Jan 20, 2008)
Aquaria isn’t so much a retro adventure as a fresh take on everything that made the old 2D adventures great. Decades-old conventions and puzzle ideas are handled with subtlety, and the bells and whistles are pared to a minimum, making every discovery a surprise. And the game gets a lot of mileage out of such simple tricks as turning off the lights. But the careful pacing sells the experience, forcing you to slow down and enjoy the journey.
Game Critics (May 16, 2009)
Aquaria is an extremely high-quality product and a fine example of a genre that hasn't gotten a lot attention in recent years—it's no surprise to me that it took top honors at the 2007 IGF awards. Its charm and style engrossed me from the opening level and never let go, and I received an experience with lots of substance, challenge, and a little heart thrown in for good measure. I can only hope that a console version will be released eventually so its gets the greater exposure that it deserves.
Total PC Gaming (Dec 07, 2007)
While discovering all this is highly compelling, Aquaria’s large world bears one slight negative aspect. It’s sometimes possible to miss a small clue and end up doing a lot of backtracking around, completely lost and unable to further the plot. But, hey, that’s what walkthroughs are for, and this is a very minor ripple on the surface of a marvellously deep action/adventure.
GameZebo (Jan 22, 2008)
With a story as intriguing as its gameplay, Aquaria submerges you in an addictive action-adventure romp through vast underwater worlds in one of the best independent game releases in recent years. It's charming, original, engaging and packed to the gills with entertainment. What's the price of admission? Plan on $30 and a substantial chunk of your time.
Absolute Games ( (Feb 19, 2008)
Маленький шедевр от независимых разработчиков. За пару лет два человека создали настоящий подводный мир, полный чудес и опасностей. По океану в поисках родных странствует девочка Нажа. От холодных непроглядных глубин до теплых течений, пронизанных солнечных светом, от зарослей анемон до величественных руин заброшенных городов — всюду ждут загадки и приключения. Наделенная даром волшебного пения, Нажа использует несложные чары и принимает разные обличья. Стильная, красочная графика и ненавязчивая музыка бесповоротно затягивают в игру, а продуманный сюжет и изысканные головоломки сделали бы честь многим квестам. Aquaria может показаться слишком длинной или медлительной; такова цена ее настроения — медитативного, в чем-то даже трагичного. На самом деле, волшебники из BitBlot наколдовали лучшую приключенческую аркаду последних лет, достойную наследницу Another World и Ecco the Dolphin.
86 (Feb 03, 2008)

אקווריה מציג חוויה מלאה באופי, חן ואתגרים. האווירה נפלאה והשיוט בעולם הקסום בלתי נשכח. מדובר במשחק מקורי במקום מרוחק, בו הכל חדש ומיוחד. המחסור בכיוון התקדמות ברור עלול ליצור תסכול ולפגוע בהנאה, אך אם תצליחו להתגבר על הבעיה תשארו עם אחד המשחקים המיוחדים ביותר שבהם שיחקתם בשנים האחרונות. מסע החיפוש של נייג'ה הוא למעשה שלכם, כשכל צעד וגילוי מפתיע ומרגש. גם אם לא מדובר במשחק מושלם, הוא עדיין אחד הכותרים הכי מעניינים בנמצא. צללו לתוך המים והתכוננו לשיר את שירת הים!

85 (Mar 06, 2009)
Aquaria est un magnifique ballet aquatique dont la sensibilité et la poésie risquent de vous tirer quelques larmes. Reprenant des mécanismes de jeu issus entre autres de la série des Castlevania, il réussit à se doter d'une personnalité propre grâce à sa jouabilité inventive, son esthétique irrésistible et sa bande-son d'une prodigieuse efficacité, qui vous immerge littéralement dans l'hypnotisante beauté des fonds marins. Oui, les superlatifs sont de sortie, mais peut-il en être autrement face à un jeu de cette trempe ?
Gameplay (Benelux) (Feb, 2008)
De game neemt je niet altijd bij het handje waardoor je vaak moet zoeken naar hetgeen je moet doen en ook het savegame systeem op vaste punten (rode kristallen) wil wel eens voor frustratie zorgen maar dat zijn slechts kleine minpuntjes die ruimschoots worden gecompenseerd door de unieke en de knappe gameplay. Eén van de betere Indie Games van de laatste jaren!
80 (Dec 30, 2010)
The reality is that all througout Aquaria I had the warm fuzzy feeling that I was playing something created by people who really enjoy and understand videogames. All those little special touches are there: secret items, optional bosses, hidden Easter Eggs, coded messages. A level editor tops everything off and lets you create laid-back enemy-free areas for your little cousins who will otherwise tear you apart if you don’t let them play the game. If you’re one of those manly sorts who refuses to touch anything which doesn’t involve killer cyborgs, sports, or killer cyborgs playing sports, you’re probably a lost cause. But for anyone who can look past all the rainbows, I think you’ll find a hidden gem in Aquaria.
UOL Jogos (Dec 28, 2007)
É quase impossível acreditar que "Aquaria" foi desenvolvido por apenas duas pessoas, tamanha a competência de sua mecânica, delicadeza e inspiração de seu visual e primordialidade de suas músicas. É um título que não pode passar despercebido a qualquer entusiasta, principalmente àqueles que admiram jogos em 2D. Sua compra (que pode ser feita através do site oficial do jogo) vale cada centavo gasto, mesmo que o preço (US$30) seja um pouco elevado para um título independente. "Aquaria" é a prova de que precisamos dar mais valor aos jogos "indies" e que nem sempre boas idéias vêm das grandes produtoras.
Krawall Gaming Network (Jul 15, 2008)
„Aquaria“ bietet zwar nicht übermäßig viel Tiefgang ... hoppla, falsche Redewendung zu diesem Spiel. Noch mal von vorne: „Aquaria“ wartet zwar nicht mit dem dichtesten Gameplay auf, weiß dafür jedoch mit einer stimmigen Spielwelt zu begeistern. Ungeduldige Zocker machen daher am besten einen großen Bogen um den Independenttitel, wer sich hingegen für viel Atmosphäre mit etwas weniger Spiel begeistern kann, sollte sich zumindest einmal die Demo anschauen.
IGN Australia (Jan 09, 2008)
Aquaria has been available since mid-December (you can download the demo and buy the full game through, so our apologies that this review is coming to you so late. The upshot, however, is that this is probably the perfect time to play it. If you’ve powered through Christmas’s PC heavy hitters and are looking for something a little different, then Aquaria may just fit the bill.
70 (UK) (Dec 18, 2007)
When things come together though, and progress in another area is assured, there's a feeling of great excitement about swimming there and seeing what's waiting for you. Aquaria's certainly prone to leaving you disorientated, some of its puzzles are quite oblique and it's in no hurry to tell you what to do, and its mechanics lack the inventiveness of a game like Zelda, but then the fact it's two friends coding together over the Internet shouldn't be overlooked when taking note of the fact that they come surprisingly close. It's not instantly gratifying, and at USD 30 it's quite expensive for an indie game, but providing you go in knowingly then it has enough character and atmosphere bubbling through it to fill many a dreamy evening.